"Women," declared Luciano Gaucci, "have the same rights as men." \nNot a sentiment likely to provoke much controversy these days -- unless, as in this case, the speaker is a top football club chairman who has just announced he intends to put a woman into his side before the end of the coming season. \n"Our scouts have already begun scouring teams in Germany, Scandinavia and the countries of the former Yugoslavia," said Gaucci, chairman of the Italian Serie A side, Perugia. \n"Within six months, we'll have a woman in the squad. I am convinced Perugia can be the first club in the world to have a woman play in the top division with the men," he said. \nGaucci is known for his attention-grabbing ploys. He recently signed up a son of the Libyan leader, Muammar Gadafy, to be a midfielder for Perugia. \nBut, as Italy's best-known female footballer, Patrizia Panico, noted on Thursday: "he does what he says." \nValentina Belia, captain of Perugia women's team, said it was a "revolutionary idea, but with a good deal of sense." \nShe said that she would willingly sign up if asked. But Gaucci said he was not looking for an Italian player, "because they are not up to it physically." \nPanico said: "It could be fascinating. I can imagine that it would elicit vast interest from photographers, journalists and TV. And sponsors would be interested too." \nA point which may, of course, have already occurred to Gaucci.
Kamaru Usman put on a Fight Island masterclass yesterday to retain his UFC welterweight world title by grinding down a brave Jorge Masvidal in Abu Dhabi. “I’m at the top of the mountain and everyone’s looking at me,” said the 33-year-old Usman after scoring a unanimous points decision 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46 on the three judges’ cards. The Nigerian-American Usman (17-1) looked the fresher fighter, with Masvidal (35-14) having taken the UFC251 headline bout at just six days’ notice when Brazil’s Gilbert Burns (19-3) tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to travel. The Las Vegas-based UFC pulled off a power-packed schedule with
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
Thailand international Pitsamai Sornsai, a new arrival for Inter Taoyuan, is to lead her team against Taipei Bravo tomorrow in the 10th round of the Taiwan Mulan Football League. Sornsai, who is nicknamed Pui, has attracted interest from media and fans as the first foreigner signed to play in Taiwan’s women’s league. Inter are among six teams battling for the title this year. The addition of Sornsai is a boost for the international profile of women’s soccer in Taiwan and elevates the competition. The 31-year-old brings a wealth of experience, including from the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Championship, the Southeast Asian Games and
HOTSHOT: Luis Suarez scored his 194th goal for Barca, tying him with Ladislao Kubala as the club’s third-highest scorer, behind Cesar Rodriguez and Lionel Messi With another decisive penalty from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid on Sunday extended their perfect run after the COVID-19 suspension and moved closer to their first Spanish title in three years. Ramos scored his fifth goal since the season resumed as Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to maintain a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat fifth-placed Villarreal 4-1. Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann were among the scorers for Barcelona after assists from Lionel Messi. Ramos converted a 73rd-minute penalty to give Madrid their seventh straight victory and they remain the only team with a perfect record since La Liga resumed. “These three points are very