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Alhinho falls to his death

Carlos Alhinho, a former Portugal international, died after falling into an empty elevator shaft in Angola, Portuguese club Benfica said. He was 59. Alhinho apparently opened the elevator door at a hotel in Benguela, Angola, and stepped in on Saturday, but the carriage was not there and he fell from the sixth floor. He died despite receiving medical attention at the hotel. Alhinho, who was born in Cape Verde but played for Portugal 15 times, made his international debut against Northern Ireland on March 28, 1973. He played for Portugal’s top three clubs in his professional career, Benfica, Sporting and FC Porto. Alhinho also coached the national teams of Angola and Cape Verde Islands.


Pamuk pans soccer culture

Nobel prizewinning novelist Orhan Pamuk said soccer in Turkey serves nationalist and xenophobic thinking, but that he would still be supporting the country’s team at Euro 2008. Pamuk said in an interview with German weekly Der Spiegel that soccer in Turkey had become “a machine for the production of nationalism, xenophobia and authoritarian thought.” However, the Istanbul-based writer, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006, said that he was “of course, for the Turkish team at the European Championships” even though Turkey coach Fatih Terim was “an ultra nationalist.”


At least eight die at match

At least eight people suffocated in an overcrowded stadium during a match between Liberia and Gambia on Sunday, a doctor and an aid worker said. The eight bodies were taken to the country’s main hospital, said the Liberian Football Association’s chief doctor, Sam Harris. The 33,000-seat Samuel K. Doe Stadium in Monrovia had been packed beyond capacity for the World Cup qualifying match. At one point a metal bar containing upper-level crowds broke under pressure from rowdy fans. Dozens of people fell onto spectators below, causing some to suffocate, said a Liberian Red Cross rescue worker, Emmanuel Johnson. “Other spectators tried all sorts of means to save [them], but could not help. That is why they expired,” Johnson said. He put the death toll at 10. There was no immediate way to reconcile the conflicting tolls.


Cops, players in pitch battle

A player was arrested after being sent off in a Brazilian championship match and riot police used pepper spray and truncheons in fights with his teammates on the pitch on Sunday. Botafogo’s match away to Nautico in Recife was interrupted for 12 minutes by the fighting, which ended with Botafogo defender Andre Luis being bundled out of the stadium with his hands behind his back by around 10 officers. Andre Luis was taken to a mobile police station where he was arrested along with club president Bebeto de Freitas. Both were released after questioning. “Botafogo are outraged at the way we were treated here,” De Freitas told reporters. “Footballers are not bandits and are not to be kicked and punched. This has to stop. The player was wrong, he will be punished and suspended, we have sporting legislation to deal with this. What is not acceptable is for him to have pepper in his face or be prodded in the back with a truncheon.” The trouble broke out when Andre Luis was sent off after being given a second yellow card for a tackle from behind. As he left the pitch, the furious player made gestures to supporters and kicked a bottle into the stands.

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