The Spanish press yesterday stepped up the pressure on Italy ahead of their Euro 2008 quarter-final, talking of a sporting “vendetta” in which Spain would take revenge for its 1994 World Cup exit.
“Luis Enrique calls for a vendetta,” headlined the sporting daily Marca.
Spanish midfielder Enrique had his nose broken by an elbow jab from Italian defender Mauro Tassotti in the quarter-final of the World Cup in the US, a match Spain lost 2-1.
The incident, which the referee said he never saw, and the images of Enrique in tears with blood on his face, he reportedly lost a pint of blood, left the whole of Spain in shock — Tassotti was to later be suspended for eight games which cost him his place in the World Cup final line-up.
This time “we will have the advantage because Tassotti will not be playing,” said Enrique, whose appeal for a “vendetta” was widely reported by the Spanish media yesterday.
“Spain will not forget that episode and can make amends by eliminating the world champions” in the quarter-final match in Vienna on Sunday, the ABC newspaper said.
Enrique, 38, hopes that Spain’s star striker David Villa, who like him is from the northwestern region of Asturias, will “take revenge for the elbow jab.”
Villa is the tournament’s top scorer so far, with four goals, including a hat-trick in the 4-1 defeat of Russia.
Tassotti, 48 and now an assistant coach at his beloved AC Milan, told Marca he was “tired” of talking about the incident, but said he had “never intended to hurt” Enrique.
Uncertainty grips next year’s postponed Tokyo Olympic Games: Will there be fans or empty stadiums in 14 months? How will thousands of athletes, staff members and technical officials travel, be housed and stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic? And the Tokyo Games are not the only event. China, where COVID-19 was first detected, is to hold three mega-sports events in the year after the Tokyo Olympics are set to close. The World University Games in Chengdu, China, are to open, with up to 8,000 athletes, only 10 days after the Tokyo Games close. Next come the Beijing Winter Olympics beginning on Feb. 4, 2022,
PANDEMIC HYGIENE: Players had their temperatures checked, carried their own equipment and towels, and tapped rackets to congratulate the match winners Alison Riske and Danielle Collins of the US and Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic were among the winners on Friday, the opening day of a women’s tennis mini-tournament in Florida that offered professional players an opportunity to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The WTA women’s tennis tour canceled four more events this week and is not to resume until at least July 20. However, four women ranked in the top 60 in the world turned out for the UTR Pro Match Series event in Palm Beach, which followed a similar event for men two weeks ago. World No. 51 Collins toppled 28th-ranked compatriot Amanda Anisimova
The Rakuten Monkeys remained atop the CPBL table, despite a 5-7 loss to the Uni-President Lions in Taoyuan yesterday, while the CTBC Brothers fell to the Fubon Guardians at the Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. The visiting Guardians blasted three home runs in their 7-3 triumph, helping Dominican pitcher Henry Sosa pocket his second win of the season. Improving his record to 2-2, Sosa sailed through seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out five. He gave up one earned run in the opening frame, with two Brothers relievers mopping up the final two innings. Fubon’s marquee stars, designated hitter Hu Chin-lung and first baseman
Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, was on Sunday charged with physically assaulting his ex-wife, prosecutors said. A court in Tbilisi charged Basilashvili with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor,” before releasing him on US$30,000 bail, prosecutor Natia Guruli said. He faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. Basilashvili’s ex-wife, Neka Dorokashvili, on Sunday told Mtavari TV that Basilashvili “physically assaulted” her on Friday in the presence of their five-year-old son. Basilashvili denied the charges, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said. The 28-year-old won his second ATP Tour title at the China