Spurs unveil stadium plans
Tottenham Hotspur unveiled revised plans for their new stadium yesterday that now include a hotel and public spaces built alongside it. The new ground, to be built almost exactly on the site where White Hart Lane now stands, will have a capacity of 58,000, the club said in a statement. It will include a dedicated space for community events, such as street markets, performers, an ice rink or educational activities and a second smaller, quieter space. The development now also includes a hotel, which “will provide a further economic boost for the area,” the club said. The plans will be shown to the public between today and next Tuesday. Club chairman Daniel Levy said: “Too often new stadiums are surrounded by empty, dead space and we did not want that in Tottenham. Instead ... we have embraced the opportunity to create something truly special for local people.”
Dalmat charged with assault
Sochaux captain Stephane Dalmat was charged on Tuesday with assaulting his wife and a policeman, a spokesman at the Paris prosecutors’ office said. Dalmat, who plays in midfield for the struggling Ligue 1 team, was released on bail and will appear before a Paris court on May 27. The 30-year-old was arrested early on Monday on the exclusive Champs Elysees avenue in central Paris after he was seen hitting his wife. He punched the policeman who intervened, the prosecutors’ spokesman said, adding that Dalmat was drunk at the time. “Obviously, he will be punished, sportingly and financially,” Sochaux coach Francis Gillot told reporters on Tuesday. “But we have two months left to escape relegation and we will need everybody, including Stephane Dalmat.”
Maicon out for several weeks
Inter’s Brazilian defender Maicon will be out of action for several weeks after injuring his right leg in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier draw in Ecuador, club doctor Franco Combi said on Tuesday. Combi told the Inter Web site that Maicon had suffered” a serious injury to his right leg,” without elaborating. He added that Brazil doctor Jose Luis Runco would treat the player until he returned to Italy in around 10 days. Italian media said that Maicon, a regular under Inter coach Jose Mourinho scoring five times in 40 games, would not be back in action before the final two or three matches of the season.
Kohl’s manager arrested
Banned Austrian cyclist Bernhard Kohl’s former manager was arrested on Tuesday on doping charges. Stefan Matschiner was arrested in the middle of the night after he returned to Austria from a trip to the US, Vienna state prosecutor Gerhard Jarosch said. “He has been arrested on suspicion that he supplied athletes with doping drugs ... right up until recently,” Jarosch said. Jarosch said Matschiner could be prosecuted under Austria’s new, tougher anti-doping law which took effect in August. Under the law, selling banned substances is a criminal offence carrying a punishment of up to five years in prison. Jarosch said that in Matschiner’s case, the maximum prison sentence for the crimes he was accused of was up to three years. Kohl was handed a two-year ban last November for testing positive for the new generation blood-booster CERA in retroactive tests carried out on samples provided during last year’s Tour de France. Kohl told a Vienna news conference on Tuesday that he had engaged in doping since his first contact with Matschiner in 2005.