Chinese and Aussies fined
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has warned Australian and Chinese soccer authorities over their players’ bad behavior after fining them for a brawl at an under-19 women’s game this month. The AFC imposed fines totaling US$12,000 over the brawl at the AFC under-19 Women’s Championship match played in Wuhan, China, on Monday. Australia’s Jessica Seaman was suspended for four matches and fined US$3,000 after “she was found guilty of violating the AFC disciplinary code.” Seaman was sent off for violent conduct during the match, which China won 2-1. The Australian under-19 women’s team were fined a total of US$4,000 for disciplinary offenses, the AFC said. The China women’s under-19 team were fined US$2,000 for involvement in the post-match scuffle, while the Chinese FA was fined US$3,000 for failing to control spectators.
Alianza held by Anzoategui
Alianza Atletico and Deportivo Anzoategui of Venezuela played out an uninspiring scoreless draw in the preliminary round of the Copa Sudamericana on Thursday. The return leg will be played in Venezuela on Sept. 15. Alianza had the better chances to break the deadlock in Peru, with the best opportunity falling to Israel Tordoya, who poked the ball wide in the 69th minute after Anzoategui goalkeeper Juan Burtovoy spilled a short corner. Both teams struggled to cope with the synthetic pitch at the largely empty Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo, northern Peru. The match was played in Chiclayo because Alianza’s home stadium 200km away in Sullana is too small to host Copa Sudamericana matches.
Hull sign Olofinjana, Altidore
Hull City signed Nigerian midfielder Seyi Olofinjana from fellow Premier League club Stoke City on Thursday. Olofinjana, who is believed to have cost £3 million (US$5 million), agreed on a four-year contract with Phil Brown’s Tigers after the 29-year-old turned down an approach from Monaco. Hull also signed US international Jozy Altidore, 19, on a season-long loan from Villarreal, subject to a work permit hearing on Monday, with a view to a permanent deal.
Fans warned on swine flu
Soccer fans have been advised to tone down their goal celebrations to reduce the risk of catching swine flu. The warning came from Susanne Huggett, the director of a German laboratory who told Thursday’s Bild: “They [fans] shouldn’t shake someone’s hand, kiss or hug” when a goal is scored. “At a football stadium, people are seated very close together. If you find yourself next to someone who is coughing and sniffling all the time, you should think about switching places,” she said. “For the moment, we don’t feel any need to do anything in this area, but we are following developments very closely and we are in close contact with the authorities,” said Holger Hieronymus, director of the Bundesliga.
Tottenham sign Bassong
Tottenham Hotspur have signed Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong, the Premier League club said on its Web site on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who can play at fullback and centerback, joins a Spurs team depleted by injuries to central defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson, while long-suffering club captain Ledley King is also doubtful to start the season. The former France under-21 international is serving a two-match ban held over from last season.
A sudden shortage of locks in Australian rugby union has opened the door for Matt Philip to reclaim his Wallabies jersey, but the Melbourne Rebels player says that the uncertainties wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have left him with a difficult choice. The Australian yesterday named Philip among 16 Rebels players either set to leave the Super Rugby club or seriously considering it, underscoring the challenge Rugby Australia faces to retain talent. Linked with a move to Section Paloise Bearn Pyrenees, commonly referred to as Pau, in France’s Top 14, Philip said that he had yet to settle his playing future, and
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
When Chinese Super League club Tianjin Tianhai surprisingly thrashed Rafael Benitez’s Dalian Yifang 5-1 to stay in the league in November last year, disgruntled fans were quick to allege corruption — the legacy of a murky past that exploded into scandal 10 years ago. Benitez, who led Liverpool to the 2005 UEFA Champions League title, was perplexed by one of the heaviest defeats of his coaching career, saying: “This is a game that I don’t quite understand.” Despite fan complaints to the Chinese Football Association (CFA), no case was brought and there is no evidence of wrongdoing. However, the haste with which some
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