Perruaux, Chafni settle row
Linesman Johann Perruaux and AJ Auxerre’s Moroccan international Kamel Chafni have settled their racism dispute, Auxerre announced on Wednesday. Chafni accused Perruaux of racially abusing him in a league match on Saturday. Chafni was sent off following an altercation with Perruaux in the 55th minute of Auxerre’s 1-0 loss at Stade Brestois 29. The midfielder had to be restrained by his teammates, as well as players from Brest, and as he left the pitch, following a delay of five minutes, he told television cameras he had been the victim of racist abuse. Perraux denied the allegations. Auxerre reported late on Wednesday that the incident was “closed.” The club added: “Following the altercation ... Mr Chafni and Perruaux spoke on the telephone following an intervention by their respective advisers.”
‘Black Panther’ hospitalized
Portuguese legend Eusebio has been hospitalized with pneumonia, his former club Benfica announced on Wednesday. The 69-year-old Mozambique-born superstar — who won the Ballon d’Or in 1965 and inspired Portugal to third place in the 1966 World Cup — was taken to hospital on Monday. “Eusebio was admitted to hospital 48 hours ago suffering from symptoms compatible with a serious respiratory infection,” said Jose Roquette, the director of the hospital. “X-rays have confirmed the diagnosis as pneumonia and he has been placed under surveillance in the intensive care unit. He is stable, conscious and in good humor.” Eusebio — nicknamed the “Black Panther” — was signed aged 19 by Benfica, and they went on to win the 1962 European Cup, while he also scored 41 goals in 64 international appearances.