Inter fans under scrutiny
Inter risk disciplinary proceedings after their fans were accused of racist behavior during the Europa League last 16 clash at home to Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA said on Monday. A statement from European soccer’s governing body said the Serie A club were under investigation for “racist behavior of supporters, insufficient organization and the throwing of missiles and/or fireworks.” Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor was allegedly subjected to monkey chants and plastic bananas were waved in one section of the San Siro. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, whose team went through on away goals after the 4-4 aggregate score, told reporters after the game that it was “very easy” to hear the chanting and said he hoped UEFA would act. Last month, Inter were fined 50,000 euros (US$65,300) by the Italian league after fans racially abused their former player Mario Balotelli in a derby with AC Milan.
Clubs to get defibrillators
The English FA marked the first anniversary of Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie by announcing it was providing more than 900 life-saving defibrillators to senior men’s and women’s soccer clubs in England. In a joint statement with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) on Monday, the FA said the “initiative will create thousands of life-savers by giving players, staff and fans access to the equipment and information needed to save a life.” The BHF will match a donation of ￡400,000 from the FA toward the cost of the defibrillators, with another ￡400,000 coming from clubs. Awareness about sudden cardiac arrest was heightened when former England under-21 player Muamba collapsed while his team Bolton Wanderers were playing Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane on March 17 last year. Muamba, who made a full recovery after effectively being “dead” for 78 minutes, has retired from playing on medical grounds.
Brian O’Driscoll cited
Ireland center Brian O’Driscoll has been cited for allegedly stamping on an opponent during the 22-15 Six Nations championship loss to Italy at the weekend, organizers said on Monday. O’Driscoll was sent to the sin bin in the 29th minute of Saturday’s match after the referee decided he had brought his foot down on Simone Favaro’s stomach during a ruck at the Stadio Olimpico. “O’Driscoll ... has been cited by the Independent Citing Commissioner for an alleged stamping or trampling on an opponent, contrary to law 10.4 (b),” a statement said. Details of the hearing will be announced later. The match may have been the 34-year-old Irishman’s last for his country.
Black Caps eye Bracewell
Seamer Doug Bracewell will be added to New Zealand’s squad for the third Test against England if he can prove he is match fit, coach Mike Hesson said yesterday. Bracewell missed the first two Tests, earning a reprimand from management, after he cut his foot while cleaning up broken glass after a house party earlier this month. Hesson said the 22-year-old would be confirmed in the squad if he came through a one-day domestic fixture in Christchurch today unscathed. “Doug’s availability creates a real battle for spots for this deciding Test against England,” he said. “It also helps to manage the workload for a group of bowlers who have carried a heavy load during the first two Tests.”