Shampoo thrown in protest
Nine cars belonging to Red Star players had their windows smashed and shampoo bottles hurled inside, in an apparent protest by fans against the team’s poor results. The incidents in the Red Star Stadium parking lot yesterday came a day after the players issued an open letter claiming Serbia’s most popular club is facing an “alarming” financial situation amid bickering within its leadership. The players said they have to train on poorly maintained grass pitches in the largest stadium in the Balkans, and they even lack shampoo in the dressing room. Red Star, European champions in 1991, owes millions of dollars to its players, coaches and creditors, and for years has endured poor results in the low-quality domestic league.
Indonesian signs Inter deal
Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir has acquired a majority stake in Inter, club president Massimo Moratti confirmed yesterday. “We have signed with Thohir,” Moratti said. According to Italian press reports, Thohir will acquire a majority 70 percent stake in the club. Thohir had been linked with a takeover of the Serie A club since last season, which Inter finished in a disappointing ninth place, failing to qualify for European competition in the process. Moratti and Thohir met twice, in May and June, this year, but failed to reach an agreement. Inter, the last Italian side to win the Champions League, in 2010 when they won the treble under Jose Mourinho, are reported to be desperate for a move away from the San Siro ground they share with city rivals AC Milan. Moratti is also keen for the club to take advantage of ripe markets in Asia which English Premier League giants like Manchester United have exploited. Inter are one of the three biggest clubs in Italian soccer, along with city rivals AC Milan and champions Juventus.
McGinley takes lessons
With less than a year to go until the Ryder Cup, Europe captain Paul McGinley is deep in training for one of the key aspects of his role — public speaking. McGinley has been undergoing half-day sessions in London to improve the content of the many speeches he will make before and during next year’s competition against the US at Gleneagles. The Irishman says “it’s about getting everything chronologically correct in my presentations. I’ve been asked to do more and more public speaking, and I feel need to get myself more to a professional level.” Sam Torrance, Europe’s captain in 2002, said after being chosen for the role that he feared the speeches he would have to give more than the combined strength of the US team.
Meriweather dies aged 59
Former NBA player Joe Meriweather, who later coached women’s basketball at Park University in Missouri, has died in Columbus, Georgia. He was 59. Park athletic department spokesman Steve Wilson says Meriweather died unexpectedly on Sunday. The cause of death was unknown. The 10-year NBA veteran played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the New Orleans Jazz, the New York Knicks and the Kansas City Kings. The 2.08m Meriweather was the 11th pick in the 1975 NBA draft out of Southern Illinois University and is in its hall of fame. Wilson said Meriweather is the most successful women’s basketball coach in Park University history.