Sofia derby sparks violence
Two policemen were injured and 70 fans arrested in the area around the derby between archrivals Levski Sofia and CSKA Sofia on Saturday, the Ministry of the Interior said, as racial tensions ratcheted up the violence. Supporters groups had threatened attacks against the growing number of immigrants in three Sofia suburbs, prompting police to bolster security around their shelters. Eight fans were arrested after trying to provoke four African immigrants outside the capital’s central mosque before the game, the ministry said. Another 62 arrests were carried out before, during and after the game of rowdy fans who carried knives and other objects that are banned in stadiums. Levski and CSKA are the country’s most popular teams and traditional archrivals, so their fans frequently clash. CSKA won Saturday’s game 3-0 and are currently second in the table after 13 matches.
Mou sent off, sits with fan
A starstruck Chelsea supporter had an unexpected surprise during his side’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday when he found himself sitting beside manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor with 20 minutes to play in the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge and clambered into a vacant seat next to Chelsea fan Sean Buxton. Buxton quickly uploaded a picture of himself and Mourinho on his Twitter account, @Sean_Buxtonzz, alongside the caption: “OMG [oh my God] morinho [sic] is sitting next to me!!!!!” He later added: “He’s taking the piss with the leg room.” The picture quickly drew close to 10,000 retweets. Chelsea’s fans swiftly commemorated the incident with a chant, singing: “Jose Mourinho, he sits where he wants.”
PSG blank Bastia 4-0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani both struck twice to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a comfortable 4-0 victory over a hapless SC Bastia and lift the capital side three points clear in Ligue 1 on Saturday. In other matches, Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama saved a late penalty to preserve LOSC Lille Metropole’s 1-0 win against last year’s champions Montpellier Hearult, while En Avant de Guingamp came back to defeat Evian Thonon Gaillard 2-1. Nantes continued their sparkling return to the top flight by defeating AC Ajaccio 1-0 in Corsica, while Algerian Foued Kadir gave Stade Rennais a 2-0 lead, before basement dwellers Valenciennes stormed back to salvage a 2-2 draw.
Birsa saves Milan at Udinese
A stunning long-range strike by Valter Birsa helped AC Milan end their poor run of Serie A form with a scrappy 1-0 home win over Udinese on Saturday. In the day’s other, match Cagliari came from a goal down to beat 10-man Catania 2-1 on their return to the Stadio Comunale Sant’Elia stadium after an 18-month absence in which they played at the Stadio Is Arenas. Birsa gave injury-ravaged Milan, who were without a host of players — including striker Mario Balotelli — their third league win of the season following a 22nd-minute counterattack. Despite a far from convincing display during which Brazilian Kaka made an uneventful 20-minute cameo appearance, Massimiliano Allegri’s side leapfrogged Udinese into eighth place with 11 points from eight games. Cagliari occupy 10th position in the table, while Catania are fifth from bottom.