Cyclist Hoy abused in error
Olympic champion cyclist Chris Hoy found himself yet again on the receiving end of Twitter abuse directed at referee Chris Foy as angry Chelsea fans vented their frustration on social media. The Premier League leaders 1-0 defeat away to Aston Villa on Saturday saw Foy send off Blues duo Willian and Ramires, as well as send Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to the stands. It is not the first time Hoy has been on the receiving end of abuse from Chelsea fans intended for Foy. In 2011, it was Tottenham fans, angered by their loss to Stoke City when Foy was the referee, who misdirected their abuse to the cycling great. That promoted Hoy to respond at the time: “Just for the record 1) I don’t need glasses and 2) I do not lead a double life as an English premier league ref. That’s Chris Foy.”
Player banned for penis art
An Australian cricketer was suspended yesterday for a bizarre incident in which he scratched the image of a penis and testicles into the pitch. South Australia paceman Daniel Worrall was slapped with a penalty of four suspension points, which is equal to two four-day matches or four one-day or Twenty20 games. He was reported for unbecoming conduct and bringing the game into disrepute after the incident on Friday last week during a Futures League match between South Australia and Victoria. Worrall scratched the image into a wicket due to be used for another match. “We are extremely disappointed in Daniel’s actions — it is not in line with the behavior we expect,” South Australia high performance general manager Jamie Cox said.
Sri Lanka stalwarts to retire
Sri Lanka stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have announced they are to retire from international Twenty20 cricket after the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh. Both players led their country to the finals of the World Twenty20, Sangakkara in 2009 in England when Sri Lanka lost to Pakistan and Jayawardene in 2012 in Sri Lanka when they were beaten by the West Indies. “Right time for me to retire. Gives the selectors more time to build for next T20 WC,” Sangakkara, 36, tweeted. “Hope to leave with a win.” The batsman has played 50 Twenty20 internationals for Sri Lanka, hitting 1,311 runs at an average of 32.77 and a strike rate of 120. Jayawardene, also 36, is Sri lanka’s leading run-scorer in the format having hit 1,335 runs at an average of 31.78 with a strike rate of 134.17 from 49 Twenty20 internationals.
Tigers plan suffers setback
Hull City owner Assem Allam’s pledge to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers next season suffered a setback on Monday when the Football Association (FA) was advised by its membership committee to reject the request. “The FA can confirm its Membership Committee met on Wednesday [last week] and has made a unanimous recommendation to The FA Council to reject Hull City’s request to change their playing name to Hull Tigers from next season,” a statement on the FA’s Web site said. The recommendation will now be discussed and voted upon at a full FA Council meeting on April 9. Allam, who bought his local club in 2010 having established successful businesses in the area, believes a change to Hull Tigers would help generate more revenue, but his plan provoked fierce opposition from fans. Allam has said he would walk away from the club if the FA turned down his request.