SOCCER SHORTS

Agencies

Thu, Feb 28, 2013 - Page 18

ITALY

Bologna win Appenine derby

Greece winger Lazaros Christodoulopoulos scored the winner in the 84th minute as Bologna came back from a goal down to beat visiting ACF Fiorentina 2-1 Tuesday in the Appenine derby, which was postponed two days due to snow. Adem Ljajic had put Fiorentina ahead in the 27th, using an angled shot to finish off a counterattack for his third goal in two matches. Marco Motta equalized for Bologna in the 58th by heading in a free-kick from Alessandro Diamanti. Christodoulopoulos, who joined Bologna on the final day of last month’s transfer window from Panathinaikos, decided the match with a shot from beyond the area after Fiorentina failed to clear. Fiorentina remained tied for sixth with Catania, two points behind Inter. Bologna moved into a tie for 14th.

FRANCE

‘Come to vibrate’: Rennes

Top-flight French soccer club Stade Rennais risked drawing the wrath of the feminist movement by launching an advertising campaign based at female fans featuring a sex toy with the logo Venez vibrer (“come to vibrate”). The Brittanny-based Ligue 1 outfit posted a photograph of a vibrating sex toy, in the shape of a black miniature duck wearing a red and black club scarf, on its Web site, staderennais.com. “Five euros for all women,” said the club of the price of tickets for the Rennes against AS Saint-Etienne match on March 8, which is international women’s day. The campaign was largely supported on the club’s facebook page, as the regional daily Le Telegramme asked: “A sexist invitation?” A Rennes spokesman countered that insinuation, saying that the ad was “a creative, offbeat choice, humorous, but certainly not sexist.”

LEBANON

National players banned

The Lebanese Football Association has suspended two national team players for life and handed down suspensions ranging from one to three seasons to 22 other players who were implicated in a match-fixing and bribery scandal. West Asian Football Federation general secretary Fadi Zreiqat announced the suspensions on Tuesday in Beirut. The association appointed Zreiqat to head an investigation into reports of illegal betting and match-fixing in games involving Lebanese clubs in Asian League matches. The investigation determined the players took money from betting companies and intentionally lost games. The two players suspended for life and fined US$15,000 are Mahmoud al-Ali and Ramez Dayoub. Both have played for the national team.

BRAZIL

Corinthians appeal denied

The governing body of South American soccer on Tuesday turned down an appeal by Brazilian club Corinthians and ruled the team will have to play in an empty stadium for 60 days following the death last week of a 14-year-old boy. CONMEBOL said it a statement that it was upholding the decision it made last week in imposing the 60-day penalty. Kevin Beltran Espada died last week with head injuries caused by a flare thrown from the Corinthians fans section. A 17-year-old Corinthians fan has turned himself in to police after telling Brazilian television he had launched the device. The incident took place at a Copa Libertadores match at Bolivian club San Jose.