Fri, Sep 25, 2015 - Page 18


Gabriel reprieve blasted

The Football Association’s (FA) decision to rescind Arsenal defender Gabriel’s red card has set a precedent allowing retaliation on the pitch, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said. Gabriel was sent off for kicking out at Diego Costa during the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat by Chelsea at the weekend. Arsenal ended the match at Stamford Bridge with nine men, but the turning point came when Costa clashed with first Laurent Koscielny and then Gabriel with the score still 0-0, eventually provoking the latter into kicking out, resulting in him being show a straight red. The FA overturned referee Mike Dean’s decision to dismiss Gabriel and handed Costa a three-match ban for violent conduct for striking Koscielny in the face before the sending off. “Now we know that retaliation is allowed. No problem, you can do it,” Mourinho told the British media. His Arsenal counterpart and bitter rival, Arsene Wenger, said the FA’s decision to rescind Gabriel’s red card repaired just 5 per cent of the damage his team suffered during the defeat. “That just shows that they [the FA] decided after the game what should have been decided during the game and they repair 5 percent of the damage that has been done to us. Instead of us playing 11 against 10, we played 10 against 11,” the Frenchman said.


Rape kit tampering alleged

A rape investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane took a bizarre turn in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday when the attorney for the accuser said an empty paper bag that once held the woman’s rape kit had been secretly placed in the doorway of her mother’s home. Kane’s attorney said both sides have been told none of Kane’s DNA was found “from the waist down” on the woman. Police said no packaging is missing from the rape kit. “Something seriously has gone amiss,” attorney Thomas Eoannou told reporters during a news conference, where he held up the wrinkled brown bag that he said pointed to the possibility of evidence tampering. He said the woman’s mother discovered the bag on Tuesday afternoon when she came home from work for lunch. She found the bag folded up between a storm door and her front door, he said. It was the first time Eoannou has spoken publicly about the case that has been the source of intense speculation and rumor since early last month, when Kane was accused of assaulting a young woman in his waterfront mansion after they met at a nightclub. Kane last week said he did nothing wrong and expected to be absolved.


Champ mistaken for thief

Boxer Carlos Zambrano, the WBA world featherweight champion, claims he was stopped by armed police in Lima, Peru, investigating the theft of his own laptop while he was pursuing the thieves. “They saw this little black guy at the wheel and then they said the little black guy is the thief,” the 31-year-old told Canal N television in Lima. The incident took place on Wednesday morning when his computer was stolen outside a fast food restaurant in the San Borja area of the Peruvian capital. “Three policemen stopped me, thinking I was the thief. They drew their weapons and ordered me to get out of my car, despite me telling them that I was pursuing the thieves,” the fighter added. Zambrano described the incident as a “racial issue” because “how is it possible that they could take me for the thief when they saw my car behind. When they saw my driving licence and my name, they changed their minds. They said: ‘It’s the world champion.’ They then let me go.”