Black players from the Rossoneri's Under-10 youth side were allegedly booed and heckled by parents on the sidelines during their Universal Cup match with PSG
Black players from AC Milan's Under-10 team were allegedly subjected to racist abuse from parents during their Universal Cup clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
The Universal Cup is an annual youth tournament featuring 48 teams from around the world - including Chelsea, Juventus, Inter, Ajax and Benfica - and is currently taking place in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany.
On Sunday, AC Milan's Under-10s played against their PSG equivalents for a place in the semi-finals but their black players were booed and heckled throughout the match by parents on the sidelines.
It is not known which team the racist parents were following.
The Rossoneri completed the game, which they won 4-0, but expressed their anger to organisers after the match. They also consoled their black players who had been abused.
AC Milan published a statement on their official website, saying: "It has been brought to our attention that, during yesterday’s match between Milan-PSG, there were alleged incidents of racism towards Milan’s black players from certain 'people' in the stands.
"We do not wish to magnify the issue, but truly hope that these reports aren’t true or that it was simply a sporadic incident. If they were to be confirmed, then it would be simply unacceptable."
Football agent Mino Raiola condemned the abuse on his official twitter account, labelling the hecklers as "weak, ignorant racists."
In shock about today's Milan/PSG in Universal Cup parents booing colour 10 year olds. Heads up boys we'r stronger then weak ignorant racists
— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 5, 2015
The tournament's organisers, who have not responded to Goal's request for comment, posted an anti-racism video featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on their Facebook page on Monday morning.
It is not yet clear if action has been taken against the alleged racists and whether the police have been informed about the incident.
I hope no one is taking the title as a swipe against Chelsea because I don't mean it that way... it's more like it's ironic (? that even the right word in this context) that a maybe-PSG fan got racially abused earlier this year, and then more-likely-than-not PSG fans go and racially abuse kids.
what a year it's been. #saynotoracism indeed, UEFA >___> ugh
Ugh, real talk? The actual reason why no one fucking likes Chelsea.
Fuck that noise. (Also fuck you LJ. Didn't you use to work better?)
Payments to agents acting on international transfers for clubs rose to £155m ($236m) in 2014 according to Fifa figures, with a booming English transfer market accounting for by far the largest slice.
The study of the market in 2014 showed that despite the introduction of Uefa’s financial fair play rules, the booming broadcast market and growing commercial opportunities enabled English clubs to carry on spending.
One in four dollars spent globally on international transfers was allocated to English clubs and more than one in three dollars paid to agents originated from England.
Payments to agents acting on behalf of clubs have risen on average 27% year on year since 2011, when the total stood at $131m.
Of an overall transfer market that broke the $4bn barrier for the first time, English clubs spent a record $1.17bn. The huge disparity in spending between the big European leagues and the rest is reflected in the fact the money spent by English clubs on overseas transfers was more than a quarter of the total.
The second biggest spender, Spain, bought players for a total of $700m and the third, Germany, for $327m. The amount spent in France fell from $421m to $221m as the realities of FFP hit Paris Saint-Germain and other clubs such as Monaco put the brakes on their spending.
The figures, compiled by Fifa’s transfer matching system, the electronic marketplace that underpins all international transfers, show that more than a fifth of all transfers across borders in 2014 involved at least one intermediary.
That represents a reversal of the trend between 2011 and 2013, when the number of transfers involving agents dropped year on year.
Of the total spent on paying intermediaries, English clubs shelled out $87m, a $12m increase on 2013 and more than a third (37%) of the overall total.
The TMS system, put in place seven years ago to monitor and register international transfers, requires the declaration of payments to intermediaries acting on behalf of clubs, but not to players’ agents.
Mark Goddard, the general manager of Fifa TMS, said it was impossible to say what effect the recent decision to ban third-party ownership would have on the market.
“We’ll see what impact the new regulations have but we’ll still continue to record the so-called intermediary commissions and what the effect is,” he said. “There’s a lot of speculation.”
The 2014 report also identified a so-called “World Cup effect” where the value of transfers involving players of countries who overachieved increased. Transfers featuring Costa Rica players, for example, reached $10m in 2014 compared with $1m the year before.
Of those teams that reached the quarter-finals or beyond, there was an 18% increase in the volume of players of those nationalities signed by overseas clubs compared to the previous year. Taken together, the value of players from those nations who reached the quarter finals rose by 27% after the tournament when compared to 2013.
Tensions were so high between SC Bastia – a club located on the island of Corsica – and Nice, that away fans weren’t allowed at Allianz Riviera when Bastia came to visit. In fact, even clothing bearing Bastia’s colors were banned as well.
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, formerly an Italian territory now belonging to France.
So when Bastia won 1-0 on Saturday, reserve goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca decided to whip out a Corsican flag at the full-time whistle (pictured, above)and the home fans didn’t take kindly. Nice captain Didier Digard apparently tried to stop Leca, but to no avail.
About 100 fans rushed the pitch and violence ensued, with security barely able to keep fans at bay. Police had to escort the Bastia players into the locker rooms, which they thankfully did before any reported injuries occurred.
Twelve fans were arrested, and four were placed in a drunk tank overnight, according to French publication Le Monde. Police said an investigation was under way and would utilize security camera footage to figure out where fans came from and who was on the pitch.
President of the French league Federic Thiriez said it was “everything that we don’t want to see in football,” and that there would be “inevitable sanctions” for the clubs.
The incident came on the heels of fan violence on the pitch at a Euro 2015 qualifying match Serbia and Albania after a flag was displayed. In both these incidents, away fans were not allowed at the match due to fears of violence, but it didn’t halt incidents taking place.
This is also not the first time fans got violent at Allianz Riviera, with Nice and St. Etienne supporters clashing after away fans scaled a barrier between the supporter sections. It has raised questions about the safety of the stadium with France hosting Euro 2016.
pictures at the source.
Unlike the Serbia - Albania match, this was started because of a player and not a fan. I can't even begin to comment on the long history between Corsica and France (I know of it, but I don't feel comfortable speaking on it), but well... This is a touchy subject, so I hope I don't come across as harsh or not being sympathetic. I don't agree with Leca's actions. I understand, as much as I can as an outsider, the want to make his stance known - and by all means he has every right! - but I don't agree with the stage he chose. Atlhough I'm sure that was the point. Situations like this never end well, and had the police not been able to contain the fans it could have been much worse.
Curious as to what kind of sanctions LFP will hand out for SC Bastia specifically. Not too long ago they were in the news when their forward Brandão got too excited and tried to kiss Thiago Motta's nose and broke it.
As if Arsenal's 2-0 Champions League loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund wasn't bad enough, Tuesday's match could leave an even worse taste in the mouth.
As reported by the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter, Arsene Wenger confirmed star midfielder Jack Wilshere turned his ankle:
Wenger: “Jack Wilshere has turned his ankle”. No indication whether serious. #afc— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) September 16, 2014
The England international completed the 90 minutes, indicating there shouldn't be any damage to the ligaments. Wenger did believe the injury to be significant enough to mention in his post-match conference, however, and his availability for Saturday's match against Aston Villa is now a question mark.
While it appears unlikely the 22-year-old will be out for an extended period, Arsenal can ill afford injuries as the Premier League season starts to heat up. If Wilshere misses time and has to work to regain form, he could still struggle when the Gunners play Tottenham and Chelsea in a couple of weeks.
Standard Online provides the latest on Jack Wilshere's injury:
Wenger also revealed his fears about a possible injury to Jack Wilshere.
The Arsenal boss said: “It’s difficult to say how bad it is. I’m a bit cautious because of his history. Normally it’s not too bad.”
Aaron Ramsey, substituted after an hour, was compelled to tweet an apology to Arsenal’s supporters, and wrote: “That wasn't good enough tonight, sorry to all the fans and thank you for your support.
This isn't even an interesting story. I just thought I could give us some space to make the least convincing shocked faces over the fact that someone was injured in this matchup :|
Speaking to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Platini said he had voted for both host nations -- a decision he said he had taken for "the development of football."
Platini also told the paper he opposed European Union suggestions that the 2018 Russia World Cup should be boycotted because of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
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not sure... if these people listen to themselves when they speak.
(Sorry in advance if my cuts are fucked up, first time posting to LJ and I don't know what the hell I'm doing)
( Zlatan's creaky hip invites you in )
( Nobody has pictures of Gregory's injury sooo )
( Thiago Silva tells Brandão to "come catch this fade" )
Everybody knows about Motta and his nose that got blooped so let's skip right on over to the highlight of this post - PSG's 50mil Wandering Defender/Actual Sunshine, David Luiz!
( I need the press to stop asking Mou about him, I'm tired of the rudeness )
Not a great way to start the season as you all can see.
Anyway, that's all I can manage for now. I don't see as much about Paris Saint-Germain (which is understandable, I know L1 can be boring as fuck) on here, so I figured I'd try to do something for these butts! Sorry if this post is OTT, I didn't want to copy and paste stuff from other sites and thought it'd be best to throw in humour.
source for david's statement
source for the pictures of ibra
source for the other video even though it's not even in the post
also unrelated to the post, I'm going to see Brasil vs Colombia in Miami on 5 Sep and I'm scared I'll be sat in a section with mostly Colombians. ride or die for Brasil but I'm not trying to get punched for the NT. I know way too many people who are still pissed about the WC match.
mods, let me know if I need to fix anything!! I hope I didn't fuck things up too badly.
TORSTEN FRINGS RETIRESTorsten Frings, sidelined by a 2012 injury that he did not feel he could come back from, announced his retirement from professional football today in a press conference at BMO Field. All of Toronto cried ugly walrus tears for the most talented player to ever don our kit and for the loss of a true leader on the pitch.
For those who are inexplicably unfamiliar with the man, Frings spent the majority of his career in Germany with clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, and most notably Werder Bremen, before taking on a new challenge by moving to MLS and signing with Toronto FC in June 2011. Frings was capped 79 times for Deutschland and was part of the German national squads that participate din the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
In the press conference (watch multiple videos here if you're able), Frings said he's been working on his coaching certifications and hopes to take on a coaching career (presumably at Bremen), in addition to working with TFC in some capacity from Germany.
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Mark Clattenburg accused of racial slur during Chelsea v Manchester UnitedChelsea have made a formal complaint to the football authorities about the referee Mark Clattenburg, whose handling of their 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United caused such controversy, alleging that he directed "inappropriate language" towards two of their players, with club officials briefing that one part of the allegation concerns language of a racist nature.
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Ballack announces retirement
Michael Ballack, who won 98 caps for Germany and scored 42 international goals, has retired from football, a statement released through his lawyer said.
Ballack, 36, began his professional career at Chemnitzer in 1995 and went on to play for Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen (twice), Bayern Munich and Chelsea. He had been without a club since leaving Leverkusen at the end of last season, despite being linked with a move to the Australian A-League.
His outstanding career saw him win the German Footballer of the Year accolade three times and play for his country, which he also captained, in five international tournaments.
In his statement, the former midfielder, regularly acclaimed as one of the best in the world, said: "At the age of 36, I can look back on a long and wonderful time in professional football which I would not have dared to dream about as a kid.
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At around the same time as football fans were reading in Thursday’s morning papers that Preciado had been named as the new Villarreal coach and was to be presented on Friday, the news began filtering through that the 54-year-old had passed away overnight having suffered a heart attack.
Instantly, the front pages of the four main sports sites in Spain lead with the news of the loss, firmly relegating the European Championships into second place. This may not have been the case for any other manager with CV such as his. Preciado was a Cantabrian coach who had roots at Racing Santander - where he had spent time as a player in the late 70s and early 80s, but who found most success at Sporting, a side whom he lead into la Primera in 2008 and staying there against the odds until this summer. In an unhappy end to his time at El Molinón, Preciado was sacked mid-season after nearly six years at the helm.
However, it would not be an exaggeration to say that Manolo Preciado was one of the most loved and respected figures in the Spanish game, which is why tributes poured in so rapidly when the news broke of such a tragic loss to the sport.
read the rest at La Liga Loca
this was such awful news to wake up to. rest in peace, Manolo. you and your no-nonsense way of talking and your magnificent mustache will be terribly missed.
Guardiola to quit Barcelona
Boss set to leave the club in the summerSky Sports sources understand that Pep Guardiola has told Barcelona he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The Barcelona boss has guided the Catalan giants to two UEFA Champions League titles in his four seasons with the club as well as a host of other trophies.
But the former Barca star's future has been a source of constant speculation for months and the 41-year-old is understood to have finally confirmed he intends to bring his time at the club to an end.
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Liverpool Director of Football Damien Comolli sacked as owners react to failed transfers and desperate run of results
Liverpool have sacked Director of Football Damien Comolli after the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, reviewed the club's failure in the transfer market that saw high-profile and expensive acquisitions such as Andy Carroll contribute to a chastening season in the Premier League.
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Chelsea have parted company with André Villas-Boas. The manager has left the club following a string of poor results that culminated in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion which left the club fifth in the table.
Villas-Boas's assistant, Roberto Di Matteo, has been appointed the new first team coach until the end of the season.
Villas-Boas joined the club eight months ago after the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich paid Porto £13.3m to make him Carlo Ancelotti's successor.
A club statement read: "The board would like to record our gratitude for his work and express our disappointment that the relationship has ended so early.
"Unfortunately the results and performances of the team have not been good enough and were showing no signs of improving at a key time in the season.
"The club is still competing in the latter stages of the Uefa Champions League and the FA Cup, as well as challenging for a top-four spot in the Premier League, and we aim to remain as competitive as possible on all fronts."
"With that in mind we felt our only option was to make a change at this time."
Edit: They've added more to the article at the source, just news bits and pieces from yesterday - and Benitez speculation. Everyone keeps mentioning Benitez.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has been accused of making a homophobic slur prior to Tuesday's Champions League game away to CSKA Moscow.
Mourinho is alleged to have called match officials "faggots" prior to the 1-1 draw in Moscow.
The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) has filed a complaint against the Special One, while co-president Louise Englefield has urged UEFA to take action against the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss.
"Homophobia is unacceptable from anyone in football, much less from one of the game's most senior figures," Englefield was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
"We are deeply disappointed that Mr. Mourinho is casually using homophobic terms of abuse in his workplace.
"It is especially sad that these comments have been made during the International Football v Homophobia campaign week.
"As long-standing partners of the FARE network, we call on UEFA to take action and impose appropriate sanctions."
at last there is a reason for my hatred of him that isn't "but i hate all the teams he coaches/he's an asshole, really"