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Other serious historical incidents that never forced to postpone a Eurocup

first_img1992: War leaves Yugoslavia outThe Yugoslavia team had a powerful team in the early 1990s. Their hopes were largely based on the generation that had conquered the 1987 U-20 World Cup with footballers such as Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban, Pedrag Mijatovic, Davor Suker, Branko Brnovic and Igor Stimac. Everyone by 1991 had matured and joined other talents such as Darko Pancev, Dejan Savicevic, and Sinisa Mihailovic.Based on Red Star, Yugoslavia completed a brilliant qualifying phase for the 1992 European Championship in Sweden. In Group 4, alongside Denmark, Northern Ireland, Austria and the Faroe Islands, they won seven games and lost one to become the team. highest scorer with 24 goals. Nevertheless, that generation of great soccer players could not participate in the tournament.In 1990, conflicts between the various republics that formed Yugoslavia made the outbreak of a war practically inevitable, which finally began in 1991 with the brief conflict in Slovenia that gave way to the war in Croatia and its extension to Bosnia. The UN intervened and on May 30, 1992 issued resolution 757 in which, among other opinions, it sanctioned the Yugoslav government by preventing the participation of its athletes in international competitions.The Euro Cup, which was to start on June 10, condemned Yugoslavia, which was already concentrated to participate in the tournament. His replacement, Denmark, was summoned urgently and many of his players were on vacation. Interestingly, he won the Swedish Euro Cup after beating Germany in the final.1996: The Manchester Terrorist AttackThe 1996 European Championship in England was marked by the terrorist attack in Manchester during the first phase. At 11:17 a.m. on June 15, an IRA-placed bomb van exploded on Corporation Street, wrecking the city’s shopping center. There were no fatalities, but 211 were injured.It was a severe blow to England, which two years earlier had achieved a ceasefire to end terrorist activity. As a result of the attack, the Russia-Germany that had to take place that afternoon in Old Trafford was postponed and security was multiplied to avoid another catastrophe. Finally, the match was played the following day with a 3-0 victory for Germany with goals by Mattias Sammer and a double by Jürgen Klinsmann. The German team qualified for the quarterfinals and Russia was eliminated.2014: Incidents of Serbia-Albania in the classificationIn the qualifying phase for the 2016 European Championship in France, the match between Serbia and Albania had to be suspended due to incidents that caused a drone with the “Greater Albania” flag to erupt while the clash was taking place.At 41 minutes, the English referee Martin Atkinson and the players retired to the locker room after the appearance of the drone with the flag over the Partizán stadium that caused outrage from the spectators. The Serbian player Stefan Mitrovic picked up the flag to lower the apparatus and was pushed by several Albanian players that caused a tangana on the field, the launch of firecrackers and flares and an attempted field invasion.Atkinson finally decreed the suspension of the party, which was considered of maximum risk due to the enmity between the fans of Serbia and Albania for the conflict in Kosovo, an ancient Serbian province populated mostly by Albanians that became unilaterally independent in 2008. After the incident, UEFA sanctioned Serbia with three points and playing two games behind closed doors while their rival was sentenced to lose that match 3-0. The postponement of Euro 2020 due to the coronavirus is not the only shock that a competition has suffered throughout a history that began on September 28, 1958 with a match that the Soviet Union won 3-1 against Hungary.Since then and until today, the Euro Cup, both in its finals and qualifying phases, has suffered five serious incidents that have never, as UEFA decided on Tuesday, caused the tournament to be suspended.1960: Franco prohibits Spain from traveling to Russia for the semifinalsIn the 1960 Euro Cup, called the Nations Cup, Spain lost a great opportunity to win the trophy. The team then led by Ramón Gabilondo was one of the favorites of the competition. With names like Luis Suárez (Golden Ball that year), Alfredo Di Stéfano, Francisco Gento, Antonio Ramallets, Fernando Olivella or Ladislao Kubala, he had many ballots to take the victory.In the first round, he razed Poland. He won 2-4 in the first leg with doublets by Luis Suárez and Di Stéfano and 3-0 in the return, with the successes of Enrique Gensana, Gento and, again, Di Stéfano. In the quarterfinals, the Soviet Union awaited, which eliminated Hungary. Nevertheless, Franco’s decision, in a tense political climate, not to face the Soviet cadre and, above all, to prohibit them from entering Spanish territory, prevented Spain from winning its first title.The slightest option of falling defeated in the communist country was not liked by Spanish politicians, who were also not willing for any Soviet to step on Spain. In the end, UEFA decreed the expulsion of Spain from the Euro Cup and the classification of the Soviet Union, then champion, for the next phase. In 1964, curiously, Spain played against the Soviet Union and won its first Eurocup at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.1964: The Albania-Greece war and organizing SpainThe 1964 edition was marked by two moments. The first with the declaration of Spain as organizer of the final phase to avoid a repetition of the events of 1960, when it refused to confront the Soviet Union causing its automatic elimination. In this way, he could play the games at home, with the only condition that the USSR could tread on Spanish territory. José Villalonga’s team eliminated Romania, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Hungary and, in the final, beat the Soviet team to win the title.The second with the pairing of Albania and Greece in the preliminary phase. That edition, like the one in 1960, was not spared political problems. The draw revealed that Albania and Greece had to face each other, on Hellenic soil on June 21, 1962 and in Tirana on March 31, 1963. Neither party came to be held because Greece withdrew.The relations of both countries were always complicated. The border between the two is over the historical region of Epirus, the object of dispute between both states. In 1913, northern Epirus with a Hellenic ethnic minority became part of Albania. The south, with Albanian communities, was left for Greece.World War II distanced the link between the two countries. Albania, occupied by Italy, served as a bridge to attack Greece, which stopped the transalpine army. Germany helped its ally and finally caused the fall of Athens until 1944, when Hitler’s troops left the Hellenic country. After the conflict, Greece suffered a civil war that was won by Pro-NATO forces, which claimed the northern territory of Epirus and expelled the southern Albanian population accused of collaborating with the Italian-German occupation regime.The state of war started in 1940 was maintained during the following decades and it was this conflict that motivated Greece not to play in 1962 and 1963 against Albania, which went on to the next round due to the withdrawal of its rival to be eliminated by Denmark.last_img read more

Kyrgios offers to bring food to those most in need

first_imgNick Kyrgios has needed to dedicate himself to serving to his Australian compatriots in the course of the quarantine of the nation to curb infections by the coronavirus, which have already left greater than 5,600 contaminated and 33 deceased.Kyrgios posted a message on his Instagram account providing to bring food to those who don’t have any revenue or who’re going by means of a troublesome scenario due to confinement. “If somebody will not be working or has no revenue and runs out of food or is having a tough time … please don’t go to sleep on an empty abdomen. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ship me a personal message. It will make me very glad share what I’ve. It doesn’t matter if it’s a field of noodles, some bread or milk. I’ll go away it in your doorstep, no questions requested! “ A brand new gesture of solidarity from Kyrgios, who in January was one of many predominant promoters of the world tennis initiative to assist those affected by the fires that ravaged Australia. The Australian joins different initiatives developed by different rackets corresponding to Rafa Nadal, together with Pau Gasol, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer, who’ve additionally donated cash to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

‘Junk dealer’ establishes questionable operations in Atlantic Gardens

first_img– NDC launches investigationResidents of Atlantic Gardens are peeved at what appears to be the unlawful establishment of a ‘junkyard’ at Lot 169 Azalea Avenue, Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara.Guyana Times recently visited the location and saw what appeared to be several dilapidated heavy-duty trucks parked on the Government reserve precariously close to the main roadway and old rotted truck cabins, trays, chassis and other vehicular parts on the once lush green plot.Parked trucks in Atlantic GardensParts of dismantled trucksOne visibly upset resident explained that he managed to get the Overseer of the La Bonne Intention/Better Hope Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Shevonne Savory, to visit the site and inspect the operations.He related that the Overseer confirmed that what was occurring was illegal and the NDC would take steps to have the operations removed.More than a month later, the situation has gotten worse.Residents are peeved at the eyesore the business has become, the apparent loss of affluence and value in their properties, as some even questioned whether Atlantic Gardens was still a residential area.Other residents took the opportunity to lambaste the NDC for not fulfilling its mandate of collecting garbage, weeding the drains and for turning a blind eye to littering in addition to condoning this disgrace.Upon enquiry, one resident mentioned that the owner of the property upon which the operations was established was only known as “Fat Man” and he owned a spare parts dealership situated opposite Apex School on the Public Road.Residents are claiming that the ‘junkyard’ would become a haven for thieves and animals, had the potential to be a public health hazard by adding to already unsanitary conditions, while polluting the environment with rubbish, which was already evident on the southern parapet, as well as obstruct traffic and pose a fire hazard through the use of welding torches to cut the metal.The daily traversing of heavy-duty vehicles was seen as bringing further destruction to the already severely potholed roads and damaged parapets.Damage to the parapets was clearly visible when Guyana Times visited, as heavy machinery was rolling upon the reserves to manipulate their overweight and over-sized cargo into position.InvestigationsThe Overseer who initially visited the site and suspected the operations to be illegal has resigned from her post with the NDC.NDC Chairman Zamin Shaw, when contacted, explained that an investigation was ongoing into the matter and assured residents that all steps were being taken to address the issue.Shaw said the NDC was unable to ascertain the owner of the property; however, a notice to clear the roadways was dispatched to a caretaker who often visited the property.Currently, the NDC is awaiting a response.Moreover, the Chairman said he was in the process of seeking advice from technical personnel on how to proceed with the matter, since not much substantial information has been gathered on the operations.last_img read more

CPJ’s #WhereIsAzory Campaign Highlights Missing Tanzanian Journalist

first_imgTanzanian freelance journalist, Azory Gwanda, was last seen by his family and friends on November 21, 2017.The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Monday, April 8 launched the #WhereIsAzory campaign to bring attention to the case of a Tanzanian freelance journalist Azory Gwanda, as Friday, April 5, 2019, marks 500 days since he was last seen.The campaign intends to raise awareness about Gwanda, and will call on Tanzanian authorities to carry out a credible investigation and publicly account for his fate. Supporters can participate by sharing the hashtags #WhereIsAzory and #MrudisheniAzory on social media.“Azory Gwanda is a freelance journalist reporting about his community, and he must not become just another statistic,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator.“Through this campaign, we want to ensure that Gwanda’s case becomes a priority for the Tanzanian authorities, and that we get much-needed answers about what really happened to him. Until that time, Tanzanian journalists will not feel safe,” Quintal said in a statement posted on CPJ’s website.Gwanda was last seen by his family and friends on November 21, 2017, according to CPJ research. He told his wife, Anna Pinoni, that he was taking an emergency trip, and would return the next day, but since then, his whereabout has remained unknown.In an interview with Mwananchi newspaper, Pinoni said she thought her husband’s disappearance might be linked to his work reporting on a series of mysterious killings in Tanzania’s Coast region, a view shared by others with whom CPJ has spoken.In Tanzania, journalists and media outlets are wary of retaliation if they are too vocal about Gwanda’s case. When two CPJ representatives were detained overnight and interrogated in Tanzania last year, they were specifically asked about their interest in Gwanda. His disappearance comes amid declining press freedom in the country, including government-ordered media shutdowns, fines, restrictive regulations, and arbitrary arrests of journalists.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man who ate at Palm Court but refused to pay charged

first_imgA man who ordered from Palm Court food worth more than $20,000, including chicken wings and nuggets, found himself on Monday before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman after he refused to honour his debt.Thirty-two-year-old Oswin Randy Archer of Third Avenue, Bartica denied that on March 6, 2018 at Main Street, Georgetown, he incurred debt at Palm Court by obtaining credit of $21,000 by purchasing Hennessey shots, Guinness, chicken nuggets and wings etc, for which he refused to pay.Archer has also been charged for using a taxi to take him to several locations, including the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), on March 7, but refusing to pay for the service.The taxi Archer used was owned and driven by Jamilla Dazzle.Moreover, Archer was charged for stealing Dazzle’s Blu cell phone, valued $39,000, on the day that he used her taxi.Archer explained to the court that he has arranged to pay the Palm Court Restaurant and Bar, but is unaware of the other charges against him.A representative of Palm Court was present in Court, and denied that there was any arrangement with the defendant in regard to payment.As Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore did not object to Archer being placed on bail, he was granted bail in the sum of $160,000, and the matter has been set for recall on March 29 2018.last_img read more

Flyers with big hill to climb after game two loss to Grimshaw

first_imgShots in the contest were 35-29 in favour of the Huskies.Game three goes Thursday night in Grimshaw with the series returning to Fort St. John for game four on Saturday night. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers have their work cut out for them if they plan on advancing to the North Peace Hockey League finals. Following a 3-1 loss to the Grimshaw Huskies Tuesday night the Flyers find themselves down 2-0 in the best of seven semifinal series with two of the next three games on the road in Grimshaw.The Flyers got off to a solid start in game two as they converted on a two on one rush early in the first to take the lead. They’d hold the advantage for most of the period but a late goal off of a couple of deflections tied the game for Grimshaw.With the momentum after the late goal in the first the Huskies went out in front in the second as they capitalized on a two on one rush of their own. A defensive lapse by the Flyers late in the frame put Grimshaw up by two at 3-1.- Advertisement -The third was a struggle for Fort St. John as they tried to get back into the game. Issues with breakout passes and an inability to create scoring chances did the team in as they were unable to get any closer.Considering the offensive outburst by both sides in game one, Flyers head coach Andrew Leriger felt the tone of game two was dictated by the teams making a more concerted effort to lock down defensively.“I think after Saturday’s game when it was more of a run and gun style game, both teams clamped down a little bit in their zone. We fell victim to a little bit of puck luck. [We] hit a couple of posts. It could have been either way at the end of the night,” he said.Advertisement For as well as Fort St. John did on the road in the regular season it’s been the complete opposite for the playoffs. The team is 0-3 on the road in the post-season so far, a stat that will clearly need to change going forward.“We’ve got to learn how to win a game on the road. We went from having our best record on the road in the regular season to not winning a game on the road. They have to figure out a way to win on the road; we’re going to have to win two in their barn now,” Leriger said.Travis McLean got the surprise start in goal for game two and the argument could be made he deserved a better fate as he made a number of difficult saves from in close throughout the contest. Leriger said it was the plan regardless of game one’s outcome to give McLean the start, and added considering his performance it’s up in the air who will be between the pipes in game three.The lone goal for the Flyers was scored by Jeff Shipton.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City eye record bid for French defender Laporte

first_imgLaporte — whose move reportedly would be dependent on Mangala moving on — would provide cover for present first-choice pairing England international John Stones and Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi.According to The Sun and the BBC, Guardiola favours investing that amount in Laporte — who has yet to win a senior France cap though he was called up for two 2018 World Cup qualifiers — than spending around £24million on rivals West Bromwich Albion’s 30-year-old Northern Irish central defender Jonny Evans.City’s current transfer record is £55million. They paid VfL Wolfsburg for Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Aymeric Laporte reportedly has a £57million ($81million) release clause in his contract with Athletic Bilbao © AFP/File / Nicolas TucatLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Highly-regarded French defender Aymeric Laporte could become runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City’s record signing according to British media reports on Thursday.The 23-year-old centre-back — who has been at Athletic Bilbao since he was 16 — would cost City £57million ($81million) owing to a release clause in his contract at Bilbao but would resolve a problematic area for manager Pep Guardiola where veteran Vincent Kompany is injury-prone and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala has not impressed.last_img read more

Bayern must be fearless against Real- Robben

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s midfielder Arjen Robben, pictrued on April 17, 2018, says his team will be ready for Real Madrid in the Champions League © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Apr 22 – Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich can ill afford to show Real Madrid any fear if they want to avoid a second-straight Champions League exit against the Spaniards.Bayern host Real at Munich’s Allianz Arena in Wednesday’s blockbuster semi-final, first leg, in a repeat of last year’s quarter-final. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in each leg of the 2017 quarters, after Bayern had failed to capitalise on their chances at home, as Real won 6-3 on aggregate.“Last year we did not do well in the home game and played with a bit of fear,” said Robben.“That should not happen on Wednesday.“We’ll be ready. They can also be vulnerable and we can go into the game with our heads high.”A year ago, Bayern lost the first-leg 2-1 in Munich, then went down 4-2 away.In Munich, Arturo Vidal scored early for Bayern, but then failed to convert a penalty with the Germans controlling the game and Real on the ropes.However the match turned as Ronaldo netted two second-half goals and Bayern had Javi Martinez sent off for a second booking.Bayern went down fighting in the return, losing 4-2 away having played extra time with a man down after Vidal was sent off late on and Ronaldo wrapped up his hat-trick.The Germans face a daunting task again.Madrid have won their last five matches against Bayern, scoring 13 goals and conceding four in the process, and are bidding to win the Champions League for the third straight season.It is easy to understand any nervousness in Bayern’s ranks facing superstar Ronaldo.Real’s goal-machine has hit seven goals in his last three appearances against Bayern.The Portugal superstar has scored 15 goals in the Champions League this season alone.Real had no match this weekend, but Bundesliga champions Bayern warmed up with a 3-0 win at Hanover.Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both came off the bench to score second-half goals.Bayern fancy their chances against Real.Lewandowski, their top-scorer who was injured for last season’s first leg against Real, has hit 39 goals, compared to Ronaldo’s 42, in all competitions in 2017/18.Bayern have scored 14 times in their last three games — with Lewandowski and Mueller claiming four goals each.“The chances (against Real Madrid) look good,” said Mueller.“We’ve hit a purple patch and the game is coming at the right time.“I’m sure we won’t be gifted anything, but there’s something in the air right now.”Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to their 2013 treble, wants a place in the Champions League final on May 26 in Kiev before stepping down as head coach.Just as he did in 2013, the 72-year-old could bow out with the treble.Bayern have already secured a sixth straight Bundesliga title and are into the German Cup final on May 19.“We have the big goal of moving into the final,” said Heynckes who will be replaced by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Niko Kovac next season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Bush: U.S. ‘does not torture people’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“The administration can’t have it both ways,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement after the president’s remarks. “I’m tired of these games.” In two separate legal opinions written in 2005, the Justice Department authorized the CIA to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures. The memorandums were written just months after a Justice Department opinion in December 2004 declared torture “abhorrent.” Administration officials have confirmed the existence of the classified opinions, but will not make them public, saying only that they approved techniques that were “tough, safe, necessary and lawful.” On Friday, the deputy White House press secretary, Tony Fratto, took The Times to task for publishing the information, saying the newspaper had compromised America’s security. “I’ve had the awful responsibility to have to work with The New York Times and other news organizations on stories that involve the release of classified information,” Fratto said. “And I could tell you that every time I’ve dealt with any of these stories, I have felt that we have chipped away at the safety and security of America with the publication of this information.” WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, reacting to a congressional uproar over the disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions permitting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, on Friday defended the methods, declaring, “This government does not torture people.” The remarks, Bush’s first public comments on the memorandums, came at a hastily arranged Oval Office appearance before reporters. It was billed as a talk on the economy, but after heralding new job statistics, Bush shifted course to a subject he does not often publicly discuss: a once-secret Central Intelligence Agency program to detain and interrogate high-profile terror suspects. “I have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people,” the president said, without mentioning the CIA by name. “And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them – because the American people expect us to find out information – actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.” Without confirming the existence of the memorandums or discussing the explicit techniques they authorized, Bush said the government’s interrogation methods had been “fully disclosed to appropriate members of Congress.” But his comments only provoked another round of recriminations on Capitol Hill, as Democrats ratcheted up their demands to see the classified memorandums, first reported Thursday by The New York Times. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA judge at the Crown Court in Derry has told a former Irish army soldier that it is inevitable he will go to jail after biting the nose off an Algerian man in the city centre last year.Barry Fitzgerald, 23, from Doire House in Carrigans pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on his 35-year-old victim in an unprovoked attack outside a fast food takeaway in Waterloo Street on 14 April, 2013.UTV reports that after biting his victim’s nose off, Fitzgerald then spat it onto the floor of the man’s car. Following his guilty plea to the charge, Fitzgerald resigned from his position in the Irish army last May. He was based at Finner Camp at the time of the offence.Fitzgerald was released on bail last September pending sentencing this September coming. As part of his bail conditions, he was banned from entering Derry.However, his solicitor applied to Judge Philip Babington to have the ban lifted.The barrister said Fitzgerald had been shortlisted for a job interview as a kitchen porter in a local restaurant because he wanted to earn money before he’s sentenced.Granting the unopposed application, Judge Babington said it was inevitable Fitzgerald would be going to jail.He said no doubt Fitzgerald would give “full disclosure to his potential employer with regards to his present position.”DONEGAL SOLDIER FACES JAIL AFTER BITING NOSE OFF MAN IN SAVAGE ATTACK was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry FitzgeraldCarrigansdonegaljailnosesoldierlast_img read more