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Commonwealth Games: African athletes vanish from camp

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At least 13 African athletes have vanished from the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Most of them are from Cameroon, with the team describing the disappearance as “desertion”.

Organisers on the Gold Coast say the other missing athletes are from Uganda, Sierra Leone and Rwanda.

But this certainly isn’t the first time a major global sporting event has seen athletes going missing.

It’s thought many of those who vanish want the chance of a better life.

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, more than 40 athletes and officials went missing, overstayed, or sought asylum.

Another 26 also vanished during the Manchester Games back in 2002.

The Olympics has also taken its share of hits.

During London 2012, 21 athletes and coaches vanished and many have still not been found.

On top of that, 82 other athletes, coaches and Olympic delegates filed for asylum in the UK during the Games.

It was the same story for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. More than 100 athletes overstayed their visas.

Possibly the boldest mass vanishing happened in 2011 – when an entire football team from Senegal disappeared from their hotel in France.

At the time, it was thought they either wanted to claim asylum in France – or try and get to England.

In regards to the current athletes missing on Australia’s Gold Coast, organisers say their focus is to support teams in trying to track down the athletes.

The Australian government has warned athletes against overstaying their visas.

The Commonwealth Games Federation said it would monitor the situation but athletes had “the right to travel freely” on their visas.

Source: BBC

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Arsene Wenger Resigns

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Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign at the club.

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described Friday’s announcement as “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport”.

He added: “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch.

“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”

Appointed on 1 October 1996, he is the Premier League’s current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games.

But some fans have turned on the Frenchman over the past two seasons as a result of their league performances.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was their 11th in the league this season, equalling their worst tally in a campaign under Wenger.

They are 33 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have 87 points, and the same number away from bottom side West Brom, who have 21.

Arsenal finished outside the top four last term for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club, and are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with five matches remaining.

They face Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg on Thursday.

Wenger’s ups and downs

Wenger won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first nine seasons in charge.

In 2003-04, he became the first manager since 1888-89 to lead a team through an English top-flight season unbeaten.

But after winning the 2005 FA Cup, they waited another nine years – or 3,283 days – for their next silverware. It came as they beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup, before winning the trophy again the following season.

Wenger won his seventh FA Cup last season, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, but finished 18 points behind Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions.

His side have struggled in Europe since losing to Barcelona in 2006 Champions League final.

They were eliminated at the last-16 stage for the seventh successive season on their last appearance in the competition in 2017, losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

In 2006, they moved into the £390m Emirates Stadium after leaving Highbury.

The Gunners have consistently spent less than their main Premier League rivals on new signings, but Wenger twice broke the club’s transfer record this season.

France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in the summer for £46.5m, while his final signing was Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56m in January.

 

Source: BBC

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FIFA Hand Out Fines For ‘Third Party’ Deals

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FIFA policy on third-party ownership bans either clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with third-party investors. Frequently such deals involve outside investors retaining or gaining a share of ownership in a player.

Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon was fined 110,000 Swiss francs (80,123.33 pounds) for “entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence the club’s independence as well as for failing to record an existing third-party ownership agreement”.

 Another Portuguese club Benfica was fined 150,000 francs for two deals involving third-parties.
Spain’s Rayo Vallecano was fined 55,000 francs for a third-party deal and Celta Vigo was sanctioned 65,000 francs for a deal which FIFA said “enabled Benfica to influence the club’s independence”.

Qatari club Al Arabi was fined 185,000 francs for several third-party deals and for not entering correct information in FIFA’s mandatory International Transfer Matching System in the cases of seven transfers.

 

Source: FIFA

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[GHPL] – Referee beaten in Sharks vs Medeama; Game abandoned

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Center referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman, was allegedly assaulted by Elmina Sharks fans in their match week 8 game against Medeama on Wednesday, at the Nduom Stadium.

The referee suffered deep cuts to his head and was later rushed to the hospital for treatment, causing the game to be abandoned with 0-0 score.

Elmina Sharks tweeted to claim that the referee suffered the injury after he slipped and fell while making his way out of the dug out for the second half.

But eyewitnesses, including Medeama’s Public Relations Officer, Patrick Akoto, said it was a “brazen attack by some sections of the Sharks fans” on the referee.

The referee is said to be in a stable condition, but Sharks could suffer huge penalties including a forfeiture of the said game, further home matches ban, and a hefty fine if found guilty of perpetrating the barbaric act.

This is the second time the referee is reported to suffered an attack this season.

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