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Argentine courts to try Maradona doctors, nurses for homicide

Argentine courts to try Maradona doctors, nurses for homicide

EIGHT people who took care of soccer legend Diego Maradona will be tried in Argentina courts for homicide, according to a ruling released following an investigation into his November 2020 death due to cardiac arrest. In the 236-page document seen by Reuters, the judge in charge of the case questioned "the behaviours - active or by omission - of each of the accused which led to and contributed to the realization of the harmful result." The ruling said that eight people including doctors, nurses and a psychologist who cared for Maradona at the time of his death are accused of…
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FIFA move to protect foreign players affected by Ukraine conflict

FIFA move to protect foreign players affected by Ukraine conflict

SOCCER'S world governing body FIFA has moved to help protect foreign players affected by the conflict in Ukraine by allowing them to suspend their contracts until June 2023. Earlier this month, Andriy Pavelko, president of Ukraine's football federation, revealed details of discussions with the heads of FIFA and UEFA about resuming men's and women's matches in the country in a safe manner in August. Foreign players contracted to Ukrainian clubs have mostly fled since Russia invaded the country back in February, with it remaining uncertain as to whether they will return, should the league begin again in two months' time.…
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More than half of all players at Euros, AFCON finals were abused online, study says

More than half of all players at Euros, AFCON finals were abused online, study says

MORE than half of all players at the finals of last year's European Championship and Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) were subjected to some form of discriminatory abuse online, a report published by global soccer governing body FIFA has revealed. The independent report used artificial intelligence to track over 400,000 posts on social media platforms during the semi-final and final stages of the two competitions and found the majority of abuse to be homophobic (40%) and racist (38%). Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Final - Italy v England - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - July 11, 2021 England's Jadon Sancho looks…
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African refugee heads for soccer World Cup

African refugee heads for soccer World Cup

NICK MULVENNEY AWER Mabil said converting a penalty in the shootout triumph over Peru that took the Socceroos to a fifth successive World Cup was a thank you to Australia for taking him and his family in as refugees. The winger, born to South Sudanese parents in a Kenyan refugee camp, calmly converted the first sudden-death penalty and then watched on as Andrew Redmayne saved Alex Valera's spot-kick to clinch the playoff victory in Doha. "I knew I was going to score. It was the only way to say thank you to Australia, from me and my family," the 26-year-old…
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Hamilton’s back pain causes concern for Canada at Mercedes

Hamilton’s back pain causes concern for Canada at Mercedes

MERCEDES fear Lewis Hamilton might not be fit to race in Canada next weekend after the seven-time Formula One world champion endured severe back pain in a bouncing car at Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Briton finished fourth in Baku, after starting seventh in a race where both Ferrari drivers retired, but it came at a cost. "That was the most painful race, the toughest race, I've experienced," Hamilton told reporters. Team boss Toto Wolff recognised the situation raised concerns. "He's really bad," the Austrian told reporters. "We've just got to find a solution... I think he is maybe the…
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Salah, Kerr win PFA Player of the Year awards

Salah, Kerr win PFA Player of the Year awards

LIVERPOOL forward Mohamed Salah was named the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year for the second time and Chelsea's Sam Kerr took the women's award. Salah, who shared this season's Premier League golden boot for the top scorer with Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min, also won the award in the 2017-18 season. The 29-year-old Egyptian scored 31 goals in all competitions for Liverpool and helped them win the League Cup and FA Cup. Soccer Football - Women's Super League - Chelsea v Manchester United - Kingsmeadow, London, Britain - May 8, 2022 Chelsea's Sam Kerr celebrates with the trophy…
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African Champions League at a crossroads after bitter Wydad vs Ahly final

African Champions League at a crossroads after bitter Wydad vs Ahly final

THE biggest news from the conclusion of the Caf African Champions League final at the Stade Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca, Morocco was that it did not end in a farce. Morocco’s Wydad AC won the trophy by beating Egypt’s Al Ahly 2-0 and depriving them of being crowned champions in three consecutive years. But the story was not the final game. Instead, for weeks, the story focused on a controversial build up that threatened to mar Africa’s premier club competition. The decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to hold the final in Casablanca led to an online…
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Multi-year partnership to advance the Olympic Movement in Africa

Multi-year partnership to advance the Olympic Movement in Africa

The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and APO Group, the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service, have announced a strategic, multi-year partnership that will bring greater international prominence to the Olympic Movement in Africa.The partnership was sealed in Abuja, Nigeria, during the 20th Ordinary General Assembly of ANOCA, by the President of ANOCA, Mustapha Berraf, and Vivian Casaletti, Group Head of Partnerships of APO Group, who was representing the Founder and Chairman of APO Group, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.ANOCA is an international organization based in Abuja, which brings together the 54 African National Olympic Committees. ANOCA’s work…
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Perez wins rain-delayed and red-flagged Monaco GP

Perez wins rain-delayed and red-flagged Monaco GP

ALAN BALDWIN SERGIO Perez won a rain-delayed, crash-halted and ultimately nail-biting Monaco Grand Prix for Red Bull to make his dream come true as another evaporated for Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. The Mexican's teammate Max Verstappen finished third to stretch his Formula One championship lead over Leclerc, who was fourth, to nine points after seven of 22 races. Ferrari's Carlos Sainz was second, for the second year in succession. Leclerc had started on pole position but Ferrari was outsmarted on strategy and he was leapfrogged by the Red Bull drivers in the pitstops. He at least ended a home jinx to…
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Blame game in France after ‘chaotic’ Champions League final

Blame game in France after ‘chaotic’ Champions League final

CHAOTIC scenes at the French national stadium before and during Saturday night's Champions League final were branded a national embarrassment, while French ministers blamed Liverpool fans for the trouble. The final between Liverpool and Real Madrid kicked off with a 35-minute delay after police tried to hold back people attempting to force their way into the Stade de France without tickets, while some ticket holders complained they were not let in. Television footage showed images of young men, who did not appear to be wearing the red Liverpool jerseys, jumping the gates of the stadium and running away. Other people…
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