Monthly Archives: October 2017

Indonesian goalie Choirul Huda dies after collision with teammate

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Choirul Huda, goalkeeper for the Liga 1 club Persela Lamongan, has died after a collision with a teammate during a league match.

Huda, 38 collided with his teammate and defender Ramon Rodrigues along with an opponent, Semen Pedang attacker Marcel Sacramento when he came off his line to challenge for the ball, and lost consciousness following the clash inside his penalty area.

He was quickly stretchered off the field and rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

The match continued after the incident with Persela beating Semen Padang 2-0 in the Indonesian top-flight match, but club coach Aji Santoso confirmed after the game that Huda had sadly lost his life. Later, thousands of fans later attended a candlelit vigil to honour the goalkeeper, who made more than 500 league appearances for his only club.

Huda had played for Persela since 1999, and the club described him as “the Real Legend of Persela” in a tribute on Twitter.

In a statement from a doctor at the Dr Soegiri Lamongan Hospital posted on the official Persela website, Huda was described as having suffered a “traumatic collision” which led to a cardiac arrest.

It said that initial analysis revealed the impact was to the chest and lower jaw, resulting in the “possibility of chest trauma, head trauma and neck trauma”.

Dr Nugroho, a resident of the hospital added that the collision resulted in Huda “stopping breathing and [caused a] cardiac arrest”, and while a medical team attempted to revive him there were “no reflexes of signs of normal life” after an hour.

Diego Simeone praises Lionel Messi after La Liga draw

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has showered praise upon FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi after the forward starred in a draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Although Saul Niguez and Luis Suarez were on the scoresheet as Atletico Madrid took on Barca in the 1-1 draw, Messi had great influence in the game — first striking the post in the second half and then playing a role in building Barca’s momentum ahead of Suarez’s late equaliser after Saul unleashed an unstoppable attempt beyond him from 25 yards in the 21st minute.

After the game, Simeone singled out his compatriot — who also fired Argentina to the 2018 World Cup with a hat-trick against Ecuador earlier — for particular praise as he revelled in the occasion at Wanda Metropolitano.

“The stadium was wonderful, we had another night of brilliant football, and with the impressive Messi — extraordinary,” Simeone said. “Messi was the only one who you could see where, every time he touched the ball, something different could happen.”

“He was certainly not as tired as many expected after the trip [from international duty in South America] because he played a tremendous match.”

Meanwhile, French forward Antoine Griezmann failed to find the net at the Wanda for the first time for Atleti, but Simeone believed this was his best performance at the stadium yet.

Indeed, Griezmann had to be denied twice by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, first by a fine one-handed save at his near post after Andrés Iniesta gave away the ball again, this time with his left leg, after the Frenchman had driven into the box by nutmegging Gerard Pique.

“For me, this was the best game that Griezmann has had at home,” he said. “He twice worked the goalkeeper, he countered with [Angel] Correa and he held the ball up well.”

“It was a great game between two teams with different characteristics. Our first half was very good, the goalkeeper [ter Stegen] was key. From the 60th minute, Barca attacked with more clarity due to their need to score.”

PSG president investigated in World Cup bribery case

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The Swiss attorney-general’s office (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings against Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in connection to the awarding of World Cup media rights for 2026 and 2030.

Nasser al-Khelaifi, one of the most powerful figures in European and world football because of PSG’s and beIN’s Qatari backing and FIFA’s controversial vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup, was named as the subject of investigation by OAG on Thursday.

This follows an ongoing OAG investigation into the former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke that began in March 2016 on grounds of “suspicion of various acts of criminal mismanagement”. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Khelaifi was accused of bribing Valcke in connection with the award of TV rights for the 2026 and 2030 World Cups, as beIN Sports has bought from FIFA the rights to broadcast those tournaments to countries in the Middle East and north Africa, after findings obtained in the investigation against Valcke have led to a separate line of inquiry involving Al-Khelaifi, who is CEO of beIN Media Group.

Searches were carried out at beIN’s offices at Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris following a request from the OAG.

The sports broadcaster, of which Khelaifi is the chief executive as well as chairman, said in a statement: “beIN refutes all accusations made by OAG. The company will fully cooperate with the authorities and is confident as to the future developments of the investigation.”

Valcke — who was interviewed on Thursday — is currently in the process of appealing against his 10-year ban from football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being found guilty of a series of breaches of FIFA’s code of ethics and was sacked in January 2016, though he has always denied any wrongdoing.

Gordon Strachan part ways with Scotland national team

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Scotland national coach Gordon Strachan has left his position by “mutual consent” four days after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup.

In a statement announcing Strachan’s exit, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) pointed towards the likelihood of a squad overhaul for the next qualifying campaign as preceded by the new Nations League tournament organized by UEFA.

“Notwithstanding our unbeaten run in the [World Cup] group throughout 2017, with the emergence of a younger generation of players it was agreed that a new national coach should be recruited to provide fresh impetus,” the statement read.

“On behalf of the board I would like to thank Gordon for his excellent service to the national team,” added SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

The decision was made as the SFA board took the unanimous decision not to extend Strachan’s contract, which ends next month, during a meeting on Thursday.

Scotland had started brightly but was unable a play‑off place for the World Cup finals next summer despite a late run into contention, which ultimately signalled the end of Strachan’s tenure which began in January 2013.

“I said on my first day as Scotland manager that it was the proudest moment of my career and that I wanted to put a smile back on the nation’s face again,” Strachan said after his team drew 2-2 against Slovenia, which sealed their fate of missing out on the playoff spot by shortage of points.

“I share the profound disappointment at missing out on the play-offs, especially having worked so hard to fight our way back into contention. The players should receive immense credit for that resilience in coming back from a difficult start and I would like to thank each and every player who has come in to represent their country.”

A full debrief from the SFA board included the key agreement that other countries would not give their manager a third qualifying campaign after, as was the case, successive failures.

In the meantime, Scotland are set to play a high-profile friendly next month — for which they will have Malky Mackay in charge — although they are unlikely to have a new manager in place before the new year.