Wait for Euro 2016 opener almost over

first_imgKick off is at 5 o’clock Irish time.Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says it would be a massive boost for his side if they got off to a winning start to the tournamentMeanwhile, Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane insists his age won’t hinder him at Euro 2016. Keane’s approaching his 36th birthday – but is confident he can score goals at the tournament.last_img

Copa Libertadores final postponed after bus attack

first_imgThe match between the Buenos Aires arch-rivals was due to be played at 2000 GMT on Sunday after initially being postponed following the attack near River’s Monumental stadium, which left Boca players with injuries from shards of broken glass and suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.“There isn’t a level playing field to play the final. That is why Conmebol have taken the decision to postpone the final of the Libertadores and to call a meeting of the presidents of both clubs in Asuncion to find a new date,” Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez said.Boca president Daniel Angelici said he would petition the governing body’s autonomous disciplinary commission to punish River, suggesting he may even be hoping his club are awarded victory by default.“Matches are won and lost on the pitch, that’s my personal perspective, but I have a responsibility as club president and that’s why I have to stick to the statute,” Angelici said at a press conference.Earlier on Sunday, Boca issued a statement requesting Conmebol not only postpone the match but also apply “the corresponding sanctions provided in Article 18.”Among the sanctions available under the governing body’s rules are “disqualification from competitions and exclusion from future competitions”.Security forces stand guard as River Plate supporters leave the Monumental stadium after the Copa Libertadores final, second leg, was postponed © AFP / Juan MabromataIt includes other options, such as a fine, the deduction of points and being forced to play a game behind closed doors.– ‘Shameful image’ –Three years ago, Conmebol used Article 18 to punish Boca after their fans attacked River players with pepper spray at half-time of a Copa Libertadores quarter-final tie.Boca were kicked out of the competition with River progressing.On Saturday, Boca captain Pablo Perez and midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo required hospital treatment after River fans pelted their team bus with sticks and stones and doused it in pepper spray.“We’ve given a shameful image to the world,” Dominguez said.The meeting between Boca president Daniel Angelici and his River counterpart Rodolfo D’Onofrio will take place on Tuesday at Conmebol’s headquarters in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion.But finding a new date to complete the final may be difficult, not least due to the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires next weekend to be attended by United States President Donald Trump and his Russian and Chinese counterparts, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, requiring a massive security operation in the Argentine capital.The Copa Libertadores winners are also due to represent South America at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from December 12-22.Saturday’s attack initially moved Conmebol to announce that kick-off had been delayed but Boca players emerged from their dressing room to talk to the press and insisted they were in no condition to play.Images circulating on Argentine television showed players stepping off their team bus rubbing their eyes from the effects of the pepper spray, while others from inside their dressing room showed them being treated for cuts by doctors.When Perez returned from hospital, he was wearing a large white bandage over his left eye.Boca fans await their team outside their hotel before the Copa Libertadores final was postponed © AFP / JAVIER GONZALEZ TOLEDO“We can’t play like this,” veteran forward Carlos Tevez told Fox television at the time.– Endemic violence –When the kick-off time approached with still no sign of any players coming out to warm up, a deflated feeling seemed to spread among fans inside the ground.“It’s not easy to take this decision when there are 60,000 people in the stadium and the (television) rights have been sold to a ton of countries,” Angelici said on Saturday.As fans left the ground on Saturday scuffles broke out with police leading to several arrests.Argentina has a problem with football-related violence and more than 300 people have been killed over the last 50 years because of it, according to one charity.The endemic violence led Argentine authorities in 2013 to ban away fans from all matches in the country.The ‘superclasico’ final between Argentina’s two most popular teams, already known worldwide for their fierce rivalry, was dubbed the most important club match in the country’s history.It was finely poised at 2-2 following the first leg two weeks ago at Boca’s Bombonera stadium.That too had to be postponed due to a torrential downpour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Boca Juniors captain Pablo Perez needed hospital treatment after the attack on his team’s bus © AFP / Juan MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Nov 25 – The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final has been postponed for a second time after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus, organizers Conmebol said on Sunday.Boca said they will petition the South American federation to also punish River following scenes Saturday the club described as “shameful”.last_img read more


first_imgGAELIC FOOTBALL friends of a Derry woman fighting for her life in an Indonesian hospital have asked for prayers for her recovery.Lisa Orsi, a 22-year-old physiotherapist from the Waterside, is based in Singapore and had flown to East Java for a trekking holiday.Her uncle Peter, from Letterkenny, said Lisa had been the victim of a “one in a million” medical condition whilst walking near a volcano. He said he and Lisa’s grandparents in Donegal and the entire family are overwhelmed by messages of support.“What we understand is that she took a bad reaction up there which caused her sinuses to swell which blocked the flow of oxygen to her brain,” he said.“She collapsed later in her bedroom after taking a shower. She couldn’t breathe properly and this is what caused the damage.The doctors have said this is a one in a million freak accident. We are in shock. We cannot believe it.“This has affected her family and the community across Derry and Donegal,” he added. The Singapore Gaelic Lions, the team Lisa plays for, also released a statement.“We know a lot of people have been wondering about Lisa’s condition today. We have waited until now to update everyone as we wanted to ensure that Lisa’s family were updated on her condition first. They are with Lisa at present,” said the club.“Unfortunately Lisa’s condition isn’t good. She has sustained severe brain damage as a result of a period of hypoxia and she is still in a coma in ICU. We and the family are confident that Lisa is receiving the necessary care as we have been communicating with doctors in Singapore.“The possibility of a transfer to Singapore has been explored. However based on the opinion of doctors in Singapore and Indonesia it has been decided that Lisa will remain in Indonesia to receive care at present.“Everyone here and Lisa’s family appreciate all your support. For now we hope and pray for Lisa. “Lisa’s family would like to extend their thanks to everyone for all of your kind words and support.”DONEGAL FAMILY PRAY FOR YOUNG WOMAN LEFT IN COMA IN INDONESIA was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:comaDerrydonegalindonesiaLIsa Orsilast_img read more