Paris, Apr 4 (AP/UNB) — Soccer great Pele was hospitalized in Paris on Wednesday because of a urinary infection following a meeting with Kylian Mbappe in the French capital, his spokesman said.
Pepito Fornos told The Associated Press the three-time World Cup champion will be in hospital for up to two days.
"He was a little shaky and they detected a urinary infection," Fornos said.
He added that Pele had a fever and is being treated with antibiotics, but "it is all under control."
"Doctors want him to stay in hospital one or two days so he can leave fully recovered," Fornos added.
He did not specify which hospital Pele was being treated in.
Earlier, Brazilian TV network Globo said Pele had a cold and was medicated at his hotel on Tuesday. He woke up still feeling ill and was taken to a hospital on Wednesday.
The 78-year-old Pele and Mbappe, the French forward who has drawn comparisons with the Brazilian great after helping France win the World Cup last summer as a teenager, met as part of their ambassador roles for a Swiss watchmaker.
Pele has frequently been admitted to hospitals in the last few years for kidney and prostate procedures.
In November 2014 the Brazilian great stayed in a Sao Paulo hospital for two weeks, including some time in intensive care, because of a urinary tract infection.
At the time, his Brazilian doctors said intensive care was needed because of excessive inflammation in his body caused by the infection.
Pele's meeting with Mbappe had initially been planned for last November but was postponed because of the Brazilian's poor health at the time.
Milan, Apr 4 (AP/UNB) — A black player for Italy's most popular soccer club won support from other European players Wednesday, a day after he was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse from an opposing team's fans.
Juventus forward Moise Kean scored his team's second goal against Cagliari late in the 2-0 victory Tuesday and stood in front of the home fans with his arms outstretched. That seemed to trigger a furious and openly racist outcry from the fans.
One of his teammates, Leonardo Bonucci, added fuel to the fire by saying Kean was partly to blame for the angry response. That prompted players on other teams to rush to Kean's defense.
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who is black, ridiculed the remark: "Leonardo Bonucci ... All you can do now is laugh." He also posted a screenshot on Twitter.
"I support every fight against racism, we're all equal," Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wrote in an Instagram post of Kean celebrating his goal. The Frenchman, who used to play for Juventus, then added, in Italian: "Good Italians wake up, you can't let a small group of racists talk for you."
Kean, a 19-year-old Italian whose parents are from Ivory Coast, was insulted by home fans during much of Tuesday's game in Cagliari. He received a yellow card for faking an injury in the first half.
His goal and ensuing celebration seemed to push the home fans over the edge.
Cagliari captain Luca Ceppitelli tried to protect Kean, rushing to his side and pleading with the fans to stop. Instead, Ceppitelli was almost hit on the head by a bottle thrown from the stands.
In his comments partially blaming Kean, Bonucci said: "There were racist boos after Kean's celebration and (Blaise) Matuidi got angry but I think the blame is 50-50."
He added: "Kean made a mistake and the fans made a mistake."
Matuidi, who is also black and won the World Cup with France last year, was subjected to racist abuse in Cagliari last year.
The incident involving Kean is but the latest example of racism in soccer this season. Last week, several England players were targeted with monkey chants during the team's 5-1 victory in Montenegro.
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, a four-time African player of the year from Ivory Coast, said players who are being targeted should walk off the field.
"Yeah, let's do this," Toure said at a UEFA conference on diversity in soccer. "When something like that happens we have to send a strong message."
As criticism mounted Wednesday, Bonucci backtracked on his comments in an Instagram post.
"After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings," he wrote. "I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words have been clearly misunderstood, probably because I was too hasty in the way I expressed my thoughts. Hours and years wouldn't be enough to talk about this topic. I firmly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. The abuses are not acceptable at all and this must not be misunderstood."
Another teammate from both Juventus and Italy's national team, Giorgio Chiellini, defended Kean in a story posted on the club's website, calling him "a positive figure of Italian football."
"The only thing he did wrong today was the simulation (faking injury), that he surely won't repeat, but he's here to learn," Chiellini said. "He's a very positive figure and he certainly didn't deserve the insults he received."
Kean, who scored in both of Italy's qualifying matches for the 2020 European Championship, also won backing from Mario Balotelli — another black Italian born to African parents and who played for the country's national team.
"And tell Bonucci that his luck is that I wasn't there," Balotelli wrote on Instagram. "Instead of defending you he does this? I'm shocked I swear. I love you brother!"
Kean hasn't spoken publicly about the incident, but posted a photo of his goal celebration on Instagram.
"The best way to respond to racism," Kean wrote, "#notoracism."
Madrid, Apr 4 (AP/UNB) — Zinedine Zidane's honeymoon period didn't last long in his return as Real Madrid coach.
In his third game back in charge, Real Madrid's familiar struggles returned in a 2-1 loss at Valencia in the Spanish league on Wednesday, reigniting criticism against the Spanish powerhouse.
Madrid had beaten Celta Vigo and Huesca in its first two matches since re-hiring Zidane, who quit nine months ago after leading the club to three straight Champions League titles.
"You have to get through the difficult moments," Zidane said. "It's a loss and we have to accept it. We will try to do better in the next match. Our goal is to finish well and prepare for next season."
Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scored in each half for Valencia at Mestalla Stadium, before Karim Benzema pulled one back for Madrid in second-half injury time.
The result extended Valencia's unbeaten streak to 12 league matches and moved the team to fifth place in the standings, one point behind Getafe in the final Champions League spot.
Valencia had a dismal start to the season but hasn't lost in 17 consecutive matches in all competitions.
Madrid is now five points behind second-place Atletico Madrid, which defeated Girona 2-0 at home on Tuesday to move within eight points of leader Barcelona. The Catalan club scored a couple of late goals in a 4-4 draw at Villarreal. Barcelona hosts Atletico on Saturday.
Madrid controlled possession from the start but it was Valencia that threatened the most on counterattacks.
Guedes opened the scoring with a right-foot shot from inside the area in the 35th minute and Garay sealed the victory with a header in the 83rd for his second goal of the season, with the other coming in the team's 1-1 home draw against Barcelona.
"They kept the ball but didn't create many significant scoring opportunities," Garay said. "To beat this team you need to play a complete match and we were able to do that."
Athletic Bilbao relinquished a two-goal lead but salvaged a 3-2 home victory with a controversial penalty kick converted by Iker Muniain three minutes into injury time.
Levante evened the match with two second-half goals, including one in the 89th minute, but the hosts recovered after Muniain was fouled inside the area and scored from the spot.
It was the third win in a row for Athletic, which is eighth in the standings.
Levante, winless in six matches, stayed 15th.
Celta Vigo also relinquished a two-goal lead in its match at last-place Huesca, allowing the hosts to rally and take a 3-2 lead before netting an 81st-minute equalizer to salvage a point. A victory would have been enough to move Celta out of the relegation zone, but it ended one point from safety.
Second-to-last Rayo Vallecano, five points behind Celta and one point in front of Huesca, lost 2-1 at midtable Eibar.
Dhaka, Apr 3 (UNB) – The Hurray Wafer School Mini Handball (Boys & Girls) Tournament advanced to the quarterfinal stage at the Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali Handball Stadium here on Wednesday.
All the quarterfinals matches will be held on Thursday.
In the girls’ quarterfinals, Sunnydale will play St. Francis Xavier's Girls' High School at 10am while Heeds International face Scholastica at 10am, Shaheed Anwar Girls will meet Milestone School at 10:25am and Viqarunnisa Noon will encounter Motijheel Govt Girls at 10:45am.
In the boys’ quarterfinals, Sunnydale will face BAF Shaheen School at 11:15am, Kadamtola Purbo Basabo School play Dhanmondi Tutorials at 11:15am, Scholastica Uttara meet Heeds International at 12noon while Ideal School & College will encounter Scholastica Mirpur also at 12 noon.
Dhaka, Apr 3 (UNB) - The first edition of Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup will begin on April 22 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Six nations split into two groups will play two matches each at the group stage, said a BFF press release on Wednesday.
Bangladesh placed in Group B along with the UAE and Kyrgyzstan will play their matches against the two countries on April 22 and April 26 respectively.
The Group A comprises of Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos. The final will be held at the same venue on May 3.