Moscow, Oct 11 (AP/UNB) — Police on Wednesday detained two Russian soccer players accused of beating a government official at a Moscow cafe, an attack that has attracted nationwide attention.
Zenit St. Petersburg striker Alexander Kokorin and Krasnodar midfielder Pavel Mamayev have been accused of beating an official from the Russian Ministry for Industry and Trade who rebuked them for behaving improperly.
Police said Kokorin and Mamayev were questioned Wednesday and put in custody on hooliganism charges pending an investigation.
A video taken by a surveillance camera and broadcast by Russian TV stations showed the official being hit with a chair over his head and slapped in the face. A probe is under way, and the players could face five years in prison if found guilty.
Russian media also reported that Kokorin and Mamayev are suspected of beating up a motorist in a separate incident earlier this week that was also caught on surveillance cameras and widely televised.
The incident has topped Russian television newscasts and a chorus of officials and lawmakers said that the players must be punished.
The Russian Premier League strongly condemned the "hooliganism." Krasnodar said it may terminate Mamayev's contract, while Zenit said it would take disciplinary measures against Kokorin.
Madrid, Oct 11 (AP/UNB) — Promoted Spanish club Huesca has hired former player Francisco Rodriguez as its new coach.
The 40-year-old Rodriguez is replacing former Argentina goalkeeper Leo Franco, who was fired on Tuesday with Huesca in last place in the 20-team Spanish league standings.
Rodriguez played as a striker for several small Spanish clubs in the 2000s, including Almeria, which he later coached during the 2013-14 season.
Franco coached Huesca, which is playing in the top flight for the first time, to one win, two draws and five losses.
Huesca hosts Espanyol in its first match after the international break.
The club went back and forth between the third and fourth tiers after it was founded in 1960 until reaching the second division for the first time in the 2008-09 season.
Cary, Oct 11 (AP/UNB) — Karla Riley and Lineth Cedeno scored and Panama upset Mexico 2-0 ON Wednesday in their final group stage game at the CONCACAF women's World Cup qualifying tournament.
The loss means that Mexico is eliminated from the knockout round and won't be a part of the field at next year's World Cup in France. Panama, ranked No. 66th in the world, secured a spot in the semifinals on Sunday in Frisco, Texas.
After a scoreless first half, Riley scored in the 47th minute. Cedeno added her goal in the 85th, giving Panama a shot at going to its first-ever World Cup. Mexico was ranked No. 24 in the world.
Group A includes the defending World Cup champion United States, which faced Trinidad and Tobago in the late game Wednesday. Group B, which includes Canada, wraps up its stage on Thursday in Edinburg, Texas.
The top two finishers in each group advance to play in the semifinals. The U.S. had already secured a spot.
The top three finishers in the tournament earn spots in the Women's World Cup in France next summer. The fourth-place finisher goes to a playoff against Argentina for a berth.
Cox’s Bazar, Oct 10 (UNB) – Favorite Palestine stormed into the final of the six-nation 5th Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament eliminating hosts Bangladesh by 2-0 goals in a hard fought 2nd semifinal at the rain-soaked Birshrestha Ruhul Amin Stadium in the tourist town here on Wednesday.
They will play final on Friday (Oct 12) at 6:30 pm at the country’s premier sports venue--Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka-- against Tajikistan, which made a final berth eliminating the Philippines also by 2-0 goals in the first semifinal on Tuesday.
Mohammed Balah and Sameh Maraabe scored for the Palestine one in each half.
Although, the Bangladesh (FIFA ranking 193) lost the match by 0-2 goals, but they fought equally with their giant Arabian rival Palestine (FIFA ranking 100) till the final whistle, playing a confident attacking football.
Unmarked Mohammed Balah scored the first goal for Palestine in the very 8th minute of the match by an accurate angular header, utilizing a readymade cross of his teammate (1-0).
After conceding the goal, Bangladesh took control of the match and made a series of attempt one after another in the 19th, 22nd and 33rd minutes, but failed to materialised any due to shakiness of their forwards Nabib Newaj Zibon and Biplo Ahmed.
In the 2nd schedule time of the 2nd half, both the teams also played with attacks and counter attacks but failed to change results before the stoppage times.
When the match was almost heading for 1-0 victory for Palestine and Bangladesh were all out in the Palestine’s zone for an eqaulizer, then Sameh Maraabe scored the 2nd goal for Palestine in the 4th minute of the stoppage time (94th minute) by a placing shot from danger zone, off long pass of his mate (2-0).
Local fans expressed their dissatisfaction over not to field local booter Ibrahim and a last minute inclusion of another local footballer Tohidul Alam Sabuoz.
Earlier, Palestine clinched the Group A title to reach the semis with all-win record beating Tajikistan 2-0 and holders Nepal 1-0 while the Philippines emerged Group B champions also with all win-run beating Laos 3-1 and Bangladesh 1-0.
Bangladesh managed a berth in the last four stage beating Laos 1-0 after conceding 0-1 defeat against the Philippines while Tajikistan also managed semifinal berth beating Nepal 2-0 and after suffering 0-2 defeat against favourite Palestine.
Yellow cards- Shadi Shaban, Pablo Tamburrini (Palestine).
Bangladesh team: Ashraful Islam Rana, Waly Faisal (Rahmat Mia), Topu Barman, Tutul Hossain badsha, Bishwanath Ghosh, Jamal Bhuiyan, Emon Mahmud (Rabiul Hasan), Boplo Ahmed (Towhidul Alam Sabuz), Masuk Miah Zoni, Nabib Newaj Zibon and Mahbubur Rahman Sufil.
New York, Oct 10 (AP/UNB) — A member of the youth soccer team from Thailand that got trapped in a flooded cave spoke about the ordeal on a trip to New York.
During an event at the Asia Society on Tuesday, 14 -year-old Adul Sam-on (ah-DUHL' sam-OHN) recalled the moment two British divers made it through a flooded tunnel to reach the group.
He knows limited English, but was able to call out "thirteen" when a diver asked how many people were trapped.
Sam-on's teammates are in Buenos Aires, where they played a match against an Argentinian youth soccer team and participated in the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games.
A dozen boys from the team were trapped with their coach in the flooded cave in northern Thailand for almost three weeks before they were rescued.