Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh U-23 National Football team, in a 10-day intensive training camp in Qatar, maintained their unbeaten record after playing a 1-1 draw with local Al Arabi Club in their 2nd practice match in Doha Tuesday night.
Rocky scored lone goal for Bangladesh in the 61st minute while Hasan Dad scored for the Al Arabi Club in the 37th minute from a penalty,
Bangladesh Youth team have been training in Qatar ahead of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers beginning in Bahrain on March 22.
Touring Bangladesh team came to limelight beating Al Shahania Club of Qatar by 1-0 goal in their first practice match last Friday by the goal scored by Ashraful Islam after beating hosts Cambodia, also by 1-0 in the FIFA International Friendly in Phnom Penh recently.
Bangladesh team schedule to fly for Bahrain on Wednesday (March 20) to play the Group B matches of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.
Bangladesh, which were placed in the four–team AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers along with hosts Bahrain, Palestine and Sri Lanka, will play hosts Bahrain in the opening match on March 22, Palestine on March 24 and Sri Lanka on March 26.
Nyon, Mar 20 (AP/UNB) — Paris Saint-Germain won an initial legal battle with UEFA on Tuesday over the monitoring of its spending on player transfers and wages, and sponsorship deals linked to the club's Qatari owner.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld PSG's appeal against an attempt by UEFA investigators to reopen a previously closed investigation.
The judgment in favor of PSG is separate from another UEFA investigation of its finances in the 2017-18 season when the French champions, backed by Qatari sovereign wealth, signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The most severe punishment in that ongoing probe could see UEFA ban PSG from the Champions League. World soccer's most coveted club competition is key to building the club's global appeal and paid the French club 62 million euros ($70 million) last season in prize money alone.
The appeal judgment Tuesday from CAS related to UEFA's club finance monitoring panel wanting to review its own decision that declared PSG's accounts through June 2017 compliant with "Financial Fair Play" rules.
The court said UEFA's panel of independent investigators and judges missed the deadline to challenge their own previous decision.
"The challenged decision was untimely and must be annulled," CAS said in a statement, announcing the ruling while PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi attended talks at UEFA headquarters about future changes to the Champions League.
Al Khelaifi, who is also a member of UEFA's executive committee representing European clubs, declined to comment to The Associated Press.
PSG's victory was expected after Turkish club Galatasaray won a similar CAS ruling against UEFA last month.
"The CAS decision does not put in doubt the objectives of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play system," UEFA said, repeating its statement issued in the Galatasaray case.
UEFA said its lawyers will analyze the CAS judgment and make "any clarifications or amendments to its rules" required.
PSG has long been a major target of UEFA's FFP project since the launch in 2011. It requires clubs to approach break-even business on soccer, such as on player transfers and wages, and also assesses the fair market value of sponsorship deals.
"The club emphasizes it has always respected the rules and always striven to reply calmly and transparently to repeated requests from UEFA and its club finance panel," PSG said in a statement Tuesday.
Critics say FFP protects storied clubs from being challenged by ambitious rivals with wealthy owners, though UEFA insists it aims to control club debts and over-inflation of the soccer market.
Since being bought by its Qatari owners in 2011, PSG has been suspected of using overvalued sponsor deals from the gas-rich emirate to balance its accounts and comply with UEFA rules.
The club forfeited 20 million euros ($22.8 million) of Champions League prize money in a 2014 settlement that avoided a more high-stakes legal fight. Manchester City, which is owned by Abu Dhabi's ruling family, got the same deal from UEFA.
In April 2017, UEFA released PSG and Man City from their settlement agreements for complying with three years of stricter monitoring.
PSG then spent heavily in that offseason, breaking soccer's transfer record to buy Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros (about $250 million). A loan deal was agreed with Monaco for Mbappe that became a 180 million euro ($205 million) purchase last year.
UEFA opened an investigation soon after the loan for Mbappe was completed in August 2017.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – Runners up at the last edition Bangladesh are adopting a positive outlook ahead of their crucial semi-final clash of the six-nation SAFF Women’s Championship with four-time champions India at the Shahid Rangashala in the Nepalese city of Biratnagar on Wednesday.
The tournament’s 2nd semifinal between the two neighboring nations will kick-off at 3:15 pm (Bangladesh time) while hosts Nepal will meet Sri Lanka in the first semifinal at 11:15 am on the same day at the same venue.
Ahead of the game, the Head Coach of Bangladesh team Golam Robbani Choton said, “Our preparation for the game with India is very good, players have fully recovered and recharged themselves and look positive ahead of the clash with India.”
Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun meanwhile said, “We learnt some hard lessons against Nepal but we will be very positive in our match against India” India has never lost a match in the SAFF Women’s Championship since its inception in 2010.
Out of nine meetings, India beat Bangladesh on eight occasions and the other one ended in a goalless draw, in the group phase of the last edition. In that same tournament, they clinched the title for the 4th time in a row outplaying Bangladesh 3-1 in the final.
Bangladesh also suffered a humiliating 1-7 goals defeat against India in the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers in November last year in Myanmar.
Bangladesh goalkeeper Rupna Chakma said, “We have recovered very well since our group game with Nepal. We are all looking forward to this game with real optimism.”
Indian Head Coach Mrs Maymul Rocky said, “For semifinal match of SAFF, both teams Bangladesh and India come here with preparation. We do not underestimate our opponent Bangladesh team, because they are also good team."
Ahead of the semifinal, Bangladesh team completed an array of dynamic stretching exercises, passing practices with some tactical patterns and concluded the session with the team rehearsing set plays both from a defending and attacking perspective, including penalty kicks on Tuesday afternoon.
Bangladesh team management was due to meet individually with some selected players and the final team meeting will be held on Wednesday morning prior to the semifinal.
Bangladesh team have a good news that their talented forward Kristina Rani Sarkar, who missed the last two matches due to knee injury, will play in the semifinal against India.
Earlier, Bangladesh reached the last four stage of the meet as the Group A runners-up losing to hosts Nepal by 0-3 goals in their 2nd match after beating Bhutan by 2-0 goals in the first match while India stormed into semifinals as Group B champion with all-win record outplaying the Maldives by 6-0 goals and Sri Lanka by 5-0 goals.
The Himalayan nation and hosts Nepal reached the semifinals as the Group A champions with all-win record beating Bhutan and Bangladesh by 3-0 goals each while Bangladesh a managed semifinal berth as the Group A runners-up eliminating Bhutan by 2-0 goals.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – The full-pledged committee of Bangladesh Football Clubs’ Association (BFCA) was announced on Tuesday with Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin and
AKM Mominul Haque being president and general secretary respectively.
BFCA President Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin announced the 82-member committee at a function at a local hotel in the afternoon.
At the event, BFCA General Secretary AKM Mominul Haque disclosed their future plans and programmes.
Some 94 representatives of 53 metropolis clubs of the Premier League, Championship League, First Division, 2nd Division and 3rd Division Leagues were present at the function.
Besides, the names of five of the eight-member advisory committee of BFCA was announced at the event, including veteran sports organiser Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, Manzur Hossain Malu, Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Abdul Gaffar and Shahjahan Kabir in the committee.
Addressing the function, Ruhul Amin demanded the announcement of the date of BFF AGM by the next 15 days and payment of participation fees of Tk 40 lakh each for the premier league and Tk 20 lakh each for championship league’s clubs before the 2nd leg matches begin.
The club officials also demanded yearly income, expenditure reports and audit reports of the BFF within one month.
They criticised BFF’s executive committee member Mahfuza Akhter Kiron for her derogatory comments on sports-loving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, demanded a clear statement from BFF and decided to give a memorandum to the State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell in this regard.
London, Mar 19 (AP/UNB) — Chelsea made a complaint to UEFA about racist abuse being aimed at one of its players by Dynamo Kiev fans during a Europa League match, the English club said Monday.
The abuse — reportedly targeted at Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is black — took place near the end of its 5-0 win in the round of 16 on Thursday and was reported to the referee at the final whistle.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and club secretary David Barnard then spoke to UEFA's match delegate.
"We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behavior," Chelsea said in a statement. "We expect UEFA to conduct a fulsome investigation."
Chelsea didn't specify which player was the target of the racist abuse. The club made the statement hours before England called up Hudson-Odoi for upcoming European Championship qualifiers.
"It's a dream come true," said the winger, who replaced the injured Luke Shaw and did not comment on the apparent racist abuse in Ukraine. "Now I've got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity."
Britain's Press Association reported that monkey chants were heard from a small group of Dynamo Kiev fans in the corner of the end Chelsea was attacking.
That part of the stadium is home to the Rodychi fan group, which displays far-right symbols and was accused of involvement in several violent attacks last time Dynamo hosted Chelsea.
In 2015, Dynamo fans attacked at least eight Chelsea supporters during a Champions League game. Most of the victims were black, and some were white who tried to protect the black fans.
UEFA's anti-discrimination monitoring partner, Fare, which sends observers to major European games, captured video of four black men being chased through the crowd. The incidents all occurred in and around the Rodychi sector, though the group denied wrongdoing.
Dynamo was ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and fined 100,000 euros (then $110,000). Both punishments were halved on appeal.
Earlier that year, UEFA fined Dynamo and closed part of the stadium for racist fan behavior at a Europa League game against Everton.
Last month, UEFA ended an investigation into anti-Semitic chants by Chelsea fans at a Europa League game against Vidi in Hungary. Chelsea had condemned the behavior of its supporters, apologizing and saying it is "abhorrent to this club," but did not face a sanction.