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  1. #766

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    Top Greek Soccer League Suspended After Team Owner Storms Pitch With Gun On His Hip
    Billy Haisley


    Photo: InTime Sports (AP)

    A top-of-the-table clash between PAOK and AEK Athens in Greek’s Superleague was cut short after PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis ran onto the pitch to confront the referee while flanked with two bodyguards and with a holstered revolver on his waist. Here’s video of this peculiar Idiot On The Field incident: (at the link)

    Savvidis’s ire was piqued after PAOK appeared to score a game-winning goal right at the end of the match, only for the referee to subsequently rule the goal out. Upon making his way out to the field of play, Savvidis seems to signal to his players to come off the pitch in protest of the call. Then, he attempts to get in the referee’s face before he is turned away. As Savvidis makes his way off the pitch, he barks at the AEK bench before his bodyguards constrain him and redirect him away from the opposition.

    It wasn’t clear during Savvidis’s first pitch invasion that he was armed. That wouldn’t be evident until Savvidis—a Greek-Russian who was born in Georgia, served in the Soviet Army, was once a member of the Russian Parliament, and is reportedly close with Vladimir Putin—removed his jacket. At that point, you could see the gun holstered on his hip.


    Photo: InTime Sports (AP)

    Here’s what AEK manager Manolo Jiménez told a Spanish radio station about what he saw, from the Telegraph:

    “We didn’t know if he had a gun, then we saw it,” AEK’S Jimenez told Cadena SER. “It could be seen that he was moving his hand towards his waist because he had a gun.”

    He added: “He threatened the referee right in front of me. According to my interpreter, he told him: ‘You’re finished as a referee’.

    “I’m stunned; I don’t understand it. It’s the type of thing you expect to see in a Clint Eastwood movie.”

    In light of the ruckus caused by Savvidis with time still on the clock, the referees suspended the match before later deciding to cancel it altogether. While PAOK’s goal was initially ruled out on the field, the referees later upheld it after the match had been canceled. However, the Superleague’s official site lists the match as ending in a 0-0 draw.

    As for the fallout, local police have reportedly issued an arrest warrant for Savvidis, not for having a gun but for invading the pitch. In addition, after a meeting between Greece’s minister of sport and the country’s prime minister, authorities have suspended all Superleague play until, as the minister of sport put it, “there is a clear framework, agreed by all, to move forward with conditions and rules.”

    https://deadspin.com/top-greek-socce...mpression=true
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  2. #767

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    Fifa refers to integrity rules after Trump's threat over US World Cup bid
    USA aiming to co-host 2026 tournament with Mexico and Canada
    US president tweeted veiled threat to countries opposing bid

    Donald Trump’s veiled threat against nations that may oppose the US bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup has prompted Fifa to refer to guidelines that warn against political influence over bids. Morocco is the the only other rival to the US, which has launched a joint bid with Canada and Mexico.

    “The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup,” Trump tweeted. “It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”

    Donald J. Trump
    (@realDonaldTrump)
    The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?

    April 26, 2018
    Fifa will choose the hosts at a meeting in Moscow on 13 June. “As a general rule, we cannot comment on specific statements in connection with the bidding process,” said Fifa in a statement. “We can only refer to the Fifa regulations for the selection of the venue for the final competition of the 2026 Fifa World Cup, and in particular to the bid rules of conduct incorporated therein.”

    The bid rules contain an explicit warning against activities by bidding country governments which “may adversely affect the integrity of the Bidding Process and create an undue influence on the Bidding Process.”

    Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, responded positively to Trump’s tweet. “We can have differences but football unites us. Together we support the candidacy of Mexico, Canada and USA as the headquarters of the World Cup 2026,” he wrote on Twitter.

    The North American bid committee said it was pleased to have Trump’s support. “From the beginning, we have received strong support from the Canadian, Mexican, and United States governments. We are grateful for that support and together our three countries are ready to welcome players and fans from around the world to an extraordinary Fifa World Cup in 2026.”

    The Moroccan bid team declined to comment on Trump’s tweet.

    The North American bid boasts large stadiums and excellent infrastructure but is no certainty to win the June vote. The Morocco bid is expected to receive strong backing from Fifa’s African and Middle East members.

    France plans to back Morocco, the country’s football federation president told local media recently, while Russia, which will host the 2018 tournament this summer has said it will also vote for the north African nation’s bid.

    The United States previously hosted the World Cup in 1994. Fifa member countries receive one vote each, no matter their size.

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...ime=1524855743
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  3. #768

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    It is nothing less than hilarious to see FIFA talk about someone else breaching "integrity rules". Glass houses. GH

  4. #769

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    Time to be Casablanca shocked:

    Ken Bensinger
    ‏Verified account
    @kenbensinger

    Breaking: A former top FIFA official was offered "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in exchange for his vote on where the 2018 World Cup would be held. The former ExCo member, Guatemalan Rafael Salguero said he agreed to accept the bribe and voted as asked, but was never paid.



    It has not been revealed which country Salguero voted for, but based on a just-released court transcript, which is redacted, it appears to be either Russia or England (the other biddiers were Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands, and those names don't fit the redactions).

    The identity of the individual offering the bribe also was not revealed, but Salguero said the person first approached him in mid-2010 and directed him to "a very wealthy friend in Italy" who would pay him for his vote.

    "Because of all the attention that would be focused on me and on the vote, I was scared of getting in trouble if I went to Italy to see this [redacted] and get the money, even though I wanted the money," Salguero said in court.

    Although Salguero attempted for nearly four years to get payment for his vote after, the individual, whom he had met with numerous times, never paid up.



    Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup, and suspicions about the Kremlin's attempts to influence the bidding — potentially with bribes — led directly to the opening of the massive U.S. investigation of corruption in the sport in mid-2010.

    Salguero, who had also headed Guatemala's soccer federation, was indicted in November 2015, and has not been seen in public since then. He secretly pleaded guilty to four criminal counts on October 27, 2016, and is scheduled to be sentenced this Thursday in Brooklyn.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb




  5. #770

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    It was bad enough Russia was 'awarded' WC 2018, but Qatar 2022 is an absolute joke. FOR SHAME FIFA.
    25 GRAND SLAM TITLES: 5 SINGLES 13 DOUBLES 7 MIXED

  6. #771

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    Why for shame? FIFA is a blatantly mafiosi organization. This is simply their M.O.
    (They would grant the world cup to Andorra if the price is right).
    Starry starry night

  7. #772

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    I like Andorra.

  8. #773

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    Never been there. It must be beautiful. It is also the place were almost all Venezuelan cronies from this dictatorship are stashing their money and laundering it.
    Spain's Monaco, nothing more or less.
    Starry starry night

  9. #774

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    It is definitely a place for stashing money that is hard to trace. GH

  10. #775

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Why for shame? FIFA is a blatantly mafiosi organization. This is simply their M.O.
    (They would grant the world cup to Andorra if the price is right).
    Sodomy between two consenting male adults is illegal in Qatar and punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

    +

    Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of
    people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender,
    disability, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth,
    birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly
    prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.

    https://img.fifa.com/image/upload/vg...ayptzrdudx.pdf

    =

    FOR SHAME FIFA
    25 GRAND SLAM TITLES: 5 SINGLES 13 DOUBLES 7 MIXED

  11. #776

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    Moz. There are not enough emojis in the world. I am completely on your side. I have been to Qatar, spoke with people in Doha that are/were actually being held there against their wishes by withholding their passports to return home (a taxi driver and a sales person).
    My point was that FIFA HAS NO SHAME. They are, together with the ICO and F1, the most corrupt and immoral sports organizations in the world.
    They simply do not know what shame is. That was my point.
    Starry starry night

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