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‘It’s 2018 and there are still monkey noises in the stands… really?’ – Michy Batshuayi reports racist abuse in Europa League tie

‘It’s 2018 and there are still monkey noises in the stands… really?’ – Michy Batshuayi reports racist abuse in Europa League tie

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Michy BatshuayiFriday, February 23, 2018Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has reported that he suffered racist abuse during Borussia Dortmund’s Europa League clash against Serie A side Atalanta.The Belgian ace, currently on loan at Dortmund, said on Twitter that he heard ‘monkey noises’ from the stands in Italy.Thursday night’s game finished 1-1 but Dortmund progressed to the next round 4-3 on aggregate, with Batshuayi scoring twice in the first-leg.Atalanta have previous offenses related to racism. In January, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants during a Serie A game and the club received a suspended one-game stand closure.Let's block ads! (Why?)
Nick Folk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut veteran kicker

Nick Folk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut veteran kicker

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran kicker Nick Folk.Tampa Bay announced the move on Thursday afternoon. Folk, 33, made 6-of-11 kick attempts last season in four games for the Buccaneers. The 11-year veteran also missed two extra point attempts.Folk was a sixth round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.He was a Pro Bowl selection during his rookie campaign after making 26-of-31 attempts and completing 53-of-53 extra point attempts. Folk joined the New York Jets in 2010, before signing with the Buccaneers last offseason. He led the NFL with 39 field goal attempts in 2014.Folk was cleared to resume kicking two weeks ago after undergoing surgery last season on his left knee. He spent the majority of the 2017 season on injured reserve.Folk was added to ...
Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino speaks out after being cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate

Liverpool ace Roberto Firmino speaks out after being cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate

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Liverpool ace Roberto FirminoThursday, February 22, 2018Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino says he knows first-hand how hurtful racist abuse can be, after he was cleared of racially abusing Everton’s Mason Holgate.Holgate accused Firmino of using a discriminatory term towards him after they were involved in a heated exchange during the Merseyside derby in January.The two players clashed after the 21-year-old Toffees starlet barged the Brazilian over the advertising hoardings and into the crowd during the game.The Football Association have investigated the incident for over a month and, in a statement released on Wednesday evening, they have confirmed the Liverpool forward will not face any action.In his own statement, Firmino has insisted the claims were false and that he understa
Cavendish concussed and out of Abu Dhabi tour after only three miles

Cavendish concussed and out of Abu Dhabi tour after only three miles

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Media playback is not supported on this device Britain's Mark Cavendish pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Tour after he was concussed and sustained whiplash in a fall during the race's first stage.Cavendish's team said the crash happened after "the race director's car slowed suddenly as it led the peloton out of Madinat Zayed".The 32-year-old went on to start the race, but pulled out after five kilometres.Team Dimension Data say they are monitoring the Manxman's condition."Due to the concussion, we were not willing to risk rider safety and the call was made for Mark to stop the race," said team doctor Adrian Rotunno.The team initially tweeted that Cavendish had fallen on the same shoulder he broke during last summer's Tour de France.They later...
Italian skier Goggia crowned, Vonn finishes third in final Olympic women's downhill

Italian skier Goggia crowned, Vonn finishes third in final Olympic women's downhill

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Sofia Goggia of Italy claimed the gold medal of Alpine skiing women's downhill Wednesday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. American skiing great Lindsey Vonn, gold medalist of the event at the Vancouver 2010, won bronze in her final Olympic downhill race.Goggia clocked a competition-best time of one minute and 39.22 seconds, becoming the first Italian winner of the women's downhill event."I still haven't quite realized yet. I think I'll realize when I'm on the podium. I'm very proud. I feel so focused on the day that I haven't realized yet what I've done. It's about me and my skiing and not the others," said the Italian after clinching her first Olympic medal in any discipline.Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway finished second, nine hundredths of a second behind Goggia.Vo...