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Written by Published in Foreign June 21 2018 0

A newly published book has claimed that Osama Bin Laden drew up plans to take out the England national team in a terror attack at the 1998 World Cup.

 

Middle East-based journalist Adam Robinson and former US terror chief Yossef Bodansky believe that the al-Qaeda warlord plotted to kill members of the Three Lions squad during a group match against Tunisia.

 

In their book Terror on the Pitch, the authors claim that Bin Laden devised the attack with Algerian Islamist terrorist organisation the Armed Islamic Group.

 

The plan is said to have involved taking down goalkeeper David Seaman via a suicide bomber, shooting Alan Shearer dead on the pitch and tossing a grenade at the bench where then-manager Glen Hoddle would have been sitting, according to The Mirror.

 

David Beckham and Michael Owen are also said to have been earmarked for execution.

 

Bin Laden, who was killed by US Special Forces in May 2011, allegedly spent time in London on a fact-finding mission while plotting the attack and developed "an affinity" for Arsenal during his time there.


Written by Published in Foreign June 11 2018 0

Rafael Nadal claimed an eleventh French Open title with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final.

 

The thirty-two year-old world number one now has seventeen Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

 

Nadal endured a nervous conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.


Written by Published in Foreign June 08 2018 0

 

The Ghanaian government has ordered the dissolution of its national football association.

 

This followed the filming of the president of the Ghanaian Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, apparently accepting a cash gift of sixty-five thousand dollars from an undercover reporter pretending to be a businessman.

 

Ghana's Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, said the government decided to take immediate steps to address widespread rot in the system, adding that interim measures to govern Ghanaian football would be announced soon.

 

Nyantakyi, who is Vice-President of the Confederation of African Football and a member of the FIFA Council, has not commented on the allegations.

 

Similarly; football's world governing body, FIFA is yet to react to the decision to dissolve the Ghanaian FA and the alleged cash gift claims exposed in a documentary by Ghana’s celebrated undercover reporter Anas Aremayaw Anas.

 

This is because FIFA laws prevent government interference in football administration, and it had previously banned countries that breached the rules.


Written by Published in Foreign June 06 2018 0

Monaco GP victor Daniel Ricciardo will be hit with multiple grid penalties at the upcoming Canadian GP.

 

Two weeks after claiming victory in F1's showpiece event despite a crippling loss of power from his Renault engine, the Red Bull driver - third in the world championship behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - is set to suffer a series of engine-related grid demotions in Montreal.

 

"Unfortunately, we will be taking penalties," Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey confirmed to Sky Sports News.

 

With just a third of the season elapsed, Ricciardo has already used a significant chunk of his allowance for engine parts for the entire campaign with the size of his penalties in Canada this weekend set to be determined by just how many components will require changing after he guided his handicapped RB14 car to the chequered flag in Monaco.


Written by Published in Foreign June 05 2018 0

Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn has remained confident that Anthony Joshua's unification clash with Deontay Wilder will be agreed, and a decision could be made in the "next few days".

 

Negotiations continued between Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn and Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel in New York on Friday, with Joshua determined to have home advantage for a battle against Wilder for all the world heavyweight belts.

 

A date and venue is still be decided for the blockbuster bout, although Wembley has been mentioned as a potential location.

 

However, Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn recently revealed he was close to agreeing an alternative fight with Alexander Povetkin for September and Joshua-Wilder could be scheduled early next year, if the British star firstly takes a mandatory WBA title defence against the Russian.


Written by Published in Foreign June 05 2018 0

Britain's Andy Murray is expecting to be fit for the grass-court season and will make a statement this week, according to his mother Judy.

               

The Scot, who has not played competitively since Wimbledon last year, had a hip operation in January.

 

The 31 year old former world number one has won Wimbledon twice and this year's tournament starts on the 2nd of July.

 

Judy told BBC Sport.

"He's doing the rehabilitation. He's been back on the court in the last couple of days,"

 "His goal was always to try and be ready for the grass-court season and that is still his goal, so fingers crossed."

 

The next event Andy Murray could play in is the grass-court Libema Open in Rosmalen, the Netherlands, from 11 to 17 June.

Murray missed the first six months of the 2004 season because of a knee injury and had surgery two months after his first Wimbledon title in 2013 because of a problem with his lower back.


Written by Published in Foreign June 05 2018 0

Germany and Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has been left out of Germany's final 23-man World Cup squad.

 

Sane, Bayer Leverkusen pair Bernd Leno and Jonathan Tah and Freiburg striker Nils Petersen were all dropped as Joachim Low cut the defending champions' 27-man provisional squad on Monday..

 

Meanwhile, Goal Keeper Manuel Neuer, who came back after nine months out in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Austria, is in the squad.

 

Germany's 23-man squad in full

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)

Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)


Written by Published in Foreign June 05 2018 0

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named in Egypt's World Cup squad despite being injured in the Champions League final.

 

It is understood Salah will not meet up with his team-mates until 9 June as he continues his recovery from a shoulder injury, his national team said.

 

Egypt's opening World Cup fixture is against Uruguay on 15 June.

 

They meet hosts Russia on 19 June and conclude their campaign in Group A against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

 

 


Written by Published in Foreign June 05 2018 0

Defender Vincent Kompany has been named in Belgium's 23-man squad for the World Cup despite being an injury doubt but  Palace striker Christian Benteke misses out.

32 year old Vincent Kompany, suffered a groin injury during Saturday's goalless draw with Portugal.

Manager Roberto Martinez said he would make a decision on the centre-back's fitness closer to their opening match against Panama on 18 June.

 

Belgium's final 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris St-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).


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