SPORTS DAY: Two nabbed over Durban soccer riot
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Two arrested for Durban stadium riot
Two people have been arrested in connection with the unrest that flared up at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban after Kaizer Chiefs lost to Free State Stars on Saturday night. “Two suspects aged 27 and 33 were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property‚” said Captain Nqobile Gwala on Sunday. The pair will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Gwala said angry fans had stormed the field‚ hurled objects onto the pitch and even started a fire at the stadium. A security guard‚ a ball boy and several spectators were among those injured.
DA wants answers after soccer chaos
The Democratic Alliance has strongly condemned the violence that erupted at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday. DA sport and recreation spokesman Tsepo Mhlongo said stadium management‚ football marshals‚ Premier Soccer League leadership and the South Africa Police Service must say why security measures they had in place failed, resulting in fans invading the pitch unhindered. The PSL must also provide concrete plans to stop violence at matches.
Security boosted at Orlando Stadium
The Premier Soccer League has confirmed that security will be tight outside Orlando Stadium when Orlando Pirates host Wits in an Absa Premiership clash that is to be played behind closed doors on Wednesday. Pirates have been punished by the PSL to play two matches‚ one suspended for 24 months‚ in an empty stadium as a result of violent conduct by their fans during the 6-0 league loss to Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld last year.
We can turn this around, insist Fleck
Rumours of the Stormers’ demise in this season’s Super Rugby are greatly exaggerated‚ insists coach Robbie Fleck. The Stormers are effectively out of the race for Super Rugby honours, but Fleck believes his team’s flagging fortunes can be turned around. He is hoping the home comforts of Newlands‚ where they are yet to lose this season‚ will help them launch a rearguard action and play their way into the playoffs. Crucially, however‚ they are yet to win on the road and their latest defeat at the hands of the Sharks has all but condemned their season.
Kipchoge wins London MarathonEliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time on Sunday, with Mo Farah breaking the British record as he finished third, while there was a surprise victory for Vivian Cheruiyot in the women’s race. Kipchoge, who skipped last year’s race to attempt a sub-two-hour marathon in Italy, could not break Dennis Kimmetto’s world record as high temperatures made running conditions difficult. Women’s favourite Mary Keitany finishing fifth. Cheruiyot's first London crown adds to her first career marathon, in Frankfurt in October.
Nadal wins 11th Monte Carlo Masters title
Rafael Nadal romped home to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside Kei Nishikori in Sunday’s final to retain the world No 1 ranking. The 31-year-old saw off Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to become the first man to win a tournament 11 times in the Open era with his 76th ATP Tour triumph. Nadal’s 31st Masters title is also an outright record, pulling him out of a tie with Novak Djokovic. The 16-time Grand Slam champion’s era of utter dominance on clay looks unlikely to end any time soon after Nadal took his run of consecutive sets won on the surface to 36.
Wenger farewell fails to fill the Emirates
Arsene Wenger’s decision to bring his 22-year reign to a close at the end of the season still wasn’t enough to tempt many Arsenal fans back to the Emirates for one of the Frenchman’s final games at home to West Ham on Sunday. Wenger, 68, had come under growing pressure to go from disgruntled supporters, having failed to win the Premier League for 14 years before announcing his decision to leave on Friday. In his programme notes Wenger reiterated his plea for the fans to get behind the team for the rest of the season with Arsenal still in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League via the Europa League. But there were only sporadic chants of “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” from the home support after some goading from the visiting West Ham fans.
Duo dominates as Pelicans sweep Trail Blazers
Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday combined to post one of the greatest duo performances in NBA history as the New Orleans Pelicans beat Portland 131-123 to sweep the Trail Blazers from the playoffs. Davis delivered a franchise playoff-record 47 points and Holiday tallied 41 to equal the NBA record (88) for most points by a pair of teammates in a single playoff game as the host Pelicans eliminated Portland in four straight games. “We put the ball in these guys’ hands and they delivered for us,” said Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo.
Tete retains WBO bantamweight titleSouth Africa’s Zolani Tete retained his World Boxing Organisation bantamweight title with a unanimous, if uninspiring, points win over Omar Andres Narvaez in Belfast on Saturday. Tete triumphed 120-108 on the scorecards of all three judges in a lacklustre contest. Narvaez, 42, may have been the mandatory challenge, but the Argentinian seemed far more interested in lasting the distance rather than making any significant move to deprive Tete of his title.
Spain under fire over yellow T-shirt ban
Spanish authorities are facing a backlash after Barcelona supporters were forced to ditch yellow T-shirts ahead of the club’s Spanish Cup final victory over Sevilla. Several television stations showed pictures of police forcing Barca fans to discard their yellow T-shirts before entering the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid before the 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla that earned the Catalan club a 30th Copa del Rey victory. Many Catalans, including Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, have been donning yellow to show support for nine Catalan independence leaders in prison near Madrid over “rebellion”.