Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Peace, Love & Soccer

And they say American football is blood sport? Can’t wait for the World Cup…

• In Sofia, Bulgaria, a Liverpool fan had his 15-year sentence for attempted murder upheld by the Bulgarian Supreme Court of Appeal. On July 26 19-year-old Michael Shields, was jailed for 15 years for the attempted murder of Martin Georgiev, a bartender, by hitting him on the head with a nine-pound cobblestone as he tried to end a drunken street brawl.

• In a statement published by Italian daily Repubblica, the memeber of AS Roma's notorious ultras hooligan group claims neo-Nazis across Europe met in Braunau in Austria to plan attacks against supporters from Islamic countries during the World Cup in Germany from June 9 to July 9.

• Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse got a little sensitive during a game vs. Newcastle last week. After scoring on a penalty shot, Cisse pulled his shirt over his head, revealing a message to his wife and new son. As Newcastle fans began to taunt him, the Liverpool striker sent a less than polite gesture to Newcastle fans.

• Pietro Allatta turned himself in to police late Monday after authorities issued an arrest warrant last week. After hours of questioning, the investigating judge decided to arrest Allatta and charge him with forgery and making threats. All of this in connection with the recent allegations of Belgian match fixing.

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