A terrific story emerged last night about a friendly earlier on this month.
The game was between Togo and Bahrain, which the latter won 3-0. It went pretty much unnoticed, as one might expect of a match between the teams ranked 87th and 75th in the world. Hell, even the new Bahrain coach Josef Hickersberger described it as ‘boring’.
Until now. For as it turns out, it wasn’t a Togo team at all. Well, at least not a Togo team that anyone recognised.
It seems some cheeky japesters were simply posing as an international football team (insert own England/France/Portugal joke here), in order to get themselves a run-out.
“Nobody has ever been informed of such a game. We will conduct investigations to uncover all those involved in this case,” said Togo sports minister Christophe Chao, when informed of the match.
Apparently, the organisers initially published a list of 20 Togo players, which included each player’s passport number and date of birth, only for a totally different 18 players to show up for the game.
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‘Turkish football is in shock after a manager was stabbed six times on the touchline during a match. Local news agencies reported that Yuksel Yesilova suffered wounds to his stomach and hip after being attacked by his elder brother Murat. The victim was rushed to hospital where his injuries were said not to be life-threatening. He was released on Tuesday morning.
‘The game between Yesilova’s side Mersin Idman Yurdu and Samsunspor was promptly suspended after 40 minutes. ‘It was discovered that Murat Yesilova, the elder brother of the coach, carried out the assault,’ Huseyin Aksoy, the area’s Governor told Anatolia news agency. ‘In his first statement to the police he said he did it because of personal issues.’ Aksoy added that Murat was watching the game from the stands, and ‘from there, he jumped onto the pitch’ – The Daily Mail.
‘The world’s top animal rights organisation has offered Pakistan cricketers mired in a fixing scandal the chance to claw back public respect by starring in a cat and dog neutering advertisement. Seeing the silver lining in Pakistan’s embarrassing spot-fixing scandal, the US-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) urged the players to exploit their “no-balls” notoriety to promote a healthier kind of “fixing”. The group said it had written to ask Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir to feature in a TV and print campaign showing that “no-balls” can be a lifesaver, not just a crime. “No-balls may be a bad thing in cricket, but for dogs and cats, ‘no balls’ are a lifesaver,” Peta said in a letter’ – AFP