Last post by MetroSport - February 28, 2013, 01:38:36 PM
South American Libertadores Cup match between San Jose and Corinthians in Orouro proved to be the last match for a 14-year-old boy who was there to cheer his favorite team. The young boy named Kevin Beltran was reportedly hit by a flare came from Corinthians fans stand despite a ban on carrying any kind of fireworks in the stadium. Police has arrested 12 Corinthians fans and charged them with homicide that caused an immediate death of a young fan. Police is further investigating the involvement of more fans who brought fireworks in the stadium. As a result, Corinthians will play its next Champions League match behind closed doors, as decided on the last night. The aforesaid match was ended in a 1-1- draw, but at the moment, nobody knows the final outcome of the game coz of an expected disciplinary action which could label a ban on its result. Both Corinthians manager and its director of football grieves about the incident, Corinthians said, "I would exchange my world title for the boy's life. I'm so sorry about what happened tonight. We can't talk about football, my players and I feel the same. We couldn't utter a word in the dressing room. I didn't want to be here, what happened is too heavy to be able to talk of football."
Later, Edu Gaspar also issued his statement offering a condolence to his family, he added, "There is no greater pain in the world than this. How we can we help the family at a time like this? We have to do anything we can. When it happened people were swearing at us and so we had to get out of the area. Our journey home will be tough. There is not much more I can say now other than to express our regret."
On the contrary, club's president later issued a controversial statement where he said whatever happened was not coz of his fans as it was purely an accident. He said in support of his fans, "You either have proof that someone used the flare with the intention to hit a person, or it's a fatality. From what I have seen so far it appears to have been an accident, something that didn't happen on purpose."
Corinthians is the second most popular club in Brazil; hence it is not going to accept any allegation because of this incident. Though, it is also asking for an independent probe to find out the actual culprits. God knows who did it, but a young fan had to face the consequences. May his soul rest in peace!
Last post by MetroSport - February 28, 2013, 01:34:51 PM
Following the retirement of Ray Birdseye from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission last year, a new member has been appointed by the commission.
The new member, Lord Faulkner of Worcester, is a former Government Minister and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and will be serving with the commission for a period of five years.
After being appointed to the House of Lords in 1999 where he served as Deputy Speaker, Lord Faulkner took up the position as Lord in Waiting in the Whips Office in 2009. Faulkner was also a member of the joint parliamentary scrutiny committee that dealt with the draft gambling bill that resulted in the 2005 Gambling Act being adopted in the United Kingdom.
Lord Faulkner also served with the Federation of International Football Association Task Force in overseeing integrity in sports and sports betting.
John Godfrey, Chairman of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, reported that he is extremely pleased to welcome Lord Faulkner onto the commission. Godfrey added that Faulkner brings with him some valuable experience of developing policy and legislation in the gambling industry and has a good understanding of the dynamics of the sector after having worked closely for and with the betting and gaming industry as well as with organizations that are involved in the treatment of problem gamblers.
In his capacity as a member of the all-party Channel Islands group, Lord Faulkner has always taken an interest in development in Gurnsey and Alderney and is, therefore familiar with the work of the commission.
The objective of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission is to make certain that the electronic gaming industry in Alderney maintains the highest levels of integrity and to keep Alderney's reputation protected.