Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier is facing a UEFA charge for insulting a Champions League referee on social media. The 22-year-old Ivory Coast international who won the 2015 African Cup of Nations with his country has been charged with ‘insulting acts’ after posting a video on Facebook last Wednesday after PSG knocked Chelsea out of the competition. Aurier, who missed the game through injury, appeared to insult Netherlands referee Bjorn Kuipers, who sent off PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first half at Stamford Bridge.
Dolphins of Port Harcourt was bundled out of the tournament even without kicking a ball after their opponents, Club Africain explored the game’s technicalities to walk them over in Tunis on Saturday. Their media man China Acheru told the story as below:
Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele has pulled out of next month’s London Marathon because of an Achilles tendon injury. The multiple Olympic and World track champion had been scheduled to make his debut in the London race which takes place on 26 April but he picked up the injury while competing in January’s Dubai Marathon. Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, the two-time New York Marathon winner, has been added to the field for the men’s race which already features current marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto and former record-holder and defending champion Wilson Kipsang.
Hetha Berlin star Salomon Kalou could be fined up to 10,000 euros (£7,122) for using a hammer and chisel on the Berlin Wall, which is under a protection order. The Ivory Coast striker was being filmed by a Berlin TV station as part of a report on their 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Schalke on Saturday. He mimicked breaking off a piece of the wall with the tools at the tourist attraction, the Eastside Gallery. Anyone defacing the wall can be heavily fined with the authorities set to investigate whether any damage was done.
Sunderland have sacked manager Gus Poyet after a run of just one victory in 12 Premier League games. The Black Cats are one point above the relegation zone after Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa. “Sadly, we have not made the progress that any of us had hoped for this season,” said chairman Ellis Short. “We find ourselves battling, once again, at the wrong end of the table. We have therefore made the difficult decision that a change is needed.” A Sunderland statement also added that an announcement about Poyet’s successor would be made “in due course”. The Uruguayan leaves with the club 17th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone.
Seven stadia in six cities will be used as soccer venues for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Rio will host games at the Olympic Stadium and the Maracana while the other games will take place at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, the Amazonia arena in Manaus, the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador and the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo. Sixteen men’s sides and 12 women’s teams will play 58 matches between 3-20 August 2016 with Brazil chasing their first Olympic gold in the men’s competition.