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    Probe launched as amateur club fakes player's death

    What barmy league is this, you ask?

    The LSL...

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    Argentinean 3rd division match between the gloriously named Juventud Unida de Gualeguaychu and Defensores de Belgrano de Villa Ramallo.


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    'Stray Given' was one caption I saw for that

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    300 or so fans at a 16K stadium watch Qatar thump North Korea in the Asian Cup group stages, since a diplomatic blockade stopped Qatari fans travelling, and North Korea only ever lets a select group of fans attend away games: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/67513572.cms

    As I recall when North Korea made it to the World Cup some of their fans were later revealed to be Chinese.
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    One goal separated four teams at the end of the Asian Cup group stage when it came to the third place sides moving forward - 2 "disciplinary points" of a difference sent Lebanon home and Vietnam to the knockouts. Lebanon needed to beat North Korea by four but managed a winning margin of three. How devastating must that have been?

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    And in additional news from the Asian Cup, Qatar players get shoes thrown at them by UAE's fans after strolling through their semi-final against the hosts 4-0: https://www.theguardian.com/football...-against-japan

    Qatar making it to the final is notable enough on its own. Obviously some work has been done on that team since they were awarded the World Cup.
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    Lecce v Ascoli in Serie B was abandoned this evening after effectively seven seconds. The very first challenge resulted in a clash of heads and a nasty landing for Lecce's Scavone. Certainly knocked out cold; maybe worse. Ambulance drove onto the pitch to take him to hospital, and that was the end of the game. No news as yet on his condition

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Tomorrow at 6am Irish time is the league match with the furthest possible distance to travel - Luch-Energia Vladivostok v Baltika Kaliningrad.

    It's 4,500 miles away - the equivalent of a team from Dublin having a league game in Seattle. That's 50% further than I think the longest distance a LoI club ever travelled for a competitive game (Pat's v Karagandy)

    It's 12½ hours by plane, with a stop-over in Moscow. 7 days by train.

    You can drive too - but it's 6,500 miles by road. There's a story of three Zenit St Petersburg fans who did it once; the car didn't survive. It got the fans to the game - Zenit won 2-0 - but the car died in Vladivostok, and the three had to get the train back, only just making it in time for their next home game. The club gave them a present of a new car; the old one is in the Zenit museum now.

    The time difference alone is 8 hours, so you've to factor in jetlag getting to a league game. And of course it's much worse for Vladivostok, who have to do this every second week. This map shows just how isolated they are.

    All this in a division - the Russian second flight - with average crowds of 2000.
    Was reminded of the above when reading about Canada's new professional league: https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/46988859

    Canada has three teams in MLS but lacked their own league until now. Seven teams to start with, with nearly 4'500 km's between Pacific FC and HFX Wanderers.
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    Cuneo are playing Pro Piacenza in Serie C at the moment. Pro Piacenza (who aren't Piacenza; that's a different team in the same division) scratched their last four games and to avoid further sanctions, they've turned up today with seven players from the youth team.

    Score was 16-0 at half time, and it's 19-0 now with a few minutes to go.

    Cuneo had scored 18 goals all season before this

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Cuneo are playing Pro Piacenza in Serie C at the moment. Pro Piacenza (who aren't Piacenza; that's a different team in the same division) scratched their last four games and to avoid further sanctions, they've turned up today with seven players from the youth team.

    Score was 16-0 at half time, and it's 19-0 now with a few minutes to go.

    Cuneo had scored 18 goals all season before this
    Thrown out of the league:
    https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2019...ut-of-serie-c/

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    Ah ref!




    Edit- bit more on it here - https://www.motherwelltimes.co.uk/sp...gton-1-4876282
    Last edited by DeLorean; 20/02/2019 at 4:15 PM.

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    As far as I am aware, the Laws don't actually say when a ref should blow for full time, in terms of "favourable position" etc, it's all just "understood". It could do with being defined.

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    You'd see it blown up when the ball goes out for a corner sometimes. I guess it depends on what's been added on already, if there was time wasting, etc.

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    I'll admit that, before yesterday, I had no idea that a player can refuse to be substituted, and have that refusal backed up by the laws: http://theifab.com/laws/the-players-...procedure-2018

    That seems a widely under-noticed example of player power over those in nominal charge of the team.
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    Interesting. Didn't know that. It was a ****-up by the Chelsea management though as the player was obviously fit to continue but the physio must have said that he wasn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwlsFan View Post
    Interesting. Didn't know that. It was a ****-up by the Chelsea management though as the player was obviously fit to continue but the physio must have said that he wasn't.
    didn't the GK go down with cramp a couple of times?
    either he had cramp and should have come off as instructed or he was faking the cramp (more likely) and deserved to have his bluff called.

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    Yes, he was down with cramp twice. Probably wanted it to go to penos so he could show off. Delighted when he fluffed one of the penalties. The Chelsea manager was caught between a rock and a hard place in the shoot out. I suspect he wanted to see the penalties missed by Man City rather than saved.
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    Over the weekend, we had 3 instance of fans getting on the pitch and getting close to/having a go at players - Tavernier at Hibernian, Grealish at Birmingham, and Smalling at Arsenal.

    A big fine on the way for Birmingham no doubt. I wonder though, is it actually possible, apart from fences, to eradicate this completely. I suppose a wall of beefy security staff around the perimeter of the pitch might do the job.

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    You'd need a big number of guards to form a wall. 300-400 to ring the pitch anyway. Sounds completely impractical

    We need to stop tying the game into inherent self-actualisation, so people don't be getting as worked up by derbies as this. But football's worth is tied up in giving self-actualisation, so that's not going to happen.

    Interesting to compare the final of Euro 76, when there was a ring of fans the whole way around the pitch for the last ten minutes. Unthinkable now.

    (Obviously it's dangerous too to draw conclusions on one highly unusual day's events)

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    Most of the suggested solutions seem to be just to hit the home club so hard (points deduction, games behind closed doors) that they will be forced into their own actions...but I'm not sure you can ever guarantee that security measures will prevent it, short of perimeter fences.

    Maybe punishment so severe that a potential invader/attacker would know they are going to be utterly vilified by their own fans? But there are no doubt some Birmingham fans somewhere who think the guy's a 'legend' (to use the most serious of the confrontations as an example).

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