Football fan gets four months in jail
SHEFFIELD – A football fan who admitted attacking England goal keeper Chris Kirkland has been jailed for four months.
Aaron Cawley, 21, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to assault and entering the field at Hillsborough on Friday night during the 1-1 draw between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds.
Cawley, who appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court, admitted shoving Wednesday keeper Kirkland in the face just after Leeds’ equaliser.
The incident was one of a number of ugly scenes at the Yorkshire derby, which was televised live on Sky Sports. The court heard that Cawley had been the subject of two football banning orders in the past, which he had breached four times.
Prosecutor Paul Macaulay said Cawley told police he was so drunk he could not remember the incident, which has been seen by millions of TV viewers.
Frankel retires unbeaten
LONDON – Unbeaten Frankel capped a brilliant career as he overcame testing conditions to claim his 14th consecutive victory in the Champion Stakes.
The world’s top-rated racehorse, trained by Sir Henry Cecil, beat Cirrus Des Aigles by a length-and-three-quarters in his final race before being retired to stud.
The four-year-old colt lost ground at the start and was slowly out of the stalls under Tom Queally. In the softest ground he has encountered, the 2-11 favourite – considered one of the all-time greats – recovered and had enough to see off last year’s winner (9-2).
He was cheered continuously from three furlongs out by the sell-out 32,000 crowd. Victory for Frankel took his career prize money to nearly 3m and his aggregate winning distance to more than 76 lengths.
Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah confirmed in the winners’ enclosure after the race that Frankel will be retired. He is set to command a fee of 100,000 a time at stud, leading to a 100m valuation.
“He’s the best I’ve ever had, the best I’ve ever seen,” said Cecil, who is battling stomach cancer.
“I’d be very surprised if there’s ever been anything better.”
Terry to wear anti-racism armband
LONDON – John Terry will be asked to wear an anti-racism armband if he captains Chelsea in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.
Governing body UEFA said: “The captains will be asked to wear a ‘Unite Against Racism’ branded armband.”
The move is part of a week of action by European anti-racism body Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare).
Terry recently accepted the Football Association’s four-match ban for racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand. The 31-year-old former England captain is still eligible to play for the club in Europe, however.
Anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out have been criticised with high-profile players such as Rio Ferdinand and Jason Roberts, and more than 30 other players from more than eight clubs, refusing to wear the organisation’s T-shirts at the weekend in protest at a perceived lack of progress.
Barca eyeing Koscielny
MADRID – Barcelona are monitoring Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny and are preparing a 15 million bid for the Frenchman.
Koscielny has found games hard to come by this season having been an automatic first choice last term.
Per Mertesacker has established himself as first choice centre back alongside club captain Thomas Vermaelen, with Koscielny having only played four league games this term and racking up a total of 185 Premier League minutes thus far.
The Arsenal centre-back came in for criticism for his performance in the Gunners 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last month having been handed a starting spot by manager Arsene Wenger.
Barcelona are ready to test Wenger’s desire to keep Koscielny at the Emirates Stadium by readying a 15 million bid.
Barcelona’s defensive problems were highlighted over the weekend as they shipped four goals in a 5-4 victory over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.