Connect with us


Lazio Receives One-Match Stand Closure For Monkey Chants At Lukaku



Lukaku Roma

Lazio has been penalized with a one-match stand closure following instances of supporters directing monkey chants at Romelu Lukaku during their midweek Italian Cup victory over Roma, as confirmed by Serie A on Friday.

The league stated that three sections of the Stadio Olimpico, where Lazio’s hardcore fans are located, will be closed during the upcoming league fixture against Napoli on January 28.

Lazio has been punished for boorish, insulting and racially discriminatory monkey chanting” directed at Roma forward Lukaku from the Curva Nord and two adjacent sections “whenever he was in possession of the football“.

The statement continued that four Italian Football Federation observers clearly heard the racist abuse at the match and that they came from “90 percent of the 16,000 fans in those areas of the ground”.

Lazio boasts a significant number of right-leaning fans in a nation where fascist organizations are prevalent, a phenomenon not exclusive to the club, as Roma’s hardcore supporters also share a notable history of far-right affiliations.

The recent events on Wednesday represent the most recent occurrences in a series of incidents involving Lazio. The club had previously received a one-match stadium closure in April of the previous year due to instances of anti-Semitic and racist chants during another derby clash with Roma.

In January of last year, Lazio’s fans had a profound impact on France international Samuel Umtiti, reducing him to tears during a match against Lecce.

It’s not the first time fans in Italy have targeted Lukaku, as he was racially abused by Juventus fans last season and monkey chanted at by Cagliari supporters in 2019 while still at Inter Milan.

The incident at Cagliari, which authorities left unpunished, was succeeded by Inter’s hardcore fans penning an open letter to Lukaku, asserting that monkey chants shouldn’t be deemed racist.

Furthermore, Lazio faced a 50,000 euros fine for their supporters breaching a security cordon, breaking through to the rival fans’ section, and launching various items, including “beer and water bottles, flares, fireworks, and firecrackers,” at the Roma fans. In response, Roma’s fans incurred a 15,000 euro fine for retaliating in a similar manner.

The home supporters added to the chaos by hurling flares and bottles onto the pitch during the match, with Roma midfielder Edoardo Bove getting struck on the neck by a full beer after being substituted in the second half.

The Rome derby, renowned for its intensity, witnessed several skirmishes and police charges before Wednesday’s match. Post-game, Lazio fans raided a pub popular among Roma supporters near the stadium, resulting in two individuals being stabbed amid the chaos.


Lionel Messi Explains Why He Hardly Runs During Football Games



Lionel Messi during Qatar World Cup 2022

Argentine football icon, Lionel Messi, has stressed that he doesn’t care how much movement he makes in a game as people continue to take note of his walking technique.

In recent times, videos of Lionel Messi practically walking while his team are off the ball have kept many football enthusiasts talking. Many believe that it is a technique to prevent being injured, some say he does that because other players are doing the hard work for him.

But in an interview with Clank Media, Lionel Messi who turned 37-year-old earlier today, June 24, 2024, said not running when he is off the ball has been a part of his game from his days at his boyhood club, Newell, in his native country, Argentina.

“When I was at Newell’s, there were two or three times a week we were sent to run around the grounds. I used to hide behind a tree. Running without a ball was never my thing. Heh”, Lionel Messi said.

“I have always been very self-critical. I am the first to know what I do right and what I do wrong. When I walk, I analyse the opponent’s positioning, how we stand when we don’t have the ball, get away from the marker and be able to initiate a counterattack.

“I don’t pay much attention to GPS, statistics or data. I never cared how much I ran in a match.”

Note that Lionel Messi had used his walking technique while off the ball to win virtually everything in world football including 10 La Liga titles, four Champions League, one FIFA World Cup, and a record 8 Ballon d’Or.

Continue Reading


Euro 2024: Portugal Join Two Other Teams In Round Of 16



Ronaldo 15

In just two matchdays in the ongoing European Championship (Euro 2024), three countries have secured their place in the tournament’s round of 16.

Interestingly, the Three Lions of England and France, seen as the Super favourites to win the Euro 2024, will have to wait until the last day of the group stage to confirm their place.

Earlier today, June 22, 2024, Portugal’s national team, ably led by five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, defeated Turkey 3-0 to book themselves a place in the round of 16.

Goals from Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, and an own goal from Samet Akaydin made all the difference.

Ronaldo provided an assist for Portugal’s third goal, which was his 7th in the history of the tournament, and the all-time highest in the European Championship.

Portugal coach bemoans risk to player safety as pitch invaders chase  Ronaldo selfies - Yahoo Sport

Recall that Portugal defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in their opening game in Group F. Hence, the Portuguese side now have 6 points in two games.

Whether or not they beat Georgia in their last group stage game on Wednesday, June 26, the Portuguese side will play in the round of 16. However, they need to win the game to ensure they finish top of Group F.

Other two teams that have already booked themselves a place in the Euro 2024 round of 16 with a game in hand are the hosts, Germany, and Spain.

Germany are topping Group A with 6 points in 2 games, while Spain are topping Group B with 6 points in two games.

Continue Reading


Chelsea Sign Brazilian Youngster Estevao Willian From Palmeiras



estevao gol debut

Chelsea have completed their transfer transaction with Brazilian club, Palmeiras, for the services of teenage forward Estevao Willian.

Earlier today, June 22, Chelsea took to X to announce that Estevao Willian is now officially their new player but he wouldn’t join the Premier League side until the summer of 2025.

This means that the 17-year-old forward will remain at Palmeiras throughout the 2024-2025 season.

A statement from Chelsea reads: “Chelsea Football Club has agreed a deal to sign teenage forward Estevao Willian from Palmeiras, with the Brazilian to officially join Chelsea next summer.

“The 17-year-old has already built a strong reputation in South America as one of the most exciting talents around due to his skilful dribbling and electric pace, causing defences plenty of problems in his breakout season in senior football.

“Estevao has featured 10 times in the Brazilian Serie A for Palmeiras, contributing two goals and two assists, as well as also finding the net in the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil.”

Estevao Willian Transfer – Have Chelsea Learnt Nothing?, 41% OFF

What are the details of Chelsea’s contract with Estevao Willian

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Estevao Willian signed a deal with Chelsea which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until June 30, 2033.

The Premier League side paid Palmeiras the sum of €34 million to complete the deal.

The transfer expert wrote on X, “Chelsea have signed all documents for Willian Estevão, deal sealed!

“Final conditions include €34m fixed fee, €6m add-ons based on apps with Palmeiras, €17m add-ons based on being a multiseason starter at #CFC, €4m difficult add-ons Contract until 2033.”

Continue Reading

Trending Posts