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Global sports round-up

FFA looking to enforce racist’s football ban

Paul Ifill

ADELAIDE – Football Federation Australia are adamant they will stringently police an Adelaide United member’s two-year ban from all football matches after he racially vilified Wellington’s Barbadian international Paul Ifill.

Asked how FFA, Adelaide or other officials would enforce the ban, a FFA official said the man’s identity was known by authorities even though his name has not been publicly released.

It’s understood a member of the public identified the culprit before the man became the first fan in history to incur a ban for racism in Australian football.

Ifill was a target of racist remarks during Adelaide’s 3-1 win over Phoenix nine days ago.

Phoenix general manager David Dome said the club had no intention of meeting the offender but he believed the ban sent out a clear message against racism.

South Australian police and security staff at Hindmarsh Stadium were made aware of the racial abuse, which came as Ifill was substituted in the 61st minute.


Hockey world says goodbye to Claudius

Leslie Claudius

KOLKATA – Olympians and government dignitaries yesterday bid their final adieus to legendary field hockey player Leslie Claudius who was laid to rest at the Lower Circular Road Cemetery.

Former players raised hockey sticks as a mark of respect as the remains of one of hockey’s greatest ever players was taken to St Paul`s Cathedral for a mass.

The former India right-half had a record three Olympic gold medals (1948, 1952, 1956) which was later matched by fellow Indian star Udham Singh.

Claudius, of Anglo-Indian descent, also captained India to a silver medal finish at the 1960 Rome Games before announcing his retirement from the game.

He died on December 20 at the age of 85 after a prolonged battle with cirrhosis of the liver.


Drogba gets Ambrosini’s backing

ROME – AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini has claimed that Shanghai Shenhua’s Didier Drogba is a better player than Manchester City forward Mario Balotelli.

The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for both attackers in the January transfer window, and the veteran midfielder feels the Ivorian is the more complete player, thanks in part to his compatriot’s temperament.

“I’ve always liked Drogba,” he said. “He is very professional and he is welcome at Milan. Mario’s talent is not enough – it’s wrong to justify his behaviour with his age.”†

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