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Three Boca fans arrested in Brazil after racism and Nazi salute
11:21 pm Three supporters of Argentine football club Boca Juniors have been arrested in Brazil for racism and making a Nazi salute during their club’s match against Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday. Two of them were arrested for racist insults after making ‘monkey noises’. The third fan is accused of having delivered the Nazi salute.
São Paulo’s security ministry said the three supporters had been caught red-handed at the Corinthians stadium and spent the night in jail. They are still there. The first two supporters could face prison terms ranging from one to three years if found guilty. The third may have to go to jail for three to six months.
Athletics team for the World Cup has 36 athletes, also Bonevacia starting ticket
8:50 pm The Athletics Union sends a team of 36 athletes to the World Championships in Athletics, which will be held from July 15 to 24 in Eugene, USA. Twenty athletes will arrive at an individual number. The other sixteen are part of relay teams.
Liemarvin Bonevacia failed to meet the limit for the 400 meters, but the Olympic finalist still gets a starting spot based on his position in the world rankings. This also applies to Nick Smidt and Ramsey Angela in the 400-meter hurdles, Zoë Sedney in the 100-meter hurdles, Benthe König in the shot put, Rutger Koppelaar in the pole vault and Denzel Comenentia in the hammer throw.
Sifan Hassan has not yet run a single race this year, but can compete as defending champion in the 1500 and 10,000 meters. She is also high enough in the world ranking for a starting ticket in the 5000 meters. She also combined these three distances at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year, resulting in two gold and a bronze medal. It is not yet clear what distances she runs in Eugene.
American investor takes over a quarter of MVV shares
6.48 pm: MVV partly comes into American hands. Investment company World Soccer Holdings (WSH) is taking over 24 of the 100 shares of the Maastricht football club. The other shares will remain in the hands of Stichting MVV. The share transaction involves an amount of 735,000 euros.
WSH is led by American Scott Dyer and Dutchman Bob Heere. They have committed themselves to MVV for a period of four years, which now aims to further professionalize the football organization.
“The patience of supporters and sponsors has been tested. The result is a solid partner with whom we can lay the foundation for the future. It is high time the city and our supporters continued to embrace the club,” says Marcel Jöris, chairman of the MVV Foundation.
Minister Helder speaks out against coming Super League
3:57 pm: Minister Conny Helder of Sport spoke out on Wednesday against the arrival of a possible Super League in football. The VVD minister did this during a committee debate on sports policy.
The KNVB, Eredivisie CV, Keuken Kampioen Divisie, players’ union VVCS and the Supporters Collective Netherlands had previously requested Helder to rule before the Court of Justice of the European Union against the design of a ‘closed’ competition for a select number of European top clubs. More than a year ago, twelve clubs announced that they wanted to start a Super League, but many of those clubs quickly withdrew under pressure from unions, governments and supporters.
The Court of Justice of the European Union is considering the case at the request of a Spanish judge. A hearing will be held in a few weeks. According to the KNVB, the German government will make use of the right to speak during the hearing. It is not clear whether the Netherlands will also do this.
Officially, only the Spanish clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and the Italian team Juventus are still involved in the plans for a lucrative Super League. The six English clubs that wanted to participate quickly withdrew last year due to large-scale supporter protests. The Super League with regular participants would become a competitor of the Champions League, for which clubs must qualify via their national competition.
“An initiative driven by the personal and financial gain of a few clubs and not by the overall values prevailing within the European sports landscape; sportsmanship, solidarity and open competition,” the letter to the minister states. “The proposal is not good for the future of Dutch football. The arrival of a Super League will be very bad for the financial solidarity between the breadth and the top of football, the position and club love of supporters and the entire football ecosystem in the Netherlands is seriously endangered. Football is a strong connecting factor in our country. If the Super League comes, it will be lost.”
At the end of last year, the European Parliament spoke out against ‘breaking competitions’ such as the Super League.
Stripe through practice match Roda JC-Anderlecht for safety reasons
2:56 pm: The practice match between Roda JC and Anderlecht, which was to take place on Saturday, is cancelled. The municipality of Kerkrade, the police and the judiciary have decided in consultation not to give permission for the game to be played for safety reasons.
“The safety risk is in possible fan movements of the visiting club. Extra police deployment in this area is not desirable. We have no choice but to cancel the duel,” says mayor Petra Dassen of the municipality of Kerkrade.
According to the municipality, there is an agreement that a friendly match would not require police deployment to organize and guarantee safety and public order. For that reason, Roda JC would only receive season ticket holders and sponsors. “Disappointment prevails with us because we were looking forward to this top match, in our own house, in front of our audience,” Roda JC reports on the website.
Clean jumper Wils at World Cup sixteenth on 1 meter plank
2.30 pm: Dipper Daphne Wils failed to qualify for the final on the 1 meter board at the world championships in Hungary. Wils set the sixteenth score in the preliminaries. The top twelve qualified for Wednesday evening’s final.
Wils reached 236.90 points after five jumps. The Chinese Li Yajie set the highest score in the preliminary rounds: 278.95. She was followed by the Swedish Emilia Nilsson Garip (262.95) and the American Sarah Bacon (257.15).
Earlier this week, the Dutch Guurtje Praasterink finished eleventh in the final of the 10-meter tower. The gold in that event went to China’s Chen Yuxi.
Marathon runner Koreman misses European Championship athletics due to injury
12:57 pm: Björn Koreman has to skip the marathon at the European Athletics Championships in Munich in August. The athlete has suffered a hip injury that will sideline him for weeks.
“Where I thought a few weeks ago that it was an innocent pain in my hip, I got to hear the reality from the sports doctor. A stress source in my ilium, which means four weeks of walking rest. With seven weeks left until the European Championships, a line can be drawn through that immediately,” the 31-year-old athlete writes on Instagram.
The European Championship would be his first major tournament. Koreman more than met the limit in April in the Rotterdam marathon with a time of 2.10.32.
Last year Koreman missed out on participating in the Olympic marathon. He had met the limit, but there were five other athletes with the limit in his pocket. The Athletics Union chose the three men with the best times. “This makes it feel extra sour, but I will come out stronger here too to start blazing the coming marathons towards Paris 2024.”
Tom Hendrikse and Ronald Schröer now remain as participants in the marathon at the European Championship. Abdi Nageeye is the only Dutch athlete to participate in the marathon at the World Athletics Championships, which start in Eugene in more than 2 weeks.
Play-off for title in Serie A with equal number of points
11.17 am: When the first two teams in the Italian Serie A have the same number of points at the end of the season, the title fight will be decided with a play-off. The Italian football association FIGC has decided to do so after the clubs had already discussed the proposal.
The tie-breaker will have no overtime. If there is no decision after 90 minutes, penalties will be taken. Last season, the Serie A decision came on the final day when AC Milan, thanks to a victory over Sassuolo, became Italian champions for the first time in 11 years. The team had a 2 point lead over Internazionale, which also won. Even with a draw, the title would have been for AC Milan, based on the mutual result.
No European country has a play-off with a tie. Usually the goal difference is decisive.
Badminton duo Tafeling/Piek to second round Malaysian Open
8.23 am: The badminton duo Robintabeling/Selena Piek reached the second round in the mixed doubles at the Malaysian Open on Wednesday, a heavily occupied tournament with World Tour Super 750 status. Tafeling and Piek were too strong for Indian couple Reddy P in three games. Sumeeth and Ashwini Ponnappa: 21-15 19-21 21-17.
At the even more highly regarded Indonesian Open, Tafeling and Piek were stranded in the first round two weeks ago. That happened to Mark Caljouw in the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur. Nga Ka Long from Hong Kong defeated the number 1 in the Netherlands in two games: 21-18 21-16. Also in Indonesia the tournament had ended in the first round for Caljouw.