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ATHENS---Greece's government has
ordered all domestic professional
sporting matches to be called off for
one week after a soccer fan died as a
result of stadium violence.
State hospital officials in Athens
said 47-year-old Costas Katsoulis died
early yesterday after being
hospitalised two weeks ago with a
brain hemorrhage sustained during an
attack by rival fans at a third-division
match on the island of Crete.
Yiannis Andrianos, a deputy minister
for sport, said the government was
determined to end violence caused by
"criminals, psychopaths, and
hooligans," announcing the suspension
that will affect the topflight Greek
soccer league next weekend, as well as
basketball and other professional team
Four people have been charged with
attempted murder over the violence
during the match between third-
division rivals Ethnikos and Irodotos.
scored 28 points to lead
Caledonia to a 63--61
win over Maloney in
game two on Saturday
to seal the best-in-
three series, 2--0 and
win the $1.5 million first
place prize in the Min-
istry of National Secu-
rity Hoop of Life Com-
"One thing we
demonstrated here in
this tournament was
to show the world that
we are good enough
and West Indies crick-
et is on the up."
head coach DESMOND
HAYNES on his team
being competitive in
the Champions League
despite being eliminat-
ed from the ongoing
competition in India.
(Ext: 2213, 2711, 2212,
Greece postpones sports events after fan death
PARIS---Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for
the match against Barcelona, and Paris
Saint-Germain must find a way to
cope without him.
Ibrahimovic, the French league s top
scorer over the past two seasons, has
been ruled out of today s Champions
League match with a left heel injury.
He missed the last two PSG games
because of the injury and coach Laurent
Blanc said intensive treatment up until
yesterday morning failed to resolve the
"We tried this morning. But in reality
I d already started preparing for the
match without him," Blanc said. "It
won t be easy and we know it. We had
some difficult games without him last
season. The opponents are much more
attentive when he s around."
PSG has made a sluggish start to the
season, drawing six of nine games so
far.Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani is
expected to lead the attack in his
favoured centre forward s role against
a Barcelona team that has yet to con-
cede a goal.
Cavani is still short of the form which
saw him score 78 goals in 104 games
for Napoli before joining PSG for 64
million euros ($81.3 million) last season.
The Uruguay striker has been craving
a chance to play in his center forward
role, however, and now has a chance
to show what he can do on the big
But when Ibrahimovic has been miss-
ing, PSG has won only 40 per cent of
"It s a very important game for us
and we need him," PSG left back
Maxwell said. "We re still lacking in
intensity and tomorrow (today) is a
good chance for us to show that we re
still to be reckoned with."
Blanc said other players need to step
up a level now that Ibrahimovic is not
around to bail them out with his spec-
"If we don t play well as a team
tomorrow (today) it s going to be hard,"
Blanc said. "We can compensate for
his absence through our teamwork."
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is not
concerned either way.
"It doesn t change anything for us
that Zlatan isn t playing," Enrique said.
"It s obviously a big loss for PSG but
our way of playing won t change."
Ibrahimovic turns 33 next month and
has been picking up injuries more often.
He tore a thigh muscle last April and
missed the second leg of the Champions
League quarterfinals against Chelsea,
which PSG lost 2--0 to go out on away
goals after winning the home leg 3--1.
"We ll see how the injury goes from
day to day," Blanc said. "The medical
staff are doing all they can and we ll
be delighted if we get him back for the
Monaco game (on Sunday)."
Blanc puts PSG s slow start to the
season down to a lack of intensity,
which his players will certainly need
to show more of in order to stop a
Barcelona attack led by Lionel Messi
"Tomorrow (today) we ll be playing
our masters, or almost, given that
they ve been playing with this same
philosophy of play for 30 years," Blanc
said. "It s an extraordinary match to
take part in. If we re determined and
aggressive then we ll do well."
But he thinks Barcelona s defence
has frailties, despite not conceding a
"I ve seen all of their games and their
opponents had chances in every one,"
Blanc said. "But Barcelona hurt you
when they re on top, they take advan-
tage. That s what we re missing and
we have to get that back." (AP)
Ibrahimovic out PSG's
match against Barca
LONDON---Manchester United is
looking at playing lucrative friendlies
overseas to fill the midweek void left
by the absence of European football
this season and the early League Cup
The record 20-time English cham-
pions have forecast a ten per cent drop
in revenue in 2014-15 after they failed
to qualify for the Champions League
under David Moyes.
The struggles have left United with
just one midweek Premier League
match before the end of 2014, and just
three in the first three months of 2015.
Going overseas---the Middle East would
be the most likely destination---would
allow United to escape the English win-
ter for a few days, and the addition of
Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria
have made the club even more likely
to attract lucrative contracts for friend-
"That s something we continue to
look at, as always making sure that the
preparations we do on the pitch come
first," United managing director Richard
"For many years of our (pre-season)
international tours, there is a plan to
ensure we get that team building that
goes together with getting the team all
together in one place. That s something
that s being looked at with regards to
the future (friendlies) with Louis (Van
Van Gaal said during United s pre-
season tour of the United States, shortly
after taking over as manager, that the
obligations to sponsors and distances
the team has to travel was "not very
positive for a good preparation" for the
Premier League campaign.
But Arnold said there s no disagree-
ment with Van Gaal over the possibility
of taking on more commercial ven-
"I can only speak positively of my
experience with the manager in terms
of his understanding of what s required
to get a first-class team onto the pitch
and also what s required for running a
club of our magnitude," Arnold said.
"We have a fantastic partnership in
terms of our work off the pitch and
I m very appreciative of the support
we have had from him."
Picking up the pieces after Moyes
disappointing 10 months in charge, Van
Gaal has managed just two wins from
seven matches in charge but the new-
look squad is still a work in progress.
"There has been continued excite-
ment that stems from the day that
Louis was appointed and it s just been
a progressive build from that," Arnold
said in a telephone interview from Old
Trafford. "Outside of that obviously
there will still be areas we still need to
United, which is owned by the Flori-
da-based Glazer family and listed on
the New York Stock Exchange, remains
English football s biggest moneymaker,
with revenue up 19 per cent to a club
record 433 million pounds (around $700
million) in 2013-14.
The latest commercial deal was
announced yesterday, with Abengoa
announced as the club s first "sustain-
able technology partner," working with
United to make the company more
Abengoa chief executive Manuel
Sanchez Ortega said United was chosen
because it is the "most global football
team." Arnold maintained that its spon-
sorship operation has not been affected
by the team s slump since Alex Ferguson
retired in 2013 after more than 26 tro-
phy-filled years in charge.
"We find current form does not fig-
ure highly in the reasons to partner or
not partner," Arnold said, pointing to
club research that shows they have 659
million global followers. (AP)
Man United exploring friendlies during season
CSKA Moscow vs Bayern Munich
Manchester City vs Roma
APOEL Nicosia vs Ajax
Paris Saint Germain vs Barcelona
Schalke 04 vs Maribor
Sporting CP vs Chelsea
BATE Borisov vs Athletic Bilbao
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Porto
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