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Tim Howard blasts MLS, Rapids after suspension
DENVER --- Colorado Rapids goal-
keeper Tim Howard blasted his team
and Major League Soccer yesterday,
asking for heightened security in
light of his verbal altercation with a
fan that resulted in his three-game
Howard was suspended and fined an
undisclosed amount last week for pro-
fane language toward a fan during a game
against Sporting Kansas City and an al-
tercation with a fan following the match,
which Colorado lost 3-1.
The longtime U.S. national team star,
who played with Manchester United and
Everton in the English Premier League,
tweeted a link to a Facebook post on Friday
that began: "I want to begin by saying I
am genuinely sorry for my behaviour in
Kansas City and I want to apologize to
my fans. I let myself get too worked up
after being provoked and said some things
I shouldn't have. I am at fault and certainly
not a victim in this incident."
However, Howard, continued, "after re-
viewing the incident in Kansas City, my
league and my team chose to admonish
me and suspend me for almost 10 percent
of the season, but they did not say a word
about the fan's antagonistic behaviour or
the negligent security."
Neither the Rapids nor MLS immediate-
ly responded to messages seeking reaction
to Howard's post.
Howard said he regrets his reaction and
understands the need to admonish him,
but "I am surprised and concerned that
the full context of the incident wasn't con-
sidered and responsibility wasn't shared."
"We all want passionate fans but there
is a line that shouldn't be crossed," How-
ard wrote. "It is not OK for an apparently
drunk fan to get inches away from an ath-
lete's face and yell obscenities at them.
While I should have controlled my reac-
tion, I want to make it clear that I have
never been put into a situation like that
until Kansas City."
Howard said he doesn't know how the
fan was allowed to get so close to him but
"it was not the norm and not right." (AP)
Ugo Ehiogu dies at 44
LONDON --- Ugo Ehiogu, the former England
defender who was a coach of the Tottenham Un-
der-23s, died yesterday from cardiac arrest. He
The English Premier League club announced the death
of Ehiogu a day after he was taken to a hospital after
collapsing at Tottenham's training ground.
"Words cannot express the shock and sadness that
we all feel at the club," said John McDermott, Totten-
ham's head of coaching and player development. "Ugo's
immense presence will be irreplaceable."
Ehiogu played for Aston Villa and Middlesbrough,
making 355 Premier League appearances in total, and
was capped by England four times, scoring once against
"We're devastated to hear the news that Ugo Ehiogu
has passed away," the English Football Association said
in a statement. "Our thoughts and sympathies are with
all lucky enough to know him."
The current England manager, Gareth Southgate,
played alongside Ehiogu at center back for Villa.
Tottenham said Ehiogu, who had been on the coaching
staff since 2014, received immediate treatment after
collapsing on Thursday afternoon. Medical professionals
from three hospitals supported Ehiogu.
Ehiogu began his career as a trainee at West Bromwich
Albion before he joined Villa in 1991. He played more
than 300 matches for Villa, including its FA Cup final
loss to Chelsea in 2000.
He joined Middlesbrough for a then club-record fee
of 8 million pounds in 2000.
Ehiogu had spells at Leeds, Rangers, and Sheffield
United before retiring in 2009. (AP)
FIFA life ban for Costa Rican
official Li in bribery case
ZURICH --- FIFA's ethics committee has banned
for life the former Costa Rica soccer federation
president Eduardo Li for taking bribes.
The decision was announced yesterday.
Li already made guilty pleas in Brooklyn federal court
last October to charges of racketeering and wire fraud
A US Department of Justice indictment said Li took
six-figure bribes from marketing agency Traffic USA
linked to commercial rights for World Cup qualifying
Li was arrested at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich in
an early morning raid in May 2015. Two days later, he
was formally due to join the FIFA executive committee.
He spent several months detained in Switzerland
before being extradited to the United States. (AP)
In this Thursday, March 23, 2006 file photo,
Middlesbrough's Ugo Ehiogu controls the ball during the
English FA Cup sixth round soccer match against Charlton
Athletic at the Valley stadium, London. AP PHOTO
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