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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 7, 2013
LONDON---In a case of hooli-
ganism with a twist, a stadium
steward in northern England was
trampled by a police horse help-
ing to disperse spectators at the
end of a League Cup match.
The incident occurred late Mon-
day at the end of a game involving
local rivals Preston North End and
Blackpool, when hundreds of Pre-
ston fans invaded the pitch to cel-
ebrate their 1-0 win in the West
With the Premier League season
less than two weeks away, the
chaotic scenes drew indignation
from both clubs as Blackpool man-
ager Paul Ince called for tighter
security at English stadiums.
During the melee, a steward was
knocked over by a police horse as
he was trying to bring a fan under
control. The steward rolled over
on the field and was then trampled
by a second police mount.
On Tuesday, Preston insisted
that, contrary to earlier reports,
the steward was not taken to the
hospital after being assessed by
medical staff at the ground.
"The only steward to receive any
injuries at the stadium was working
in a part of the stadium occupied
by the visiting supporters," the
third division club said in a state-
Ince, a former England inter-
national and Manchester United
player, called on football authorities
to take further measures in order
to prevent crowd trouble in the
"I understand that fans get
excited...but who knows what can
happen," Ince said. "We re not lis-
tening. Has someone got to be
stabbed before we listen? I won-
dered if we have enough stewards.
You see enough situations where
fans run on a pitch and I can
understand fans excitement, but
there have been enough frightening
things that have happened to play-
ers that we need to stamp down
Last season, English football was
marred by a series of incidents
involving fans that were reminis-
cent of the worst hours of hooli-
ganism in the 1970s and 80s.
Wembley was the theater of violent
fighting as second-tier club Mill-
wall fans turned on each other
during a FA Cup semifinal match.
In Newcastle, fans went berserk
following a loss to local rival Sun-
derland, clashing with police in
the city centre.
Following Monday night s inci-
dent in Preston, the English fed-
eration said it would be liaising
with both clubs and police "to get
a full picture of events and what
preparations were in place."
Ince lauded the Blackpool fans
for their "impeccable" behavior
and blamed the Preston supporters
for the incidents.
"We ve seen goalkeepers get hit
and players get punched," Ince
said. "When are we going to learn?
When you ve got 200 Preston fans
running on the pitch and my play-
ers are still on the pitch, who
knows? Has it got to take some-
thing else to happen before we lis-
ten? That s not just Preston but
it s the whole football community
in general. We need to knuckle
down on this."
Police said two people were
arrested for criminal damage to
one of the supporters buses out-
side the ground, with another four
people held for minor offences.
"Due to the match being a local
derby, we had additional resources
in place and as a result we were
able to quickly respond to the pitch
invasion that occurred at the end
of the match to disperse the crowds
and to bring back order," police
superintendent Richard Morgan
"I would like to stress that it is
only a minority who have been
involved in the disorder, with the
majority of supporters enjoying
the event and getting home
Preston won the match after
Tom Clarke headed in the winning
goal in the 87th minute, but the
club now faces the prospect of a
penalty because of its disorderly
The club said its security meas-
ures were appropriate and con-
demned the fans who invaded the
"Given the historic rivalry
between the two clubs we ensured
that our ground safety pre-match
planning considered all aspects of
potential crowd issues to ensure
that all supporters could attend
the match in a safe environment,"
Preston North End said. "This pre-
planning included a significant
increase in stewarding and also
appropriate police presence both
inside and outside the stadium."
Crowd trouble mars
Pepe returns for Portugal as Nani keeps his place
LISBON---Portugal defender Pepe is back from injury and suspension and
will be in the squad for next week's friendly against the Netherlands.
Striker Hugo Almeida, however, has been dropped by Portugal coach
Bento kept faith with injury-hit Nani while also leaving out recent new-
comers Andre Martins, a midfielder, and Henrique Sereno, a defender.
The August 14 match in Faro aims to help get the team ready for a deci-
sive phase in its World Cup qualifying campaign. Portugal leads Group F
with 14 points, two more than second-place Russia, but the Russians have
two matches in hand.
The Portuguese play at Northern Ireland in September and host Israel in
Messi, Ronaldo, Ribery on 3-man UEFA award list
NYON---Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery will compete
to be named UEFA Best Player in Europe for last season.
UEFA published the three candidates' names Tuesday after announcing
an initial 10-player list of contenders last month, selected by journalists
from UEFA member countries.
Ribery was one of four players from Champions League winner Bayern
Munich trying to challenge the established top two names in European
The award is presented on August 29 at the Champions League group-
stage draw in Monaco following a live vote by the journalists' panel.
Messi won the inaugural award two seasons ago and his Barcelona team-
mate Andres Iniesta won last year.
Man City defender Nastasic out for 4-6 weeks
MANCHESTER---Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is likely to
miss the opening month of the Premier League season with an ankle injury.
Nastasic was stretchered off during a pre-season match against Sunder-
land in Hong Kong last month and City says he will be out of action for "four
to six weeks."
The Serbia international, who joined City from Fiorentina last year, will
miss the season opener at home to Newcastle on August 19 as well as
matches against newly-promoted sides Cardiff and Hull.
Nastasic is likely to return for the trip to Stoke on Sep. 14 after the inter-
City coach Manuel Pellegrini is likely to pair Joleon Lescott in the center
of defense with Vincent Kompany.
Newcastle signs striker Remy on loan from QPR
NEWCASTLE---Newcastle has signed French striker Loic Remy on a sea-
son-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, strengthening its attack ahead of
the Premier League season.
Remy joined QPR in the January transfer window and scored six goals in
14 appearances, but couldn't prevent the London club being relegated to the
Remy said he wanted to keep playing in the Premier League to boost his
chances of making the France squad for next year's World Cup. He said "I
know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful cam-
paign with Newcastle United."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said Remy will be "a great addition to
the squad, he gives us strength and pace up front and I'm sure he'll bring
plenty of goals." (AP)
Portugal: Goalkeepers---Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon),
Eduardo (Braga), Beto (Sevilla)
Defenders---Joao Pereira (Valencia), Bruno Alves (Zenit
St. Petersburg), Luis Neto (Zenit St. Petersburg), Fabio
Coentrao (Real Madrid), Silvio (Benfica), Ricardo Costa
(Valencia), Pepe (Real Madrid)
Midfielders---Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Carlos
Custodio (Braga), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Joao
Moutinho (Monaco), Ruben Amorim (Braga), Ruben
Forwards---Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Silvestre
Varela (FC Porto), Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza),
Danny (Zenit St. Petersburg), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg),
Nani (Manchester United), Nelson Oliveira (Rennes)
Preston fans invade the pitch after the final whistle during the League Cup soccer match at Deepdale,
Preston, Monday. In a case of hooliganism with a twist, a stadium steward in northern England was trampled
by a police horse while hundreds of fans ran onto the field at the end of the match. AP PHOTO
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