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LONDON—The English Foot-
ball Association has charged
Craig Bellamy after the Cardiff
striker appeared to punch an
opponent, but Manchester
City’s Yaya Toure has escaped
retrospective action for an
apparent kick in another Pre-
mier League match.
A panel of three former ref-
erees decided that Bellamy
striking at Swansea midfielder
Jonathan de Guzman in Satur-
day’s south Wales derby con-
stitutes violent conduct.
Bellamy, who faces a three-
match ban, has until today to
respond to the charge.
But the panel could not agree
that Toure should be charged
with violent conduct for kicking
at Norwich striker Ricky van
Wolfswinkel on Saturday.
That means the defender
remains eligible as City chases
glory in the Premier League and
FA Cup domestically.
English gay footballer
slams Fifa on Russia, Qatar
A leading figure within the
English Football Association says
she won’t go to the World Cups
in Qatar and Russia because of
their anti-gay laws.
Casey Stoney, the England
women’s team captain, says
FIFA has set the wrong example
by awarding its showpiece men’s
events to those countries.
Stoney, who is gay, told the
BBC: “I won’t be going to Russia
or Qatar to watch a World Cup
because I wouldn’t be accepted
Russia, which is currently
hosting the Winter Olympics in
Sochi ahead of the 2018 World
Cup, has come under fire for a
law banning homosexual “pro-
paganda” aimed at minors.
In 2022 World Cup host
Qatar, homosexual acts are ille-
Casey says it is “incredible
that these countries get World
Cups and Olympics.” (AP)
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, right, scores past Cardiff City’s Kevin Theophile Catherine during their
English Premier League soccer match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, on January 18. AP
SAO PAULO—Work remains underway at the
World Cup stadium in the jungle city of Manaus
despite a Brazilian union’s threat to strike to
protest a worker’s death at the venue.
The strike did not happen yesterday because
leaders from several unions said they are trying
to gather more workers to their movement.
Local World Cup organisers and the company
in charge of the stadium’s construction said the
Arena da Amazonia is nearly 97 per cent com-
pleted, with only minor details keeping it from
being inaugurated sometime this month.
A 55-year-old Portuguese man was killed in
an accident on Friday while disassembling a crane
that was used to install the stadium’s roof, becom-
ing the third worker to die at the venue in less
than a year.
Union leader Cicero Custodio said workers
want to protest the lack of proper security con-
ditions at the site. He said workers also were
upset that the company didn’t declare a day of
mourning after their colleague’s death.
“We didn’t have time to get everybody on
board for a strike today (yesterday),” Custodio
told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
“But we are making sure that it happens tomor-
row (today), when all workers will refuse to get
into the construction site.”
Constructor Andrade Gutierrez and local offi-
cials in charge of the stadium say the construction
site is safe.
The local government lamented the worker’s
death, but said the accident would not interfere
in the stadium’s completion.
After another death at the stadium in Decem-
ber, when a worker fell 115 feet (35 metres) while
working on the stadium’s roof, a local labour
judge halted construction at the site for four
days so authorities could inspect safety condi-
tions. The first death in Manaus happened in
March, when a man fell from a scaffold and hit
Seven workers have died at World Cup venues
so far. In late November, two workers were killed
when a crane collapsed while hoisting a 500-
ton piece of roofing at the stadium that will host
the World Cup opener in Sao Paulo. In 2012, a
worker died at the construction site of the stadium
in the nation’s capital, Brasilia. (AP)
after death at
FA clears Man City’s Toure,
charges Cardiff’s Bellamy
ward Neymar has taken a big
step toward returning to action,
practicing with the first team
The Brazil striker has been
sidelined since badly spraining
his right ankle in a Copa del Rey
match at Getafe on January 16.
He has missed a total of seven
Barcelona says Neymar is “in
the final phase of his recovery”
with the Catalan club travelling
to Real Sociedad tomorrow for
the return leg of their Copa del
Rey semifinal series, which
Barcelona leads 2-0.
Neymar has scored ten goals
in 24 appearances since his sum-
mer move from Santos, which
has also caused off-field distrac-
tions as a Madrid court investi-
gates the player’s contract. (AP)
Neymar returns to practice with Barcelona
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