January 31st, 2011

Gnash

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Police shut out fans at Asian Cup

Ticket-holders locked out of Khalifa Stadium before Australia face Japan in Asian Cup final in Qatar.
 
Paul Rhys in Doha Last Modified: 30 Jan 2011 11:08 GMT



Thousands of ticket-holding fans were turned away from the Asian Cup final at Khalifa Stadium as police imposed a lockout ahead of Japan's win over Australia.

Al Jazeera English sports correspondent Andy Richardson described how supporters who had travelled halfway around the world were confronted by riot police as they waved their tickets at the locked gates.

Another fan said a policeman wounded her hand as he grabbed her and tried to wrench her camera out of her hands.

The incident on Saturday is likely to bring into focus how Qatar will deal with much larger crowds when it hosts the World Cup in 2022.

"It was just incredibly badly handled. There were kids and families, not causing any problem, being confronted by riot police and being told they weren't getting in," Richardson said of the situation outside before kickoff.

"There were hundreds of people waving their tickets at our camera, people who had travelled from Japan, India, loads of Aussies."

News agencies reported that up to 5,000 people had been shut out.

Richardson added that the policing at the relatively low-key Asian Cup final would need to be reviewed if large, boisterous crowds were to be handled effectively when the World Cup comes to Qatar in 2022.

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Very disappointing to the fans that got screwed over. I would be beyond pissed off.

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Edit: I've seen a few news sources saying that there were ~3000 people outside of the stadium but only 700 were ticket-holders. This is according to the Qatari Local Organizing Committee, so I'm still a bit skeptical that they're maybe just trying to downplay the situation. (Source: Reuters)

Guess we'll just have to wait and see how the story develops over the next day or two.
FB: Sergio Worth It

Deadline Day

TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

Since we´re all waiting on news of Torres´ transfer out of LFC all the last minute transfer drama of deadline day, as clubs desperately try to push through last minute deals before the 23:00GMT deadline closes tonight, I figured we might as well have one post where we can share the fun and excitement of deadline day together

So this post is for you to share any news, rumours, confirmed deals, deals in progress and anything else relevent to the last day of the transfer window

  • ms_mliu

Nando to Leave Liverpool

 Well..straight from Liverpool's Twitter and website:

"Liverpool confirm that fee agreed with Chelsea for Fernando Torres (believed to be £50m). Personal terms now being discussed."



Source

I shall now cry buckets and eat goodie rings.
LEWEY

U.S. Men's National Team Match against Egypt Canceled



USA Will Next Face Argentina and Paraguay at Home in March

CHICAGO (Jan. 31, 2011) – The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced that the match between the U.S. Men's National Team and Egypt has been canceled due to the current conditions in the country. The teams were scheduled to meet on Feb. 9 in Cairo. After exploring other options, the U.S. has determined it will not play a match on this fixture date.

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FB: Sergio Worth It

Deadline Day II


TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY
PART TWO


Since we´re all waiting on every bit of news of the details of Nando's transfer along with all all the last minute transfer drama of deadline day, as clubs desperately try to push through last minute deals before the 23:00GMT deadline closes tonight, I figured we might as well have one post where we can share the fun and excitement of deadline day together

So this post is for you to share any news, rumours, confirmed deals, deals in progress and anything else relevent to the last day of the transfer window