La finale de futsal arrêtée après des échauffourées

first_imgOn avait droit en effet à un spectacle digne d’une finale entre deux belles formations qui pratiquent un jeu alléchant. Mais parfois le stress et la nervosité prennent le dessus et les émotions font survenir des choses qu’au moins un des deux clubs va regretter amèrement.Bref, la tension de cette finale était visiblement de trop pour un Differdangeois qui a craqué lorsqu’il a voulu récupérer un ballon sorti en touche à côté du banc du Racing. Il est sorti de ses gonds et a agressé physiquement un joueur du Racing qui a été touché au visage.Ce fut la goutte d’eau qui a fait déborder le vase. Il n’en a pas fallu plus pour que cela entraîne une grosse altercation. Tous les joueurs s’en sont mêlés et pratiquement personne n’a essayé de stopper cette triste affaire. On a même pu voir le portier differdangeois piquer un sprint pour… donner un coup à un adversaire.Les arbitres tentaient tant bien que mal de calmer les ardeurs des joueurs et lorsqu’on a cru que la tension baissait enfin, ce sont quelques supporters differdangeois qui sont entrés en scène pour échauffer les esprits. Des mots d’oiseaux fusaient de tous les côtés, ces supporters étant survoltés, impossible de les stopper.Cela allait décidément trop loin et plus personne n’arrivait à mettre un point final à cette situation, qui va encore s’aggraver lorsqu’un supporter jette avec violence un bâton en bois sur le terrain. Un des quatre arbitres sera touché sur le haut du corps ce qui lui vaudra un bel hématome.Deux patrouilles de police nécessaires pour sécuriser le périmètreIl n’en faut pas plus à Fabio Aguiar, arbitre du match, pour mettre un terme à la rencontre. Pendant quelques minutes, tous les joueurs ont cru que le match allait se poursuivre, mais la décision sera définitive, Fabio Araujo ne reviendra pas sur sa décision : «J’ai arrêté la rencontre pour la simple raison qu’il y a des objets dont des bâtons, bouteilles qui ont été jetés de la tribune. Il y a des joueurs et un arbitre qui ont été touchés. On n’avait plus les conditions pour poursuivre la rencontre.»Une décision sans appel donc. On a senti que les membres de la direction de Differdange étaient dépités. Ils ont encore essayé de parler aux arbitres, mais rien à faire.Et la décision était sans doute la bonne puisqu’on a même eu un peu peur que les débordements ne continuent à l’extérieur du hall omnisports. Mais le calme est finalement revenu, deux patrouilles de police étant arrivées pour sécuriser le périmètre. Elles n’ont d’ailleurs pas eu à intervenir.La question, qui reste sans réponse à cette heure, est de savoir ce que la fédération va décider concernant cette situation. Est-ce que la partie sera rejouée? Est-ce que Differdange va perdre ce match sur tapis vert, puisqu’il accueillait la rencontre et que ses fans ont été directement identifiés?En tout cas, le président de la section de Futsal de Differdange, Filipe Costa, ne croit pas à un tel scénario. «Si on doit perdre par forfait, cela arrivera, mais je ne crois pas que cela va se produire, car c’est un fait de match qui s’est déroulé en dehors du terrain. On n’a pas d’influence. Maintenant on attend la décision. Si on doit jouer le match avec un huis clos on le jouera.» Filipe Costa devra attendre pour avoir sa réponse. Mais ce qui est certain, c’est que Differdange n’a plus son destin en main.Regrettable pour ce joli sport qui d’année en année prend de l’ampleur et s’améliore au niveau de la qualité. Mais pas encore assez au niveau de l’état d’esprit, visiblement…Jessy Ferreira Partager FUTSAL La première manche de la finale du championnat, dimanche à Differdange, entre le FCD03 et le RFCU, n’est pas allée à son terme. L’arbitre a stoppé la rencontre après de graves échauffourées.Un arbitre agressé, des joueurs qui s’écharpent, des supporters d’une bêtise dramatique. Que va-t-il advenir de cette finale qui devait être une fête?On joue la 17e minute de ce choc qui a vraiment fière allure lorsque tout bascule. Pourquoi en arriver là, alors que jusqu’à présent, tout se passait à merveille?last_img read more

A Kind Reminder to President Weah

first_imgThe attention of the Daily Observer is drawn to reports carried on local and social media of officials of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) openly carrying arms. According to a Facebook posting by an official of the student organization, the young man, pictured sporting a side arm (pistol) tucked in his belt, is who he called chairman of the defense, security and intelligence committee of LINSU.This newspaper is left asking just when the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) become a military style organization with its officials brazenly carrying arms in reckless disregard for the law. Moreover comments made by Police spokesperson, H. Moses Carter, in response to queries put to him on the issue suggests that either the Police tacitly approves or that it is not up to speed with developments.The posting by a LINSU official on social media justifying the so-called right of a self-styled defense, security and intelligence LINSU official clearly suggests that these individuals are making no pretenses about the fact that they are bearing arms howbeit illegally. Under Part V of the Act creating the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, subtitled: Possession and Use, Section 1:19: Prohibition of Possession of Light Weapons states that (a) “No natural person shall have in his/her possession or under his/her control any light weapon”.It says further, subsection (a) shall not apply to a person employed by the AFL or National Security Agencies acting in the course of his/her employment. Section 1:20 “Prohibition of Possession of Small Arms” (a) “No natural person shall have in his/her possession or under his/her control any small arm other than a shoulder fired single-barreled gun for which a possession license has been issued by the LNP and the Commission in keeping with the Act”. (e) “Private Security agencies or non-state actors not defined under this Act as National Security Agencies shall be prohibited from arming their employees”.In view of what appears as clear violations of these provisions of the 2015 National Firearms and Ammunition Control Act, the LNP, which has a key oversight and control responsibility under the Act, has to act to restrain wayward elements who, by their brazen display of firearms, are sending a clear message to others to arm themselves as well. It can be recalled that Representative Yekeh Kolubah had reported that shots were fired at his home following the violent disruption by armed elements of a children’s party he was hosting.It can also be recalled that shots were reportedly fired when CDC supporters led by Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee violently attacked a political rally being held in New Georgia by Cornelia Krua Togba in last November. And then on March 21, armed thugs led by LINSU President Mohammed Kamara violently disrupted a MOJA anniversary program. And more recently was the disruption of an official requiem service for fallen legislator Adolph Lawrence by CDC supporters.This newspaper notes with deep and troubling concern that the Police whose motto is “To Protect and Serve” is neither protecting the people nor is it serving their interests. Again the Daily Observer must warn that such policing practices now being seen under this current leadership are having a corrosive effect on respect for the rule of law and further undermining public trust and confidence in that institution.According to Human Rights Watch, “the ability of the Police to enforce the law and investigate wrongdoing is severely compromised by lawlessness and abuse that Police officers inflict on ordinary Liberians especially those living on the margins”. While this newspaper remains seized of the fact that the problems faced by the Police are longstanding and due to official virtual neglect of the institution, yet it cannot remain oblivious to what it appears to be a gross lack of leadership at the highest levels.Such lack of leadership lends easily to Police abuse and tends to reinforce the commonly held impression that justice is not for the poor or the powerless according to Human Rights Watch. Thus, for example, when student auxiliaries of the CDC carry arms openly in breach of the law, the Mayor of the city of Monrovia leads a band of vagrants and thugs to attack a political rally, when a children’s party is violently disrupted or an anniversary program is violently interrupted by hired thugs and the Police does nothing, the negative public impression that the Police is biased or partisan becomes etched even deeper into the consciousness of the people.As June 7 approaches, there are concerns that the overt and brazen display of firearms by CDC supporters is sending a message of intimidation to participants of the June 7 demonstration, warning that they will not hesitate to use those illegally acquired firearms to maim and kill. And that will spell disaster replete with unknown consequences for all and sundry including this government.Of course, the Baghdad Bobs will be sure to scream that such genuine concerns about the direction in which the country is headed are nothing but the “animus of angry elites convinced of their rights atop the political and socioeconomic ladders or better still their denial of democracy”.But, lest they forget, and they should be reminded at every turn, that when it mattered most, they jumped ship; Saddam Hussein was left to face his fate alone; so it was with Ghaddafi, Tolbert, Doe and even now, Taylor, spending the rest of his days on earth in solitary confinement.These are all the more reasons why President Weah, in the view of this newspaper, must take charge and lead else he will allow others to take charge and lead him to an untimely and a most unkind fate! This is a kind REMINDER!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wandering tiger killed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Tierra Rejada Valley couple became the focus of the investigation after they moved from Temecula to the Moorpark area with dozens of exotic cats. MOORPARK – An 350-pound male tiger escaped from an unlicensed wildlife sanctuary and prowled the hills of eastern Ventura County for weeks before being shot and killed in February – sparking legislation to protect the public and prevent abuse by people who keep wild animals in captivity. Animal activists criticized wildlife officials for killing rather than tranquilizing the cat, but authorities said they acted on behalf of public safety to prevent the animal from harming someone. The large cat was shot near a park, a housing development and a school along the 23 Freeway. Gert “Abby” and Roena “Emma” Hedengran are scheduled to be arraigned in January on charges including obstruction of justice. They have pleaded not guilty and have denied owning the tiger.last_img read more