IMAGE: Football is an amazing sport ... those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible, said Mario Balotelli . Photograph: Marco Luzzani/Getty Images A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans whether racism was "legal in France" after the Nice striker accused Bastia supporters of abusing him during his team's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday, prompting a French League investigation. The Italian posted a message on his Instagram page on Saturday, saying the incident was a "real shame"."Yesterday the result against Bastia was right... we will work more and try to get our objective... the referee was good, too, but I have a question for French people... Is it normal that Bastia supporters make monkey noise and 'uh-uh' for the whole game and no-one of the "commissions discipline" say nothing?," Balotelli, on loan from Liverpool this season, wrote. "So is racism LEGAL in France? Or only in Bastia? Football is an amazing sport ... those people like Bastia supporters make it horrible." In a … [Read more...] about Balotelli: Is racism legal in France?
It was the briefest of moments in the Washington media spotlight for Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benţtez. Sitting alongside U.S. President Donald Trump, the South American leader spoke about a dozen words to gathered journalists Friday and then watched in silence as Mr. Trump fielded questions about the articles of impeachment that had just been sent to the House of Representatives. The two leaders then headed into private talks to focus largely on the fight against corruption and organized crime. “We are doing a lot of work with Paraguay on terrorism, drugs, trade. A lot of different things,” the U.S. President said. Mr. Abdo replied in English that his visit to the White House was a “great honour” for his country. The Trump administration counts Mr. Abdo among its allies in the region. In August, it complimented Paraguay for designating Hezbollah, al-Qa’ida, the Islamic State group and Hamas as terrorist organizations. U.S. officials have … [Read more...] about Donald Trump, President of Paraguay Mario Abdo Benţtez discuss corruption, Venezuela
IMAGE: Raphael Messi Bouli stepped up and converted from the spot to complete his brace and a late comeback for Kerala. Photograph: ISL Media Raphael Messi Bouli struck twice in the last 15 minutes to eke out a 2-2 draw for Kerala Blasters against Jamshedpur in an Indian Super League clash, in Kochi, on Friday. Kerala had the better chances to score but it was a Piti (38') penalty that broke the deadlock. CK Vineeth (71') added the visitor's second before Raphael Messi Bouli scored a brace (75', 87') to pull his team level. With the spoils being shared, Jamshedpur are third with 13 points from eight matches while Kerala sit seventh with seven points. Mario Arques, who was deemed fit to start after a lengthy layoff, nearly got his team off to a splendid start. Seityasen Singh nicked the ball on the right flank and cut inside to deliver a threatening cross that was headed straight at the goalkeeper by the Spanish midfielder at the far post.The visitors were careless in possession early … [Read more...] about ISL: Little known ‘Messi’ saves the day for Kerala Blasters
Hailing Lionel Messi as one of the five ‘kings’ in the history of world football, former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo on Friday said that the six-time Ballon d’Or winner does not need to win a World Cup to be touted as the best of his generation.“He doesn’t need it. I think in the whole history there are five kings. Pele, Alfredo Stefano Di Stefano, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and the last one is Messi,” Crespo told IANS in an exclusive interview.The 44-year old is Argentina’s fourth highest goalscorer behind only Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Batistuta and Messi. He is in the city as the international brand ambassador of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K slated to take place on Sunday.Crespo said the entire nation dreams of witnessing Messi lift the World Cup for Argentina in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, adding the team has a great chance of winning the 2020 Copa America to be hosted jointly by Argentina and Colombia.“I hope (he lifts a World Cup). We … [Read more...] about ‘He doesn’t need it,’ Hernan Crespo believes Lionel Messi is already a king of football despite not winning World Cup
The Japanese gaming firm behind classic characters including Super Mario and Donkey Kong officially unveiled its Switch game machine at an event in Tokyo, confirming rumours swirling around the device and revealing a global launch date of March 3. Nintendo's Switch game console can be used as a portable gaming device or plugged into a TV with a dock that comes with the package.Source:Supplied The Nintendo Switch games console will feature a large touchscreen and two removable controllers, called Joy-Cons, that can be connected to the device to make it resemble a GameBoy, or used like motion-sensitive Wii Remote controls. Players can detach the controllers to play table tennis or quick-draw shootouts with another person, for example, or use them in physical fitness games such as yoga. The Switch console can also be connected to a television to show off games on a big screen. Nintendo software development lead Shinya Takahashi said the flexible games console had inherited parts of each … [Read more...] about Nintendo reveals Switch games console, offering mobile and TV gaming from March 3