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Bradley Thumwood, a 48-year-old West Ham fan, has been banned from football for three years for racially abusing Liverpool’s Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah.

Thumwood was caught on camera racially abusing the Egyptian Muslim winger during a game between Liverpool and West Ham in February 2019.

The West ham fan from Bexleyheath was caught on camera saying “Salah you f****** Muslim. F****** Muslim c***. F*** off”.

He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated Section 5 public order offense.

The court handed Thumwood a three-year ban from football and a £400 fine, in addition to ordering him to pay a victim surcharge and costs of £215.

A West Ham spokesperson said in a press release from the Metropolitan Police: “West Ham United is unequivocal in its stance – we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination.

“Equality and diversity are at the heart of the football club and we are committed to continue ensuring that everyone who enters London Stadium is free to enjoy watching their team play football in an inclusive environment.

“The club works closely with Kick It Out and our fan group BAME Hammers. In conjunction with those parties, the club will offer educational sessions to the individual in question in an effort to reform their views, whilst reserving the right to uphold their indefinite bans, should those efforts prove unsuccessful.”

The Metropolitan Police’s dedicated football officer PC Andy Sheldon said: “We do not, and will not tolerate hate crime of any kind at football matches and will take action against those who are found to have committed these kinds of crimes during games.

“We are committed to working closely with football clubs to identify anyone behaving inappropriately and breaking the law. We are grateful for the support of West Ham United Football Club and for their commitment to eradicating this type of behaviour.

“We ask anyone who sees or hears this type of behaviour to speak to stewards or police.”

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CAF To Postpone Champions League Semi-Final Clash Due to Coronavirus



The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly agreed to postpone the second leg of the Champions League match between Zamalek of Egypt and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca. This came after nine players of Raja tested positive for the coronavirus forcing the club to officially request a postponement by CAF.

CAF sent a letter to the clubs playing in the African Champions League and Confederation Cup stating that the body’s inter-club organising committee has decided if a team registers less than five Covid-19 cases, their match cannot be postponed.

Meanwhile, the Moroccan health authorities have prevented the club from leaving the country following the spate of positive COVID-19 tests in the club. “The Moroccan authorities have withdrawn the special authorisation given to the club to travel outside the country,” an official revealed. Raja, who lost the first leg 1-0 at home last Sunday, were due to play the return match at the Cairo International Stadium this Saturday.

Four of the Raja team that started against Zamalek — defender Ilias Haddad, midfielders Omar Arjoune and Mouhcine Moutouali and forward Abdelilah Hafidi — are among those who tested positive.

Moroccan media also named midfielder Abderrahim Achchakir and forwards Anas Jabroun, Ayoub Nanah and Mohamed Zrida as the affected players. Celebrations after Raja this month became Moroccan champions for the first time in seven years have been blamed for the Covid-19 outbreak.

CAF’s agreement to the postponement is raising major controversy. Guinea’s Horoya were forced to play their CAF Confederations Cup semi-finals against egypt’s Pyramids FC in Morrocco despite travelling for the tie with a 16-man squad after 12 players in the squad tested positive for the virus.

The African football body also turned down a similar requests made by Hassania Agadir after seven of its players contracted the virus ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup semi final against Renaissance de Berkane (RB) which they eventually lost 2-1.

Meanwhile Zamalek president Mortada Mansour has rewarded the Zamalek squad with a $3,200 bonus each after a 1-0 away win over Raja Casablanca of Morocco in a CAF Champions League semi-final first leg.

“Each player will receive the same amount as a bonus if they win the return match,” promised Mansour.

He also added that a much bigger bonus will be offered if Zamalek go on to win the elite African club competition for the first time in 18 years.

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Egypt Fall To 52nd Position As Senegal Remain Top African Side In FIFA Ranking



The Pharoah’s of Egypt dropped one position in this month’s FIFA global rankings, down to 52nd place after six months of suspension of international games due to coronavirus pandemic.

Despite losing one place in the FIFA’s monthly ranking, the Pharaohs kept their seventh place among African countries, behind Senegal (21), Tunisia (26), Algeria (30), Nigeria (32), Morocco (39), and Ghana (48).

Egypt played draws against Kenya and Comoros in their opening qualifying games for the next Africa Cup of Nations last year, will host Togo in the 3rd round of the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on 14 November.

There were some changes in the October rankings for other African teams with Senegal dropping on place, Algeria jumping one position, Nigeria dropping three places, and Morocco jumping four places.

Egypt, who made it into the world’s top ten teams after they won consecutive African Cup of Nations trophies in 2006, 2008 and 2010, are also placed fourth among Arab countries, after Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Belgium lead an unchanged top four national teams including France, Brazil and England.

The best mover in the new ranking was Malta, jumping 6 places to the 180th place, while the biggest drop belonged Rmania’s, who fell ten spots to 44th place.

FIFA world rankings (September world ranking in parenthesis):

  1. Belgium (1)
  2. France (2)
  3. Brazil (3)
  4. England (4)
  5. Portugal (5)
  6. Spain (7)
  7. Uruguay (6)
  8. Argentina (9)
  9. Croatia (8)
  10. Colombia (10)

Top ten African teams:

  1. Senegal (20)
  2. Tunisia (26)
  3. Algeria (35)
  4. Nigeria (29)
  5. Morocco (43)
  6. Ghana (46)
  7. Egypt (51)
  8. Cameroon (53)
  9. Mali (57)
  10. Burkina Faso (57)

Top five Arab teams:

  1. Tunisia (26)
  2. Algeria (35)
  3. Morocco (43)
  4. Egypt (51)
  5. Qatar (55)

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Egypt’s Hassan Stoppage Time Header Gives Olympiakos 1-0 Win Over Marseille



A stoppage-time goal by late substitute Ahmed Hassan gave Olympiakos a 1-0 win over 1993 European Cup winner Olympique Marseille in their Champions League Group C match in Piraeus on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Egyptian, also known as Koka, came off the bench to make a significant impact for Pedro Martins’ men at Karaiskakis Stadium.

The Greek champions held the initiative for most of the match at Giorgos Karaiskakis stadium and had a goal disallowed by video review earlier in the second half before Hassan finally delivered a powerful header to beat goalkeeper Steve Mandanda after Mathieu Valbuena’s cross.

“This is a special night for me. It’s my first game in the Champions League and I scored a goal,” Hassan said after the match.

“It is five years ago to the day that I lost my father so I dedicate this game to him. I am very happy but am also filled with emotion.”

Marseille defender Jordan Amavi said the French club were not aggressive enough in the game.

“We weren’t aggressive enough. I think that was key for us,” Marseille defender Jordan Amavi said.

“We woke up in the game too late. We did have chances. But in the end, we didn’t do enough to create anything concrete.”

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