Boy, 13, drives father’s Mercedes across Europe

Updated 12 January 2013
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Boy, 13, drives father’s Mercedes across Europe

ROME: A 13-year-old boy ran away from his adoptive parents in Italy, taking his father’s Mercedes and driving 1,000 km toward his native Poland before being stopped in Germany. The boy — a go-kart enthusiast — managed to pass motorway toll booths and cross two international borders in his two-day drive across northern Italy, Austria and half of Germany. “He looks like a 16-year-old, but still! He managed to fuel up and pass two borders.
It’s just incredible,” Eleonora Spadati, head of local Carabinieri police in Montebelluna in northeast Italy where the boy ran from, told AFP yesterday. Spadati said the boy missed Poland and wanted to see his biological sister. Just before leaving on Thursday with just 200 euros (around $ 270) in his pocket and a passport, he had also argued with his parents after they confiscated his mobile phone as a punishment for topping up its credit without their consent.
The boy’s parents quickly realized their son might have tried to go to Poland and contacted local Italian police. German traffic police picked him up just 200 km from the Polish border on Friday.


Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

Updated 19 June 2018
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Brewery on backfoot after Egyptian keeper declines Man of the Match award

MOSCOW: Budweiser say they “respect the religious beliefs” of all players after Egyptian keeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined his man-of-the-match award sponsored by the American beer giant at the World Cup.
Elshenawy was nominated after his stoic efforts holding off Uruguay striker Luis Suarez in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to the South Americans in their World Cup opener on Friday.
But the 29-year-old turned down the award due to his Muslim faith.
Budweiser told AFP on Monday: “We respect the religious beliefs of all players and worked with FIFA to put a process in place for Man of The Match winners who wish to not be featured with the Budweiser branding for religious reasons.
“Official Man of The Match winners who decline the Bud trophy for religious reasons will still receive full honors, such as Mohamed Elshenawy did, and we congratulate him on his accomplishment.”