Costa Rica World Cup qualifier postponed

Costa Rica’s football players pray together before a training session at the Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium in Alajuela, Costa Rica, on October 04, 2017. (File photo by AFP)
Updated 06 October 2017
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Costa Rica World Cup qualifier postponed

LOS ANGELES: The World Cup qualification match set for Friday between Costa Rica and Honduras has been postponed because of heavy rains and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Nate.
The match has been pushed back to Saturday after the storm caused the Costa Rica government to declare a state of emergency and close schools and shops.
Second-placed Costa Rica can clinch their qualification with at least a draw at home to fifth-placed Honduras.
The storm has killed 22 people so far in Central America as it heads toward Mexico and then possibly the US mainland. The storm is expected to hit Cancun, Mexico on Friday before battering the central Gulf Coast on Sunday.


Spanish players union vetoes plans for La Liga game in Miami

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Spanish players union vetoes plans for La Liga game in Miami

  • Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said Sunday his club would refuse to play the game
  • Barcelona and Girona have said they are in favor of the idea of playing in Miami on January 26

MADRID: The Spanish players union (AFE) on Monday rejected plans by La Liga to stage a regular-season game in the United States, following a similar refusal by the Spanish football federation (RFEF).
An AFE statement said La Liga had not responded to questions about the planned game between Girona and Barcelona in Miami. It said that “faced with a lack of information” it opposed the game taking place.
On Friday, the RFEF expressed its formal opposition to moving the game from Girona to the United States.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has also expressed doubts about the move.
The sharp refusal by the AFE, which had already indicated concern over the health risks to players of such a trip, is a new blow for La Liga, which argues that the initiative will expand its international audience.
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez said Sunday his club would refuse to play a Spanish League game in the United States.
For their part, Barcelona and Girona have said they are in favor of the idea of playing in Miami on January 26.