KSA defeats China, stays unbeaten in 17th Asian handball championship

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Updated 22 January 2016

KSA defeats China, stays unbeaten in 17th Asian handball championship

MANAMA, Bahrain: Saudi Arabia beat China 34-20 on Thursday to take second place in the Group B preliminary round of the 17th Asian Men’s Championship.
Bahrain leads the group with four wins after defeating Iran 27-16, and UAE is third by virtue of a 27-23 victory over Libya. China and Libya have remained winless after four games each.
Saudi Arabia has 3 wins and a draw, having tied with UAE on Sunday. The Saudi team beat Iran during the opening day and went on to vanquish Libya on Tuesday. UAE suffered its only loss in the hands of Bahrain on Tuesday.
In Group A, Qatar leads after staying unbeaten in three games since the event opened on January 15.
South Korea and Japan are tied at 1 win and 1 loss each, Oman has 1 win and 1 loss, while Syria lost all two games.
Scheduled to clash Friday are Oman and Japan and Korea and Syria.
The main round is scheduled on January 25 and the finals on January 28, with the champion to automatically qualify for the 2017 Men’s World Handball Championship in France.


FIFA may extend punishments globally after racism at Bulgaria-England match

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FIFA may extend punishments globally after racism at Bulgaria-England match

  • Racist incidents include monkey chants directed at black players
  • UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria for racist behavior

ZURICH: Football body FIFA on Tuesday said it may extend punishments globally after racist incidents, including monkey chants directed at black players, marred a match between Bulgaria and England.
“FIFA may extend worldwide any sanctions that a Confederation or Member Association imposes for racist incidents, such as those which occurred in Sofia during the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier match between Bulgaria and England,” the Zurich-based organization said.
“FIFA therefore expects to be informed as soon as practicable regarding the relevant decisions of the UEFA disciplinary bodies in relation to this particular case,” it added. “This would allow any sanctions imposed to be extended worldwide.”
European football’s ruling body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Bulgaria for racist behavior, including Nazi salutes and chants, and against England for not providing enough traveling stewards.
The game, won 6-0 by England on Monday, was twice halted in the first half and a public announcement was made under UEFA’s three-step protocol for dealing with racist incidents during matches.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said more needed to be done to tackle the “obnoxious disease” of racism which seemed to be getting worse.
“I call on all football governing bodies to join us and think together of new, stronger and more effective ways to eradicate racism in football,” he said.
Competition organizers should enact regulations which envisage life bans from stadiums for those who are found guilty of racist behavior at a football match, Infantino said.