A Swedish footballer has hit out after being sent off for breaking wind during a match – with the referee accusing him of “deliberate provocation” and “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.
A more than two-hour delay caused by a storm in Chicago meant this game did not finish until after 11.15pm local time. On a late night, Chile did their most important work early on, sealing a place in the Copa América Centenario final with two quick goals and defending well enough to frustrate a fitful Colombia.
The president of the Croatian football federation, Davor Suker, has congratulated the French authorities for the way they have handled trouble at the European Championship and urged his country’s government to act against hooligans, insisting that 99.9% of their supporters are well behaved.
“It’s not as if we have been knocked out,” Andrés Iniesta said, but it was exactly as if they had been knocked out.
The strange thing, perhaps, is that Roy Hodgson spent the day in Paris but chose not to make a personal check on the team who will be trying to inflict ignominy upon England in Nice on Monday.
Leicester had reportedly made Internacional an offer for the attacking midfielder, who has been linked with rival Premier League clubs in the past.
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England’s players refuse to be daunted by life in the harder half of the draw for the knockout stages at the European Championship, with the vice-captain Gary Cahill insisting that no team have stamped their authority on a tournament that remains “wide open”.
There are many abiding images from Monday night in Toulouse but if one of them was guaranteed to go viral it was the sight of Joe Ledley’s latest audition for Strictly Come Dancing.