Ethiopia suspends football championship after attack on referee


first_img“We want to discuss with the police in the different areas of the country to improve security,” said the president of the EFF, Juneidi Basha, who is supervising the first division championship, the Ethiopian Premier League, and the 16 clubs taking part.On Monday night, during a match between the clubs Wolwelo Adigrat and Defence in the capital Addis Ababa, players with Wolwelo protested a goal they said was unjustly awarded to the rival team.Images on state television ETV showed a member of the Wolwelo management team chasing the referee, push him to the ground and punch him at least once.The culprit has since been fired and is facing a disciplinary commission which will rule in the next three days, according to Juneidi.The country’s referee association has demanded he face criminal charges.The association also announced a three-week strike on Wednesday and the EFF is hoping the suspension of the championship will allow time to hold talks with the disgruntled referees.Juneidi said the EFF was prepared to accede to some of their demands, including paying medical insurance fees and guaranteeing secure transport between matches.Ethiopia’s football season has been marred by several acts of violence against referees and between rival supporters.In April spectators swarmed onto a football field during a match between the Woldiya and Fasil clubs, injuring two match officials and a coach.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ethiopian soccer ref chased down and attacked over controversial goal decision. Photo/COURTESYADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 3 – The Ethiopian Football Federation decided Thursday to suspend the country’s football championships because a team manager beat up a referee on Monday after he had awarded a goal to their rivals.During a special meeting to discuss the incident, the federation took the decision to allow time for discussions on recurring security incidents in and around football stadiums in the country.last_img read more

Hong Kong a hit with Sydney and Melbourne Trade


first_imgHong Kong a hit with Sydney and Melbourne Trade150 travel trade professionals were given the Hong Kong star treatment late last month when representatives from the destination rolled into the two cities to provide product updates.The Hong Kong Tourism Board, Cathay Pacific Airways and The Murray Hotel teamed up for the Sydney event which was held on 14 November at The Establishment. A Melbourne event then followed on 22 November, held at the Red Spice QV and in partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways.Updates at both events included Cathay Pacific Airways’ new A350 aircraft deployment into Sydney as well as developments at one of Hong Kong’s newest five star hotels, The Murray.Congratulations to the prize winners – Chris Bellmon from Travel Associates Rose Bay won two Cathay Pacific Airways economy return tickets to Hong Kong and three nights’ accommodation at The Murray at the Sydney event, and Felicity Moss from Jigsaw Travel won two economy return airfares to Hong Kong  at the Melbourne event.HKTB’s trade marketing and business tourism manager, Lisa Lee said face-to-face contact with the Australian travel trade remains a vital element to the HKTB trade strategy.“Both events were fantastic opportunities to catch-up with our destination ambassadors and provide them with in-depth and informative product updates on all things Hong Kong, including our exciting new transportation links, Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge and Hong Kong’s High Speed Railway.”Source = Hong Kong Tourism Boardlast_img read more