British boxing authorities suspend Saunders’ licence


first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders had his licence suspended by Britain’s boxing authorities on Monday. The suspension came after a social media post in which he advised men how to hit their female partners during the coronavirus lockdown. The British Boxing Board of Control said in a statement that Saunders’ licence would be suspended until a hearing could be arranged under its misconduct regulations. Saunders had filmed himself punching a bag in a barn and advising “dads, husbands and men with girlfriends” how to deal with their female partners during the coronavirus lockdown. “If your old woman is giving you a little bit of mouth and you try to be patient… but about the sixth day you’re just about to explode,” he said in the video, before demonstrating how to “hit her on the chin”. Saunders apologised for the video on social media over the weekend. He did so again on British radio station TalkSPORT on Monday, when he also pledged to donate 25,000 pounds ($31,000) to domestic abuse charities. “I just want to say sorry again for everyone I’ve offended,” he said on TalkSPORT. “I looked at it as a bit of a joke at first – I obviously wasn’t thinking right – but looking back at it now I can clearly see the destruction it has caused among the women suffering from domestic violence. “It was a silly mistake but I didn’t intentionally mean to cause harm to anyone and I certainly wouldn’t promote domestic violence.” Saunders was scheduled to face Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in a super middleweight unification bout on May 2 in Las Vegas before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The Briton is unbeaten in 29 bouts and held a world title in the middleweight division before moving up to super-middleweight. He was fined 100,000 pounds by the BBBofC in September 2018 for a previous social media post. In that instance, Saunders posted a video on social media in which he offered a woman drugs to perform a sex act on another person. The BBBofC said in a separate statement on Monday that it had further extended its suspension of the boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction for the month of May. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Billy Joe SaundersBritish Boxing Board of ControlCoronavirustalkSPORTlast_img read more

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