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Video: Policeman attacks Belgrano"s Juan Quiroga with a truncheon in Argentinian football match

Video: More football violence, but this time it's the POLICE attacking one of the players!

By
Charles Reynolds

PUBLISHED:

00:40 GMT, 4 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:40 GMT, 4 March 2013

The seemingly never-ending problem of football related violence in Argentina reared its head once again this weekend when a member of the police struck a Belgrano player in the face with a truncheon.

The incident happened at the very end of Newell’s Old Boys clash with Belgrano, with the Rosario club leading 1-0.

Trouble began at the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa when sections of the visiting support began throwing projectiles at the home fans and the police moved in to usher them out of the stadium.

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Police brutality: Belgrano's Juan Quiroga on the floor after being hit in the face by a police truncheon

Police brutality: Belgrano's Juan Quiroga on the floor after being hit in the face by a police truncheon. And the moment he was hit (below)

The game was suspended as the police used the somewhat heavy-handed tactic of using truncheons and rubber bullets to attempt to calm the Belgrano fans, who only responded with more aggression.

Members of the Belgrano team moved to calm their own supporters but were also turned on by riot police with Juan Quiroga getting kicked in the leg and then shockingly Gastn Turus getting hit in the face by a truncheon.

The defender, who suffered a deep cut to his eye, told the media: 'The cop hit me with his truncheon.'

Juan Quiroga

In the ensuing melee Belgrano had Luciano Lollo sent off for clashing with a policeman and to add insult to injury they went on to concede a second goal when the game eventually resumed ten minutes later.

The club have subsequently issued a statement condemning the police violence which marred Saturday’s game: 'Belgrano repudiates, rejects and publicly and judicially denounces the pressure and generalised violence to which their supporters and professional squad were subjected to by Santa Fe (province) police.'

'But is it only the police who are responsible The Santa Fe provincial government knows this goes on. More than once we have presented statements and videos to the AFA. They also know and we expect a solution.

Juan Quiroga

Juan Quiroga

Juan Quiroga

'We won't cease in our repudiation, in denouncing all those involved and in the search for an end to the social and club violence that reigns at grounds, especially in Santa Fe province.'

Belgrano president Armando Perez has also asked Rosario prosecutor Enrique Paz to take a statement from Turus after the defender was denied the chance at a police station in the city, instead being charged with aggressive behaviour.

'I went to denounce an aggression towards me and I got my fingers painted,' the defender told local media as a result of having his fingerprints taken by Rosario police.

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3 – Match report

Wolves 0 Peterborough 3: Three and easy for Posh as they move towards safety

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

Peterborough made it three momentous wins on the bounce as Wolves joined Cardiff and Bolton on the growing list of recent sides slayed by resurgent Posh.

Goals from Lee Tomlin, Tommy Rowe and Dwight Gayle did the damage as Darren Ferguson's side received the perfect Christmas present by lifting themselves off the foot of the npower Championship.

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken named Bjorn Sigurdarson on the bench following a thigh injury, but defender Georg Margreitter (hamstring) was again sidelined following another setback on the road to recovery.

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Winning feeling: Tommy Rowe celebrates after scoring his goal as Peterborough edge towards another three points

Match facts

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward (Sigurdarson 46), Pennant (Davis 76), Henry, Doumbia, Sako,Ebanks-Blake (O'Hara 76), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.

Booked: Pennant.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Knight-Percival, Zakuani, Bostwick, Little, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Boyd, Thorne (McCann 86), Rowe, Tomlin (Swanson 81),Gayle.

Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 17, Rowe 43, Gayle 69.

Attendance: 23,033

Referee: Mark Heywood

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And it was the hosts who showed the early intent when an outswinging corner from Jermaine Pennant after five minutes was met by Roger Johnson and his header was smartly tipped over by Posh keeper Robert Olejnik.

At the other end, Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal had to be alert to turn away a 12-yard effort from Gayle as Ferguson's side showed their own attacking inclinations.

It had turned into a full-blooded festive encounter with no quarter given by either side in the hunt for crucial Championship points.

And having weathered the early Wolves storm, the visitors took the lead after 17 minutes through Tomlin.

Joe Newell provided the opportunity and when his cross from the left was not dealt with, in nipped Tomlin to strike home his eighth of the campaign from 12 yards.

It could have got worse for the hosts three minutes later but George Boyd cleared the bar when well placed inside the penalty box.

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Christmas cheer: Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson saw his side win again

Kevin Doyle was then ideally placed to net an equaliser but Olejnik denied the striker from only six yards.

Pennant fired over with a free-kick as Wolves looked to get back on terms before the break, but Ferguson would have been impressed with his side's application in the opening half.

Solid in defence, Posh also looked potent on the break and seven minutes from the interval, Newell had the chance of adding a second before a well-timed block by Johnson got in the way of his 18-yard effort.

Doyle twice went close to levelling, while Stephen Ward saw his effort parried by Olejnik as the half-time whistle approached and the visitors rode their luck.

But a sucker punch at the other end of the field doubled Peterborough's lead after 43 minutes. This time Boyd was the provider, Rowe finishing with aplomb from 20 yards.

Ward was replaced by Sigurdarson as the second half began, with Wolves well aware the next goal was crucial.

Pennant went close again for the home side, but it was Peterborough's day and after 69 minutes Mark Little's cross was met by Gayle to make it 3-0 and secure another valuable victory for Posh.

Lionel Messi with son Thiago in Barcelona

A message to defenders across the world… Mini Messi is coming to get you

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 13 December 2012

These pictures should melt the hearts of most people around the world – but they will send a chill down the spine of every young defender around the world.

Lionel Messi took his new baby boy Thiago on his first public stroll around the streets of Barcelona with his girlfriend Antonella. If Thiago's goalscoring form is anything like his father's, then the Messi dynasty is in safe hands.

The Barcelona talisman increased his record tally of goals scored in a calendar year to 88, after netting twice against FC Cordoba to secure a 2-0 win in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey tie.

Sealed with a kiss: The Barcelona star parades his new baby with girlfriend Antonella

Sealed with a kiss: The Barcelona star parades his new baby with girlfriend Antonella

The Argentina striker equalled and surpassed Muller's 1972 record of 85 goals in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Real Betis when he scored another brace. But he doesn't seem content with beating the great German hitman, as he marched on with another two goals last night.

When Thiago was first born, Manchester City striker and fellow Argentine star Sergio Aguero gave Messi a miniature iconic Blue and White-striped Argentina shirt for his then two-week-old son.

Aguero pledged to buy the kit for Messi's baby boy, as he tweeted a picture of the two friends holding up the kit accompanied with: 'Promesa cumplida!!/Promise kept!! #ThiagoMessi10'

Leo Messi

Leo Messi

Baby love: Messi took his new baby boy Thiago on his first public stroll around the streets of Barcelona

Promise kept: Sergio Aguero (right) bought his international team-mate Lionel Messi an Argentina kit for his two-week-old son

Promise kept: Sergio Aguero (right) bought his international team-mate Lionel Messi an Argentina kit for his two-week-old son

Aguero gave Thiago a No 10 shirt – the same number his father wears for both club and country.

Despite not being able to walk yet – let alone run – baby Thiago has already been made a member of Newell's Old Boys' supporters club, after an agreement was reached between the Argentina club and the infant's grandfather, Jorge.

Messi played at Newell's at youth level before making the trip to Barcelona, aged 13.

Sweethearts: The Argentina star and Antonella first met as children but only begun dating in 2009rgentina star eclipsed Gerd Muller's goalscoring record earlier this month

Sweethearts: The Argentina star and Antonella first met as children but only begun dating in 2009

How do you fold this again: Messi has to contend with every new father's nightmare... collapsing the buggy

Thiago, who was born on November 2, was issued with an official club membership card last week and will receive a kit from Newell's.

Messi was born in the Argentine city of Rosario, located 200 miles north west of Buenos Aires and remains a fan of Newell's, his hometown team.

At the double: Messi scored twice in Barcelona's win over Cordoba last night

At the double: Messi scored twice in Barcelona's win over Cordoba last night

Alan Shearer interested in Blackburn job

Club legend Shearer open to Rovers approach as pundit eyes return to management

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UPDATED:

05:39 GMT, 1 October 2012

Former England captain Alan Shearer is considering a return to management with Blackburn Rovers, the club with whom he won the Premier League title in 1995.

The Match of the Day pundit can only call on the managerial experience of his brief and unsuccessful stint at the helm of Newcastle three years ago, yet is confident of restoring Rovers to the top flight.

Shearer, who scored 112 league goals for the Lancashire outfit during his playing days, previously turned down the opportunity to take over at Ewood Park before Paul Ince's ill-fated spell.

Big name: Alan Shearer would like the chance to replace Steve Kean and manage Blackburn Rovers, the club he helped win the Premier League title in 1995

Big name: Alan Shearer would like the chance to replace Steve Kean and manage Blackburn Rovers, the club he helped win the Premier League title in 1995

Alan Shearer is a popular figure at Ewood Park

The striker has flirted with a return to the dug out before, namely with Cardiff 15 months ago, but, according to the Daily Mirror, is so keen on this latest opportunity that Iain Dowie, his No 2 at Newcastle, and one-time strike partner Mike Newell have already been sounded out about joining the backroom team.

Shearer's only competition for the position vacated by Steve Kean is former team-mate Tim Sherwood, who Sportsmail revealed has been denied the chance to speak with Rovers' global advisor Shebby Singh, something Shearer will do this week.

The 43-year-old is the favoured option, but they cannot get through the front door at Tottenham after Levy rejected their advances on Sunday.

Sherwood, who is happy with his role developing young players at the north London club, has never had any managerial ambitions.

Competition: Blackburn made a formal approach to Tottenham for Tim Sherwood

Competition: Blackburn made a formal approach to Tottenham for Tim Sherwood

The former Spurs midfielder has been working with the club's young players and putting a development structure in place since he joined the coaching staff in October 2008.

His next logical move at White Hart Lane appeared to be the vacant role of technical director, but manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted last week that Sherwood would not be promoted to the position.

When questioned over the weekend, Sherwood said: 'That's all they are – just rumours. That's all I know about it.

'I've got a great job where I am. There is nothing to consider. It's just speculation. I love what I do. I'm happy at the football club, it's a great project.'

Paul Jewell sexist jibe "didn"t offend me"

EXCLUSIVE: Jewell sexist jibe didn't offend me, insists female assistant ref

The female official at the centre of
the Paul Jewell sexism row has told friends she was not offended by his
ill-judged comments about her.

Assistant referee Amy Fearn came
under attack from the Ipswich manager after his side were denied a
penalty in their 2-1 defeat at Birmingham on Wednesday night.

Anger management: Paul Jewell (centre) let rip at the end of the match

Anger management: Paul Jewell (centre) let rip at the end of the match

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Jewell suggested it was a clear foul to everyone but 'not to a woman'. The FA have decided not to act over the comments, which Jewell insists were made innocently, and Fearn is comfortable with that decision.

The official, who was the first female to take charge of a Football League game two years ago, has endured far more hurtful comments than those made by Ipswich's under-pressure boss and always brushed them off.

Fearn infamously came under fire from Luton manager Mike Newell in November 2006, when she ignored penalty claims from his side while running the line.

Newell was fined and forced to apologise for saying: 'It is bad enough with incapable referees and linesmen but if you start bringing women into the game you have big problems.'

Fans' comments have been significantly worse, but Fearn adopts a resilient approach. 'Water off a duck's back,' she has said. 'I just laugh.'

Referees' union chief Alan Leighton was far more offended, saying: 'Jewell's comments are clearly sexist and there is no place for them in football.

'These comments show that women are not fully accepted within the game and it puts unbearable pressure on female assistants and referees who are aware that, every time they step on to the pitch, they are under special scrutiny.'

Not sexist: Jewell expects no trouble from the FA over his comments

Not sexist: Jewell expects no trouble from the FA over his comments

But Jewell was defiant last night and
made a firm defence of his post-match comments, also claiming he had the
full support of his club. He said: 'I absolutely refute suggestions
that my comments were made in a sexist way.

'The opening line from a journalist at the start of the press conference
was, “I think everyone to a man thought that was a penalty”, and I
responded by saying “but not to a woman”, meaning the official that was
on that side and didn't give the decision.

'I didn't suggest in any way that the official made a mistake because
she was a woman. I don't think what I said was sexist and will argue all
day long with anyone that says it is.'

In the spotlight: Assistant referee Amy Fearn with referee Robert Lewis (centre) and assistant Nigel Smith

In the spotlight: Assistant referee Amy Fearn with referee Robert Lewis (centre) and assistant Nigel Smith

Jewell, who is under pressure after a run of just two wins in 14 games,
was fuming after Nikola Zigic scored in injury time to seal a 2-1
Birmingham victory.

The Ipswich boss was angry his side had been denied a penalty after a Steven Caldwell challenge on Lee Martin.

Mauro Formica: Blackburn have denied me a loan move

Formica claims loan move denied as Blackburn hold out for 4m deal

Mauro Formica claims Blackburn have denied him a loan move to Newell's Old Boys.

With Bursaspor, Trabzonspor and Lokomotiv Moscow keen, Rovers would only consider a 4million permanent deal for the Argentina attacker, 23.

No deal: Blackburn want 4m for the Argentina attacker

No deal: Blackburn want 4m for the Argentina attacker