first_imgFootballers fined for sexist comments over offside PRAGUE (AP): Sparta Prague goalkeeper Tomas Koubek and midfielder Lukas Vacha have been fined by the Czech football federation for their emotional outburst against women after a female assistant referee failed to spot an offside in a league game. Brno midfielder Alois Hycka was several metres offside at the decisive moment before he equalised in stoppage time and salvaged a 3-3 draw for Brno against Sparta on Sunday. In their comments, the players said women’s place is in the kitchen, for which they later apologised. The federation’s disciplinary committee yesterday fined both men US$1,656 and they were also ordered to lead the training of a youth team. Sparta had already ordered them to take part in several training sessions of women’s teams. The assistant referee, Lucie Ratajova, was banned from four games for her mistake. Arsenal CEO needs ‘time’ for Wenger’s contract VATICAN CITY (AP): Arsenal will deal with manager Arsene Wenger’s future “in our own way and in our own time”, club CEO Ivan Gazidis said yesterday. Wenger’s contract expires at the end of this season, his 21st year with the club. “He’s been clear and we’ve always been clear. That’s a mutual decision as to how long he’ll continue. Both need to be on the same page on that,” Gazidis told The Associated Press on the sidelines of a Vatican conference on faith and sport. For many fans, the 66-year-old Wenger has been the only manager they’ve ever known at Arsenal. The London club is playing in the Champions League for a 19th consecutive season under Wenger, but the Frenchman has not guided Arsenal to the Premier League title since 2004. Son Heung-min delivers again SEOUL, South Korea (AP): Son Heung-min can’t seem to do anything wrong. Son came to South Korea’s rescue in Asian qualifying for the World Cup yesterday when he scored the winner against Qatar. The South Koreans looked set to lose for the first time in 11 qualifying matches when they trailed Qatar 2-1 at half-time. Then Ji Dong-won equalised in the 56th minute, and two minutes later, Son separated from his marker and curled his shot in. He celebrated with a dab, to more cheers from the home crowd in Suwon. It was his sixth goal in seven appearances for South Korea and Tottenham this season. “The important thing is to win, and we did that,” Son said. “After Qatar scored, we regrouped, kept our focus and came back.” Top-ranked Kerber loses to Svitolina BEIJING (AP): Elina Svitolina beat a No. 1-ranked player for the second time this season, ousting U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber from the China Open 6-3, 7-5 yesterday to reach the quarterfinals. The 16th-seeded Svitolina defeated long-time top-ranked player Serena Williams at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, and now has beaten the player who replaced her at No. 1. Kerber, who had strapping on her upper right leg, was on a run of 22 wins from 26 matches on the tour. The German player had a break to lead in both sets but Svitolina produced four breaks of serve to keep control and set up a quarterfinal match against Daria Gavrilova, who beat Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-3.last_img

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