FIFA charges Mexico after fans chant anti-gay slur

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.FIFA did not elaborate on the nature of the disciplinary proceedings and didn’t say when a hearing would take place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Further updates will be communicated in due course. As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage,” FIFA said in a statement.The Mexican soccer federation has been repeatedly fined by FIFA over fans chanting the slur in recent years, but the sanctions haven’t escalated. The federation and players have previously urged fans to stop the chant to avoid further punishment. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gestures during the group F match between Germany and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after its fans used an anti-gay slur during the team’s 1-0 win over Germany.Some Mexican supporters chanted the slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s game at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.ADVERTISEMENT Federer moves back to No. 1 in rankings, swapping with Nadal View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Court of Arbitration for Sport canceled two fines against Mexico in November, ruling the chant was “insulting” but not meant to offend, though it left other fines in force.FIFA is using a new anti-discrimination procedure for the World Cup, under which referees are instructed to stop the game for an announcement on the public address system when discriminatory behavior is seen or heard. If it continues, the official could suspend the game, and then abandon it if the behavior persists.“A public announcement was prepared, but the chants ceased,” FIFA said. “After the match and as an important step for further action, the incident was duly included in the match report, as well as the evidence produced by the anti-discrimination observers.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

“From a Garden City to a Garbage City” – citizens

first_imgWithdrawal of garbage service …as unemptied bins left on city streets Residential and commercial areas across the capital city have been piled high with garbage, creating a disturbing scene, just days after City Hall’s two major solid waste collectors withdrew their services.A check by Guyana Times around Georgetown revealed bags of garbage at the corners of the roadway next to stacked bins and boxes, awaiting removal.In Alexander Village, residents decried that their garbage bins were not emptied since the two collectors – Puran Brothers Disposal Services and Cevons Waste Management – pulled their services last Monday. At present, they are asking when will the refuse be removed, as it is distasteful to look at. Furthermore, they have nowhere else to place to bags but to leave them on the corner of the streets.Piles of garbage bags in Alexander VillageShanaz Ally told this publication, “We were waiting for them to come since the beginning of this week. As you saw, the bins running over and we have to put the garbage in bags now and line them up until they come.”Ally explained that since her community is on the outskirts of Georgetown, they have been neglected by the Council when it comes to the provision of garbage disposal services.Additionally, in Central Georgetown, key enterprises and prominent locations also faced the brunt of City Hall’s incapability to meet these demands. Water Street was lined with black garbage bags filled with unwanted waste at almost every business.With the obvious possibility of rodents and vermin being attracted by the garbage pile up, customers also found it difficult to conduct their transactions, as they were forced to manoeuvre between the bags to access the stores during the busy Christmas season. Many persons with large shopping bags complained about this build-up of waste.This was waiting to be collected on Water Street, GeorgetownAt Orange Walk and Bourda – streets within the capital city – a similar scenario was observed where one consumer said, “We moving from a Garden City to a Garbage City. The garbage piling up, we have no garbage trucks to pick it up and it growing more and more.”Guyana Times was informed by the Solid Waste Management Director of City Hall, Walter Narine that small contractors would take up the mantle of the routine collection. For this, many have voiced their concerns that maybe this process is not moving effectively to eradicate waste from Georgetown.Earlier this week, vendors at Bourda also complained about a slow collection process, as they are forced to wait prolonged intervals before the garbage is removed from their immediate surroundings.While speaking to this publication on Wednesday, cries were heard about the time which they have to wait before the refuse is being removed from the Orange Walk, Bourda, dumping area.“In this rain we got garbage piling up and nobody to pick it up. It frustrating cause the thing creating a scene and going over to the roadside,” said Shelley (only name provided).It was indicated that the slow garbage collection has left a stench in the area which is even worse during the rainy days. Later on Wednesday, some of the garbage was placed in large disposal bins but the vendors are contending that there will be no collection for several days.“They just collect it today cause we keep raising the issue so like we got to keep doing this until they come. I live in Georgetown and they supposed to collect garbage but some days I got to bring it here in garbage bags for them cause they don’t even come to my house.”Last Monday, both collectors withdrew their services after being owed over $160 million. City Hall had assured that garbage collection services would be provided by five smaller agencies; namely Granderson, Trash Tech, Tri Star, C&S Services and Garbage Eaters.In a statement last week, City Hall officials admitted that they remain cash-strapped and therefore cannot dispense the money owed to the garbage collectors. (Rupadai Seenaraine)last_img read more


first_imgThe victorious Mullaghduff bandThe Mullachdubh Fife and Drum band have won their eight senior All Ireland flute band section in a row at Fleadh Cheoil na h-eireann.Yesterdays competiton was a tight affair against Rosses neighbours Mahery, but experience of competition saw Mullaaghdubh through in the end.The band show off their cupThere was great celebration with the band on the victory parade down through the Bogside to the Guildhall Square and later when they returned to homebase in Mullaghdubh,where the strong home support cheered them as the paraded from Calhame to The Schoolhouse in Mullaghdubh. After a great rendition of their winning ensamble, the cheers of delight could be heard far and wide. A big night celebration took place in the village afterwards!There was a wee bit of sadness was that Band leader Noreen Boyle had her last outing as band leader yesterday and what a way to go becoming An All Ireland champion again.Noreen is off to the middle east to take up a teaching position in Abu Dhabi.The band and the entire community wishes her well as she will be a hard act to follow as our leader. Adh mór Noreen agus Mullachdubh Abú! VICTORIOUS MULLAGHDUFF BAND ARRIVE HOME WITH FLEADH TITLE was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:All Ireland winnersDerryFleadhMullaghduff Fife and Drum Bandlast_img read more

Deputy on the mend after collision

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHe was hit from behind by a black sport utility vehicle, causing his motorcycle to slide across the intersection and into a traffic pole. Rude was thrown into a sign, suffering injuries to his chest, ribs and back. Deputies shut down Mines Avenue and Rosemead Boulevard, brining hours-long traffic delays as a helicopter landed to evacuate the deputy to a hospital. He was flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was listed in stable but guarded condition Friday afternoon, police said. No arrests have been made, officials said. PICO RIVERA – A deputy thought to be badly injured when an SUV slammed into the rear of his motorcycle Friday morning was recovering at home Saturday with no major injuries, officials said. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Cabrera of the Pico Rivera Station said Deputy Eric Rude had no broken bones after the accident and is expected to make a full recovery. “He was bumped and bruised, knocked around a lot, but he’s OK,” Cabrera said Saturday. Rude was driving his motorcycle at the rear of a column of sheriff’s patrol cars at 9:45 a.m. Friday who were responding to an accident at Paramount and Washington boulevards, authorities had said. This is at least the second motorcycle accident in recent memory involving an area law enforcement officer. In September, a California Highway Patrol officer was killed in Industry when he was hit from behind by an alleged drunken driver. Dave Romero, 47, of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office, died Sept. 23 after he was hit by an automobile. – Molly Okeon160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgEvery week, Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky reveller that was pictured enjoying themselves in Voodoo Venue over the weekend, the opportunity to win free entry for four and a bottle of champagne.It was another fantastic weekend at Donegal’s No.1 clubbing venue and they’ve another super schedule of entertainment lined-up this weekend.We’ll have the preview of the weekend’s entertainment on Thursday. If your face is circled in the picture special above then contact Voodoo immediately va Facebook and claim the prize. VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL: HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR AND CHAMPAGNE was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionEntertainmenthome-page featuresnewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

President takes a jab at Chavez

first_img In the hope that success in the global talks would invigorate the FTAA’s chances, Bush said he agrees with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that the United States must drop agriculture subsidies so it is easier for farmers in the developing world to compete. Bush said the United States promises to reduce and then eliminate those “trade-distorting subsidies” – as long as Europe does the same. “Only an ambitious reform agenda in agriculture, and manufactured goods, and services can ensure that the benefits of free and fair trade are enjoyed by all people in all countries,” Bush said. Bush’s five-day trip, which concludes with a visit to Panama on Sunday and today, comes as there is growing mistrust in Latin America about the United States. The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq revived memories of the “gunboat diplomacy” era of U.S.-Latin American relations of a century ago. There also has been deep concern about the failure to find the weapons of mass destruction that Bush alleged Iraq had. Disclosures of prisoner abuse by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and elsewhere added strains. “I fully understand there’s, at times, a view of America that is, in my opinion, not an accurate view,” Bush said earlier in the day at a round-table with young Brazilian leaders. Bush had good reason to make his push for freer trade, a better image for the United States and democracy here. Brazil has influence with Venezuela and in Bolivia, where the leading candidate in the Dec. 4 presidential election is the founder of the Movement Toward Socialism political party. Evo Morales has pledged to decriminalize the coca crop and end the U.S.-backed drive to end its cultivation. Chile also holds its presidential elections in December and Brazil has balloting in October 2006. “Only a generation ago, this was a continent plagued by military dictatorship and civil war,” Bush said. “The successful democracies of the 21st century will not be defined by blood and soil. Successful democracies will be defined by a broader ideal of citizenship – based on shared principles, and shared responsibilities, and respect for all.” The president’s visit was also expected to cement relations with Silva, the leader of a country that represents a lucrative market for U.S. products that Bush would like to expand. “We carry on tranquil and mature discussions on specific issues that always come up as part of any partnership on this scale,” Silva said after they met and before they dined on what Bush called an “unbelievably good” Brazilian barbecue of beef, lamb, oxtail and some cheese. Silva at first was distrusted by Washington because of his leftist origins. But he surprised many by curbing spending and bringing inflation down to less than 6 percent a year. He also enacted programs to distribute food and boost education among the poor. Despite their opposing political leanings, the two share personal chemistry. Bush joked that Silva promised to take him fishing, but not until after he leaves office because the “entourage is a little big to go fishing while I’m president.” Heavily armed police officers wearing bulletproof vests outnumbered the 150 demonstrators who protested with banners saying “Fora Bush” (Get Out Bush) at the retreat’s entrance. About 40 students also participated in a sit-in at a local McDonald’s that they called a symbol of U.S. capitalism. “We will remain here until Bush disappears from the planet or leaves Brazil, whichever comes first,” said one demonstrator, Rosa Marques, a history student at the University of Brasilia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “The other seeks to roll back the democratic progress of the past two decades by playing to fear, pitting neighbor against neighbor and blaming others for their own failures to provide for the people,” he said. “We must make tough decisions today to ensure a better tomorrow.” Bush also urged Brazil, the continent’s largest economy, to use its considerable regional influence to prod into reality a U.S.-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Bush believes such a free-trade zone stretching from Alaska to Argentina would create jobs and lift the region’s 220 million poor to better lives. That could be a tall order for Brazil. At the Americas summit, the United States and 28 other countries supported setting a date to restart negotiations on creating the trading bloc. But because Brazil and four other nations preferred to wait for world trade negotiations to take place in December, no agreement was reached on new talks. So Sunday, Bush appeared determined to move on from the divisions over the FTAA talks and focus on those World Trade Organization negotiations in Hong Kong. The talks are aimed at cutting tariffs worldwide. BRASILIA, Brazil – In a clear jab at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, President Bush called on Latin Americans on Sunday to boldly defend strong democratic institutions and reject any drift back to the days of authoritarian rule. Bush’s remarks came after Chavez, the leftist leader and friend of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, spent the past two days hurling criticism at the United States at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina. Eyeing three upcoming presidential elections in Latin America, Bush said citizens must choose “between two competing visions” for their future. One, he said, pursues representative government, integration into the world community and freedom’s transformative power for individuals. last_img read more

Foster carers sought across Co Donegal

first_imgTusla-Child and Family Agency has launched a new public information campaign to recruit more foster carers across Donegal, and to dispel the myths around foster care eligibility.The campaign is Tusla’s first national fostering campaign and it aims to dispel misconceptions about who can foster a child, and encourage people from all walks of life to consider providing a loving stable environment for a vulnerable child.Tusla National Fostering Week, which takes place on October 14th-20th is being supported by the Irish Foster Care Association. Tusla National Fostering Week will include a range of public awareness events. Tusla Donegal will hold a fostering information evening on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal facilitated by Fostering Social Workers and Foster Carers. Those wishing to attend can contact 074 9123701 to register their interest.Speaking at the launch of Tusla National Fostering Week, Chief Executive of Tusla, Bernard Gloster, said: “Tusla National Fostering Week is an opportunity to dispel common misconceptions about foster care. We are looking for foster carers from all walks of life to provide loving, stable environments for children who, due to life experiences can’t live at home.“It only takes one person to change a child’s life. I would encourage anyone who feels they can provide a stable and safe family environment for a child to think about fostering and join the 4,254 Tusla foster carers around the country that open their homes to 5,521 children.”Across Donegal, 144 foster carers open their home to 208 children.  Gerry Hone, Area Manager, Tusla said foster carers make a huge contribution to local communities by caring for children and supporting them in participating in schools, sports clubs and other activities.He said “There is a critical need to have a diverse range of foster carers available who can meet the individual needs of each child. The child’s needs are identified from listening to the views of the child, their parents and families and from other professionals who know the child.“There are many myths of who can and can’t foster but every child is different and their needs for foster care can be in an emergency, for respite, short term or long term. Anyone who has thought about fostering can come along to one of our events or contact us so we can discuss any queries they have.”People in Donegal who would like to find out more about fostering can call 1800 226 771, email tusla.fostering@tusla.ie or visit Tusla.ie for more details.Foster carers sought across Co Donegal was last modified: October 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfamiliesfosterTUSLAlast_img read more

AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Anthony agreed to waive his no-trade clause to complete the deal, which was first reported by The Vertical.Phil Jackson spent the latter part of his time in New York making it clear he wanted to move Anthony. But a deal was difficult because the 33-year-old forward has two years and about $54 million left on his contract, along with the ability to decline any trade.He had long maintained that he wanted to stay in New York, but the constant losing and a chance to play with a talented lineup convinced him it was finally time to go.After making the postseason each of his first 10 seasons, he has been on the sidelines the last four years and said at the end of last season his priority was a chance to win. He wouldn’t have that in New York, where the Knicks are emphasizing youth and have little proven talent with which to surround Anthony.But he is close with Westbrook and George and should fit in nicely. He can possibly settle into the spot-up shooter role he’s played in the Olympics, where he’s won a record three gold medals and is the career scoring leader for the U.S. men.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight In this April 4, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) checks in as coach Jeff Hornacek, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in New York. An AP source said agreed on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, to trade Anthony to the Oklahoma Thunder.  APNEW YORK, United States — Carmelo Anthony won’t be at Knicks training camp after all. He’ll be in Oklahoma City, joining Russell Westbrook and Paul George in a loaded lineup.The Knicks agreed to trade Anthony to the Thunder on Saturday, saving themselves a potentially awkward reunion next week with the player they’d been trying to deal since last season.ADVERTISEMENT The trade ends an unfulfilling 6 1/2-year run in New York for Anthony, where he could never shake his reputation of an elite scorer who can’t carry a team to a ring. The Knicks made the playoffs his first three seasons and reached the second round in 2013, when Anthony led the league with 28.7 points per game. But after that they never seriously proved they could do anything consistently beyond make headlines.And Anthony was right in the middle of that, with constant trade speculation after Jackson’s criticism of Anthony’s game. Jackson and the Knicks parted ways in June and though the Knicks kept looking, team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry told Anthony they wouldn’t accept a trade that would hinder their plans to rebuild through youth.It didn’t help that Anthony had told the Knicks he would accept trades only to Houston and Cleveland, but a deal was finally found when he agreed to add Oklahoma City to his list of destinations.Anthony moved into the top 25 on the NBA’s career scoring list last season, and maybe the Thunder can help him reach elusive team success.Jackson noted that the Knicks hadn’t been able to win with Anthony, though one division title and three playoff berths give Anthony the best resume of anyone who played for the team in the 21st century.He had higher aspirations when he began pushing Denver to trade him to New York in 2010. But the Knicks gave up much of their young talent and future assets to get him, hindering their ability to fortify the team around their leading scorer in recent years.Anthony averaged 22.4 points last season and made his 10th All-Star Game, though that was the second straight season he finished well off his career average of 24.8 per game.Kanter, a 6-foot-11 center from Turkey who was the third pick of the 2011 draft, has averaged 11.3 points for Utah and the Thunder. He posted a video thanking the Oklahoma City community and imploring the Thunder to beat Golden State.“It’s a new adventure for me. New York, so please pray for me,” he said.McDermott has averaged 8.0 points and will be playing for his third team since being selected with the No. 11 pick in 2014. /cbb LATEST STORIES Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City New York will get Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a draft pick, a person with knowledge of the deal said. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.The Knicks had said just a day earlier that they expected Anthony to be there when they reported for camp Monday. But it was clear they didn’t want him anymore and he no longer wanted to be in New York, where he arrived with so much hype that was never fulfilled in February 2011.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe rarely had a championship core around him in New York but jumps right into one in Oklahoma City along with Westbrook, the NBA MVP, and fellow All-Star George, who was acquired from Indiana this summer.Anthony will see his old teammates soon: The Knicks open the regular season at Oklahoma City on Oct. 19. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Pro Wrestler Ultimate Warrior Dies

first_imgJames Hellwig, better known as former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, has died, the WWE said. He was 54.The WWE said Hellwig died April 8 but did not give any other details.Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s. He beat Hulk Hogan in a memorable match at Wrestlemania in 1990.He was in the spotlight again earlier this week, making appearances at the latest Wrestlemania in New Orleans and on Monday Night Raw, and being inducted into the WWE Hall of fame.“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” WWE said in a statement, adding: “We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.”WWE Chairman Vince McMahon tweeted: “We are all so sad the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek TV Station Fined, One-Day Ban for Antetokounmpo Slur

first_imgATHENS – Greek TV station New Epsilon was fined 30,000 euros ($33,980) and will go dark for 24 hours as punishment for sports commentator Takis Tsoukalas called Panatinaikos basketball player Thanassis Antetokounmpo, who is of Nigerian origin, an “ape” during a call of a game.The player is the brother of NBA and Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is known affectionately to fans as “The Greek Freak,” because of his uncanny abilities. Before his prowess was known though, he and his family couldn’t get Greek citizenship but he praisses Greece in interviews and speaks the language fluently, better than many Greek-Americans.The day-long ban against New Epsilon will take effect on Jan. 10. There was no report on whether the commentator was fined or just his station or if he would otherwise face any punishment as the law allows up to three years in jail for racial incitement.Tsoukalas is an open fan of Olympiakos and made his comments during a game in which his favorite club was playing arch-rival Panathiniakos.“They have an ape. That Antetokounmpo guy is an ape — that’s what I’m telling you,” he said. “What is that clown doing? Isn’t he ashamed of himself? He’s making his brother look bad.” The word is especially pejorative for people of African descent who consider it aimed at their appearance by racists.Tsoukalas angrily denied his criticism was racially motivated and insisted he was referring to behavior on the court.Thanasis Antetokounmpo,drew support from Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who wore a national team shirt over his clothes with the name Antetokounmpo on the back.Giannis Antetokounmpo at the time said Tsoukala’s comments were racist.“I have lost sleep over the last few days over this negative-racist incident which occurred recently,” Giannis wrote on Twitter.“If this happens to Thanasis, who with pride and a permanent smile represents the Greek national team and Panathinaikos, I can’t imagine what is happening to other colored people in Greece.”Thanasis Antetokounmpo didn’t want to talk about the incident when pushed by reporters about what he thought. “I don’t have anything to tell you,” he said. “We should just love each other and stay united.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more