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Myanmar fined over fans' pitch invasion KUALA LUMPUR: Asia's football governing body has warned Myanmar they will be ordered to play behind closed doors if they fail to rein in their fans after fining them $24,000 for a pitch invasion last week.Dozens of people descended onto the pitch, cheering and singing in celebration, after Myanmar beat the United Arab Emirates in Friday's AFC U-19 Championship quarter-final in Yangon, according to an AFP reporter at the match.The Asian Football Confederation's disciplinary committee fined the Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) $24,000 after finding it had failed "to guarantee law and order as well as safety at the venue", the AFC said in a statement Monday."The MFF has been strongly advised by the AFC disciplinary committee to take all action necessary to control their spectators in future matches," it said, warning that one more incident would lead to them having to play without spectators.Myanmar will meet Qatar in the U-19 ...

Carter, Sonny Bill named in All Blacks tour squad WELLINGTON: Injured flyhalf Dan Carter did enough to prove his fitness to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen and win a berth in the All Blacks squad for the northern hemisphere tour.Carter, one of three flyhalves in the 34-man squad named on Monday, replaces Colin Slade, who kicked the game-winning conversion against Australia on Saturday.Carter will go on tour for tests against the United States, England, Scotland and Wales despite having barely played this year and ...

Goal celebration costs India hopeful his life NEW DELHI: A young footballer lost his life in India's north-east over the weekend after injuring his spinal cord while celebrating a goal he had scored, newspapers reported on Monday.Peter Biaksangzuala, 23, fell backwards on his head as he took a series of somersaults after scoring the equaliser for his team in a local match in Khawzawl town close to India's eastern border with Myanmar last Tuesday, the Times of India said.As he lay on ...

Cheika agrees to coach Wallabies: report SYDNEY: Super Rugby-winning coach Michael Cheika has agreed to take charge of the Wallabies after the shock resignation of Ewen McKenzie and is negotiating the details, a report said on Monday.McKenzie dropped his bombshell shortly after New Zealand narrowly beat Australia 29-28 in the final Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane on Saturday, throwing the Wallabies upcoming European tour into chaos.The Australian newspaper, citing an "informed source", said online that Cheika met with Australian Rugby Union ...

Barcelona target Ajax boost ahead of Clasico BARCELONA: Barcelona begin the biggest week of coach Luis Enrique's brief reign in charge when Dutch champions Ajax visit the Camp Nou on Tuesday.Enrique's men are in need of a win to get their Champions League campaign back on track after tasting defeat for the first time this season in their last European outing at Paris Saint-Germain.And the Barca boss will be hoping for a trouble free evening with the first El Clasico of the ...

Di Matteo hunts second win as Schalke host Sporting GELSENKIRCHEN: Schalke's coach Roberto Di Matteo is looking to pick up the second win of his fledgling Royal Blues' career when they host Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday.The 44-year-old, who led Chelsea to the premier European club title in 2012 during his eight-month reign at Stamford Bridge, enjoyed a 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin on his Bundesliga debut on Saturday.The ex-Italy midfielder took charge a fortnight ago after Schalke sacked Jens Keller ...

Chelsea wary of Maribor threat LONDON: Chelsea may be five points clear at the top of the Premier League and unbeaten in top-flight domestic action this season but they are determined not to be caught off guard when they face Maribor in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.Jose Mourinho has already seen his side slip up at home in Group G with Klaas Jan Huntelaar punishing the Blues for failing to make more of a number of chances ...


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