In brief: Ronaldo throws mic into lake

Ronaldo throws mic into lake

Irked by questions about his poor form, Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a reporter's microphone and threw it into a lake, according to The Daily Mail.

The incident happened yesterday, when the Portugal superstar was enjoying a morning stroll with his team-mates near their hotel in Linas-Marcoussis.

A video of the incident shows the reporter, from the TV station of Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, asking: "Ronaldo, ready for the game today?" Without a word or a glance at the journalist, Ronaldo grabbed the microphone and lobbed it into the water, then carried on with the team stroll.

Fingers crossed, not raised

Spanish defender Gerard Pique insisted he was merely crossing his fingers, after being accused of raising his middle finger during the Spanish national anthem before their Group D clash against Croatia on Tuesday.

Pique, an outspoken supporter of a referendum for Catalan independence, was representing Spain for the 78th time in their 2-1 loss.


Dire pitches need improvement

French Football Federation president Noel le Graet has told the country's top clubs to make the quality of their pitches an absolute priority, describing one ground at Euro 2016 as "a failure".

European governing body Uefa has said that it is unhappy about the state of pitches, in particular in Saint Denis, where the showcase Stade de France is located. It appeared to point the finger at stadium owners and clubs.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2016, with the headline 'In brief:'. Print Edition | Subscribe