Sports world: S'pore ice hockey team beaten twice

S'pore ice hockey team beaten twice

ABU DHABI • The Singapore national men's ice hockey team suffered losses in their opening two matches at the Challenge Cup of Asia, an annual competition sanctioned by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

They were trounced 11-0 by Mongolia in their first game of the five-nation round-robin tournament on Saturday, then beaten 5-2 by United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

They will face Chinese Taipei today, before taking on Thailand in their final match tomorrow.

Man United fans escape sanctions

LONDON • Manchester United have escaped punishment from Uefa after some of their fans sang about the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, during last Thursday's Europa League clash at Liverpool.

European football's governing body said the chanting was not mentioned in the match officials' reports.


Kruse fined for leaving cash behind

BERLIN • German football club Wolfsburg have reportedly fined Germany striker Max Kruse €25,000 (S$38,200) after he left €75,000 in cash in a bag during an early morning taxi ride through Berlin.

The 27-year-old, who is a keen poker player, reportedly forgot the huge amount of cash that he had left in the back of a cab on Oct 18 last year.

The Wolfsburg forward was said to have immediately reported the matter to the police, but the money has yet to resurface.


Fifa suspends South African officials

ZURICH • Fifa's ethics watchdog has banned former South African Football Association (Safa) chief, Leslie Sedibe, for five years after an inquiry into match- fixing surrounding the national team.

Two former referees officials, Steve Goddard and Adeel Carelse, were also banned for two years.

A previous Fifa investigation had looked into warm-up matches that South Africa played against Thailand, Bulgaria, Colombia and Guatemala in May 2010 ahead of the World Cup, which South Africa was hosting.

In 2012, Fifa handed Safa a 500-page report that documented the activities of convicted Singapore-based match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his Football 4U organisation.

Chris Eaton, Fifa's head of security at the time, said that Perumal's company had provided the match officials for the four games under investigation.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2016, with the headline 'Sports world: S'pore ice hockey team beaten twice'. Subscribe