A Bad Week for ... , June 23, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 4:18am

Jose Antonio Camacho

China's national soccer coach was lambasted after his side lost 5-1 at home to Thailand, a result that has led to new questions about the state of the sport. The defeat, against a second-string Thai side, was all the more embarrassing as it fell on the 60th birthday of President Xi Jinping , the nation's most high-profile soccer fan.


Leonard Cheng Kwok-hon

The new president of Lingnan University immediately stepped into not one, but two rows. Firstly, students criticised his close links to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and complained that they were not involved in selecting him. Secondly, he became the latest high-profile public official to be embroiled in an illegal structures row when it was revealed that he had added 900 sq ft of space to a 2,400 sq ft home he used to own in Sai Kung.


Dick Cheney

The former US vice-president was savaged by whistle-blower Edward Snowden after questioning the ex-CIA man and National Security Agency contractor's links to China. In a webchat with The Guardian, Snowden pilloried Cheney's comments, claiming he would be in a far more comfortable position had he gone direct to Beijing. "Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honour you can give an American," Snowden memorably said.