Short Soccer, October 20, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2012, 3:39am


Caroliners out to consolidate league lead

South China hope to tighten their grip on the RedMR First Division when they meet Southern at Hong Kong Stadium today. The Caroliners stand one point clear of Kitchee at the top of the standings with 13 points and are the only unbeaten side after five rounds. Although regular centrebacks Chan Wai-ho and Joel Padilha are still unavailable due to injuries, South China should still be too strong for the cellar dwellers, who have collected two points so far. South China's Brazilian striker Martins de Souza returns from a one-match suspension. In another match, Tuen Mun will host BC Rangers at Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground. Chan Kin-wa


Derision over S.League plan to fine worst clubs

Singapore chiefs will from next season impose a fine on the two teams that finish bottom of the S.League, but the move has been met with derision by angry fans. S.League chief executive Lim Chin said the club that comes last in the 13-team league would be slapped with a S$50,000 (HK$318,000) fine, while the team that comes second-bottom will have to pay S$30,000. At the same time the total prize money for the top 10 clubs will be increased from the current S$150,000 to S$250,000. It was not clear what would happen to the club that finishes 11th. "Teams must feel the pinch for them to be effective," Lim said. He said Singapore was not ready for a relegation system similar to those used in other countries such as England, as there was not a sustainable second division. But the idea has been panned. The Straits Times story carrying Lim's comments was sarcastically headlined "What A Fine League", while an accompanying commentary was titled "A ludicrous idea that deserves the red card" and said: "For a league that has had its fair share of bad ideas over the years, fining clubs for propping up the table has got to rank among the worst." AFP


Lazio fined by UEFA after fans' racial abuse

Italian side Lazio were yesterday fined €40,000 by UEFA after their fans' racist abuse during a Europa League clash at Tottenham. Monkey chants were aimed at three of Tottenham's black players, Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend, during the 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on September 20. Lazio had three days to appeal. Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas had said after the match that UEFA should take action if there was a case to answer. AFP