Violence in Sports

Ingredients of violence still a risk at junior soccer tournaments

The video clip showing a 10-year-old boy kicked his opponent in the face.

It has been a year since Hong Kong's infamous head-kick incident when a 10-year-old boy kicked his opponent in the face. Its YouTube video went viral - amassing around two and a half million views - and generated a huge amount of interest and concern globally. But locally, has organised youth soccer improved?

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 3:38am

Powder keg matches lead to hot heads on the pitch

Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng. Photo: Felix Wong

As the season comes to a crunch, mental strength is just as important as physical fitness. Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng knows this better than most after he lost his head in last week's critical encounter with table-toppers South China.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:43am

Talking points

Thousands protest against nuclear power

Thousands of protesters will take to the streets in Tokyo and elsewhere tomorrow to protest against government plans to restart reactors taken offline after the Fukushima nuclear tragedy.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Swansea ball boy's act against Chelsea reflects poor gamesmanship in soccer

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (right) receives a red card from referee Chris Foy for violent conduct during an English League Cup match. Photo: AP

Chelsea's Eden Hazard created his own danger zone for kicking, or appearing to kick, a misbehaving ball boy. Referee Chris Foy did not see the incident, when Swansea were protecting a 2-0 aggregate score against Chelsea during the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium last month. Foy, instead, relied on advice from his assistant referee and correctly sent off the 22-year-old Belgian for violent conduct.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

Stoke's Michael Owen faces anxious wait over 'punch' against Arsenal

Stoke's Peter Crouch is beaten in an aerial challenge. Photo: AP

The former England forward, 33, appeared to strike Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta on the back after reacting angrily to a full-blooded challenge by the Spanish midfielder.

4 Feb 2013 - 3:30am

Pandora's Box to remain ajar without consistency

Referee Mike Dean (1st left) shows Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (1st right) a red card for his tackle of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (3rd left). Photo: Xinhua

Unforeseen troubles for referees lie ahead because of the FA's decision to rescind Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's red card for what match referee Mike Dean deemed to be serious foul play. In undermining his interpretation, the FA has opened Pandora's Box.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:13am

English Premier League pandering to namby pambyism

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (1st right) was shown a red card for a tackle on Jack Wilshere (3rd left) of Arsenal. Photo: Xinhua

Of all the things we fans enjoy when watching soccer, now is the time to count the number of tackles and savour them.

19 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Soccer referees urged to take action over obstruction at set pieces

Everton's Marouane Fellaini headbutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

The trouble with set plays is that players are set in their troublesome ways. At corner kicks, players are so conditioned to holding, pushing and blocking that they have inadvertently contributed to the problem of obstruction. So what happens when push comes to shove?

28 Dec 2012 - 4:18am

Harsh measures vital to stop rioters

The opening of a new English Premier League season today will thrill football followers around the globe, not least in Hong Kong. British authorities will also be hoping that the distraction will help defuse the mob psychology behind the worst rioting England has seen for decades.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Hotheads on ice

Every few years, Canadians, being Canadians, agonise about the blood spilled on the ice in their national sport. (And no, I am not talking about seal hunting, but hockey.) Someone is hurt, some outrage is committed with a stick against a skull, and a fevered nation rises in indignation.

19 May 2004 - 12:00am

Forgiving nation

To err is human, but to forgive, Canadian. The world may frown on our seal hunts and hockey violence, but Canada also has a soft spot for repentant sinners - as long as their contrition includes tears on prime-time TV.

28 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Mnemonic device

I refer to the letter from Pauline Bunce headlined, ' 'Headhunter' adverts looking for trouble' (South China Morning Post, February 16).

The use of headhunter images in the recent advertising campaign for Classified Post is meant to highlight the message 'Even headhunters use Classified Post for their executive-search assignments'.

26 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Trivia file

Gladiator: British director Ridley Scott has hit box-office gold once again with his fabulous Roman epic. Although being out-grossed by some of the big earners over the US Memorial Day weekend - including blockbusters Mission: Impossible 2, Dinosaur and Shanghai Noon - the film still dragged in ticket sales estimated at US$17.3 million (HK$134.8 million).

31 May 2000 - 12:00am

McSorley date set

Vancouver: An October 2 trial date was set for Boston Bruins tough guy Marty McSorley, who is charged with attacking Vancouver's Donald Brashear during an NHL game.

6 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Chinese skater world champ

CHINA has added an ice skater to its impressive list of world champions following 18-year-old Chen Lu's historic performance at the World Figure Skating Championships in Birmingham, England.

Chen, originally from Changchun, in Jilin province, but now a resident of Beijing, skated to music from the film The Last Emperor.

13 Mar 1995 - 12:00am