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Violence in Sports

Ingredients of violence still a risk at junior soccer tournaments

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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