China shows maturity in its response to flight MH370 crisis

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By Ramon Pacheco Pardo, King’s College London

The levels of tension between the states is a lot lower than some have suggested.


In fact, the key political outcomes of this disaster have been the regional co-operation in East Asia and subdued criticism of Malaysia by the Chinese government.

But if the official criticism by China’s government has been muted, the frustrations of grieving relatives (the majority of whom are Chinese) is something even Beijing cannot keep a lid on.

It’s well established that co-operation helps countries deal with disasters – this has been demonstrated countless times, recently in the Sichuan earthquake of 2008, the Tokohu earthquake and tsunami of 2011 and the Haiyan typhoon last year. These disasters each affected just one country, but East Asian neighbours co-operated in the relief efforts.

The search for the missing flight MH370 has taken this co-operation to a whole new level. While most passengers came from mainland China, others on board included Malaysian, Indonesian and Taiwanese citizens, among others. The drawn-out mystery surrounding the route taken by the flight widened the search area significantly, which meant that air forces and navies of several East Asian countries, along with civilian rescue teams, have had to work together in the search for the missing aircraft. It’s a promising sign of co-operation in a region that is riddled with territorial disputes.

Gunboats and diplomacy: China’s navy

Unsurprisingly, China’s decision to deploy several vessels has attracted most attention. Beijing has been following a military modernisation programme for several years now. This programme is a logical development for a rising power. Yet, it has attracted criticism due to an alleged opacity about the intentions of the Chinese government.

Beijing’s new-found willingness to deploy its military further afield – whether it is to support search missions, to counter piracy or to rescue Chinese citizens trapped in civil conflicts – will only make this a more common feature of international politics. When Chinese citizens are involved, Beijing will try to use all necessary means to take care of the situation, including working with other countries.

Because the majority of the passengers on board flight MH370 were Chinese and it was a Malaysian Airlines flight headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the tragedy has the potential to disrupt relations between the two countries. Interestingly, the Chinese government’s criticism of Malay authorities has been rather restrained. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Xinhua News Agency have called for the Malay government to be more transparent and to act more decisively. More than two weeks after the plane disappeared, the Chinese government also dispatched deputy foreign minister Zhang Yesui to Kuala Lumpur to obtain more information about the missing aircraft.

But the criticism and the late dispatch of an envoy amount to little more than a slap on the wrist. China has continued to co-operate with Malaysian authorities in the search for the missing plane. Thailand, by contrast, withheld information from them for over a week. The reason given was that Kuala Lumpur had not asked for it. Meanwhile, Vietnam even scaled back its rescue efforts for a while due to a disagreement with the way Malay authorities were communicating new information.

Domestic strife

But it’s a different story among the public. Distressed relatives of the missing Chinese passengers have been very vocal in their criticism of the way Malaysia has handled the crisis and particularly critical of the limited information provided by Malay authorities. Kept in a hotel for almost three weeks, they have also started to press the Chinese government to forcefully ask Kuala Lumpur to devote more resources to the rescue effort and to communicate with them more regularly.

These protests have led some commentators and media outlets to speculate about the willingness of China’s Communist Party to “tolerate” criticism of Malaysia. This assumes that the party can somehow contain or direct protests by its citizens, of which there is scant evidence at best. The Xi Jinping government can be more or less responsive to its citizens’ grievances, or give them space in the state-controlled media. But it cannot stop understandably distraught relatives from expressing their anger and frustration. This is beyond the control of China, as much as any other government.

Ultimately, the mystery surrounding flight MH370 shows that Beijing has to deal with regional, bilateral and domestic dynamics over which it lacks sufficient control. This tragedy, however, has shown that the Chinese government is more willing to co-operate and less intent on scoring political points than is generally assumed.

Ramon Pacheco Pardo does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

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Benitez hits back at Mourinho

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“Mourinho speaks a lot about a lot of people, but I prefer to talk about the facts.


At Liverpool we eliminated his Chelsea from the Champions League with a team that cost half as much as his side,” Benitez told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash with table topping Juventus (1845 GMT).

“He had an extremely strong Real Madrid and never did anything in Europe. Maybe if they sell (Eden) Hazard and Oscar for hundreds of millions he will succeed in winning something,” added the Spaniard, whose Chelsea side won the Europa League in 2013.

As well as playing down Chelsea’s efforts under Benitez, former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager Mourinho also upset Juventus fans by saying a Europa League triumph by the Turin side would mean nothing.

“Chelsea last year didn’t have a good season. They had problems qualifying for the Champions League and found themselves playing in the Europa with a team built for other objectives,” Mourinho had told reporters on Friday.

“If Juventus win the Europa League it will mean nothing, as they were built for the Champions League.”

Mourinho’s perceived attack on Juve caused Turin-based sport daily Tuttosport to tell Mourinho to “shut up” on their front page.

The Portuguese also felt the wrath of Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, another former Chelsea manager, after criticising third-placed Madrid for not being higher in the La Liga table after a season in which Barcelona have looked more vulnerable than in recent years.

“It’s his opinion but I believe Madrid are fighting for the title and that is something they were not able to do last season,” said Ancelotti, who took over from Mourinho at Real.

(Reporting by Terry Daley, editing by Alan Baldwin) nL4N0MQ07J

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South Africa in World T20 semis, England eliminated

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He then returned to marshal his bowlers who restricted England to 193 for seven for a win that snuffed out 2010 champions England’s last four prospects at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.


“It was important for the team to go through to the semis and get him (du Plessis) back and pumped-up for the next game,” man-of-the-match de Villiers said at the presentation ceremony.

“It was important to show a bit of passion … we are a proud nation and those things come naturally to us.”

For England, Alex Hales (38) benefited from a dubious no-ball decision and with Michael Lumb (18) added 46 runs in 4.4 overs before Wayne Parnell came up with a three-wicket burst to virtually derail England’s chase.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir claimed the important wickets of Eoin Morgan (14) and Jos Buttler (34) who fought valiantly before his dismissal that virtually sealed the fate of the contest.

“Obviously we’re heartbroken to come out on the wrong side of it but you have to give full credit to the way AB has batted through the end,” England captain Stuart Broad said.

“It didn’t go plan in the last three overs (conceding 55 runs) but apart from that it was a good game for us.”

Ravi Bopara hit a defiant 31 down the order but it was not enough in the end.

The winner of Monday’s Sri Lanka v New Zealand match will join South Africa, and India and another team from Group Two, in the last four.

It was a lionhearted effort from left-arm paceman Parnell, playing his first match in the tournament after attending a mandatory court appearance in Mumbai in a drug-related case.

Earlier, Hashim Amla (56) dominated a 90-run opening partnership with Quinton de Kock (29) proving once again it is possible to score briskly without looking ugly.

Not even two power failures, each halting play for about 10 minutes, could affect Amla’s concentration as the elegant batsman flicked and drove with elan.

The bearded right-hander raced to a 30-ball half-century after Buttler missed an easy stumping opportunity to give him a life on 19.

England captain Broad dismissed Amla in his second over but not before the batsman had given South Africa a strong start.

De Villiers played like only he can, unfurling his whole range of cheeky shots to frequently defy the English field setting in his unbeaten 28-ball blitz that contained three sixes and nine fours.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty,; editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Aust women through to T20 semis

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Two-time defending champions the Southern Stars have romped into the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a second consecutive record-breaking win, set up by a stellar unbeaten 90 to opener Elyse Villani.


Villani, recalled after being dropped from Thursday’s thrashing of Ireland, made the most of her opportunity with a destructive innings that included five sixes and set up the 94-run demolition of Pakistan on Saturday night to move to the top of Group A.

Australia will now progress as either the first or second seed, regardless of other results, having lifted their net run rate with monster victories over Ireland and Pakistan in their past two clashes.

In reply to Australia’s imposing total of 2-185, Pakistan were never in the chase in Sylhet – ultimately crawling to 9-91, with Sarah Coyte and Ellyse Perry the key destroyers, taking three wickets each.

Villani looked like emulating the deeds of her skipper, Meg Lanning, who blasted the first T20 by an Australian woman in Thursday’s win over Ireland.

She played a mature innings, negotiating a tricky opening to carry the bat in a stunning 54-ball effort, while getting great support from Alyssa Healy (20) and Lanning (50).

It is Australia’s second hefty total in as many games, and gives them serious momentum heading into the tournament’s knockout games.

“I think we’re hitting our straps and we’re building and we’re peaking,” Villani told AAP.

“The momentum is with us at the moment. We’re building at the right time.

“We started a bit slow in our warm game and our first loss against New Zealand.

“But our coach (Cathryn Fitzpatrick) said at that stage that we don’t want to be peaking then.

“Hopefully we can carry the momentum on to the finals.”

Villani admits she has struggled to unlock the secrets to translating her magnificent domestic form for Victoria to the international game, and was dropped after scoring just one against the Kiwis in Australia’s opening game.

But she couldn’t have been prouder of her maiden T20 international half century.

“I’m pretty elated that it’s all come together,” she said.

“I’ve got myself into trouble before when I’ve tried to go too hard too early and these are the sort of wickets where you need to give yourself a bit of time.

“So I just gave myself a bit of time and then kept it pretty simple, tried to go straight and had some good partnerships.

“I really enjoyed myself and let myself go a bit and came out on top which was a really nice feeling.”

On Sunday, undefeated New Zealand will face third-placed South Africa – with the winner progressing to the semi-finals alongside Australia.

Should New Zealand win, they will claim top spot in Group A, while South Africa will advance if they win – but the top seed will be determined by net run rate, with Australia currently holding a 0.174 NRR advantage.

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Houston to co-ordinate MH370 search

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Australia has appointed one of its most decorated military figures to help co-ordinate the search for Malaysia Airlines flight 370, as more planes and ships join the hunt.


Prime Minister Tony Abbott says retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the country’s former defence force chief, will lead a new joint agency co-ordination centre (JACC) to be based in Perth.

The headquarters will help communication between international search partners, while trying to keep the families of those on the missing Malaysia Airlines flight informed.

As about 50 Chinese relatives of passengers arrived in Malaysia to press for answers, a specially equipped Australian naval vessel prepared to depart Perth with the task of finding the Boeing 777’s black box recorder.

It will leave early on Monday for the vast Indian Ocean search zone, after officials said the first debris picked up by ships combing the area was not from the stricken plane.

“It appeared to be fishing equipment and just rubbish on the (ocean’s) surface,” said a spokesman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is in charge of the operation.

Mr Abbott said Air Chief Marshal Houston’s new search hub would work with key Commonwealth, state and international stakeholders, including the families and international media.

“There is no one better placed than Angus to co-ordinate and liaise given the quite significant number of countries that all have a stake in this search,” Mr Abbott said.

On Sunday, 10 aircraft and eight ships were deployed to the updated search area, 1850km west of Perth.

They will be joined by the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield, which is fitted with specialist US Navy equipment designed to detect the tiny “pinger” within the plane’s black box and to photograph potential debris on the sea floor.

But without a confirmed piece of debris, the ship and crew will be left to scan the horizon with the rest of the search teams before its high-tech equipment can be used.

It had been feared the 30-day life of the black box could expire before the equipment arrives.

But Captain Mark Matthews, the US Navy supervisor of salvage and diving, says the device is certified for 30 days but could last up to 15 days longer than that.

“These are rated to last 30 days, but that is a minimum. In my experience, they do last a little bit longer than that,” Capt Matthews said.

“I would say 45 days is the realistic limited expectation.”

Australian Navy Commodore Peter Leavy said the focus was still to find debris and confirm it was from flight MH370, then work backwards to a possible crash site.

“The search area remains vast and this equipment can only be effectively employed when there is a high probability that the final location of Flight MH370 is better known,” he said.

Flight MH370, with 239 people aboard, disappeared on March 8 after veering sharply off course on the way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

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Lions must learn their lessons: coach

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Rookie coach Justin Leppitsch has instructed his young Brisbane Lions to ignore the weight of an 0-2 record and live in the moment.


Despite falling to a second straight loss, the Lions again impressed for their tenacity and ability to win possession as Geelong’s class and experience won them a 25-point victory.

Leppitsch was left to lament a “one-minute lapse” at the end of the second term when the Cats bagged three straight goals.

Errors by defenders Jordie Lisle and Dan Merrett meant that instead of taking a 10-point lead into the main break, Brisbane trailed by eight at halftime.

“We gave up two soft centre-bounce goals and then they blitzed us in the third quarter,” Leppitsch said.

“They had only kicked three goals to that point … so that’s part of the frustration.”

“Mature teams don’t make mistakes when it matters and that’s really what it came down to.”

In round one against premiers Hawthorn, Brisbane were within two points just before three-quarter time and Leppitsch has told his players they must roll with the punches and learn their lessons.

“We’ve played two preliminary final teams and you’ve got to go four quarters,” he said. “There’s some good lessons for our guys first up.”

At least, Brisbane can prepare themselves for a less formidable opponent in round three when they face up against local rivals Gold Coast in the Q-Clash on Saturday.

But Leppitsch doesn’t want his charges to get bogged down by the pressure of a virtual “must-win”.

“The important thing our guys have to remember is what we do in within games and not so much worry about the weight of the 0-2,” he said.

“If you start worrying about things like that you’re not concentrating on what’s important and what you can do living in the moment.”

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Rio police occupy vast favela

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More than 1000 police backed by the military and armoured vehicles have occupied the vast Mare favela near Rio’s international airport, just 74 days before the World Cup.


Brazilian authorities are stepping up efforts to quell violence in Rio de Janeiro as the World Cup looms, and have been carrying out a huge slum “pacification” program since 2008 aimed at making the city – which also hosts the 2016 Olympics – safer.

Before Sunday, Police Pacification Units (UPPs) had been installed in 174 Rio favelas home to about 600,000 people.

Early on Sunday, they took the initiative to enter Mare, a drug-trafficking stronghold and considered one of the most dangerous places in the city.

The Mare slum district is a cluster of 16 neighbourhoods seen as havens for organised crime and home to about 130,000 people.

It is just a few kilometres from Rio’s international airport and a potential through route for football fans flying in and out of the city, which will stage seven World Cup matches, including the July 13 final.

A squadron belonging to the feared Special Police Operations Battalion, along with a dozen armoured vehicles, entered the notorious shanty town without facing resistance.

Police had their weapons trained on the rooftops, but apart from a few bars close to the entrance of Mare that remained open, the streets were empty and dark.

Rio’s security secretariat said 1180 officers were involved in the operation, and were backed by 14 armoured vehicles and four helicopters.

In the operation, police seized “large quantities of drugs and weapons” that were hidden near the Olympic Village and a public school, the GloboNews chain said.

According to the intelligence services, drug traffickers who left Mare after the announcement on Monday of the imminent occupation could come back later, meaning authorities face a long-term battle to keep the volatile area under control.

After decades battling organised crime in the favelas, the poor communities surrounding the city, authorities had hoped the 2008 slum “pacification” program had begun paying off, driving down crime.

But this year, renewed violence has claimed the lives of eight police officers – four of them in “pacified” districts.

Keeping a lid on crime has become key to Rio’s bid to turn the city into an international showcase for the World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, the first Olympiad in South America.

Rio state secretary for security affairs Jose Mariano Beltrame insisted last Monday that authorities “are not thinking about the World Cup so much as the citizens of Rio, of police gunned down in cowardly fashion” on the streets.

“Our response to the traffickers is to occupy more territory, to make them lose more territory”, and show the state is stronger than the dealers.

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Husband suspect in Vic double killing

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The husband of one of two women stabbed to death in a Victorian hair salon has emerged as the prime suspect, 23 years on.


Claire Acocks and Margaret Penny were killed at a Portland hairdressers in 1991, about 350km west of Melbourne, in a crime that rocked the rural town of 9000 people.

Both women’s husbands were ruled out as suspects early on.

But now Margaret Penny’s husband, Robert, has emerged as a key suspect, the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program reported on Sunday.

Local schoolteacher Leonie Wallace, who has investigated the case for several years, says Mr Penny told others what the murder weapon was before it was determined in an autopsy.

“He told three people she’d been killed with a special tail comb,” she told the program.

“That wouldn’t have been known until the autopsy, which was conducted a couple of days later.

“It seems unusual that he would be in possession of that information at that stage.”

General store owner Shaun Smith says a man his wife identified as Robert Penny came into the store the weekend after the murders asking for something to remove bloodstains.

“I thought it was very unusual for somebody that had just had their wife murdered to come in and act the way he did,” he said.

Mr Smith said he called police 10 minutes after the man left his store but they did not act.

“I thought that was pretty valuable information. It got lost in the system, I suppose.”

The program reported that police took a DNA sample this month from Mr Penny, who is now 82 and living in Melbourne

Mr Penny told the program he was “absolutely shattered” he was a suspect.

He denied being the killer and dismissed a claim he was shopping for bloodstain remover after the killing.

“We were very much much in love,” Mr Penny said.

“We’d gone up to Portland for some peace and quiet, a lovely life which we’ve always had.

“Please now leave me alone.”

Mrs Acocks’ son Tim said he was encouraged by the new inquiry.

“But it’s just a wait-and-see game,” he said.

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Sandilands stars as Dockers thrash Suns

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Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands was singing in the rain after lifting the Dockers to a 48-point win over Gold Coast in Saturday night’s AFL clash at Patersons Stadium.


Sandilands tallied 58 hit-outs – including 20 to advantage – in the 12.15 (87) to 5.9 (39) win, with his dominance in the wet and windy conditions proving too much to handle for the Suns’ talented but young midfield.

The 211cm giant was on track to break the AFL/VFL record of 63 hit-outs set by North Melbourne’s Gary Dempsey in 1982, but he fell short after tallying ‘only’ 13 taps in the final quarter.

Fremantle midfielders David Mundy, Nat Fyfe and Michael Barlow feasted off Sandilands’ dominance, while Luke McPharlin was masterful in defence.

Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett was restricted to 24 possessions in his battle against master tagger Ryan Crowley, while David Swallow and Dion Prestia battled valiantly all day.

Sam Day kicked two goals, but was starved of opportunities once Fremantle’s engine room clicked into gear.

Suns defender Steven May kept Matthew Pavlich goalless.

Dockers goalsneak Hayden Ballantyne was carried off late in the second term after having his head slammed into the turf during a tackle.

But the feisty forward returned after half-time and managed to play out the match.

Gold Coast kicked the opening two goals of the match, but they were outclassed from that point on as Fremantle’s battle-hardened bodies took control.

Driving rain in the opening half ensured for an error-riddled display from both sides.

Gold Coast’s ill discipline cost them dearly in the opening quarter, with two of Fremantle’s four goals coming as a direct result from 50m penalties.

The second quarter was an arm wrestle that saw each side register just one goal.

Fremantle won the hit-outs 32-10 in the opening half, but lost the clearances 23-21 as Gold Coast’s midfielders fed off Sandilands’ taps.

However, Sandilands’ dominance grew as the match wore on, with his work in the ruck helping Fremantle’s on-ball division bury the Suns.

Fremantle improved their record to 2-0 with the win, while the Suns are 1-1 ahead of next week’s clash with arch rivals Brisbane.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon praised the work of Sandilands and the team’s on-ball division.

“I often say it’s won and lost in the midfield, and I think our midfield stood up today,” Lyon said.

“It started with Aaron, and then (flowed to) Fyfe, Mundy, Hill. And Crowley was super on Ablett.

“I thought we cracked them wide open in the end. We dominated the game, and with a bit more accurate kicking it would have been even more emphatic.”

Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna said some basic errors early in the match handed the ascendancy to Fremantle.

“I thought the effort was there,” McKenna said.

“But to come over here and have a two-goal start and then hand them two goals on the back of probably being undisciplined with two 50 metre penalties … all of a sudden, they’ve got their tails up.”

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Pies overhaul Swans again at ANZ Stadium

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Collingwood’s love affair with ANZ Stadium has continued with the Magpies overturning a 23-point second quarter deficit to score an AFL win over the Sydney Swans.


The Magpies made it nine wins from their last ten games at the venue as they came from behind to record a 12.17 (89) to 10.9 (69) win on Saturday.

The loss dropped Sydney to 0-2, while Collingwood improved to 1-1.

Sydney led 31-8 in the second quarter, but couldn’t match Collingwood’s midfield in a hard-fought but scrappy encounter.

Sparked by champion midfielders Craig Pendlebury (33 possessions) and Dayne Beams (30), the Pies kicked seven to three in the second half.

The game was locked at 67-all early in the final quarter,but Collingwood kicked the last three goals of the game through Beams, Jamie Elliott and Clinton Young.

It was a stirring response from a Collingwood side flogged by Fremantle in their first game, while Sydney were again overrun in the final quarter as they were by GWS in their opening game.

Elliott kicked three goals and Travis Cloke and Tyson Goldsack weighed in with two apiece for the victors.

Lance Franklin was Sydney’s only multiple goalkicker with two and added 16 possessions and four marks in a better effort after his quiet debut against GWS.

The Swans kicked five straight goals either side of quarter-time after Elliott booted the first major of the match.

Heritier Lumumba racked up 13 touches in the first quarter,which Collingwood started well before Sydney got on top to lead by 11 at the first break.

The Swans outmarked the visitors 39-13 in the first quarter.

The Magpies kicked four of the last six goals of the second quarter to claw their way back to within nine points at halftime.

With Pendlebury becoming progressively more influential, the Pies slammed on the first three goals of the third quarter.

Franklin temporarily reversed the tide with a booming 55-metre goal, but Collingwood’s own spearhead, Cloke quickly replied with a major at the other end.

Collingwood kicked four goals to two in the third quarter and held a three-point lead at the final change before going on with the job.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said it was a stronger defensive performance from his side and praised the leadership of Pendlebury, Beams and former captain Nick Maxwell, who performed well in his 200th game.

“To get the win is clearly what we’re looking for, but the way we played and the way we structured up was really a positive as well,” Buckley said.

“We’re rapt to have the win. We think we were probably five or six out of 10 with the way we played, how close we played to our optimum.”

Buckley said defender Nathan Brown popped his shoulder and it would be a couple of days before the extent of the injury was known.

Sydney coach John Longmire lamented a lack of polish from his side in their ball use.

“We didn’t have the polish we wanted to going forward and particularly in the second half and didn’t use the ball when we had it,” Longmire said.

“Towards the back end of the game, that’s what cost us. We blazed away too many times.”

A kick on the leg for Gary Rohan was Sydney’s only injury.

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Serie A calls for fan protest clampdown

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“The National Professional League of Serie A denounces.


.. some fans who… engage in actions aimed at damaging the club, the team and the players,” the league said in a press release.

“For some time some clubs have been subjected to attacks that have negative effect on the environment around the club and their ability to generate investment, such as stadium boycotts or chants and banners that cause harm to and sanctions against the clubs.

“Even worse is the damage to image caused by orchestrated insulting chants which when captured by the media, harm the image of our football, the clubs and their cities.

“The League urges the powers that be to defend the autonomy and prestige of football clubs and to firmly oppose these organised, degenerate and unacceptable attacks.”

Fan protests are a common occurrence in Italy, with large numbers turning out to barrack their teams at training grounds or outside stadiums when results do not go their way.

The most high profile case so far this season has been Lazio fans’ battle with owner Claudio Lotito, who is blamed for their mediocre results and is also criticised for not investing in the team.

The supporters marched to the Stadio Olimpico before Lazio’s 3-2 win against Sassuolo last month, during which they focused all their attention on their president rather than the match.

They then boycotted their 1-0 home defeat by Atalanta on March 9, leaving banners draped over seats that read “it’s him or us” and “Lazio is ours and we will leave it to our children.”

They also demonstrated outside Lotito’s offices after the controversial sale of Brazilian midfielder Hernanes in January to Inter Milan, where he is having a big impact.

However, the campaign has been littered with similar protests, with fans of relegation-threatened Bologna demanding that club president Albano Guaraldi sell the club.

Even high-flying AS Roma, who are second in Serie A having only lost twice all season, started their campaign under siege from livid fans who were outraged by two years of mid-table football.

(Reporting by Terry Daley, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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