BUENOS AIRES - An angry Honduran
goalkeeper shot at a journalist with an air gun at the weekend
over criticism in the sports daily Diez.
Colombian side La Equidad's coach Alexis Garcia began a
suspension of more than a month for fighting the previous
In an act reminiscent of an incident involving Diego
Maradona in 1994, Motagua goalkeeper Donaldo Morales shot at
reporter Saul Carranza with an air gun over criticism of his
performances in the sports daily Diez.
Carranza was interviewing midfielder Jorge Claros after a
practice at the Estadio Nacional in Tegucigalpa when Morales
appeared with a gun and shot at them, hitting the reporter twice
and the player once, according to a weekend report in Diez.
The paper said that Morales later asked Carranza to forgive
him but the reporter refused. It said Motagua president Pedro
Atala would sanction Morales.
Maradona also shot at reporters with an air rifle when they
were staking him out.
La Equidad's coach, former Colombia midfielder Alexis
Garcia, began a suspension of one month and one week for
fighting the previous weekend.
Having been sent to the stands during a 1-1 draw at home to
Boyaca Chico, he came to blows with the visiting team's owner
Eduardo Pimentel. The match was suspended six minutes early and
the score stood. Both men were fined, Garcia 3.35 million
Colombian pesos ($1,862) and Pimentel 3.6 million.
Leaders Independiente Santa Fe went five points clear in the
Apertura championship after a 2-0 win in the Bogota derby
against once great arch-rivals Millonarios, who are in danger of
Second-placed Atletico Huila came from two goals down in the
final 10 minutes to draw 2-2 with Atletico Nacional.
Title holders Atletico Junior were 3-1 up at Cucuta
Deportivo after 37 minutes but they had Cesar Fawcett sent off
in the 39th and ended up conceding two more goals for a 3-3
Nacional notched their first win in four matches, 1-0
against Bella Vista, after having newly-signed Argentine-born
former Spain left back Mariano Pernia sent off four minutes
before halftime with a straight red card for a studs-up tackle
on an opponent.
Their 34-year-old former Argentina midfielder Marcelo
Gallardo damaged a knee ligament after only nine minutes and
will be out for two months, and Uruguay defender Sebastian
Coates followed him off in the 51st with a cut above the eye.
But luck went Nacional's way in the 57th minute when
Santiago "Morro" Garcia scored. Video replays showed he helped
control the ball with his hand but the referee missed it.
The Bolivian government has agreed a plan for the football
federation (FBF) to pay off its debts of more than $2 million
after tax authorities seized FBF headquarters and other assets.
Aurora took over the lead in the Clausura championship with
a victory over Blooming while The Strongest, having been docked
three points last week for fielding one too many foreign players
in a recent match, toppled previous leaders Real Potosi 4-2.
Colombian Cesar Alzate scored both goals as Trujillanos beat
champions Caracas FC 2-0 to leave them three points off the pace
in the Apertura championship.
Deportivo Tachira lead with 16 points from six matches after
a 4-1 win over Deportivo Venezuela.
Real Esppor, under former Caracas coach Noel Sanvicente, are
second, one point behind and with a game in hand after winning
all their five games.
Audax Italiano, unbeaten in 11 matches under Argentine coach
Omar Labruna, beat Deportes La Serena 2-1 despite playing from
the 20th minute a man short after defender Boris Rieloff was
With leaders Universidad de Chile playing in midweek,
Universidad Catolica could have gone top but they were held 2-2
at Universidad de Concepcion and are a point behind.
Libertad and Cerro Porteno remain neck and neck in the
Clausura championship race eight points ahead of third-placed
Rubio Nu after 10 matches. Libertad beat Sol de America 1-0 and
Cerro Porteno won 2-1 against title holders Guarani.
Leaders LDU Quito, five points clear in the second phase of
the championship, won 1-0 away to Espoli. Second-placed
Deportivo Cuenca upset Barcelona 2-1 away at the Monumental in
Group A leaders San Martin beat Jose Galvez 3-0 with a
Hebert Arriola hat-trick and are 11 points ahead of
second-placed Alianza Lima.
Cesar Vallejo and Leon de Huanuco are top in Group B with 58
points apiece although Cesar Vallejo have a game in hand.
Teams carry their points over from the first phase of the
championship to the second in which they are divided into two
groups. The group winners play off for the title.
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