Clashes, road accidents mar French World Cup partying

first_imgMOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding And a man in his thirties died after crashing his car into a tree while celebrating shortly after the game in the small town of Saint-Felix in northern France.Fans have poured into the streets across the country after the country’s second World Cup win, many waving flags and letting off smoke bombs.Some 4,000 police and security forces have been deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, and a vast security perimeter prohibiting vehicle access has been set up around the Champs Elysees avenue.France remains on high alert following a string of terror attacks since 2015, which prompted the government to grant the police extended powers under tough new anti-terror laws enacted last year.   /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Landslide at World Cup stadium mars Russia’s legacy Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names This picture taken from Trocadero on July 15, 2018 shows the Eiffel Tower illuminated in French national colors during celebrations after the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELTParis, France – Dozens of youths shattered windows at a popular store on the Champs Elysees Avenue on Sunday while hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated France’s World Cup victory, an AFP journalist at the scene said.About 30 people, many wearing ski masks, broke into the Publicis Drugstore and later left with bottles of wine and champagne, some smiling and filming themselves with cellphones.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Some also threw objects including bottles and chairs at police forces, who responded with tear gas.“That’s not how you celebrate,” a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’As the hundreds of thousands of revelers gradually left the famous avenue, police used water cannon to disperse remaining troublemakers at around 11:30 p.m.Elsewhere in France, authorities said clashes erupted in the southern city of Lyon between police and about 100 youths who had climbed on top of a police vehicle at an open-air showing of the match in the city center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Police fired tear gas to disperse the youths who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire, with the unrest causing some stampeding.Ten people were arrested in Marseille, where two members of the security forces were injured in clashes, a police spokesman said.In Frouard, a town outside the eastern city of Nancy, a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls were seriously injured after being struck by a motorcycle during the celebrations.Authorities said the motorcyclist had fled the scene.In the southeast city of Annecy police said a 50-year-old man died after breaking his neck when he jumped into a shallow canal just when the final whistle blew to signal the end of the match.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sanchez handed suspended sentence for tax fraud

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s striker Alexis Sanchez gestures during the FA Cup fourth round football match against Yeovil Town January 26, 2018MADRID, Spain, Feb 8- Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal last month, faced being tried over a Sh125mn (one-million-euro) fraud linked to image rights in 2012 and 2013 during his time at Spanish giants Barcelona, according to details of the deal seen by AFP. Prosecutors said the 29-year-old Chilean forward had failed to declare any proceeds from the exploitation of his image rights in 2012 and 2013 and had also failed to declare that he was the owner of a company set up in Malta, Numidia Trading Limited, which owned the rights.Appearing by video link from London, Sanchez admitted he had “made an incorrect tax payment” and that he had settled the issue with tax authorities.He was sentenced to two eight-month suspended jail sentences to run consecutively, although prosecutors have called for the sentence to be lifted after two years if he does not re-offend.Sanchez scored 47 goals in 141 appearances for Barcelona before leaving in 2014 to join Arsenal.The 29-year-old Chilean forward is rumoured to be the highest paid player in the Premier League following his move to United, reportedly earning around Sh70mn (£500,000) a week before tax.He is one of a number of high-profile players to have fallen foul of the tax laws in Spain.In 2016, Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence that was eventually reduced to a fine of 2.1 million euros.Last month, Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric paid Spanish fiscal authorities close to one million euros to settle his own image rights tax case.The former Barcelona and Liverpool player Javier Mascherano has accepted a one-year suspended jail sentence over a 1.5-million-euro tax fraud.In potentially the largest case, Spanish authorities are currently investigating World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid for tax fraud amounting to 14.7 million euros.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more