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Death of Maradona: eight health professionals tried for manslaughter



Eight health professionals will be tried in Argentina for manslaughter with aggravating circumstances, at the end of the investigation into the death of footballer Diego Maradona in 2020.

Football legend Maradona died at the age of 60 from a cardio-respiratory crisis on November 25, 2020, alone on his medical bed in a residence in northern Buenos Aires, while recovering from neurosurgery. He suffered from kidney and liver problems, heart failure, neurological deterioration, and addiction to alcohol and psychotropic drugs.

Breaches and negligence

An Argentinian judge from the municipality of San Isidro confirmed on Wednesday June 22 that a trial would be held for eight of these professionals, including a neurosurgeon family doctor, a psychiatrist, a nursing manager and nurses. The prosecution had requested this dismissal in April, pointing out shortcomings and negligence in the care of the ex-star, who was recovering at home.

The eight suspects will be tried for “simple homicide with dolus eventualis”, a typical offense when a person commits negligence knowing that it could result in someone’s death. They risk sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years in prison, but should appear free at trial, the San Isidro prosecutor’s office having never requested their pre-trial detention.

According to prosecutors, the personnel in charge of Maradona had been “protagonist of an unprecedented, totally deficient and reckless home hospitalization”and would have committed a “series of improvisations, mismanagement and shortcomings”. An expert report, as part of the investigation, concluded that the former player had been “left to his fate” by his medical team, leading him to a slow agony.

Psychologist, doctor or nurse, the suspects had all defended their actions during their hearings, within the framework of their field of competence, at the bedside of the champion. Leopoldo Luque, attending physician and confidant of Maradona appearing among the defendants, had said to himself “proud of what (he) has done”ensuring to have “tried to help” Maradona. No date has yet been confirmed for the trial.

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Platini-Blatter trial: what are the charges against the defendants?



After six years of investigation, Michel Platini and the ex-president of Fifa Sepp Blatter appear from Wednesday June 8 before the federal criminal court of Bellinzona, in the south-east of Switzerland, in the case of payment suspect who broke their career in 2015. The verdict of the trial, which is held until June 22, is expected for July 8.

► What are the charges against the defendants?

The two former leaders of European and world football are accused of having “illegally obtained, to the detriment of Fifa, a payment of 2 million Swiss francs (1.8 million euros, editor’s note) in favor of Michel Platini”.

Michel Platini advised Sepp Blatter between 1998 and 2002 during the latter’s first term as head of FIFA. The two men signed a contract in 1999 agreeing to an annual remuneration of 300,000 Swiss francs, fully paid by Fifa.

However, in January 2011, almost ten years after the end of his activity as an adviser, Michel Platini “enforced a claim of 2 million Swiss francs” paid by FIFA “with the competition” of Sepp Blatter, reveals the prosecution. For the charge, it is a payment ” unfounded “obtained by inducing “artfully mistaken” the internal controls of Fifa by false assertions of the two leaders. These appear for ” scam “, “disloyal management”, ” breach of trust “ and “false in the titles”.

► What is their defense?

Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter declare that from the beginning they decided orally on an annual salary of 1 million Swiss francs. The balance was paid late because, at the time the agreement was established, Fifa’s finances did not allow an immediate payment. “This is a salary balance, owed by FIFA, by oral contract and paid under conditions of the most perfect legality. Nothing else ! I acted, like all my life and all my career, with the utmost honesty,” assures the Frenchman.

Even more, Michel Platini considers himself the victim of a conspiracy, noting that when the affair broke out, in 2015, he was a favorite to take the head of Fifa. He denounces in particular the role of Gianni Infantino, the current boss of world football, elected in 2016, who was his former right-hand man at UEFA and against whom he filed a complaint in November 2021 for “active influence peddling”.

Since 2020, Gianni Infantino has also been the target of a procedure relating to three secret meetings with the former chief prosecutor, in which a magistrate and the former legal director of Fifa have just been charged. But Swiss justice has so far refused to join the two files.

► What are they at risk?

Both men face up to five years in prison and a fine. Civil party, Fifa wishes to be restored the salary and social charges paid in 2011 to Michel Platini “so that the money embezzled by the defendants for personal purposes is returned to the one and only purpose for which it was intended: football”.

The affair has also made Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter pariahs of football. Suspended for the first time in October 2015 by FIFA’s Ethics Committee for a period of ninety days, they were then banned from all football-related activity for a period of eight years, reduced to six years by an appeals committee. In May 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced Michel Platini’s suspension to four years.

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Tour de France 2021: the spectator with the sign sentenced to a fine of 1,200 euros



A fine of € 1,200. This is the penalty suffered by the spectator, Thursday, November 9, which had caused a massive fall of runners during the Tour de France, on June 26. 45 km from the finish of the first stage, in the town of Sizun (Finistère), the 31-year-old young woman had encroached on the roadway holding up a sign, her back to the peloton.

“Go opi-omi! “ (“Grandpa-granny” in German, her grandmother being of German origin) had she written in large letters on a piece of cardboard, addressed to her grandparents, residing in Paris and unconditional fans of the Big loop.

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Several runners, launched at high speed, could not avoid it. The German Tony Martin, the first to fall, had involved in his fall many other cyclists. Some had been forced to retire, such as the German Jasha Sütterlin (DSM) and the Spaniard Marc Soler (Movistar).

A symbolic euro for the National Union of Professional Cyclists

The images of the fall of the runners had been around the world, unleashing strong media interest while the spectator remained untraceable. Four days after the incident, the young woman went to the Landerneau gendarmerie, responsible for the investigation, no longer supporting the media pressure.

During his trial on October 14, the prosecution requested a symbolic four-month suspended prison sentence. The Brest criminal court found her guilty of “Endangering the life of others” and “Unintentional injuries”, and sentenced her to a fine of € 1,200. It will also have to pay a symbolic euro to the National Union of Professional Cyclists (UNCP), civil party.

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Case of the sextape: Karim Benzema sentenced to one year in prison



After more than six years, the “sextape affair” was finally judged: the Real Madrid player Karim Benzema was sentenced on Wednesday November 24 to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a € 75,000 fine, convicted of complicity in attempted blackmail on his former teammate, Mathieu Valbuena.

In his judgment, the president of the 7e chamber of the Versailles Criminal Court considered that Karim Benzema had “Personally involved, at the cost of subterfuge and lies, to convince his teammate to submit to blackmail”.

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The player’s lawyers immediately announced their intention to appeal, specifying that their client, absent from the proceedings last month and from the deliberations on Wednesday, would be present at a second trial. “The reaction is ultimately a reaction of anger”, notably lambasted Me Sylvain Cormier, saying to himself “Flabbergasted” by one “Very severe sentence, unjust and without proof”.

Duty of exemplarity

The 33-year-old striker was also ordered to pay € 80,000 to the complainant and a symbolic euro to the French Football Federation, which had taken legal action in this case.

For his involvement in this intimate video blackmail, the prosecution had requested against the player ten months suspended sentence and a € 75,000 fine. The prosecutors had recalled in their indictment the duty of exemplarity of the star of the France team, “Bearer of an image, hope, notoriety and moral values”.

Besides Karim Benzema, four other men were convicted in this case. Considered the ” umbilical cord “ In this case, Mustapha Zouaoui was notably sentenced to two and a half years in prison and an arrest warrant was issued against him. His lawyer announced he was going to appeal.

Benzema should stay in Blue

“My client was waiting for recognition of his victim status, he had it, he is satisfied, he does not expect any particular apology from anyone”, also declared Mathieu Valbuena’s lawyer, Me Didier Domat.

“We have important civil interests, not negligible, but once again that will not be able to erase the damage that results from his non-selection for the France team”, he added. During the hearing, the current midfielder of Olympiakos (Greece), 37, recalled that this affair had cost him his place with the Blues, he who at the time had 52 selections for the national team.

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Karim Benzema, he remained away from the French selection for more than five years before making a surprise return before Euro 2021. This conviction should not, however, keep him away from the Blues again. Two weeks ago, the boss of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, explained that the 33-year-old striker “Would not be excluded” of the selection in case of “Judicial sanction”.

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Football: the author of the bottle throwing on Dimitri Payet sentenced to 6 months in prison



A six-month suspended prison sentence, accompanied by a probation and a five-year ban on access to OL’s stadium, was pronounced on Tuesday 23 November against the author of the plastic bottle throw on the Marseillais Dimitri Payet, Sunday evening in Lyon during the Ligue 1 OL-OM match. The prosecutor had required six months in prison to punish the act of the defendant, 32 years old.

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The incident had led to the definitive interruption of the match between Lyon and Marseille in the framework of the 14e day of the French championship, after only four minutes of play. “We are seeing a rise in incidents and acts of violence”, said prosecutor Béatrice Moure in her indictment, recalling that the clubs incurred “Significant administrative penalties in the event of a problem”.

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“There is no such thing as zero risk, but zero tolerance exists”, she added, asking the court “An exemplary sentence”. Olympique Lyonnais, who became a civil party in the proceedings, did the same on Monday.

Proposals in “two weeks”

The disciplinary committee of the Professional Football League, meeting urgently on Monday, has already sanctioned the club with a closed-door match as a precaution, before making a final decision on December 8. OL, which has been talking about since Sunday evening ” an isolated case “, hopes to be able to replay the match against Marseille.

Tuesday morning, after a meeting with the authorities of French football, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin announced that measures for security in the stadiums will be proposed “In fifteen days”. These measures should relate to the prohibition of stadiums for certain supporters, the securing of the stands (cameras, safety nets), the private security responsible for controlling access and the decision-making process for stopping the stadiums. matches.

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Football: King Street announces that he no longer wishes to “finance” the Girondins de Bordeaux



It is a hard blow for the Girondin club. The American investment fund King Street, owner of Bordeaux (L1), announced, Thursday April 22, that it “Wishes more to support the club and finance current and future needs” des Girondins, placed under the protection of the Bordeaux commercial court. “An ad hoc representative has been appointed [qui] will be responsible for assisting FC Girondins de Bordeaux in their search for a lasting solution ”, explained the club in a press release, referring to “The economic context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic and [le] withdrawal of Mediapro [ayant] caused an unprecedented drop in revenues for French football clubs ”.

This announcement comes in the context of an acute sports crisis – Bordeaux is 16e of L1 and fight for its maintenance – and very strong tensions between President Frédéric Longuépée and the Ultramarines, exacerbated since the end of 2019 and a ticketing affair. In a tweet, the main group of supporters wished the “Immediate and immediate departure” by Frédéric Longuépée and King Street “Working in the coming hours for a healthy and sustainable club sale”.

No surprise for the mayor of Bordeaux

The crisis worsened in the spring of 2020 with the broadcast of the “Girondins leaks”, a series of audio recordings, resulting from private meetings held between December 2019 and March 2020 between Bordeaux leaders and club subscribers, and broadcast by the Ultramarines on social networks.

King Street was the sole master on board in Bordeaux since he bought his shares in the American fund GACP (General American Capital Partners) from Joe DaGrosa, with whom he had taken over the club in 2018, until then owned by the M6 ​​channel.

This advert “Unfortunately not a big surprise for me”, reacted quickly the mayor EELV of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic. “The club’s takeover plan, against which I voted in 2018 (as an opposition municipal councilor, editor’s note), did not seem, from the start, in a position to ensure its sustainability. This seems to be confirmed today. “ “A page will have to be turned”, he added. “Everything will have to be done to put in place a solution ensuring the sustainability of this club. All its supporters, partners and supporters will have to show solidarity and vigilance so that the great sporting adventure of the Girondins de Bordeaux, which began 140 years ago, continues. “

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Football: searches and arrest of the former president of FC Barcelona



Police raided Monday 1er March the headquarters FC Barcelona and arrested ex-president Josep Maria Bartomeu as well as three former or current leaders of the club in connection with the investigation into the “Barçagate”, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The case erupted a year ago after an investigation by Spanish radio Cadena Ser into an alleged campaign of slander against Barça figures (such as star Lionel Messi or defender Gerard Pique) on social networks, orchestrated by a company working for the club.

A smear campaign

The press then stressed that the aim of this campaign was to improve the image of Josep Maria Bartomeu, the people targeted being all critical of the president who resigned on October 27.

The radio had shown that the club had paid one million euros in six separate invoices to this company, I3 Ventures, with whom Barca have since cut ties. That is an amount six times higher than market prices, according to the press. The club had categorically denied any smear campaign.

“Have they been given the task of monitoring social networks? The answer is yes. Have they been tasked with discrediting people or institutions on social networks? The answer is no. And we will prosecute all those who accuse us of this ”, then defended Bartomeu.

Resignation of the entire management committee

Criticized by a large fringe of supporters, players and members of the club, Josep Maria Bartomeu ended up resigning at the end of October 2020, after a long crisis, with his entire management committee.

Remained six and a half years at the head of Barça, he had come close to losing the living legend Lionel Messi. At the end of August, the latter had announced his wish to terminate his contract “Unilaterally”, disappointed by the results of his team and even more by the decisions of its leaders who in particular chose to separate from his great friend Luis Suarez.

These searches and arrests come six days before the elections for the presidency of the club scheduled for Sunday, where the socios (supporters-shareholders) will be called upon to choose between Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Victor Font to succeed Bartomeu.

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