Three football fans killed as rival club supporters clash

Three football fans were killed during clashes between rival fans which saw three dead and 10 people injured in Honduras.

Reports in the South American country also claim that former Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre was amongst those caught up in the clashes.

Violence erupted before the local derby clash between Olimpia and Motagua after a bus carrying Motagua’s players was attacked before the game.

Izaguirre, 33, shared an image of himself sporting a dressing after glass damaged his eye when their vehicle was pelted with objects, the Mirror report.

Violence is believed to have escalated after the attack, leaving three people dead and at least 10 injured as the National Football League called off the game.

Riot police was seen wading using tear gas whilst the chaos spread into the stadium, where 20,000 people were expected to attend the game.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition,” Laura Schoenherr, a spokeswoman for the state University School Hospital, told Reuters news agency.

Izaguirre, who spent seven years with Celtic, said it is “painful” thinking of those killed in the clashes in an Instagram post.

Motagua blamced the Ultra-Faithful Olimpia fan club for the incident and demanded they be “severely sanctioned by the authorities”.

The club said Izaguirre and team-mates Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier were transferred to hospital with facial wounds.

A statement from the Ministry of Security confirmed the bus attack and said its perpetrators wore the uniforms of the rival Olimpia team.

The ministry added in the statement that it had set up “five rings of security” ahead of the game.

The president of Olympia club, Rafael Villeda, told local press that he would meet with the leadership of the National League and Motagua to decide on the future of the game.

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Liverpool legend identifies Chelsea star responsible for 1-1 draw against Leicester City

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has blamed Cesar Azpilicueta for making Chelsea to surrender two points in the Premier League match against Leicester City.

The Chelsea captain was beaten in the air by Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for the Foxes’ equaliser, as the visitors came from behind to earn a point at Stamford Bridge.

And Souness – not for the first time – has been critical of the Spanish defender, with the Sky Sports pundit laying the blame for the goal on Azpilicueta, report Football.London.

“[Cesar] Azpilicueta has been a fabulous defender for Chelsea, at no time is he aware that he [Wilfred Ndidi] is coming into his territory,” Souness said.

“He looks – or he half looks – he’s now totally focused on the ball. Ndidi gets there early, Azpilicueta doesn’t know he’s there, he [Ndidi] jumps early, and that is too easy. It’s in the middle of your goal on the six yard line. It’s too easy. Last week he gave two goals away Azpilicueta, and he’s given that goal away today, in my opinion.”

Last week, Souness was also critical of Azpilicueta after Chelsea lost 4-0 at Old Trafford against Manchester United, with the former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers boss saying that he felt the Blues skipper would be “angry with himself” as he said he was at fault for two goals.

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Leicester City manager warns Frank Lampard as team lock horns with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodger warned Frank Lampard, saying legend status at Stamford Bridge will not save him from stick as Chelsea boss.

Lampard was appointed to replace Maurizio Sarri who returned to Italy to coach Juventus after one season in charge of the London club.

The former Chelsea midfielder was the fans favourite because of his exploits at the club as a player.

Now, Rodgers, who had a four-year stint at Chelsea as head youth coach and later reserve team manager, is warning the former England international over expectations as a top manager at a big club.

He said: “When I was at Chelsea, the guys would talk about it. If you’ve been a top player and walked into the changing room, you’ll have that respect automatically.

“But after a few weeks, the same players will look at you and say, ‘What are you going to do for me?’

“That’s how the game works. Look at Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid — he tries to get the strength of players.

“If you see your job as developing players, improving them to be the best they can, then you can have a successful career.

“No matter what background you come from, you have to have that respect and improve players. I admire the guys who want to come out of that arena as a player.

“It’s totally different when you’re a player. You’re really focused on yourself — your diet, nutrition, you are self-employed.

“To go into management, you’ve got to look after everyone. There are examples of players who do make it — others that don’t quite make it.”

Lamps kicked off his Blues career with a 4-0 thumping from Manchester United.

And history shows only a few top players go on to become successful managers, The Sun report.

But Rodgers is keen to see Lampard buck that trend after a stellar playing career which saw him win three Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League and four FA Cups.

Rodgers added: “Players who’ve been at the top of the game should have a chance to be fast-tracked into management.

“You still have to do the work and have the commitment.

“Frank is clearly driven to succeed. With those who’ve been great players, it’s about ambition, but also about doing the work.

“If you do my journey, you must earn it over a longer period.”

Pep Guardiola fumes as VAR chalks off Manchester City’s stoppage-time winner against Tottenham, says ‘they have to fix it’

Pep Guardiola has come hard on VAR after Manchester City were denied a stoppage-time winner against Tottenham, claiming the technology lacks any consistency

Gabriel Jesus’ 92nd-minute goal was disallowed after Aymeric Laporte handled in the build-up and Guardiola was left seething by contradictions in matches over the last week.

The City manager pointed at Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen’s apparent handball during Wednesday’s Super Cup final against Liverpool and a disallowed Wolves goal at Leicester City, the Daily Mail report.

‘They have to fix it,’ Guardiola said. ‘The whistle inside matches now isn’t quite clear. Christiansen isn’t hands and Laporte today is hands. That is what we need to qualify.

‘Why is it not hands with (Fernando) Llorente (in last season’s Champions League quarter-final) and why is it hands today? Sometimes they believe it is hands and sometimes not.

‘It happened last week with Wolves and we saw for Chelsea on Wednesday – the keeper wasn’t on his line – Adrian in the penalty shoot-out.’

Guardiola was also fuming that VAR did not award a penalty when Erik Lamela had his hands around Rodri inside the Tottenham box before half-time.

‘It’s a penalty,’ he added. ‘Rodri went down but VAR in that moment was taking a coffee.’

‘You have to see it properly. But we saw the game, one conducted for the officials. Ask the VAR, ask them in London, the big bosses.

‘What happened in the Champions League, the last minute from Raheem (Sterling) and today is the same. It’s tough because we play good and we score a nice goal in the last moment.

‘‘The first time they crossed the halfway line they scored a goal and the second one was a set piece,’ Guardiola said of Saturday’s match. ‘Tottenham are second-best team in Europe and it was an incredible performance. One of the best since I have been here.’

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