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Real Madrid thrown out of Copa Del Rey for fielding ineligible player

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Real Madrid have been thrown out of the Copa Del Rey and fined for fielding an ineligible player, but they are appealing the decision.

Russia winger Denis Cheryshev started in the fourth-round tie, despite being suspended after picking up a third yellow card in the semi-finals of last season’s competition when on loan at Villarreal, and scored Real’s first goal.

Cheryshev was withdrawn from the action moments after half-time when Real had realised their error, with head coach Rafael Benitez saying they wanted to “show good faith”.

Spain’s football federation said Friday Real Madrid had fielded an “improper lineup” and that the two-match series was settled “in favour of Cadiz”. They have been fined 6,000 euros (£4315) but the 19-time Cup winners have said they will contest the decision.

Their statement, issued on Friday evening, read: “We have received the decision of the competition committee chief and the club has come to the conclusion that it is acknowledged the RFEF (Spanish FA) has not personally notified the player Cheryshev, which is the only way for a sanction to take effect, as per article 41.2 of the disciplinary code.

“Real Madrid confirm it will take the necessary steps and is confident the final verdict will be favourable to the club.”

Last season Osasuna were kicked out of the tournament for playing an ineligible player while Benitez was in charge of Valencia when they were disqualified from the Copa del Rey having played too many non-EU players in a tie in 2001.

Guillem Balague told Sky Sports News HQ that he does not believe Real’s appeal will be successful.

The Sky Sports Spanish football expert said: “This is massive news in Spanish football. Perez insisted they would appeal because they’ve done nothing wrong. They will appeal to the competition committee but they will say ‘no, you’re wrong’.

“You never know with the committee, but the rules are clear. I don’t think there’s an escape here.”

With the controversial exit of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the last-minute failure to sign Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea and now their Copa del Rey demotion, Balague says the club’s president is coming under increasing fire.

On the damage to Real’s reputation, he added: “There was Casillas, De Gea – maybe it wasn’t the fax machine! – and now this.

“It looks really bad for Real Madrid even though they keep saying they’ve done nothing wrong and they are running the club properly. A lot of people are questioning this. Everybody is looking at Florentino Perez.”

Perez made a passionate plea in Thursday’s press conference, emphasising the feeling of injustice of the situation and the club’s desire to contest being kicked out of the country’s famous competition.

On playing the ineligible Cheryshev, Perez said: “Nobody told the club or the player, not the federation nor Villarreal, so it was impossible for us to act differently. It’s not our fault.

“What happened last night has never happened to Real Madrid before. If we didn’t know, the sanction cannot stand.

“We checked the situations of all of the players listed in the squad rigorously before yesterday’s game. Look, in the football section, there is a department dedicated solely to these kinds of issues; no-one told them about Cheryshev.

“Sanctions cannot be enforced unless the player is personally notified, that’s the way I understand it.”

Source: Skysports.com

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Pepsi Independence Golf Tournament returns for 9th edition

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Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina (C)  Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited(CBL) putts as  Mr. David Sekitoleko (L) Business Development Consultant Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Mr. Allan Muhinda (2nd L), Head Global Market Sales at Stanbic Bank, Mr.Daniel Kairu (2nd R) Head of Business Development at ICEA, and look on.

Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina (C), Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited putts as Mr. David Sekitoleko (L) Business Development Consultant Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Mr. Allan Muhinda (2nd L), Head Global Market Sales at Stanbic Bank, and Mr.Daniel Kairu (2nd R) Head of Business Development at ICEA, look on.

By Our Reporter

The Pepsi Independence Golf Tournament is back for its 9th edition. Themed “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer”, it was officially announced during a press briefing held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel on Thursday morning.

Initiated in 2010, the Pepsi Golf independence tournament which is this year slated to take place on 09th October, is expected to attract over 130 golf players from different golf clubs across the country, both in the pros and amateur categories, that will participate in a competition with prizes to be rewarded at the end of the tournament.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to breast cancer awareness and early detection.“October being the breast Cancer awareness month and the month when Uganda commemorates her 57th independence, we sought an opportunity for participants and consumers to both celebrate and embrace talent for community support and development geared towards fighting the Cancer scourge in Uganda through the golf sport,” remarked Mrs. Tracy Kakuru Otatina, Corporate Communications Manager Crown Beverages Limited while addressing the media.

“Our 2019 theme for this golf tournament is ‘Tee off against breast Cancer’ whose chief purpose is to procure a Cancer machine that will aid in early detection of all types of cancer because there still exists a gap in early detection support, hence fueling our decision to take on methods to deliver awareness through diagnosing the disease at an early stage.” She added, further noting that, “All these years we have been inviting our partners, well-wishers, staff, for free participation in a friendly but competitive tournament, but this time round our green fees will be at UGX 100,000, and together with our partners’ funds, we will be in position to procure the much needed machine.”

Mr. David Sekitoleko, Business Development Consultant at Sheraton Hotel Kampala said, “I have been involved in the game of Golf over the years, and for this edition we shall have both professionals, and amateurs play in this tournament. Every year that the tournament is held, Pepsi and its partners put up a kitty that the professionals play for, and this edition will see professionals play for 30 million in a 3 day competition set to kick off on Sunday 6th, to Tuesday 8th, then on 9th October (Independence Day), the amateurs /corporate players will converge at palm valley for a half day competition.”

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Kickboxer Patricia Apolot set for rematch with Kenya’s Joyce Awino

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Uganda’s top-ranked female kickboxer Patricia Apolot has vowed to crush Kenyan fighter Joyce Awino in their rematch slated for this weekend at Smiles Corner Hotel in Kireka, Kampala.

Known to many by her stage name “Black Pearl”, Apolot will return to the ring against Awino in the African title fight dubbed “The Reveletion Night of 1000 Punches” on Saturday, August 31. The fight is in low kick style sanctioned by both Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF) and World Kickboxing Federation (WKF).

The two fought in April this year in Tororo and Apolot won by knockout.

“I have trained hard and very ready, so my fans should come expecting the best from me,” Apolot said, adding that “I wish to thank my sponsors, Hima Cement, for their consistent financial and moral support towards my kickboxing career.”

Hima Cement Marketing and Pricing Manager, Charles Mugasi said that the sponsorship is intended to enable her perform to her best and inspire other young girls in Uganda to join the kickboxing sport.

Apolot who has been involved in 21 professional fights winning 12 by knockout has changed the kickboxing landscape in Uganda with her unique techniques and unmatched determination to grow the at different levels more especially young girls.

She has won several tittles from home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda and Africa at large.

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Bamasaaba Sports Tournament gets Ugx 50 Million boost

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Pilsner Lager, a beer produced by Uganda Breweries, has announced a UGX50 million sponsorship package towards the upcoming Bamasaaba Sports Tournament 2019. The tournament will start on August 15 th and run up to October.

Organised by the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club (BASC), the games bring together various teams from Masaaba communities in both Uganda and Kenya with the aim of honouring culture, promoting unity and the development of the Bamasaaba people through sports and games.

This year’s sponsorship package was announced at a press briefing held at Uganda Breweries’ head offices in Luzira.

While announcing the sponsorship, Edgar Kihumuro, the Pilsner Lager Brand Manager, said, “We live in an era when it is crucial for us to hold our cultural and traditional values close to heart. Pilsner Lager, as a brand, understands and cares about the pride associated with a deep African heritage and this commitment has seen us invest in the development of local sports potential, for example, with the ongoing Pilsner Super 8 Tournament. By sponsoring the Bamasaaba Sports tournament, not only are we advancing a passion for sports but also for the traditions that bring people together.”

The tournament has, in the past, attracted various teams drawn from over 20 clans from the districts covering Mbale, Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa and Bulambuli in Uganda and the Bamasaaba Kenya Chapter which covers Trans Nzoia and Bungoma.

“The Bamasaaba Sports Tournament continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our people to come together in celebration of our culture and tradition. In addition, our youth are encouraged to stay in touch with their rich heritage through sports, which inspire, entertain and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Israel Koboi, Chairperson of the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club.

The sports tournament places an emphasis on football and netball that will be played in a series of group knockout stages.

“This year, we plan to include new activities like bicycle riding, a marathon, bull riding and shortput and we are glad for the support of partners like Pilsner Lager for being part of this journey,” Koboi added.

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