England 3-0 Cameroon: Lionesses into the quarter finals of the Women’s World Cup after controversial clash in Valenciennes

23 Jun

England have reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup after beating Cameroon 3-0 in their last-16 match in Valenciennes.

On a sweltering hot day, tempers were frayed and emotions ran high after a series of contentious calls marred the action on the pitch.

Phil Neville’s side will now face Norway following a remarkable, ill-tempered clash in the north of France.

Alex Greenwood celebrates with the England squad after her strike in Valenciennes

The Lionesses went ahead in the 14th minute at the Stade du Hainaut when Cameroon were deemed guilty of a back pass and, from the resulting indirect free-kick, Toni Duggan teed up a strike by England captain Steph Houghton.

Extraordinary scenes then followed as Cameroon made their displeasure known about two VAR decisions that went against them.

After Ellen White’s finish in first-half stoppage time was ruled out for offside and the decision was subsequently overturned, Cameroon’s players remonstrated at length with the officials and there appeared some doubt over whether they would resume playing.

Their anger then increased shortly after the interval when Ajara Nchout fired the ball into England’s net and a VAR review saw that effort chalked off for offside. The game was held up once more as Cameroon made further angry protests, with Nchout in tears.

The Lionesses took the lead through Steph Houghton’s indirect free-kick
Ajara Nchout of Cameroon reacts after her goal is disallowed

England survived some scares soon after, then extended their advantage in the 59th minute through Alex Greenwood’s finish, before referee Qin Liang made another VAR check following a Ysis Sonkeng challenge on Fran Kirby, with no penalty being given.

Having come through a test that also saw them receive some rough treatment and Duggan being spat on, England will now face Norway on Thursday in Le Havre for a place in the semi-finals.

Police officers throw PSG Ultras out of Chelsea game for bringing drugs, knives and a knuckleduster to Champions League game

22 Mar

Paris Saint-Germain Ultras brought drugs, knives and a knuckleduster to their Champions League clash with Chelsea Women.

Police officers fortunately confiscated the items before the game kicked off at Kingsmeadow in London on Thursday evening, arresting one individual in the process.

The PSG Ultras wait outside Kingsmeadow Stadium, despite being sent home

The stadium, which is home to League One side AFC Wimbledon, was sprayed with graffiti and suffered criminal damage as a result of the ultras from Paris.

According to BBC Radio 5Live reporter Jacqui Oatley, 45 police officers were forced to deal with a coach load of fans ahead of the Champions League clash.

On board the vehicle, officers found a knuckleduster, a box of knives and drugs. The hooligans in question are banned from all men’s and youth games involving the French club.

Met Police spokesperson told SunSport: “At approximately 08:00hrs on Thursday, 21 March police were called to reports of a group of Paris St Germain (PSG) supporters causing criminal damage at Kingsmeadow Stadium in Kingston.

PSG ultras were met by a strong police presence ahead of their side’s game against Chelsea Women

“Officers attended but all those involved had left the scene.

“Later in the day, officers were made aware of sporadic instances of disorder involving PSG supporters at both Waterloo and Wimbledon stations.

“Those involved were identified and when they attended Kingsmeadow Stadium this evening they were stopped.

“A coach they travelled in was searched and weapons, including knives and knuckle dusters, were recovered along with class A drugs.

“One man from the coach was arrested for possession of class A drugs and the remaining passengers were escorted from the area by police.

“Enquiries continue.”