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The week of sport: PSG in the Champions League and the end of the world Cup in Alpine skiing

What will be remembered in sports week 5-17 February? Tell how the midfielder “Paris Saint-Germain” angel Di Maria “drank beer” in the match of League of Champions against “Manchester United”, for which skier Lindsey Vonn is “too old” and the head of the International Federation of ski sports Gianfranco Kasper has angered environmental activists.

“Paris Saint-Germain” beat “Manchester United”

The main sporting event of the past week in France was the victory of football club “Paris Saint-Germain FC” against “Manchester United” in the first match of 1/8 final of the Champions League. The teams met on 12 February at field the legendary stadium of Manchester United at old Trafford. The home side approached the match as favorite. First, in favor of the “red devils” discussed the fact that the composition of the PSG was not injured forward Neymar and Edinson Cavani. Secondly, they played the legend: for almost half a century none of the French club beat Manchester United on their home ground.

However, from the first minutes of the match it became clear that the owners are unable to gain a firm foothold on the opponents side of the field. It seemed that both teams first chose a strategy of waiting, but then switched to more conflict the football to start the second half, the referee handed out five yellow cards, and the coaches made two substitutions. The second part of the meeting, the French began actively. “Manchester United” did not expect this from opponents. The result — 2:0 in favor of the “Paris St Germain”: the goals were scored was Presnel Kimpembe and Kilian Mbappe.

But remember the match “PSG” and “Manchester United” behavior of the fans. Fans of the French club arranged the stands present a fire show, and the fans booed the Manchester United midfielder with PSG for angel Di Maria. The fact is that before moving to PSG, the Argentine little more than a year played for Manchester United, but nothing special to please the fans couldn’t. But in the match against his former team and Di Maria scoring the ball, turned Kimpembe in the first goal.

A good pass to Di Maria “backfired” when the midfielder went to the left flank for the execution of the corner, the fans started to throw it from the stands all that came to hand. Including lawn landed an open bottle of beer. The Argentinian picked it up and pretended like he was gonna drink. Action Di Maria has caused questions of UEFA the Union of European football associations may “provocation” to exclude the midfielder from participating in the return match with “Manchester United” or even a few League matches. UEFA has also brought disciplinary proceedings against clubs. “Manchester United” can pay for throwing by fans of subjects and lock flights of stairs at the stadium, and the Parisians — for the use of fans of pyrotechnics and vandalism. The decision of these cases will be known on 28 February. And the return leg between the clubs will be held March 6 in Paris at the stadium Parc des princes.

Pantura world champion, Vonn and Svindal finish his career

Last week was especially busy for skiers. This is due to the world Cup, held from 5 to 17 February in the Swedish åre. The main event for the French fans was the gold medal three-time Olympic medalist Alexis, Pentura. The athlete became world champion in Alpine combined (downhill and slalom). Second place went to Stefan Hadalin from Slovakia and third was the Austrian Marco Schwarz.

At the last world Championships in the Swiss St. Moritz, Pentura has been raised on the top step of the podium together with his teammates — then the French became the Champions in the mixed team competitions. Gold Swedish championship was for 28-year-old Frenchman first personal reward level of the world Cup. Her Pantura waited for six years: as a leader of the French national team, he’s always been in the favourites lists various world Championships, however, to make a forecast of the victory of the skiers still failed. This year, Pintura decided to bet on more thorough training for the slalom than downhill. This strategy paid off: it was the slalom allowed him to climb from 24th place which the athlete held after the downhill, the first.

Among the other winners of the championship, for example, the Swiss team that won 12 Feb in the competition of mixed teams, or Slovenian skier Ilka Stuhec won in the downhill on February 10. American Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn in the same discipline won bronze. For 34-year-old Vonn downhill in åre was the last race in career: the day before she announced the intention to hang the skis on the nail.

The decision to finish career of the athlete has pushed numerous injuries that haunted her for several seasons. 5 Feb champion fell on the track during a competition in the super-g. Fortunately, the skier escaped with only a few contusions and bruises and was able to own up. However, after the fall, she admitted to reporters: “the First thought after the fall was: “What the hell? Do I guard?”. I said a few unprintable words, so I refrain from voicing them here. But Yes, the idea was: “what the Hell am I doing here? I’m too old!””.

She honestly says she doesn’t know what he would do after the end of the championship: “In fact, in nothing else is to find the adrenaline, the speed and risk that experience on the slopes. Something like I felt when I was behind the wheel of a racing car, “Formula 1″, but it’s still not the same, because your body is not affected by absolutely everything. Don’t know how I’ll be able to replace that feeling. I don’t think any business can help to fill that void. But it’s worth a try”.

After the world Championships in åre will finish his career one more legendary personality of world of skiing — the double Olympic champion and five-time world champion Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal. 36-year-old athlete also took this decision because of injuries — rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee. Previously, because of these injuries Svindal missed the world Cup in downhill skiing in the Austrian Alps. However, the injury has not prevented Svindal in the championship: he was again became the strongest in the downhill and only two hundredths of a second lost his friend and teammate Hately Jansrud.

Global warming, totalitarianism and the sex industry-the “main cause” of the controversy surrounding the International Federation of ski sports

Unexpected problems encountered last week, the President of the International Federation of ski sports (FIS) Swiss Gianfranco Kasper. A nonprofit environmental organization Protect Our Winters demanded his dismissal. A petition ecoactivist posted on its website. The reason for their indignation was the scandalous statement of Casper, that the existence of global warming is not proven.

The statement of Casper, which became the subject of the dispute, reads: “And then there are the so-called climate change. Evidence they are not. We have snow, sometimes even a lot. I was at the Olympic games in Pyeongchang, it was -35. I was trembling, who came to me, saying “Welcome to global warming!””.

Protect Our Winters demands the immediate resignation of Gianfranco Kasper. He leads the FIS since 1998, and is an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee.

Earlier official has attracted the attention of another controversial statement in an interview to Swiss publications, he noticed that the inhabitants of the European States have become too rational approach to conduct in their countries of various competitions of world importance, but because “the Olympic games are easier to make in countries with dictatorship.” After the publication of the FIS President has apologized for these words, referring to verwendet phrases out of context. “I take full responsibility for this misunderstanding and I apologize that it has diverted attention from our athletes who compete at the world Championships under the auspices of the FIS,” said Casper.

Another curious case occurred on 13 Feb. And again in the history appeared the international Federation of ski sports. The head of the Federation of ski races of Norway, Eric the Growth demanded to postpone the FIS Congress in Thailand in any other place. Congress should be held in 2020 in Pattaya. “All due to the fact that Pattaya for many years been associated only with the sex industry. International sports organization should not put yourself in such an awkward position. It harms our reputation and all the good and right decisions that we make to Congress will be overshadowed by the venue,” explained Growth.

Source:ru.rfi.fr
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