Gay rights groups are clamoring for an apology from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who said that gay fans should "refrain from any sexual activities" while in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Homosexual behavior is illegal in that country.
Juris Lavrikovs, communications director for the European branch of the
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association,
said the comments were "very unfortunate and have left people deeply
"This is not a joke, this is a matter of life and death to people,"
Lavrikovs said. "Qatar and more than 70 other countries in the world
still criminalize individuals for homosexual relationships, and some
countries even punish them by death sentence.
The incident is more fuel for those who believe staging soccer's biggest event in a country seen by many to have a spotty human rights record is a mistake.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the team spoke with the league, and there will be no further discipline.
"Hopefully we're going to learn from what happened yesterday and take
full responsibility for it," Tannenbaum said. "We're really disappointed
with Sal, with what happened, and we're going to hold him accountable
for his actions."
Alosi was standing in a line with several inactive players when the incident happened, but he, coach Rex Ryan and Tannenbaum dismissed speculation that any such behavior is coached or planned.
The National Football League was thrown into a last-minute state of flux early Sunday morning when the Minneapolis Metrodome turned all one of those end-of-the-world-disaster movies into captured reality.
Heavy snows caused the roof of the Vikings' home to cave in, blanketing the field with snow. If you haven't seen the footage yet, it's unbelievable.
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Yeah, when something like this happens, you're not going to be able to play a football game in that facility within a couple of hours. That sent the league scrambling for venues to host the Vikings-Giants game, already pushed back to Monday night.
The initial thought was shifting it over to TFC Bank Stadium, the newish outdoor home of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The only problem with that is the Giants, thinking they'd be playing in a climate-controlled dome, didn't bring any of their cold gear. It's not like Kevin Boss can pick up a Size Whatever He Wears cleat at the airport when he arrives.
Luckily, Detroit came through. Shortly before kickoff of the early-afternoon games, it was announced that the game would be played tonight at Ford Field.
The best part about this bizarre scenario?
No, it's not the beleaguered city hosting its first Monday night game in nearly a decade or the all-around oddness factor of it all.
Kansas City Chiefs lineman Barry Richardson was caught red-handed shoving members of his coaching staff during the third quarter yesterday. Someone recording in the vicinity of a talkative child provides us with the tape.
just knew it was bleeding, and then when I got to the sideline I could
tell just by the look on everyone's face that something wasn't right,''
said Roethlisberger, who took a shot to his schnoz from the left hand of
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata on the Steelers opening
possession. "I looked real quick. I don't know, I look like I just went
12 rounds with Pacquiao."
Roethlisberger played through the pain with a blood-splattered jersey, and eventually tossed a game-winning nine-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Redman to give the Steelers a crucial divisional victory over the Baltimore Ravens.