BREAKING NEWS: Roglic claims Vuelta a Espana triumph

By Sports Desk September 15, 2019

Primoz Roglic became the first Slovenian to win a Grand Tour event as he triumphed at the Vuelta a Espana following Sunday's final stage in Madrid.

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    Chris Froome has described next year's Tour de France route as "brutal" after organisers revealed details of the race on Tuesday.

    With five mountain ranges and only one time trial - on the penultimate stage - the course would seem to suit climbers such as French riders Thibaut Pinot and Julian Alaphilippe, as well as Egan Bernal, Froome's Team INEOS colleague and the reigning champion.

    Froome, who missed the 2019 Tour having suffered fractures to his femur, elbow and ribs in June, noted how tough the 21-stage course was for 2020 while admitting it should suit most of the challengers for the yellow jersey.

    "It's a brutal, brutal course, but good," said four-time Tour de France champion Froome.

    "I think it's going to be a really explosive race and very much in favour of the [best climbers of] mountains. But I think that's great, it gives a lot of opportunities for the general classification to be played out.

    "That's what everyone wants to see, everyone wants to see a big battle between the rivals.

    "For the riders as well, I think it's great because it gives a lot of opportunities to try to make the race and to try to win."

    In Froome's absence last year, defending champion Geraint Thomas was expected to be INEOS' lead rider, but it was Bernal who surprisingly emerged to claim a first title.

    The team could have three Tour champions on the line at the Grand Depart in Nice next June, yet Froome is more concerned with focusing on his fitness before considering his leadership credentials.

    "We've got an amazing line-up, an amazing roster of riders to select from, but nothing is decided yet," Froome said.

    "I have obviously to get myself back to that level before even discussing leadership or anything like that.

    "At least for now everything is going in the right direction, I'm optimistic."

  • UEFA charge Bulgarian Football Union over racist chants and Nazi salutes UEFA charge Bulgarian Football Union over racist chants and Nazi salutes

    UEFA has charged the Bulgarian Football Union over racist behaviour by Bulgaria fans during Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier against England in Sofia.

    England's 6-0 win was halted twice before half-time due to racist abuse being directed towards black players in the visitors' line-up.

    A section of supporters who were ejected from Vasil Levski National Stadium aimed "monkey chants" at Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford and were also seen making Nazi salutes.

    Tuesday's fallout from the shameful scenes has included BFU president Borislav Mihaylov resigning after Prime Minister Boyko Borissov threatened to cut funding if he did not step down.

    UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin urged the "football family" and authorities including governments to "wage war on the racists" and his organisation has now taken action.

    A statement issued by UEFA read: "Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA European Qualifiers match between Bulgaria and England (0-6), played on October 14.

    "Charges against Bulgarian Football Union: Racist behaviour (chants, Nazi salutes)… Throwing of objects… Disruption of national anthem… Replays on giant screen."

    The Football Association must also answer a charge of disrupting a national anthem after England fans jeered during the pre-match pleasantries.

    Additionally, an "insufficient number of travelling stewards" mean the FA is accused of falling foul of UEFA's safety and security regulations.

    UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case.

    Elsewhere, UEFA is looking into salutes performed by Turkey's players during their matches against Albania and France – an apparent show of support for their country's military offensive in Kurdish-held regions in northern Syria.

    European football's governing body prohibits provocative political statements inside stadiums.

    UEFA said: "An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to initiate disciplinary investigations with regard to potential provocative political behaviour by players of the national team of the Turkish Football Federation on the occasion of the 2020 European Championship Qualifying Round matches played against the national team of the Football Association of Albania on 11 October 2019 and the national team of the French Football Federation on 14 October 2019, respectively."

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    UEFA has charged the Bulgarian Football Union over racist behaviour by Bulgaria fans during Monday's Euro 2020 qualifier against England in Sofia.

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