Belgian Football Union awaits word from FIFA on cyber security at Russia 2018

Belgian Football Union awaits word from FIFA on cyber security at Russia 2018

Belgium’s soccer authorities say they are awaiting word from FIFA on cybersecurity measures following fears expressed by England’s Football Association (FA) regarding potential activity by Russian hackers at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The FA had expressed concern to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) that Russian hackers could leak the preparations and tactics of national teams during the World Cup. The spokesman of Belgium’s football union, URBSFA, Pierre Cornez, said on Wednesday that the union was waiting to hear from FIFA on steps it would take to…

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Belgian duos win gold at Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup

Belgian duos win gold at Acrobatic Gymnastics World Cup

Two Belgian pairs won gold at the Acrobatic Gymnastics 2017 World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal, where the last of the four rounds for this season was held at the weekend. Kilian Goffaux (Sportac Deinze) and Robin Casse (VGL Niel) placed first in the men’s event, while the women’s went to Noémie Lammertyn and Lore Vanden Berghe of Sportac Deinze. The Belgians had already won gold at the first two rounds, held in Puur (Belgium) and Maia (Portugal). Absent at the third round, in Geneva, they went to Lisbon determined to…

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EuroBasket: Belgium gets off the mark with win over Britain

EuroBasket: Belgium gets off the mark with win over Britain

The Belgian Lions got off to a perfect start at EuroBasket in Istanbul, beating Britain on Friday by 103-90. Eddy Casteel’s men had trailed 24-26 in the first quarter, but a more effective offence in the second quarter enabled them to return to the dressing rooms with a one-point advantage (54-53). After half-time, the Lions gradually dominated their British opponents, thanks mainly to an in-form Maxime De Zeeuw, best scorer on the Belgian side with 21 points and seven rebounds. The game ended on a final score of 103-90. Other…

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Antonio Conte warns Spurs: Wembley will inspire your opponents

Antonio Conte warns Spurs: Wembley will inspire your opponents

Antonio Conte has warned Tottenham Hotspur that the grandiose surroundings of the national stadium may serve to inspire visitors to their temporary home in the season ahead, and praised the champions’ fighting spirit as Chelsea kickstarted their title defence. The Italian was forced to field a makeshift side against Spurs after suspensions and injury ate into his options, with David Luiz forced into midfield and Andreas Christensen handed a first start in the Premier League. Yet two goals from Marcos Alonso left Tottenham, unbeaten at White Hart Lane last season,…

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FA under pressure to explain £80,000 payment to Eni Aluko after bullying complaint

FA under pressure to explain £80,000 payment to Eni Aluko after bullying complaint

The Football Association is facing questions over why it paid “hush money” to international footballer Eni Aluko after it emerged that a bullying complaint against the England manager, Mark Sampson, included an allegation that he made a remark with “racial and prejudicial connotations” to another player. Aluko, one of England’s most recognisable female footballers with 102 caps, was paid around £80,000 to sign an agreement that the FA claims was to “avoid disruption” ahead of this summer’s Euro 2017. Aluko’s lawyers believe that the agreement she signed prevents her from…

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Mark Stoneman’s debut against West Indies offers chance of Ashes place

Mark Stoneman’s debut against West Indies offers chance of Ashes place

Mark Stoneman feels his Test debut against West Indies under lights this Thursday is justification for his winter move from Durham to Surrey as he prepares to become the latest batsman to try to crack the puzzle that is being Alastair Cook’s opening partner. At 30 years of age Stoneman will become the oldest specialist batsman to be handed a first England cap this century, and the hope from the selectors now is that this seasoned left-hander’s additional experience comes off in the three-match Investec series and ends the seemingly…

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Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT. Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season. The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m. The official announcement, which could come as soon as Wednesday, will scupper any hope that the…

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FA’s increased drug testing to focus on Premier League players

FA’s increased drug testing to focus on Premier League players

Drug testing in football will increase to unprecedented levels this season, with the Premier League coming under the greatest scrutiny. The Football Association, in conjunction with UK Anti-Doping, conducted more than 3,250 tests on professional players last season, and there were two positive results with two further cases under review. But the game’s governing body has promised to raise that total to more than 5,000 over the coming year. Football has the highest anti-doping budget in all of UK sport and also a far higher number of athletes to test….

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Van Impe: last Belgian winner of Tour de France suffers heart attack

Van Impe: last Belgian winner of Tour de France suffers heart attack

Lucien Van Impe, the last bELGIAN winner of the Tour de France, suffered a heart attack. VTM Nieuws announced this on Monday.The former cyclist was immediately operated upon in a hospital in Alost. The same source added, Van Impe, aged 70, is out of danger but he is not yet stable. Lucien Van Impe won the Tour de France in 1976. He is the last Belgian to feature in the rankings of the major race. He scooped the mountains classification six times and landed nine stage victories. Apart from his…

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Women could cycle the Tour de France route, so why give them La Course?

Women could cycle the Tour de France route, so why give them La Course?

Anyone who watched Annemiek van Vleuten’s sickening, bone-crunching crash as she was heading for gold in the women’s road race at the Olympics last summer will have been roaring her over the line in the concluding stage of La Course on Saturday. Van Vleuten was a worthy winner, having battled back to fitness after suffering three spinal fractures and a severe concussion in Rio. Her victory means a Dutch rider has won the race in three of the last four years. The previous three editions of La Course took place…

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