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September 8, 2010

Scottish FA apologise after fans boo Liechtenstein national anthem

Scottish FA apologise after fans boo Liechtenstein national anthem

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The Scottish Football Association has apologised after fans booed the Liechtenstein national team during their national anthem at last night’s Euro 2012 qualifier. A section of the Scottish fans started to jeer the anthem due to its similarity to God Save the Queen.

Acting chief executive George Peat said in a statement that “I was embarrassed and extremely disappointed by the disgraceful behaviour of some of our supporters during the Liechtenstein national anthem at Hampden Park last night”. He added “I apologise unreservedly to our visitors for the crass reaction to their anthem.”

Scotland defeated Liechtenstein 2-1 to win them three points. Mario Frick scored first for Liechtenstein just after the start of the second half, but Kenny Miller later scored off the bar to equalise the game. In the final minutes of extra time Stephen McManus scored with a header to put Scotland to the top of Group I.



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December 29, 2007

Scottish footballer Phil O\’Donnell collapses during game and dies

Scottish footballer Phil O’Donnell collapses during game and dies

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Scottish football player Phil O’Donnell has died today after collapsing during a game in which his team Motherwell F.C., of which he was captain, were playing Dundee United in a Scottish Premier League match.

O’Donnell collapsed as his substitution for Marc Fitzpatrick was being arranged. He received treatment for around five minutes before being stretchered off and transferred to a waiting ambulance. David Clarkson, O’Donnell’s nephew, was also playing at the time and had scored twice but was taken off due to being visibly distressed by O’Donnel’s collapse.

Medics from both teams believed he had suffered a seizure. Attempts were made in the ambulance to revive him, but these failed and he was pronounced dead at 17:18 GMT, having been taken to Wishaw General Hospital.

Born on March 25, 1972 O’Donnell made his debut for Motherwell in 1990, and scored the following year in the final of the Scottish Cup, which Motherwell defeated Dundee United 4-3 in. In 1993 he earned his only international cap for Scotland as a substitute in a World Cup qualification match against Switzerland.

The following year he was bought by Celtic for £1.75 million ($3.5 million). He stayed with them for five years, after which he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday. A high number of injuries caused Sheffield Wednesday to release him after four years, and the next year, 2004, then Motherwell manager Terry Butcher awarded him an 18-month contract. In 2006 he was appointed captain, and in April the following year, upon the expiration of his original contract, signed a new one as a player-coach.

Motherwell chairman Bill Dickie said “Unfortunately I can confirm very, very sad news that Phil O’Donnell has lost his life. We don’t know what it was, but there will be a post-mortem. This is a tragic happening and that’s all I can say.”

Motherwell owner John Boyle told the press “Everyone at Motherwell is shocked to the core, and we are sure that everyone involved in Scottish football will feel the same. Phil was not only an inspirational player for Motherwell and club captain, but was an inspirational person. All of us at Motherwell are thinking of his wife Eileen and their four children.”

Mark McGhee, manager of the team, said “I don’t want to say anything more than how devastated everyone at the club is for his wife and his young children. That’s what we are all feeling tonight, nothing else matters. Obviously from the club’s point of view, we’ll gather round to give his family as much support as they need.”

In a press conference given at the hospital, Motherwell chief executive Ian Stillie said “The management, directors, players and fans are all stunned and having great difficulty in comprehending what has happened over the last few hours. At this stage we do not have all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Phil O’Donnell. We have been in contact with Phil’s wife Eileen and his family and they have given us their blessing to speak to the media tonight. Phil collapsed during the second half of the game today. He was standing alone at the time. He was immediately attended to by Motherwell’s club doctor and assisted by Dundee United’s club doctor. He was transferred almost immediately to an awaiting ambulance and taken to Wishaw General. It is believed Phil suffered some form of seizure and was pronounced dead at 1718.”

Gordon Smith, Scottish Football Association chief executive, told reporters “This is absolutely devastating news. Phil was not just a wonderful footballer, he was a great human being. My thoughts are with his family at this tragic time.” Meanwhile, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said “When the news came through, everyone at the club was obviously shocked. Our thoughts are with his family to whom we offer extreme condolences for a tragic loss of a young life. Everyone at Celtic Park will mourn him.”



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October 17, 2007

Euro 2008 Qualification: Georgia vs. Scotland

Euro 2008 Qualification: Georgia vs. Scotland

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

October 17, 2007
21:00 (UTC+3)
Georgia 2 – 0 Scotland Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi
Attendance: 55,500
Referee: Knut Kircher
Levan Mchedlidze Scored after 16 minutes 16′
Jaba Kankava Booked after 61 minutes 61′
David Siradze Scored after 64 minutes 64′
Levan Kenia Substituted off after 79 minutes 79′
Ilia Kandelaki Substituted on after 79 minutes 79′
Levan Mchedlidze Substituted off after 85 minutes 85′
Alexandre Kvakhadze Substituted on after 85 minutes 85′
David Siradze Substituted off after 89 minutes 89′
Lasha Jakobia Substituted on after 89 minutes 89′
Malkhaz Asatiani Booked after 90+5 minutes 90+5′
Match Report Booked after 61 minutes 61′ Stephen McManus
Substituted off after 66 minutes 66′ Kenny Miller
Substituted on after 66 minutes 66′ Craig Beattie
Substituted off after 66 minutes 66′ Stephen Pearson
Substituted on after 66 minutes 66′ Kris Boyd
Booked after 72 minutes 72′ Craig Beattie

Scotland were defeated 2-0 by Georgia in Group B of UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying.

Seventeen-year-old Levan Mchedlidze, in his second match for Georgia, gave the home side the lead after 16 minutes with a header. Scotland could not convert any of their opportunities, and Georgia sealed the victory in the 64th minute with a goal from David Siradze.

Georgia are already eliminated from qualification and lie sixth in Group B. Scotland are second in the group, behind France and one point ahead of world champions Italy. However Italy have a game in hand over Scotland, who may need to beat Italy in their final match to qualify.



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October 13, 2007

Euro 2008 Qualification: Scotland vs. Ukraine

Euro 2008 Qualification: Scotland vs. Ukraine

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

October 13, 2007
15:00 (UTC)
Scotland 3–1 Ukraine Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 51,366
Referee: Peter Vink
Miller Scored after 4 minutes 4′ (3)
McCulloch Scored after 10 minutes 10′ (1)
McCulloch Booked after 45'+4 minutes 45’+4′
Ferguson Booked after 45'+4 minutes 45’+4′
McCulloch Substituted off after 60 minutes 60′
Dailly Substituted on after 60 minutes 60′
McFadden Scored after 68 minutes 68′ (4)
Miller Booked after 72 minutes 72′
Brown Substituted off after 76 minutes 76′
Maloney Substituted on after 76 minutes 76′
McFadden Substituted off after 80 minutes 80′
O’Connor Substituted on after 80 minutes 80′
O’Connor Booked after 89 minutes 89′
Match Report Booked after 3 minutes 3′ Nesmachniy
Booked after 15 minutes 15′ Shevchenko
Scored after 24 minutes 24′ (4) Shevchenko
Booked after 37 minutes 37′ Vorobey
Substituted off after 46 minutes 46′ Gusev
Substituted on after 46 minutes 46′ Rotan
Substituted off after 64 minutes 64′ Vorobey
Substituted on after 64 minutes 64′ Nazarenko
Booked after 70 minutes 70′ Rotan
Substituted off after 73 minutes 73′ Tymoschuk
Substituted on after 73 minutes 73′ Shelayev

Scotland took a step closer to qualifying for Euro 2008 as a 3-1 win against Ukraine kept them top of Group B in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying. The loss for Ukraine takes their tragic number down to 5 and could be officially be eliminated by the end of play at the end of the day.

Scotland took a 2-goal lead in the 1st 10 minutes of the match with goals from Kenny Miller and Lee McCulloch. Ukraine made things interesting when they pulled a goal back when Andriy Shevchenko scored off of Andriy Nesmachniy’s left-wing cross in the 24th minute. James McFadden secured the win in the 68th minute.

Starting lineups and statistics

Starting lineups
Scotland Ukraine
# Player Club Team # Player Club Team
1 Craig Gordon Sunderland 1 Olexandr Shovkovskiy Dynamo Kyiv
2 Alan Hutton Rangers 2 Andriy Nesmachniy Dynamo Kyiv
3 Gary Naysmith Sheffield United 3 Oleksandr Kucher Shakhtar Donetsk
4 Stephen McManus Celtic 4 Anatoliy Tymoschuk Zenit Saint Petersburg
5 David Weir Rangers 5 Volodymyr Yezerskiy Shakhtar Donetsk
6 Barry Ferguson Rangers 7 Andriy Shevchenko Chelsea
7 Stephen Pearson Derby County 9 Oleh Husyev Dynamo Kyiv
8 Lee McCulloch Rangers 10 Andriy Voronin Liverpool
9 Kenny Miller Derby County 16 Andriy Vorobey Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
10 Scott Brown Celtic 21 Olexandr Gladkiy Shakhtar Donetsk
11 James McFadden Everton 30 Dmytro Chygrynskiy Shakhtar Donetsk
Statistics
Statistic Scotland Ukraine
Total Shots: 7 13
Shots on Goal: 6 4
Fouls: 18 19
Offsides: 0 1
Corner Kicks: 2 1

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October 7, 2006

Top ranked France to play Scotland this afternoon in football

Top ranked France to play Scotland this afternoon in football

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Saturday, October 7, 2006

One month ago, the French soccer team took its revenge over Italy (World cup title holders) but the gap to stay number one remains slim.

Most of this margin is only due to the victory over Brazil in Mondial quarter finals but any further loss (not expected against Faroë Islands next Wednesday) is enough not to stay in the leading chair.

Both teams are likely to be hoping for a draw as the worst result, which would leave the situation as:

  • Scotland top of the round-robin group;
  • France World #1.



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  • “Italy and France draw 1-1; Italy wins FIFA World Cup on penalties” — Wikinews, July 9, 2006

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