Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano made waves recently when he pounced onto a ball intended as a gesture of fair play and scored against an unsuspecting FC Nordsjaelland. He claimed innocence, insisting he was oblivious to what was going on when he showed the worst example of sportsmanship in recent memory.
UEFA wasn’t buying Adriano’s explanation, choosing to ban the Brazilian striker for one match for the act for ‘violating the principles of conduct’.
The suspension means Adriano will miss Shakhtar’s remaining Champions League group match against Juventus. Shakhtar has already secured passage to the knockout round.
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HIDDINK TO RETIRE AT END OF RUSSIAN SEASON
Long-time manager Guus Hiddink is ready to retire from coaching at the end of the Russian League season.
The Anzhi manager will put an end to a stories 30-year coaching career that has seen him enjoy success with national teams as well as on the club level.
“It was not my intention to stay very long when I joined this club,” Hiddink told Dutch publication De Telegraaf. ”I’m basically going to stop at the end of the season. At 66 years old I think I’ve nearly had enough.”
Hiddink has coached clubs such as PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid and Chelsea, and has taken three different national teams (Netherlands, South Korea and Australia) to the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
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What do you think of these developments? Think a one-game suspension is fair punishment for what Adriano did? Sad to see Hiddink retiring, or do you think he’ll wind up coaching in the 2014 World Cup?
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