GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) _ Switzerland’s Vevey soccer club, responding to a public outcry, has fired sweeper Pierre-Albert Chapuisat for a vicious foul that its victim expects will idle him for much of the remaining season.
Club President Paul Rinsoz announced the unusual step Tuesday after the incident in an away game last Friday against defending champion Servette Geneva led to widespread indignation in the Swiss media.
Servette won, 4-1, but lost midfield organizer Lucien Favre, his knee smashed by the foul, shortly before halftime. He underwent a four-hour operation Saturday for torn knee ligaments, doctors said.
Chapuisat said in a statement he regretted the foul’s outcome but that it was unintended. Servette, meanwhile, announced it will take Chapuisat to court for grave bodily injury.
Chapuisat, in his 19th top-league season, became Swiss soccer’s most prominent hothead over the years, taking it up with opponents and referees as well as teammates and officials of his own club.
OSLO, Norway (AP) - The City of Oslo announced plans Wednesday for modernization of Bislett Stadium here, but said the stadium’s fast six-lane running track will not be extended to eight lanes.
Ida Fossum Toennessen, the managing director of municipal parks and sports arenas, said at a press conference that private business interests will be invited to participate in the modernization program.
She said the first stage calls for construction of a new office building and a new 5,000-seat covered grandstand.
TOKYO (AP) - The Nankai Hawks trounced the Kintetsu Buffaloes 25-4 Wednesday, breaking the Pacific League record of 23 runs in one Japanese League baseball game.
Americans Jeff Doyle and Chris Nyman each contributed a three-run home run to the barrage against five pitchers. The old record dates back to 1950.
The Lotte Orions beat the Seibu Lions 7-4 as Hiromitsu Ochiai smashed three home runs in three consecutive at bats for Lotte and teammate Leron Lee, a former major leaguer, hit a two-run homer. Ochiai now has 40 home runs and Lee has 20.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The father of Ohio State football Coach Earle Bruce died Tuesday night in Beckley, W. Va.
Services for the Earle Bruce Sr., 81, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Cumberland, Md., OSU’s sports information office said.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
After attending the funeral, the Ohio State coach said he will fly Friday night to Colorado to rejoin his team, which plays the University of Colorado Saturday afternoon.