QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says allegations of racist abuse against his club’s players have been “swept under the carpet” by Uefa and Fifa.
Hoos says the Championship club are still awaiting a decision 10 weeks after their Under-18s side walked off the field during a game in Spain.
It is alleged that players from AD Nervion racially abused QPR players during the friendly on 8 August.
QPR say they initially reported the incident to Fifa on 15 August.
“There were a substantial number of people within the game who warned me at the time that this issue would be swept under the carpet and I am appalled to see this appears to be the case,” Hoos said in a statement.
“I am disgusted, embarrassed and dismayed to call them our governing bodies when they are incapable of governing.”
The club said that statements were submitted to Fifa on 23 August as Uefa initially said it was outside their jurisdiction.
Rangers say world governing body Fifa took seven weeks to confirm receipt of the club’s complaint before passing it back to European governing body Uefa on 9 October.
Hoos’ comments come a day after Bulgaria were ordered to play two games behind closed doors and fined 75,000 euros (£65,000) after racist chants during a European Championship qualifier in Sofia on 14 October.
“Uefa have dealt with this one issue of blatant racism but both Fifa and Uefa seem to treat complaints about racism like a complaint about a broken seat in a stadium,” Hoos added.
“I am left confused, frustrated and incredibly angry that more than 10 weeks after we lodged our complaint of racism, we are still awaiting a decision.
“Incredibly, despite the seriousness of this issue, it took seven weeks and the personal intervention of Greg Clarke – the chairman of the FA and vice-chairman of Fifa – to get a response from Fifa.”
The BBC has approached Uefa and Fifa for a response to the claims.
A killer once dubbed one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been jailed for at least 26 years.
Shane O’Brien, 31, evaded police for three-and-a-half years after he slashed Josh Hanson’s neck in Hillingdon, west London, on 11 October 2015.
He fled the UK, changed his appearance and moved around Europe before his extradition from Romania in April.
O’Brien, who jurors found guilty of murder last month, was given a life sentence at the Old Bailey.
CCTV released during the trial showed 21-year-old Mr Hanson clutching his neck and stumbling as blood poured out of a 37cm (14.5in) wound.
‘Abrupt, vicious, violent’
After the killing, jurors heard, O’Brien was seen “calmly” walking out of the bar.
He made his way to Ashford, Kent, where a contact had chartered a private four-seater plane to take him to the Netherlands.
The killer grew a beard and long hair and changed his tattoos as he travelled through countries including Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic, the court was told.
In 2017, the father-of-two was arrested over a dispute in a Prague nightclub but gave police a false name and fled while on bail.
The trial heard the 31-year-old was added to Europol and Interpol’s most wanted lists but still managed to lie low.
However, he was eventually caught by Romanian authorities after he contacted Scotland Yard to arrange a possible meeting, the jury heard.
Sentencing the father-of-two, Judge Nigel Lickley QC called it “a grotesque, violent and totally unnecessary attack on an innocent man”.
“The reason why you behaved in such a way may never be fully explained. You, however, know the reason,” he said.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Hanson’s mother Tracey described her son as being “considerate, kind and generous”.
“He was taken from us in the most horrific way possible – suddenly, abruptly, viciously and violently,” she said.
The victim’s sister, Brooke, said the 21-year-old “was not just my brother, he was my best friend”, and described his “infectious smile” and “magical presence”.
She told the court she had suffered from anxiety and post-traumatic stress since the killing and found herself always wondering if she could have protected him from the “evil” that took him away.
During the trial, O’Brien had claimed he felt threatened by Mr Hanson’s “very aggressive body language” and had only meant to scare his victim.
There were angry shouts of “coward” from the public gallery as he was led away from the dock.
Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh said O’Brien “thought he could evade justice with the help of his ‘associates’ but he was wrong”.
“It is only now, upon sentence, that it’s sinking in… that O’Brien has finally been caught and convicted and will be off the streets, away from society, for a very long time”, he said.
How a killer was caught
- O’Brien’s fingerprints are identified on a cup from the RE Bar and his image is released as part of an appeal
- A woman calls police after spotting the 31-year-old in a bar in Ashford, Kent. He is also later seen on CCTV buying new clothes in Ashford Designer Outlet
- Before officers are able to apprehend him, O’Brien boards a plane to the Netherlands
- Various sightings are reported including some which detectives believe were intended to mislead investigators
- O’Brien is arrested following a scuffle in a Prague nightclub. He gives his name as Enzo Melloncelli and flees while on bail
- However, police receive updated photos of the killer and are able to find new leads such as tracing the barber and tattoo artists who helped change his identity
- Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh receives a call from O’Brien’s “brief” who say the 31-year-old will hand himself in Budapest. The location then changes to Romania and authorities there are able to detain him
Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has been given a three-match touchline ban by the Football Association.
“I’m surprised and disappointed with the ban. I didn’t shout or swear in my discussion with the referee but it is what it is,” he told the club website.
The Addicks, who are 10th in the Championship, host Derby on Saturday.
Bowyer’s touchline ban will also encompass subsequent trips to Bristol City and West Bromwich Albion.
A drug dealer has been jailed for stabbing a police officer who tried to apprehend him in a park in Portsmouth.
PC Russell Turner, 56, suffered a collapsed lung after being stabbed twice by Michael Enzanga in February.
Enzanga, 20 was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of a knife and drugs offences following a trial in August.
He was jailed for 16 years and ordered serve at least two thirds before consideration for parole.
Prosecutor Dale Sullivan said the case was made more serious because the stabbing took place near to a nursery, and because it was against a police officer.
In an emotional statement, PC Turner told the court on Wednesday he felt anger towards Enzanga for leaving him lying in his “own blood”.
“Most of all I can never forgive him for the upset, pain and emotional trauma he caused my family,” said PC Turner.
‘Thinking all sorts’
“On the day I was stabbed my wife was at home and my sergeant knocked on the door and told her what happened.
“During that half hour car journey her mind was thinking all sorts, wondering if I was going to live.”
A father-of-two, PC Turner was not able to return to work for 10 weeks and has now left Hampshire Constabulary.
During the trial jurors heard how PC Turner was stabbed during a “full-on fight” with Enzanga while investigating reports of drug dealing in Stamshaw Park.
The plain clothes officer got out his warrant card out and identified his colleague PC Clare Parry and himself as police officers when Enzanga tried to run away and the struggle broke out.
‘Hiding under tarpaulin’
PC Parry broke down in tears as she described Enzanga as like a “caged animal fighting for his life”.
After the stabbing, Enzanga fled in the direction of a block of flats but was seen by members of the public and on CCTV carrying a knife before being Tasered by officers.
He was eventually found hiding under a tarpaulin in a back garden with the barbs from the Taser still lodged in his back.
Passing sentence, Judge Roger Hetherington told Enzanga: “You were no innocent dupe. You were already an experienced criminal who knew exactly what you were about.”
Speaking after the sentencing, Det Insp Matthew Barcraft-Barnes said: “Enzanga’s brutal actions that day could have easily caused the death of our officer.
“As young children watched on, he didn’t think twice about using his knife, all he cared about was his escape, no matter what the consequences were for anyone else.
“It is never easy to have to deal with a case when one of our colleagues is seriously injured for simply doing their job, but the team showed great professionalism and dedication to ensure this dangerous man was taken off of our streets.”
Enzanga, of Ashfield Road, Tottenham, was also convicted of four charges of possessing crack cocaine and diamorphine (heroin) with intent to supply, and a charge of possessing criminal property in the form of £1,000 in cash.
The sight of Jason Donovan in his underpants tackling a fire was certainly a surprise for one crew of firefighters.
Officers called to Notting Hill, London came across the Australian actor and singer tackling the fire with an extinguisher.
Donovan, 51, who lives across the road spotted the flames from his home.
The London Fire Service quipped, “everyone needs good neighbours”.
On social media the artist posted his views on his firefighting attire:
Watch manager Thomas Wolfe explained: “When we arrived a gentleman was tackling the fire using a fire extinguisher. We took over from him and quickly dealt with the blaze.
“It soon transpired that it was Jason Donovan who noticed the fire from his property over the road.”
Asked if the good “neighbour” would get a commendation, the watch commander quipped: “He looks good for his age.”
The fire, on 22 September, was located in the side passage next to a house and was believed to have been caused by a fault in electrical cabling.
A man stabbed to death at a London Underground station was an Arsenal fan on his way to a match.
Tashan Daniel, 20, was fatally wounded in an “unprovoked attack” on the platform at Hillingdon station on Tuesday shortly before 16:00 BST.
He had been heading to the Emirates Stadium to see the Gunners face Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
It is the third murder investigation on the Tube network this year.
A spokesman for the Premier League club said: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Arsenal fan Tashan Daniel.
“Our thoughts are with Tashan’s family and friends at this sad time.”
Mr Daniel, who had recently celebrated his birthday, was on the platform waiting for a Piccadilly Line train into central London when he was attacked by two men, British Transport Police (BTP) said.
Attempts were made to save Mr Daniel who was pronounced dead inside a Tube carriage.
Det Ch Insp Sam Blackburn said no arrests had been made, but both suspects left the station in the direction of Auriol Drive and a knife was recovered nearby.
“Tashan did not deserve to lose his life during this senseless attack,” he said.
“His family are completely broken by this news and we are doing everything we can to offer them support.”
Extra officers are going to be carrying out patrols in the Hillingdon area, Det Ch Insp Blackburn added.
Danielle Foster, who was driving past Hillingdon station at the time of the stabbing, said upon “hearing so many sirens, I knew something terrible had happened”.
“Lots of people were being turned away from the station as it had been closed,” she said, adding: “Then the police helicopter began circling the scene.”
The station was closed by Transport for London (TfL) while police searched the area.
It remained closed for the rest of Tuesday evening and reopened at 05:45 on Wednesday.
So far in 2019 more than 100 murder investigations have been launched across London by the Metropolitan Police and BTP.
The family of an engineer killed while working on a moving walkway at Waterloo station have paid tribute to “a hardworking, loving father”.
Christian Tuvi, 44, died in the early hours of Wednesday while repairing a walkway at the London Underground interchange.
Emergency services were called to the station shortly after 02:20 BST but he died at the scene.
Mr Tuvi, from Cambridgeshire, had a partner and three young children.
The engineer was also a member of the Territorial Army based at City of London Field Hospital.
Speaking on behalf of the family, solicitor Charlotte Rankin said: “The family have been left devastated by the death of Christian.
“He was a hardworking, loving father, and the last thing they expected when he went to work last Wednesday was that they would have a knock on the door from the police to tell them that he had been involved in such a horrific incident, with such tragic consequences.
“The family have welcomed calls from the mayor for a full investigation to take place, and it is their hope that any lessons learnt from what occurred are acted upon with urgency to ensure nothing like this happens again moving forward.
“They would like to express their gratitude to everyone who has demonstrated their support to date, and to those who are keeping them in their prayers at this difficult time.”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said an urgent inquiry was “vital” to ensure such an incident did not happen again.
Managing director of London Underground Vernon Everitt said transport bosses were “fully supporting the urgent investigations being carried out by the Office of Rail and Road and the British Transport Police”.
“It is absolutely vital that we understand how this happened and ensure that it never happens again,” he said.
James Maddison’s first league goal of the season helped Leicester come from behind to beat Tottenham in an absorbing encounter at the King Power Stadium.
Maddison drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.
Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.
Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the campaign had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.
Leicester thought they had opened the scoring themselves when Wilfred Ndidi scored on the rebound after Paulo Gazzaniga spilled Youri Tielemans’ effort, but the goal was ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee.
Tightest of VAR calls denies Spurs
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino accused his players of “lacking fight” after they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw with Olympiakos in the Champions League midweek.
The result mirrored their 2-2 draw with north London rivals Arsenal in their previous away league game, with Kane admitting after Wednesday’s Group B opener that Spurs had failed to learn from recent mistakes.
Pochettino made six changes to the team that started in Greece, with Hugo Lloris unavailable due to his wife giving birth and Dele Alli left out of the squad altogether. Christian Eriksen, Lucas Moura and Eric Dier all had to settle for places on the bench.
Perhaps as a result, the visitors looked disjointed in the early stages and were fortunate not to fall behind when Ndidi’s effort was chalked off.
There was nothing fortunate about Kane’s opener 13 minutes later, however.
The England striker managed to latch on to Son’s back-heel and despite losing his balance under Soyuncu’s challenge, he somehow managed to knock the ball past Jonny Evans before lifting it over Schmeichel into the far corner.
Spurs thought they had doubled their lead when Aurier drilled a powerful drive into the far corner, but Son was adjudged to have been marginally offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off.
Buoyed by that narrow decision, Leicester threw bodies forward and restored parity through Pereira, before Maddison struck with five minutes remaining to extend Spurs’ winless league run away from home to nine games.
Leicester prove top-six credentials
After watching the Foxes slip to their first defeat of the campaign at Old Trafford last weekend, Leicester fans were hopeful that their team could continue their impressive home form against a Spurs side who have looked vulnerable on their travels of late.
They had lost their last three meetings with Tottenham in the Premier League prior to today’s game, but this latest performance provided further compelling evidence that Rodgers’ team can mount a serious challenge for a top-six finish this season.
Maddison was heavily involved early on, the 22-year-old curling an effort narrowly off target from the edge of the box before firing straight at Gazzaniga from a tight angle after twisting and turning to find room for the shot.
Rodgers’ side did not let their heads drop after falling behind, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both going close to equalising before Pereira’s strike midway through the second half.
Just as the game appeared destined to end in a draw, Maddison collected Hamza Choudhury’s pass before firing low into the bottom corner from a central position – all in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate.
The result was no less than Maddison and his team-mates deserve and lifts the Foxes – temporarily at least – to second in the Premier League.
Man of the match – James Maddison (Leicester)
VAR takes centre stage – the stats
- There were two goals disallowed by VAR in this match, while no other game in the Premier League in 2019-20 has had more than one chalked off.
- Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008.
- Leicester have suffered just one defeat in their last nine Premier League home games (W6 D2), after losing four in a row directly before that.
- Tottenham are without a win in their last nine away games in the Premier League (W0 D2 L7) – they last had a longer winless away run between April and December 2006 (10).
- Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira scored his third goal in 41 Premier League appearances – all three have come at the King Power Stadium.
- Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in 13 games in all competitions against Leicester, four more than he has versus any other side in his professional career.
- Since the start of last season, Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period.
- Leicester’s James Maddison ended a run of 31 shots in the Premier League without a goal, since netting versus Huddersfield in April.
- Spurs’ Son Heung-min has been directly involved in seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances versus Leicester (4 goals, 3 assists).
‘A wonderful performance’ – what the managers said
Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers on BBC Sport: “It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.
“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”
“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on BBC Sport: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that’s football. It can change quickly. We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.
“I’m always saying that sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes it goes against you. You can’t complain afterwards. You have to accept it.
“Today, we were the better side but I hope they (Leicester) have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”
Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September (19:45 BST), while Spurs visit Colchester United at the same time.
A “loner” university student has been jailed for making a gun using a 3D printer.
Tendai Muswere, 26, from Pimlico, London, was jailed for three years by Southwark Crown Court for manufacturing the firearm.
Police found the weapon during a drugs raid at the media student’s home in October 2017.
They found parts of a 3D printed gun for which he did not have a firearms licence, as well as cannabis.
Muswere told officers they were props for a sci-fi film he was making for a university project, adding he had found the ammunition rounds in a park.
His lawyer described Muswere as a “loner” with anxiety issues who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had regularly smoked cannabis.
Police had searched Muswere’s home address on the Lillington Gardens Estate on two occasions.
They found two 3D printers that were in the process of printing a barrel of a revolver and numerous components for making Washbear and Reprringer firearms.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said during a second raid Muswere threw an incomplete and melted 3D printed cylinder for a Reprringer pepper-box handgun out of the kitchen window as police arrived at the house.
Firearm experts found the only parts missing from many of his 3-D firearms were the steel tubing needed to make them usable.
Claire Holder, from the CPS, said Muswere had claimed the firearms were incapable of firing deadly shots.
“However, he was using 3D designs found on the internet which were specifically for the making of live firearms.
“We believe it showed that he was trying to perfect a workable firearm.”
Muswere previously pleaded guilty to two counts of manufacturing a prohibited firearm and two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm.
A shopkeeper whose killing was captured on his own CCTV was stabbed as part of a “one-man crimewave”, a court heard.
Ravi Katharkamar, 54, died at Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner, north-west London, after cameras caught his masked assailant holding a knife to his throat, the Old Bailey was told.
The masked figure was later seen leaving with the shop’s till and getting into a stolen Vauxhall Astra.
Alex Gunn, 31, of Pinner, denies Mr Katharkamar’s murder, on 24 March.
Jurors were shown five CCTV video clips of the attack.
Mr Katharkamar can be seen grappling with his attacker around the shop before he was stabbed in the chest and collapsed close to the entrance.
He was declared dead at the scene at 06:45 GMT, just 45 minutes after opening, after being discovered by a jogger.
Prosecutor William Jones told the court Mr Gunn was “sufficiently savvy” to cover himself with a balaclava and gloves, but told jurors his build, movements and other CCTV footage helped prove he was the killer.
Mr Jones pointed towards the defendant and said: “We are concerned in this case with what might be called a one-man crimewave, that one man being that man.”
The court was told the killing was allegedly part of a series of crimes committed to fund Gunn’s drug habit, and involved four other burglaries and three thefts.
“Ultimately, to get away with the till, the defendant stabbed and killed that shopkeeper,” Mr Jones added
The court said Mr Gunn, of Pinner Grove, visited the store twice in the stolen Astra before the fatal robbery.
Jurors were told Mr Katharkamar suffered two knife wounds, one of which fractured a rib and punctured his lung and heart.
Mr Gunn also denies charges of robbery, four burglaries, three thefts (the Vauxhall Astra and two sets of number plates), plus two counts of possession of a bladed article.
The trial continues.