Football: Thomas is fighting fit
Thursday 11 March 1999
Portuguese newspapers published blow-by-blow photographs of the fracas which is thought to have begun after a tackle by Thomas on the Ukrainian Sergei Kandaurov. The players scuffled until other players pulled them apart. The Benfica vice-president Jose Capristano described the spat as "a normal situation."
"It just shows that the players approach training sessions as if they were official games," he said. He added that the clash was "unpleasant".
Benfica, managed by Graeme Souness, currently lie joint second in the Portuguese First Division, one point behind Porto.
Roger Milla has criticised the state of the game in Cameroon describing the national side's recent performances as "lamentable". In the government- run Cameroon Tribune the former World Cup striker, now an assistant coach in Montpellier, France, said: "There is a need for us to bring back the soccer of the old days." He said that he would not return if approached to manage a Cameroon side. "I would prefer to stay in Montpellier, because I feel better there."
In recent years, Cameroon's Indomitable Lions have failed to find the form which took them to the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. They were eliminated in the first round of the 1994 and 1998 finals. Milla captained the 1990 team, scoring four goals, retired from the national side after the 1994 finals.
Following a series of financial problems, Cameroon football has faced trouble off the pitch. Last November football's world governing body, Fifa, dissolved the country's federation and appointed an interim executive to run the organisation for nine months.
In January, Fifa suspended the federation, excluding club and national sides from international competition. The suspension was lifted four days later when the government withdrew reservations over a previously agreed plan of action for running Cameroon football until a replacement executive is elected.
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
Sami Khedira transfer news: Arsenal can win the Premier League if they sign Khedira in January, says Perry Groves
Manchester City vs Manchester United analysis: Manuel Pellegrini has no excuse for City's lack of a Plan B, writes Danny Higginbotham
Chelsea injury list: Loic Remy lead the Blues' absent players while Diego Costa is set to return
Radamel Falcao: Manchester United ready to seal permanent transfer of striker as 'everything is complete' to extend his Old Trafford stay
- 1 Canadian actor punched in face after 'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong in wake of Ottawa shooting
- 2 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 3 Woman blinded as a child can see again after hitting her head on a coffee table
- 4 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 5 The bubble bursts for Sodastream
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£40000 - £65000 per annum + bonus + benefits + OT: Ampersand Consulting LLP: M...
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...