Coleman haunted by Serbia defeat CARDIFF:
Wales manager Chris Coleman is still rankled by the 2012 memory of their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Serbia as his team prepare to clash with the same opponents in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales have five points in Group D and trail both Serbia and Ireland, who have seven points each after three matches. “It still haunts me, to be honest,” Coleman told reporters. “There’s nothing worse than when you feel like you’ve let your country down-and I did that in a big way... I was hanging on to my job. “We had a room upstairs (in the dressing room) with no lights. I remember sitting in there with Kit Symons and Osian Roberts (his assistants) and I didn’t want to come out and talk. It was the worst I’ve ever felt, the absolute worst.” Wales have never beaten Serbia, and Coleman, who will be without defenders Ben Davies and James Collins, warned that his team would have to be on their game to get win. “Serbia are very aggressive offensively, they take chances,” he added.
Araujo sentenced for refusing breathalyser MADRID:
Spanish court yesterday sentenced Las Palmas striker Sergio Araujo to nine months in prison for failing to cooperate with police who asked him to take a breathalyser test. The 24-year-old Argentine player is unlikely to go to prison because in Spain it is customary that offenders of non-violent crimes with a sentence of under two years do not serve time in jail. Araujo admitted he was guilty of the driving offence during his trial, according to the ruling by the court in Las Palmas on Spain’s Canary Islands. The player was defiant when he refused to take the breathalyser on September 26, telling the two police officers who stopped him that the president of Las Palmas “will fix everything”, according to the court. Araujo’s lawyer, Lino Chaparro, said he would study the court ruling. He had said in the past that he would appeal the ruling if Araujo was sentenced. The Buenos Aires native was on loan at Las Palmas from Boca Juniors in the 2014-15 season, helping the club gain promotion to La Liga.
Barcelona appeal Messi yellow card BARCELONA:
Barcelona have announced they will appeal the yellow card given to Lionel Messi during the team’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday. The Argentinian forward was booked during the second half of the La Liga game for time wasting as he attempted to put his boot back on after it had come off following a challenge from Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi. A statement from Barcelona read: “The club have presented an appeal against the yellow card that Leo Messi received on Sunday n the match against Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan, which Barca won 2-1 thanks to a goal from the Argentine.” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique explained after the game that Messi’s laces were broken due to N’Zonzi’s foul and that is why the player could not put the boot back on immediately. Barca striker Neymar was also booked on Sunday and is one card away from a ban. Uruguay forward Luis Suarez will miss the team’s home game against Malaga on Nov. 19 after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign during the encounter at Sevilla, resulting in an automatic onegame suspension.
BURTON-ON-TRENT: England’s defender Michael Keane (L) watches as England’s midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) vies with England’s striker Daniel Sturridge during a team training session at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Monday, ahead of their group F World Cup qualifying football match against Scotland on November 11. — AFP