Soccer is a total madhouse


A brief scan of the soccer headlines on a Sunday …

PANAMA CITY — Police in Panama say national team player Amilcar Henriquez was shot dead while leaving his home Saturday in the country’s Colon province.

Authorities say a gunman shot the 33-year-old midfielder several times. Another two people were wounded. Henriquez died at a nearby hospital.

Henriquez was part of the Panama team that is trying to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

PARIS — Fan violence delayed the Bastia-Lyon kickoff for 55 minutes in the French league after local fans invaded the pitch and attacked opposition players.

About 15 minutes before the end of the warmup at Armand Cesari stadium, supporters from the Bastia 1905 group of fans came on the field and jostled with Lyon players. Players from both teams went back to their changing rooms before calm was restored. None of the players involved in the brawl appeared to be injured.

It was the second time this week that a Lyon game was marred by fan violence. Lyon is facing likely sanctions from UEFA after crowd disorder delayed its midweek Europa League quarterfinal against Besiktas.

BERLIN — Swiss police say fans of a rival club attacked the team bus of second-division Servette as it headed home from an away match. The team’s two drivers were injured by broken glass.

Police said the incident happened at a highway rest area on Saturday evening. The Servette players were returning home from a match at Wil. As they were about to set off, another bus containing fans of first-division Sion arrived. They attacked the Servette bus, damaging the front and side windows.

BERLIN — Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki says he’s still having trouble sleeping after the attack on his team’s bus, and couldn’t concentrate in the Champions League match a day later.

The Swiss international was sitting next to defender Marc Bartra, the only player wounded, when three explosions went off as the team headed to the venue of its quarterfinal match against Monaco on Tuesday.

Buerki told Swiss daily Der Bund: “I still have problems sleeping. … That’s the worst thing, that I can’t sleep through the night. When I wake up, I’m glad that I’m in bed at home.”

With AP



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