France opens probe into figure skating underage sex abuse claims

first_img Promoted ContentThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… The probe, hailed as a “strong signal” by French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and in which “the words of the victims must be heard”, will focus on allegations made by skater Sarah Abitbol last week in her autobiography that she was raped by coach Gilles Beyer between the ages of 15 and 17. “He (Beyer) started to do horrible things leading to sexual abuse and I was raped at 15,” said Abitbol, now 44, in a video interview with L’Obs last week. The inquiry will also “attempt to identify all the other victims who suffered… offences of the same nature”, Paris-based prosecutor Remy Heitz said in a statement. On the day that Abitbol’s revelations emerged, sports daily L’Equipe published an investigation in which three other skaters accused Beyer and two other coaches, Jean-Roland Racle and Michel Lotz, of abuse and rape when they were minors. Further allegations of underage sexual abuse emerged from former swimmers and tennis players. On Friday, 62-year-old Beyer admitted to having had “intimate” and “inappropriate” relations, telling AFP he was “sincerely sorry” and apologising. “I acknowledge having had intimate relationships with her,” Beyer said in a statement. “If my memories of the exact circumstances differ from hers, I am aware that, given my duties and her age at the time, these relationships were inappropriate.” Racle has denied the accusations while Lotz has not commented. Abitbol’s claims, which came on the heels of French tennis coach Andrew Geddes being jailed for 18 years for raping four underage players, gathered further pace on Monday when sports minister Maracineanu told Didier Gailhaguet to quit as president of France’s ice skating federation. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu has called on Didier Gailhaguet (right) to step down as ice skating federation president in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse of minors within the sport “The weight of facts and their continuation over time illustrate that a general dysfunction exists within the federation,” she said. “Didier Gailhaguet cannot absolve himself of his moral and personal responsibility, so I have asked him to assume all his responsibilities and resign.” Maracineanu, a former swimming world champion, does not have the power to sack Gailhaguet but intimated that the federation would face state sanctions if he remains. Gailhaguet is due to hold a press conference on Wednesday. Gailhaguet admitted to “mistakes”, but defended his record on this matter. “She did not listen to me and she certainly didn’t hear me,” said the 66-year-old who has been the most influential man in French ice skating since he first became president in 1998, some years after the alleged offences. Gailhaguet has been president ever since apart from a three-year hiatus between 2004 and 2007 which followed a judging scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He was suspended by the International Skating Union for three years from 2002 and duly gave up, temporarily, the presidency of the French federation. Gailhaguet’s accession to the presidency in 1998 opened the door for Beyer to take charge of the French national team. At the start of the 2000s, another skater made a complaint against Beyer which was followed up at administrative level but not by the judiciary. The investigation led the sports ministry to remove him from his technical role at the federation, but he remained a coach at club level and held an executive position at the federation until 2018. Gailhaguet on Monday attempted to deflect blame for Beyer’s return to the federation following that inquiry, turning it instead on former sports minister Marie-George Buffet, who he was careful not to name. read also:Red Hot Osimhen fires Lille into Coupe de France next round “She removed him from us and she returned him,” he said. Buffet dismissed Gailhaguet’s accusation as “some fog to escape the depth of the case”. French prosecutors said Tuesday they had opened an investigation into claims of rape and sexual abuse of minors in figure skating following claims made by a former world championship medallist.last_img read more

Cavani scores brace as PSG win League Cup

first_imgParis Saint-Germain won the French Coupe de la Ligue by beating Lyon 2-1 in the final at the Stade de France to secure the first leg of a likely domestic double.Edinson Cavani was the match-winner for Laurent Blanc’s side, scoring a first-half brace, one of which came from the penalty spot, and while Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back in the second half, PSG proved too strong for a Lyon side who had beaten them in the French Ligue 1 just six days earlier.The cup represents the second trophy won by the club from the French capital since their takeover by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 and subsequent transformation into one of the wealthiest clubs in Europe, following their title triumph last season.And their Coupe de la Ligue victory — their fourth in the 20-year history of the competition — could be followed by another Ligue 1 crown as early as next Wednesday, although they must hope nearest rivals Monaco lose on Sunday to secure the title.PSG recently dropped out of the UEFA Champions League to Chelsea and their 1-0 loss in Lyon last weekend had heaped pressure on Blanc. Two consecutive games without scoring a goal since the loss of 40-goal leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury had also increased the pressure on misfiring record signing Cavani, but the Uruguayan produced a superb first-half display in which he scored twice and could have had two more goals.The opener arrived with exactly three minutes played, Maxwell playing a one-two with Ezequiel Lavezzi and dinking the ball over advancing Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes for Cavani to poke home from close range. Lyon, back at the Stade de France for the first time since winning the Cup two years ago, might have equalised moments later, but Bafetimbi Gomis hit the side-netting after good work from his strike partner Lacazette.Gomis then headed an Arnold Mvuemba corner straight at Nicolas Douchez, who was preferred in goal to regular PSG first-choice ‘keeper Salvatore Sirigu, just as he had been in the earlier rounds of the competition.However, Paris were on top and Cavani was unlucky not to score with a superb first-time volley from 25 yards that was saved by Lopes flying to his right.Brazilian defender Alex then had the ball in the net following a Lavezzi free-kick only for the offside flag to cut short the PSG celebrations, but they increased their lead from the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark.Lucas received a long ball forward from Thiago Silva in front of Lopes only to go down under contact from the Portuguese goalkeeper and the referee awarded a penalty. Lopes could do nothing to keep out Cavani’s emphatically struck kick from 12 yards.  It was the former Napoli striker’s 24th goal for the club since arriving in France last summer and he then squandered a good opportunity to complete his hat-trick when he blazed over after a piercing run by Lucas.Lyon looked down and out at half-time but their coach Remi Garde made a tactical switch eight minutes after the restart, replacing right-back Mouhamadou Dabo with another forward in Jimmy Briand. Lacazette was moved across to the left and three minutes later he collected possession on the flank and cut inside before beating Douchez with a low shot from 20 yards into the bottom left-hand corner.However, an effort from substitute Nabil Fekir that hit the side-netting was as close as OL came to equalising.last_img read more

Dave Roberts benches Cody Bellinger for lack of hustle in another loss to San Francisco

first_imgPreviousSan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, right, lowers his head after giving up a three-run home run to San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, center, follows through on his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria (10) is met at the plate after driving in Buster Posey, right, and Brandon Belt, left, with a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, left, rounds the bases after his three-run home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, right, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Evan Longoria, right, smiles in front of teammate Buster Posey after Longoria’s three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach throws to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 11San Francisco Giants’ Brandon Belt drives in a run with a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 29, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandSAN FRANCISCO – As the Dodgers have meandered through the first month of the season, losing more often than winning, Dave Roberts referred to the fact that his team was “playing hard” often enough that it felt like it would be accompanied by orange slices and juice boxes.That ended Sunday, midway through another indolent loss – 4-2 to the San Francisco Giants.Roberts benched one of his best players – and it wasn’t Yasiel Puig this time. He went on the DL Sunday. Instead, Roberts yanked Cody Bellinger after five innings, citing a lack of hustle from last year’s Rookie of the Year.“I felt there wasn’t hustle on the play — the ball that he hit 421 feet into right-center field and he cruised into second base,” Roberts said, referring to Bellinger’s leadoff double into an area of right-center field called ‘Triples Alley.’ “I got in the dugout and he said I was out of the game,” Bellinger said. “I didn’t know any reason. Just put on my jacket, went up to the railing and watched the game.”Bellinger was doubled off second on a line drive to shortstop Brandon Crawford after his double and seemed uncertain which play got him pulled from the game. “Who knows? I don’t know. I’m not inside his mind,” he said.Bellinger explained his decision to stop at second on his drive into the gap as caution with the Dodgers trailing 4-0 at the time.“I’ve always played the game hard,” he said. “I kind of took a big swing on the curveball, ended up on my knee. We’re down four runs. I’m not trying to make an out on the bases, going to third. He saw what he saw. It’s all good.“I’m never going to dog that. Obviously it’s ‘Triples Alley.’ That’s what they call it. We’re down four. … That was my reasoning. … It was his decision. I can’t say anything against it.”Bellinger offered that Roberts might be using his young star “to prove a point” to a team that looks very much like its heads are in October – either last year’s disappointment there or in anticipation of getting another chance this fall.“Yeah, it could have been,” Bellinger said. “Like I said, I’m always hustling to beat out ground balls. I feel like I’m always hustling. I don’t know – it just kind of didn’t make sense to me. But I get it as well. He’s trying to prove a point. Being the young guy I got to hustle.”There was little energy left in Sunday’s game as the Dodgers and Giants finished playing 36 innings in just about 45 hours this weekend. The Dodgers lost three of the four games. Their only win in this series came in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader when they pounded out season-highs in runs (15) and hits (20). But they finished the series with only three runs on 10 hits over the final 17 innings of the series, ending another lost weekend in San Francisco with a Blach-out.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Giants starter Ty Blach continued to cast a spell over Dodgers hitters. In 10 career games against the Dodgers, he is 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA. Against every other MLB team, he is 7-13 with a 5.14 ERA.The Dodgers managed just three baserunners against Blach as he held them scoreless over the first five innings – a two-out walk in the first inning and, ironically, two hits by Bellinger.Meanwhile, all four of the Giants runs scored in innings that started with Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda retiring the first two batters. In the first, he gave up a two-out double to Buster Posey, filled the open base by walking Brandon Belt then gave up a three-run home run to Evan Longoria. In the third inning, Maeda walked Posey with two outs and Belt drove him in with an RBI double.“Kenta just didn’t have fastball command, for me,” Roberts said. “To go six innings and give up four runs, I think was OK. But early on the three-run homer to Longoria was the difference in the game. He left a slider middle and that was the difference.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “For me, I just feel he’s too talented of a player. For a team that’s competing every day and grinding it and you’ve got a right fielder out there who had chills the day prior, throwing up, and he’s diving around out there.”Roberts was referring to Kiké Hernandez who was unavailable for Saturday’s doubleheader due to illness but started Sunday and made two diving catches in right field.“He plays every day and there’s certain expectations for the way we have to play the game,” Roberts said of Bellinger. “When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there that will. It’s pretty simple.”Roberts said he had spoken with Bellinger about the issue before. Bellinger acknowledged that it came after a fly ball he thought was going foul actually dropped in during a game “two or three weeks ago.”The two apparently did not speak much on Sunday.last_img read more