The Late Lunge: Assaulting linesmen and Heskey/Del Piero showdown
A Turkish linesman loses the plot, Emile Heskey and Alessandro Del Piero face off tomorrow morning while the power is going out at Kettering Town.
By Declan Whooley
Linesman loses the plot in Turkey
Altinorduspor and Pazarspor are names that don’t exactly rattle off the tongue, but you just may become a little more familiar with them after watching this clip.
This video only surfaced on 101 Goals today, but dates back to a pre-season friendly in August between these two sides that play in the Turkish lower leagues.
As Pazasrpor (black and blue, ironically) were preparing to take a free-kick, something we imagine must have been said as the linesman took off and made a beeline for one of the Altinorduspor players, punching the player square in the face.
It sparked a melee, naturally, and is certainly one of the most bizarre incidents we have see on the field of play.
We know the Turks are a passionate bunch, but this really takes the biscuit.
You may have thought that there would be no good club action now that we are in international week, but think again. Set your alarm for 7.35 on Saturday morning as Australian soccer will witness a clash of two giants when Newcastle Jets travel to Sydney. Its’s time for Del Piero v Heskey as the cream of European strikers face off Down Under.
As we reported before, both men lost their first game for their new sides and failed to find the net, but that could all change on Saturday. The ‘Powerhouse’ Heskey is 23/10 to score at any time while the Italian is 9/2 to score first.
We’re no betting experts, but we know which one we would lump our last fiver on. Sorry Jets fans, but have a look at this.
Kettering Town powerless to cancel match
Things are not looking good for Kettering Town. Saturday’s fixture with Bideford has been cancelled, the second consecutive game they have had to postpone. BBC News tells us that the club have not been able to pay a deposit to the energy supplier and they have cut the power off. The club does not have a back-up generator.
Owner Imraan Ladak is hoping to sell the club – we can’t imagine why – to one of three potential buyers. £3,000 must be paid as part of a company voluntary agreement to avoid the club being wound up. The club had to cancel their match against Leamington on Tuesday night as they did not have enough players.
Worrying times indeed for the club.