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27Dec/19

HARPS FANS HIT OUT AT ‘THUG’ DERRY CITY SUPPORTERS OVER ATTACKS AT FINN PARK

first_imgFinn HarpsFINN HARPS fans have blasted what they have called a small number of Derry City ‘supporters’ over vandalism at Finn Park during Friday’s 2-1 win for the Donegal side.The ’54 Crew’ group of Harps fans issued a statement in which they said they believed those responsible were not ‘real’ City fans.“A number of flags as part of our display on the river end (a restricted area), were torn, stolen and pissed on by a group of thugs we wouldn’t even class as Derry City FC supporters,” they said. They said the flag ‘Super Harps’ was “stolen by a group of scumbags who smartly posted apicture of themselves online holding it”.The statement went on: “The flag ‘FHFC The Religion’ which has toured around different LOI grounds for 11 years, in the care of ourselves for the last year has thankfully been located, and the yellow crowd cover with the jersey on the front has sadly been destroyed by people tramping it into the ground when leaving as well as a number of thugs who tore it purposely.“A number of other flags have also gone missing or have been destroyed by these same people, an estimated €1,000 euro of damage has been caused, potentially much more if some flags cannot be repaired, who have also caused both their own club and Finn Harps to suffer potential big money fines from the FAI for their actions during thegame by throwing dangerous pyro onto the field during play.“We would like to publicly condemn the actions of these so-called Derry supporters, and appeal for anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the missing flags, or any information to the identities of those responsible for these despicable actions, so we can rightly bring a small bit of justice to this situation. “The League of Ireland family, right throughout all 20 league clubs, is a close-knit community who help each other out at times of need. We know these people are not honest Derry City supporters, and nothing more than low-life scum who have nothing better to do than cause problems wherever they go.“We as a group pride ourselves on our good behaviour, good reputation and good relationships with each club across the country and are devastated to have to count the costs of damage after a night that saw nearly 5,000 people witness the joy ofLeague of Ireland football in action.”  HARPS FANS HIT OUT AT ‘THUG’ DERRY CITY SUPPORTERS OVER ATTACKS AT FINN PARK was last modified: March 8th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derry cityfinn harpsFinn ParkFLAGSlast_img read more

17Nov/19

I am getting scared of people’s expectations: Swapna

first_imgKolkata, Oct 5 (PTI) Winning the first ever Asian Games heptathlon gold medal changed her life as she became a star but Swapna Barman Friday said she sometimes get nervous and scared of the people’s high expectations. An unknown face before the Asian Games, the Jalpaiguri heptathlete became a star overnight after she battled toothache and back pain to become the first Indian to win a heptathlon gold in Jakarta in August. “Life has changed but I have not changed. People’s approach has changed. I sometimes feel I am dreaming or sleeping,” Swapna said at the India Today’s East Conclave 2018 here. “I am scared now. Earlier my parents and coach wanted me to win, to do well. Now, all my countrymen want me to win an Olympic medal. That expectation makes me nervous … thinking what if I can’t deliver,” she said. Swapna achieved a career-best aggregate of 6026 points but for her to be on the Olympics podium she has to raise the bar to 6700-plus. That will certainly be a tough job. The qualifying mark for Rio 2016 was 6200 points. Her coach Subhas Sarkar had pointed this out and said retaining her Asian Games gold medal in 2022 is a more realistic target than eyeing a podium finish in the 2020 Olympics. “I do get motivated that everyone is watching but it also scares me if I will be able to do well or not but my sir is there with me, he will make me practice. I will practice even more for Olympics and if I have everyone’s blessings, I will do well,” Swapna said.advertisement She returned home near Jalpaiguri after a gap of about one year and she said she was surprised to see so many people waiting for her to receive her. “When I reached home, I did not expect so many people would come to meet me. I did not even think someone would cry for me. My mother cried a lot, I had not gone home for a year,” she said. The video of her mother Basana Devi crying profusely on seeing Swapna win the gold had gone viral and she said even Prime Minister Narendra Modi was talking about it. “It went viral that even the Prime Minister mentioned it to me (at the felicitation ceremony),” she said. Swapna was talking at a session titled ‘The Golden Stars – Fast, Fierce, Fantastic’ with former India cricket captain Jhulan Goswami and Indian hockey captain Rani Rampal as they recalled their stories of endurance, perseverance and sheer hard work. “15 years ago, girls were not even allowed to step out of their homes, forget about playing sports. When I told my parents I wanted to play hockey, they were shocked. They did not know anything about sports at all,” Rani, who led the team to the Asian Games silver, said. “They were under societal pressure. It was a big challenge for me that way. Besides, I belonged to a poor family. But my coach Sardar Baldev helped me in my career with shoes and hockey sticks.” Rani said she took up the sport to help her parents build a good house so that it does not flood with rain water anymore. “My house would flood with rainwater and we used to pray for the rain to stop. All I wanted was to get my house made. Only after Olympics I could get the house made for my parents,” she recalled. Jhulan, the most successful ODI bowler in women’s cricket, recalled how she got motivated watching India-Australia match in 1997. “I thought I could represent India for one match, one over and get one wicket. I was chasing that dream and it was difficult to convince my family as they did not understand sports,” Jhulan said. “I cannot take this sport for granted. I have to do well every day otherwise many players are waiting to take my place in the side,” she said. PTI TAP PDSPDSlast_img read more