The story of Danish footballer Jonathan Richter has taken a turn for the worse with the news that his lower leg was amputated after being struck by lightning during a friendly six weeks ago.
The strike that hit the FC Nordsjaelland player was so powerful that it knocked five or six other players to the ground. Medics managed to restart his heart but decided to place him into a medically induced coma to aid his recovery. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as doctors, along with Richter, decided the damage to his leg was too severe to save it.
A message on the club’s website yesterday read: “Jonathan’s progress means a lot to the Richter family, friends and all involved with FC Nordsjaelland, but the family now request that all continue to respect the peace that Jonathan needs in the future as he faces tough rehabilitation.”
There isn’t any footage of the Richter strike but check this footage from a match in South Africa.
Keep in mind the lightning hit the wet ground as opposed to a person. According to police, Richter suffered a direct hit to the head or chest. We’re surprised that the lightning didn’t give him superpowers like Black Lightning. Losing a lower leg is a small price to pay for the ability to give a Super Shocker to the ladies. Wait until they get a taste of his Reverse Shocker.
We got more soccer news than you can shake a stick at so youse get another wrap-up. Oh happy day.
Bring Me The Head Of Gérard Depardieu
It never gets old. What’s that you ask? France losing. That’s money. France losing to Scotland twice. Priceless.
Scotland should demand the head of Nicholas Sarkozy, Bernard-Henri Lévy or Gérard Depardieu. At the least they should be awarded part of Alsace-Lorraine or at least a city like Toulouse or Nice. Imagine Nice being overrun by a bunch of pale, drunken Scots with beer gunts wanting to deep fry everything in sight. Let’s see Puffy try to keep them out of his White Party or off his rental yacht.
Video courtesy of RD
I See Rome, I see France, I see some Danes in….Goddamn Look At Them Titties!
Those Chinese will sure go to any end to make a buck or win. Whether it’s counterfeiting goods, leadin’ up your toys or stealing plays, they’ll make sure they win at any cost. Just ask the Danes.
The Danish World Cup women’s team have asked FIFA to investigate after some Chinese men were discovered filming a strategy session behind a mirror at their hotel in China. Men were also found to be taping a closed practice session two days later. Their first match was against China but I’m sure this is a coincidence. One big misunderstanding if you will.
There’s been no word on whether Bill Belichick lent his spying services to the Chinese. I’m guessing yes because they were so easy to find.
Oh yeah China won 3-2. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Second-rate Fight in First Class
Northern Ireland! You’ve just lost to Iceland and Latvia in little over a week. What are you going to do now? Turn on each other and fight on a plane? Well played.
The winger rained punches on left back McCartney in front of shocked fellow passengers on the team’s flight back from their Euro 2008 defeat in Iceland … West Ham defender McCartney leapt from his seat to fight back as stunned team-mates struggled to separate the brawling pair.
One eyewitness to the Sheffield United winger’s furious attack said: “Gillespie looked like he hadn’t slept — he was red-eyed and carrying a bottle of water, but he was chatting quietly with David Healy as they got on the plane.
“Then, as he passed McCartney’s row on his way up the aisle, he said something and pointed in an accusing way towards McCartney, who was already seated minding his own business.
“McCartney said something like ‘Don’t point your finger at me’ while Healy was doing his best to hurry Gillespie, who was almost past McCartney but suddenly becoming quite agitated.
“Then it all kicked off. Gillespie turned and thumped McCartney in the face. He got straight up from his seat and they were grappling and throwing punches with Healy and Stuart Elliott trying to part them.
“It didn’t last that long and Healy was hustling Gillespie away up the aisle towards his own seat by the time that (assistant manager) Glynn Snodin came rushing down to see what all the commotion was.
Gillespie was dropped by former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer outside of a bar in Dublin. Maybe he figured he would get the jump this time. That’s when you kick some back.
We first reported about a drunk who attacked Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week. At the time, reports claimed that the man, Kevin Reynolds, kicked Fergie in the shins. Oh it’s much better than that.
Some village found their idiot over the weekend. Danish soccer fan “R” apologized for attacking a referee during closing minutes of the Euro 2008 qualifier between Denmark and Sweden on Saturday. He was angry at the ref for giving Denmark’s Christian Poulson a red card for punching a Swedish player in the stomach. Check the hilarity.
Denmark came back from 3-0 to tie the game. After the attack, the ref called the game and awarded Sweden a 3-0 win.
Sweden should make R an honorary citizen as he’s pretty much killed Demark’s chance of making the Euro finals next year. Steve Bartman feels your pain. Congratulations, you’re now the most hated person in Denmark.
R might also consider getting a shirt that fits or rock a Denmark singlet. Claudio’s All Growns Up Now
It had been rumored that Ranieri would take the Manchester City job once a rumored takeover went through but he apparently the chance to take over a corrupt team that can’t fill its ground was too good to turn down.
“I wasn’t expecting it, but you can’t say no to Juve,” the Italian said. “Juventus is a huge opportunity for me.”
He went on to say,
“There’s an ambitious plan,” Ranieri said. “The fans should stay calm, we’ll make them feel proud of what Juve accomplishes in Italy … and then in Europe.”
What he was really saying was that Juve intends to increase their payments to ensure their stay in Serie A and their Champions League spot.
Geoffrey From The Fresh Prince Wants To Return To Bel Air
Television spin-offs are great. Who can forget great ones like Three’s A Crowd, She-Ra, Flo and Enos?
Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele is thinking about following David Beckham to the US if he can’t sort out his contract situation. He has one year left on his contract and the emergence of younger players like Lassana Diarra and John Mikel Obi will limit his first team opportunities.
I can see it now. Geoffrey on his own in the big city without Master William and the rest of the Banks. Playing soccer with his pathetic, rec league MLS team, solving mysteries with fast talking, hard living sidekick Clint Mathis. I’m sure it’ll last as long as the Cosby Mysteries or The Love Boat: The Next Wave.
Tell Us Something We Don’t Know
Liverpool steals from children. No shit.
“William Gaillard, Uefa’s director of communications, branded Liverpool supporters as the worst behaved in Europe after revealing that a detailed dossier compiled by undercover police officers blamed the English for the chaos at the Champions League final in Athens.”
“The incidents involving Liverpool fans have been well known to us before the trouble at the Champions League final. This was just the latest example. What other set of fans steal tickets from their fellow supporters or out of the hands of children? We know who caused most of the trouble in Athens,” he said. “There have been 25 incidents involving Liverpool fans away from home since 2003 and those are in the report – most teams’ supporters do not cause any trouble at all.”
Liverpool shirts were quick to paint Galliard and UEFA as biased. A team spokesman blamed UEFA for the distubances.
“The shortcomings in the management of the situation in Athens were apparent to anyone who was there and this latest statement from Uefa should not deflect attention from that reality.”
After all UEFA were the ones that transported all the fans without tickets, ripped tickets from supporter hands and tried to gain entry with fake tickets and photocopied press passes. Fans without tickets were warned not to travel to Athens but thousands showed up anyway and prevented fans with real tickets from gaining entry. Perhaps UEFA should have opened the doors and let all the fans in.