Football Notes: LFP Hands Villarreal $16K Fine For Supporter Who Threw Banana
The Spanish Football League (LFP) handed La Liga side Villarreal a fine of €12,000 ($16,000) "after one of the club's supporters threw a banana at Barcelona's Dani Alves in a recent game at El Madrigal." Villarreal banned the fan, "who was later also arrested by police, but the Spanish League had been slow to respond to calls to punish the club" (ESPN, 5/7). ... Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou and FIFA President Sepp Blatter "commissioned the first of three CAF Football Centres of Excellence in Cameroon" which the African football head said represented a massive leap for the continent's football developmental strides. Hayatou said, "The whole of African can be proud of this center and is a great leap for this continent. We have put the center at the disposal of the five African representatives for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil." Center of Excellence Mbankomo "has three football fields (two synthetic turf and natural grass), spaces for basketball, handball, volleyball, an Olympic swimming pool, a gymnasium equipped with fitness equipment at the cutting edge of technology, a conference room with 110 seats, four meeting rooms with quality sound equipment seating up-to 30 persons each for technical preparation of players, seminars and workshops, a restaurant with seating capacity of 104 seats, a terrace bar and luxurious rooms" (ALL AFRICA, 5/6).