Football Notes: Dynamo-Zenit Match Abandoned After Fans Invade Pitch
A match between Russian Premier League side Zenit St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow on Sunday "was abandoned after Zenit fans invaded the pitch and one of them attacked an opposition player." Dynamo led 4-2 in St. Petersburg when the pitch invasion began in the 87th minute, "a result that would hit Zenit's hopes of winning the Russian Premier League title if it stands" (AP, 5/11). ... A delegation from FIFA will arrive in Egypt on Monday "for a two-day mission to examine allegations of government interference in football" (AHRAM, 5/8). ... Serie A side Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono "condemned the actions of a fan who threw a banana towards AC Milan defender Kevin Constant" during his side's 2-1 win over the Rosssoneri on Sunday (ESPN, 5/11). ... League Championship side Leeds United is taking the "unprecedented step" of temporarily closing its training ground at Thorp Arch "as part of attempts by new owner Massimo Cellino to cut the club’s costs" (London DAILY MAIL, 5/9).