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Fans Interrupt EURO Match For Ronaldo Selfies

Fans Interrupt EURO Match For Ronaldo Selfies
Jun 23 2024 Share

During a Euro 2024 match between Portugal and Turkey, four fans, including a child, invaded the pitch at Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany, aiming to get selfies with Cristiano Ronaldo. The second half of the game saw multiple interruptions as these fans managed to evade the stewards.

The first invader, a young boy, got onto the field in the 69th minute and took a selfie with Ronaldo, who happily obliged.

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The boy was then chased off the pitch by staff, waving to the crowd as he left. Fifteen minutes later, an older fan tried to do the same but was met with a different reaction.

Ronaldo threw his hands in the air and turned away as the fan attempted to put his arm around him. A third pitch invader ran past Ronaldo during injury time.

After the final whistle, two more fans attempted to approach Ronaldo. The first was tackled to the ground, and the second was stopped while trying to confront Ronaldo as the teams exited the field.

Portugal coach Roberto Martinez expressed concern over the pitch invasions, acknowledging the potential danger if fans’ intentions were malicious. Despite the interruptions, Portugal won 3-0, securing their spot in the knockout stage of the Euros with one group match remaining against Georgia.

Ronaldo, who now plays for Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr after stints at Manchester United and Real Madrid, is rumoured to earn over £160 million annually, making him the highest-paid footballer in history.

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No Evidence For Dog/Cat Meat Sausages, Charmaine Gauci Says

No Evidence For Dog/Cat Meat Sausages, Charmaine Gauci Says
Jun 23 2024 Share

Public health superintendent Charmaine Gauci announced that authorities found no evidence supporting claims that a Gozitan butcher used dog and cat meat to produce Maltese sausage.

Gauci’s statement, backed by the Animal Welfare Ministry, confirmed a report by Times of Malta. The rumours, which went viral, caused widespread panic and disgust. There were also unsubstantiated claims that people fell ill after consuming the butcher’s sausages.

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Despite media reports and an NGO’s assertion on social media that the claims were true, health authorities found no evidence during their investigations.

Gauci reiterated on an RTK103 radio show that any credible information would prompt an investigation. Although the butcher shop was no longer operating, health authorities conducted multiple inspections at different times.

They also probed allegations that the sausages were being made elsewhere. Gauci explained that they visited several locations connected to the butcher but found no evidence of Maltese sausage production. Additionally, there were no hospital reports of food poisoning related to the case.

The agriculture ministry, in a separate statement, confirmed the lack of evidence but noted that investigations are ongoing. The ministry emphasised that this thorough approach is standard in cases involving food safety or animal abuse. Regular inspections by the veterinary health directorate and health authorities are conducted to ensure food safety.

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UPDATED: 80 Year Old Involved In Swieqi Garage Explosion Dies

Man At Risk Of Dying After Swieqi Gas Explosion
Jun 23 2024 Share

Today, at around 0700hrs, police were informed that their assistance was needed in a garage in Triq Qantar, Swieqi.

Police convened immediately on site and preliminary investigations showed that an 80 year old man resident of Swieqi suffered injuries due to an explosion likely caused by a gas leakage.

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The victim was given preliminary medical aid and taken to Mater Dei Hospital, where he was confined to have suffered serious injuries.

Civil Protection Department members were also on site to assist in the situation. An inquiry has been opened and police are still investigating.

Footage sent to MaltaDaily from the site of the incident also confirms the presence of authorities as they address the situation.

UPDATE:

The Malta Police Force reported today, Thursday 27th June 2024, that the man has unfortunately passed away. Condolences to his loved ones.

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Malta In 2nd Place At Athletics Championships In Gibraltar

Malta In 2nd Place At Athletics Championships In Gibraltar
Jun 23 2024 Share

Malta achieved a remarkable second place in the fifth edition of the Championships of the Small States of Europe, trailing only winners Cyprus and outperforming 15 other European nations in Gibraltar.

Competing against both GSSE-level nations and larger countries like Georgia, North Macedonia, and Armenia, Maltese athletes secured a total of 14 medals: five gold, six silver, and three bronze.

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Gina McNamara earned the first gold medal in the women’s 1500m with a Championship record time of 4:45.43. She also won silver in the 5k and bronze in the 800m. In the women’s 200m, Charlotte Wingfield and Carla Scicluna took the top two spots, with Wingfield edging out Scicluna. Jared Micallef won gold in the 800m, finishing in 1:52.87.

Malta’s relay teams also excelled, with the women’s team (Claire Azzopardi, Charlotte Wingfield, Carla Scicluna, and Janet Richard) and the men’s team (Graham Pellegrini, Omar El Aida Chaffey, Matthew Galea Soler, and Beppe Grillo) both winning gold.

Other silver medalists included Luke Micallef (3000m steeplechase), Beppe Grillo (100m), Janet Richard (400m), and Rachela Pace (long jump). Bronze medals were won by Carla Scicluna (100m) and Graham Pellegrini (400m).

With a total of 115 points, Malta finished just seven points behind Cyprus, marking their best-ever performance in this Championship. The team was accompanied by Technical Director Mario Bonello and supported by SportMalta and the Maltese Olympic Committee.

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