Sports News in Brief: Denmark fined for fan behaviour at World Cup
The Danish football association DBU has been fined 127,000 kroner by the world governing body FIFA for poor fan behaviour during Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Australia last Thursday.
According to FIFA, the Danish fans did not adhere to protocol during the match – a number of items were thrown down from the upper stands at Australia fans below, while they apparently didn’t show enough respect when the Australian anthem was played before the match.
Additionally, a banner containing sexist language was brought to the stadium.
Come on Peru!
Despite a lacklustre World Cup so far, the Danes are second in Group C with four points, but face France in the final group match tomorrow in Moscow at 16:00.
The French are already through to the last 16, but the Danes will have to either get a point from the game or hope Peru takes at least a point from their game with Australia to progress.
Magnussen sixth in France
Denmark’s Formula 1 ace Kevin Magnussen landed in the points again when he finished sixth at the French Grand Prix on Sunday. The Haas rider began the race in ninth, but managed to move up three spots in a race won by Lewis Hamilton. Magnussen’s impressive race landed him eight points in the driver standings, where he sits tenth overall with 27 points, one point behind Carlos Sainz.
Handy draw for the co-hosts
Denmark has been given a favourable group for next year’s men’s handball world championships, which will be co-hosted by the Danes and Germany. The Danes will be favourites in Group C along with Norway, while Austria, Tunisia, Chile and Saudi Arabia make up the rest of the group. Denmark will open against Chile at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, before playing the rest of their games at the Boxen Arena in Herning. Berlin and Munich are the other two cities to host games during the tournament, which runs from January 7-29.
FCK, FCN in Europa League draw
FC Copenhagen will take on Finnish side KuPS in the first round of Europa League qualification. The Lions will start at home on July 12, before travelling to Finland a week later. Elsewhere, FC Nordsjælland will face Northern Irish outfit Cliftonville, and it is yet to be decided where the first fixture will be played. Brøndby will enter the competition in the next round, while FC Midtjylland will face either Astana (Kazakhstan) or FK Sutjeska (Montenegro) in the Champions League qualifiers.
BIF movers and FCK sellers
Brøndby have already been active in the summer transfer market, but on Sunday the club landed its biggest catch yet by signing Bundesliga stalwart Dominik Kaiser on a free transfer. The 29-year-old German joined Red Bull Leipzig in 2012 and was even the club’s captain for a while. Brøndby coach Alexander Zorniger previously coached Kaiser at Leipzig and has reportedly been trying to sign him for some time now. Elsewhere, FC Copenhagen lost another key player last week when they sold striker Federico Santander to Italian outfit Bologna. The Paraguayan scored 48 goals in 112 games for the Lions.