Thursday sports update: Pelé, Everton, Whelan and Hughes
WNOL reports on today’s sports news updates:
Legend Pelé in hospital
Brazilian World Cup winning legend Pelé is in a special care unit in a Sao Paulo hospital.
He was admitted to the Albert Einstein hospital following treatment for a urine infection and was credited as suffering from “clinical instability.”
We understand that a ‘special care unit’ is less serious than an ‘intensive care unit’. The Brazilian is reported to have caught the infection during a procedure to remove kidney stones.
Pelé is often regarded as the greatest footballer of all time. Whilst winning three World Cups with Brazil, he is one of the only footballers in history to have played 1000 games and goals in his career, also achieving this at just one club, Santos, an even rarer achievement.
Classy and clinical Everton qualify in Europe
Everton have qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League after beating Wolfsburg 2-0.
Striker Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring two minutes before the break with a clinical strike, before Kevin Mirallas sealed the victory for the Merseyside team after a counter-attack with 15 minutes remaining.
Krasnodar and Lille’s 1-1 draw in the other group game meant victory for Everton to progress. The win also meant the Blues are now four points above today’s opponents, thus guaranteeing them top spot in Group H.
Fellow English side Spurs are also in action against Partizan Belgrade needing a victory to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Wigan Chairman Whelan charged
The Football Association has charged Dave Whelan after comments he made in The Guardian.
The Wigan Chairman is said to have made “abusive and/or insulting” statements in the newspaper earlier this week about Jewish and Chinese people.
The comments were made as Whelan was defending his decision to hire Malky Mackay as the new Wigan manager, who is also being investigated for claims that he wrote homophobic, sexist and racist texts whilst in charge of Cardiff City.
Cricketer Hughes dies after accident
Australia batsman Phil Hughes sadly died earlier today at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney.
The cricketer was struck in the back of the neck by a ball during a match between South Australia and New South Wales on Tuesday.
Messages of condolences and support have been sent to both Hughes’ family and Sean Abbott, the bowler who delivered the fatal ball.
It is unclear whether Abbott will continue to play the sport, with the bowler reportedly being tearful in St Vincent’s after hearing the news.