La Liga : The Spanish League announces a “minute of silence” for the victims of the Moroccan earthquake

The Spanish Football League (La Liga) announced that the league matches in the first and second divisions will witness a minute of silence, in solidarity with the victims and families of the earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night.

The league said in a statement yesterday, Saturday, on its official website: “LaLiga, in coordination with the Spanish Federation, will commit to holding a minute of silence in the matches of the first and second divisions of the league, as a sincere show of solidarity and support for the families and friends of the earthquake victims in Morocco . ”

The association expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and affirmed its solidarity with the Moroccan people in this human tragedy.

The European Football Association (UEFA), in turn, announced a minute of silence in all team and club matches on the continent, starting today, Sunday, September 10, until the 21st, in mourning for the victims of the earthquake in Morocco.


Saint-Germain : Hakimi and the Moroccan national team stars participate in the donation campaign for the victims of the “Al Haouz earthquake”

Moroccan national team players, led by Paris Saint-Germain star Achraf Hakimi, participated in a blood donation campaign for the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Morocco last Friday night.

The Rabat-based National Center for Scientific and Technical Research stated that the magnitude of the earthquake reached 7 degrees on the Richter scale and that its epicenter was located in the Al Haouz province, southwest of the city of Marrakesh, which is considered a major tourist destination.

Moroccan television reported that the number of victims of the earthquake had risen to 1,037 people, in addition to thousands of wounded and afflicted.

Following the earthquake, Hakimi posted on his account on the “X” website a blog post in which he called on Moroccans to contribute to saving the wounded by donating blood. 


Hakimi later posted a picture of himself donating blood in a hospital, where he wrote: “The priority at the present time is to donate blood for critical cases. Donating blood is everyone’s responsibility, to save the largest possible number of lives. Your help is necessary.”


The rest of the Moroccan national team stars and members of the technical staff led by Walid Regragui participated in the blood donation campaign, and the fans appreciated this step after the “Atlas Lions” showed solidarity with the families of the victims and the injured.

It is noteworthy that the Moroccan Football Federation announced the postponement of Morocco’s match with Liberia, which was scheduled for this evening, Saturday, in the final round of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, “until a later time,” due to the earthquake.

Morocco was among its qualifiers for the continental finals scheduled for the beginning of 2024 in Côte d'Ivoire, as it gained six points from three matches, after two wins over leaders South Africa 2-1 and Liberia 2-0 and a loss at home to South Africa 1-2, in a group in which three teams participated. Instead of four after excluding Zimbabwe.


Jakarta : Bagnaia said he achieved his personal target in the San Marino MotoGP Sprint

Ducati Lenovo racer Francesco Bagnaia revealed that he was able to achieve his personal target of finishing in at least the top five positions in the San Marino MotoGP Sprint race, Italy, Saturday (9/9).

"My goal is the top five and I think this is one of the best results ever because of my situation. I couldn't ask for more," said Bagnaia, quoted from Ducati Corse's official statement, Sunday.

The racer who is familiarly called Pecco was referring to the condition of his legs which had not yet fully recovered due to the injury he suffered at the Catalunya MotoGP, Spain, some time ago.

He described the Sprint race this time as more challenging than usual because he often felt pain in his legs.

"(GP) It won't be easy because the laps are very long and I'm quite afraid of that. So for sure I will increase (performance/dose) of painkillers, but I don't want to think too much about that," said Pecco.

Meanwhile, Pecco finished P3 and won seven points in the Sprint race just behind Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac) and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46). Martin came out as the fastest with a time of 19:58:7850, only 1.445 seconds ahead of Bezzecchi.

At the start, Pecco got an excellent start to take second at turn one behind Martin, but he ran wide on lap 2, allowing Bezzecchi to pass him. The Top 3 remained until the checkered flag was raised.

"It was an intense battle, more of a challenge for me -- both from my side and the bike. When competing with Dani (Pedrosa, KTM), I tried to find the energy to brake hard and not give him the chance to get close enough." Pecco said.

"In the first two or three laps, I needed to warm up my legs, I had difficulty leaning the bike on the right, but after a few laps, things got better, and I improved my lap time and speed," he added.
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