Roma striker Edin Dzeko could face a lengthy ban after appearing to spit at the referee during Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia thrashing at Fiorentina.The capital club were humbled 7-1 in their quarter-final clash in Florence, where Dzeko was shown a straight red card in the 72nd minute for dissent.Videos and still images of the incident appear to show the 32-year-old Bosnian, who was a second-half substitute, spitting at official Gianluca Manganiello.The referee will confirm his reasons for expelling former Manchester City forward Dzeko in his match report and, as Roma’s cup campaign is now over, the resulting suspension will carry over to Serie A according to Italian Football Federation rules. Roma host AC Milan in the league on Sunday evening.Giallorossi boss Eusebio Di Francesco described the rout in Tuscany as a “shameful performance”, personally apologising to supporters for the result in a statement on the club’s official website.
Despite still existing in 46 countries, territories and areas, travel restrictions imposed on people living with HIV are based on fear, not science and should be rescinded immediately, delegates at this year’s International AIDS Conference have said. According to UNAIDS, the world is now better informed about HIV and has a greater understanding of its prevention and treatment such that HIV-related travel restrictions “have no public health justification”.”HIV cannot be transmitted by the mere presence of a person with HIV in a country,” a statement from the UN read.The UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé called the restrictions “discriminatory” claiming they violate international human rights standards.”People living with HIV should have equal access to opportunity and freedom of movement in today’s globalized world,” he said.At the opening of the conference, chief executives from some of the world’s leading companies signed a pledge to oppose HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence, claiming that while obviously discriminatory, the restrictions are also “bad for business”.”In today’s competitive landscape where global business travel is essential, we need to be able to send our talent and skills where they’re needed”, Levi Strauss & Co. chief executive Chip Bergh said.Virgin Unite founder Richard Branson also lent his voice to the campaign, decrying the restrictions as “archaic”. “Everyone should have a chance to travel freely.” The call for an end to all HIV-related travel restrictions has coincided with the return of the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) to the United States after over two decades away. Prior to 2010, when President Obama lifted a ban barring HIV-infected people from entering the United States, an international AIDS conference was unlikely to be hosted by the USA, as potential HIV-positive delegates would have been denied entry. UNAIDS’s Michel Sidibé and Sir Elton John at AIDS 2012 (Image UNAIDS/Y. Gripas) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A