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Russian keeper hit by flare during Euro qualifying match

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has been struck by a flare thrown from the crowd during a Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro.

The moment the flare struck Igor Akinfeev was recorded on the match footage. Credit: Sky Calcio HD

The match was briefly suspended and the teams taken off the field after the incident shortly after kick off at the Gradski Stadium in Podorica.

Akinfeev was taken away for treatment before the players returned to continue the match.

Lufthansa offers 50,000 euros to families after plane crash

German airline giant Lufthansa has offered to pay up to 50,000 euros (£36,500) per passenger on the plane which crashed earlier this week.

A total of 150 people were killed on the plane operated by Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa.

The airline said it would provide the money as "immediate financial assistance" to those who lost loved ones.

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Football fans rally round grieving family after plane crash

Football fans have rallied around the family of one of the victims of the Alps plane crash, flooding them with messages of support since the tragedy three days ago.

An avid fan and season ticket holder for Wolverhampton Wanderers, father-of-two Martyn Matthews, aged 50, was on the ill-fated Germanwings plane which crashed into a mountain earlier this week.

Martyn Matthews, 50, died in the crash Credit: Family handout

In a statement issued through the club, his brother-in-law Mike Lloyd said Mr Matthews would have been "honoured" to see the care offered to his family by fellow supporters.

On behalf of the family, I would like to thank all of the Wolves fans and the club for their kind words and thoughts over the last few days.

We have been overwhelmed with your kindness, warmth and generosity that we have received during this distressing time. It is a great comfort to see that there are so many people who genuinely care about our family.

We are very touched and thank you for being loyal supporters of the club and our family.

Martyn was proud of being a lifelong Wolves supporter and I am sure he would be honoured to think that his team care about him and his family so much.

– Mike Lloyd, brother-in-law

Mr Matthews was a senior quality manager for manufacturer Huf in Tipton, in the West Midlands. He is thought to have been travelling to Germany for a business meeting.

Ebola-free nurse thanks medics after radical treatment

Corporal Anna Cross has thanked doctors after being declared free of Ebola following the help of experimental treatment.

The British military medic became the first person in the world to be treated with the drug MIL 77.

She contracted the potentially deadly virus in Sierra Leone having complained of being "tired" but not ill, as ITV News' Paul Davies reports:

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Quiet town welcomes grieving families of crash victims

Families, friends and loved ones of the victims of the Germanwings air disaster have been gathering in a town near the crash site to pay tribute to those lost.

For the three days since the tragedy, which left 150 people dead, the recovery operation has been launched from La Vernay where a memorial stone honouring those killed has been set up.

Usually a serene and picturesque town in the Alps, villagers there have been helping those grieving as well as recovery workers battling against the tough terrain to find what they can from the ill-fated flight.

ITV News senior international correspondent John Irvine reports:

EU safety chiefs: Flights should always have two in cockpit

Airlines should always have two people in the cockpit of a plane while it is in flight, according to new official recommendations by the European Union's flight safety group.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued the official recommendation in the wake of this week's tragedy which killed 150 people, believed to have been caused by the co-pilot deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane into a mountain when the pilot left the cockpit.

Lufthansa, which runs Germanwings, has already adopted the measures Credit: Reuters

While the agency has no power to force airlines to adopt the guideline, its recommendations are usually followed, and experts expect companies across the EU to adopt the safety measure as soon as possible.

A number of airlines across the continent - including Lufthansa, which runs Germanwings; Thomas Cook; and EasyJet - have already announced similar new measures for their flights.

The recommendation states airlines should make sure that "at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight."

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