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Pires 'beaten' by opposition coach in India

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has allegedly been punched by an opposing coach in the Indian Super League.

The Frenchman, currently playing for FC Goa, claims he was hit by Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas at half-time during a 2-1 loss.

Robert Pires is back in football after coming out of retirement. Credit: PA

"Both teams have written to the ISL and the incident has been referred to the regulatory commissioner," an ISL spokesperson told Reuters.

Cavin Lobo's scored twice for Kolkata to earn the points following Andre Santos' opener for FC Goa.

"The other thing that happened which is more serious is that one of our players said that he was beaten by the coach of the other team," FC Goa coach Zico said after the match.

"Pires said he was punched in the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful.

"I am telling you what my players told me and I didn't see that myself but I don't think that Pires will lie and say something that didn't happen."

Mutu fails to get Indian visa following drunken antics

Adrian Mutu is hoping to play in the Indian Super League. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has failed to obtain a Indian visa after being turned away by their embassy in Bucharest for being drunk, according to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mutu, 35, has signed a three-month deal to play for FC Pune City in the newly-formed Indian Super League, but his arrival in the country has now been delayed.

The ex-Romania international reportedly arrived 'visibly drunk' at the embassy and threatened staff when proceedings dragged on.

Due to his inebriation and behaviour Mutu was asked to return sober at a later date to get his visa.

Mutu is no stranger to controversy having been sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine.


Man pictured carrying woman to safety during cyclone

A man carries a woman to a safer ground after a wave hits a beach in Gopalpur in Ganjam district. Credit: Reuters

A man has been pictured rescuing a woman from water after strong tidal waves at a beach in eastern India.

The rough waters in Gopalpur come as Cyclone Hudhud lands on Indian soil today - prompting the evacuation of 150,000 people.

Two dead as Cyclone Hudhud begins to lash India

At least two people have died as the effects of Cyclone Hudhud have begun to be felt in the east of India.

Children sit on fishing boats by the shore in Visakhapatnam before being evacuated. Credit: Reuters

Gusts of up to 120 miles per hour lashed the eastern seaboard and the port city of Visakhapatnam, which is home to two million people.

India's disaster relief agency has organised the evacuation of more than 150,000 as it attempts to mitigate the impact of the storm - which lands one year to the day of Phailin, a cyclone of similar size and power that devastated the area.

One of the two men that died was hit by a falling tree, while the other was killed by the collapse of a wall.

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) has forecast peak winds of 132 miles per hour, which would make it a Category 4 storm with the potential to cause "catastrophic" damage.


India's low-cost mission to Mars arrives in orbit

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft seen prior to launch. Credit: ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

The Indian space agency's low-cost mission to Mars has successfully entered the red planet's orbit on Wednesday, making India the first country to carry out such a project in its maiden attempt.

The success of the Mars Orbiter Mission, praised for its relatively low price tag of $74 million (£45 million), will boost India's 50-year-old space programme that newly-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to expand with better infrastructure and technology.

White tiger 'kills boy' at Delhi zoo

A white tiger has killed an Indian student at Delhi zoo, AFP reported, citing officials.

Although the boy was inside the tiger's enclosure at the time of the attack, there seems to be some confusion as to how he entered.

File photo of a white tiger at Delhi zoo. Credit: REUTERS/Kamal Kishore

Zoo manager Riaz Khan told AFP the teenager "seems to have leapt over the railings."

However, a witness told the Times Now television channel the boy was leaning over the barricade when he fell into the tiger enclosure.

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