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Footballer jailed over horrific sex attack on sleeping woman

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The Airdrie forward stripped to his boxers in bed and touched the woman inappropriately. Kouider-Aïssa claimed that he went into the bed to “get a good sleep” and believed the woman was awake.

The victim told a jury about the horrific attack hours before Kouider-Aïssa was named in the Airdrie squad for their crunch promotion play-off match against Hamilton Accies in May.

The club sacked Kouider-Aïssa after he was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court for sexual assault.

Sheriff Matthew Jackson KC said: “Prior to this conviction you held a position that many can only dream of.

“That position, status and reward is now lost to you and you recognise that.

“These are lost to you because of the decision you took that morning.

“I recognise your defence has been eloquently put by your lawyer that you were someone who had the reasonable belief she was consenting.

“That defence was rejected by the jury and it is not difficult to understand why.

“She woke up to find herself being sexually assaulted by a man she barely knew in a horrific fashion.

“You stand convicted of this horrible serious offence.

“I’m satisfied there is not alternative to a custodial sentence.”

The first offender, of Kirkintilloch, was also put on the sex offenders register for 10 years. The woman told the court that she met Kouider-Aïssa at a friend’s flat after a night out.

She went to a spare bedroom alone at 5am with Kouider-Aïssa warned by a friend to stay in the living room.

Prosecutor Mark Allan asked the woman for her next memory.

She said: “I woke up and I could feel someone behind me, that’s when I realised what he was doing.”

Mr Allan asked who was behind her.

She replied: “Salim.”

The woman described that Kouider-Aïssa intimately touched her.

She added: “I woke up really shocked, I went into bed myself and was shocked to have someone behind me.

“I was shouting ‘what are you doing’ and he said ‘I thought you were awake, what have I done’.

“It wouldn’t matter if I was as there was no consent.”

The woman added that Kouider-Aïssa “knew he was going to get himself into so much trouble.”

She stated that Kouider-Aïssa left the flat and that she phoned the police around lunchtime to report the matter.

Mr Allan asked how that morning made her feel for the days and months that followed.

The woman replied: “Horrendous, so anxious about everything, it is so horrible that someone could do that to you.”

Kouider-Aïssa told jurors in his evidence that he was not able to get comfortable sleeping on the couch.

He stated that he went into the bed “to get a good sleep” and lay beside her.

Kouider-Aïssa claimed he removed his clothes as he was hot during the night.

He admitted rubbing the woman’s leg and kissing her neck.

The footballer added that he went on to carry out a sex act on her stating: “I had belief she was consenting by the way she was moving about the bed, moving her body to me.”

Kouider-Aïssa now believes the woman was asleep due to hearing her evidence through the criminal process.

After the woman confronted him in bed, Kouider-Aïssa told a friend: “I’ve f***ed it, I thought she was awake.”

Mr Allan asked: “There is one easy way to make sure she was awake isn’t there?”

Kouider-Aïssa: “I suppose so.”

Mr Allan: “You didn’t ask her if she was awake during any of this?”

Kouider-Aïssa: “No.”

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Kouider-Aïssa was escorted out of the flat and was picked up by team mate Max Currie who took them to training.

The attacker then handed himself into police later that day after watching a football match with his uncle.

Graeme Brown, defending, told the sentencing: “His profession as a professional football player was terminated upon his conviction.

“Because of this conviction, it will be extremely unlikely that he will be able to play football at that level again.”

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They still bully me after 14 years – Aiyegbeni on missing tap-in for Nigeria

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Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has cried out over the bullying he suffers in the hands of Nigerians over the goal he missed 13 to 14 years ago.

Nigerian football fanatics are finding it difficult to forget the events of June 22, 2010 when Aiyegbeni missed a tap-in during a World Cup game between Nigeria and South Korea.

The miss came when Nigeria was trailing the Koreans 2-1 in their final Group A match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa.

The ‘Yak’ would later score from the penalty spot but Super Eagles fans were, at the time, unable to move past the unbelievable miss.

In a recent interview, the video was shared on social media platform, X, and he cried out that he is still getting messages from angry fans who are demanding an explanation of how he missed the tap-in with the goalkeeper and defenders out of the way.

“I still get messages from people. Different messages. I remember one was sending a message last week and he was like ‘how do you explain that goal missed to you daughter Kayla’ he mentioned my daughter’s name ‘Kayla’. I was like 13 to 14 years ago and people still think about that,” he said.

“I got a message today and someone was like ‘you’re the worst Super Eagles striker’ because of that particular goal I missed. They never think about all the other goals I’ve scored.

“They never think about when I scored goals in Sudan when nobody thought we’d qualify for Korea Japan 2002. We went to Sudan. Nobody ever thought we’d qualify because the weather there was crazy. If we get a draw or lose we’re out.

“There I scored 2 goals. Julius Aghahowa scored one and Jay Jay Okocha, ‘pa Jay’ scored another one. We won 4-0. That gave us the ticket and went to Korea-Japan 2000.

“But people in Nigeria never speak about how I made them qualify but didn’t go to the World Cup. I was shocked. I played 99.9% of every game to qualify Nigeria for Japan/Korea and I was dropped.”

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Inter Miami making Messi work too hard – Coach, Martino

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Inter Miami are expecting too much work from their Argentine star Lionel Messi, coach Gerardo Martino said on Friday, ahead of the team’s Florida derby clash with Orlando City.

Miami are unbeaten in their opening two games, with a home win over Real Salt Lake followed by a draw at the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

But with a busy run of fixtures for club and country coming up for Messi this month, Martino says the team need to find a way to reduce the eight-times Ballon d’Or winner’s workload.

“I feel that in these last two matches, he has expended too much energy, and that is also my responsibility to make sure the team operates in a way that we can use him in the best way,” Martino told reporters.

Messi has been playing in a relatively free role, behind former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez, often floating deep to find the ball and then seeking to drive his team up the field.

It was Messi’s stoppage time goal that earned Miami a point at the Galaxy but Martino says the performance took a lot out of the 36-year-old.

“I’ve been discussing some things with him and what concerns me the most is the day-to-day and how he is recovering game by game. I feel that in these first two matches, we have relied on him too much, which has caused him significant fatigue in both games,” he said.

The former Argentina and Mexico national team coach said the team have to re-find a way to provide Messi service closer to goal.

“In the Leagues Cup game against Orlando (last season), he often found the ball in the final quarter of the field and was able to finish the play, he scored from inside the area. That’s what we need to get back to, the team finding him to make plays and sometimes finding him for the finishes,” he said.

Miami are hoping their latest Argentine signing, midfielder Federico Redondo will have his paperwork resolved in order to make his debut on Saturday.

 

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Lagos FA Cup Kicks Off With No Sponsor, 80 Clubs Eye Star Prize

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Chairman Lagos State Football Association, LSFA, Ogboni Fouad Oki says this year’s Lagos State Challenge Cup popularly known as Lagos FA Cup would go ahead without sponsor.

The much awaited Lagos FA Cup would kick off on Saturday 2 March 2024 across the designated centers.

No fewer than 80 clubs are expected to participate in this year’s edition.

Although Winners Golden Bet, a well known Betting Company has been sponsoring the Lagos FA Cup more than six years, but the company is not part of this year’s edition which gives football stakeholders a lot of concerns.

Oki explained that he is not disturbed that no company or individual has partnered with the association for FA Cup but remained optimistic that the competition would get a sponsor before it gets to the quarter final stage.

“I am not too bothered about the sponsorship of the competition.If you look at the country presently, many companies are still struggling to survive but i want to assure the participating teams and football fans before the tournament reaches quarter final, sponsor would surely come.

“We the organising committee are still working on the possibility to get one or two sponsors on board.Like i said i am not really worried and the most important things is that the competition would kick off on Saturday,”he said.

The Lagos FA boss expressed satisfaction with the number of teams that are participating in this year’s edition.

He disclosed that the state has largest number of entries among the states in the country and charged the teams that would represent the the state to do well in the Federation Cup and possibly win the trophy.

“Lagos has number of entries compare to other states that have less than 10 teams in their state’s FA Cup.If we have such numbers of teams registered and i expect any team that would represent Lagos should make us proud and bring the Federation Cup back to the state,”he said.

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