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On-loan Joe Cole liking life in Lille

Lille defender Franck Beria said on Tuesday that the French champions' latest signing, England international Joe Cole, is settling in "very quickly" at his new club.

On-loan Joe Cole liking life in Lille
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“He is very committed, very professional, and is integrating very quickly.

He is a very simple and modest character so we have all taken to him straight away,” said left-back Beria at a press conference at the club’s training base just outside the city. 

“(Cole) is still a charismatic guy, all you need to do is look at his past, the career he has had, the trophies he has won.  

“He is still hungry and is really keen to relaunch his career. He is going to bring a lot to the team.”  

Cole, 29, has won three English Premier League titles with Chelsea but endured a disappointing 2010/11 season after moving to Liverpool, where he started just nine games.  

The London-born midfielder has won 56 caps for England, but has not represented his country since last year’s World Cup.  

He joined Lille on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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