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French skier dies in tragic training crash

French skier David Poisson, a downhill bronze medallist at the 2013 world championships, was killed in a training accident in Canada on Monday, the French ski federation announced.

French skier dies in tragic training crash
Photo: AFP
“Devastated by this news,” the federation said in a statement, adding that it “shared the pain of (Poisson's) friends and family in these particularly difficult moments”.
   
No further details were provided about his death, which came as the 35-year-old Poisson and his French team-mates were training at Nakiska ahead of the World Cup events at Lake Louise on November 25 and 26.
   
The International Ski Federation (FIS) also paid tribute to Poisson, who made his World Cup debut in 2004 and earned his lone podium when he came third at the 2015 downhill in Santa Caterina.
 
Poisson was also a two-time Olympian and competed at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver as well as in Sochi four years later.
 
“FIS extends its sincerest condolences to the teammates, friends, and loved ones of David Poisson,” read a statement from skiing's governing body.
   
“This is devastating! My deepest condolences to his family. Rest In Peace David,” wrote US ski star Lindsey Vonn on Twitter.

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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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