Ajax Amsterdam have been banned from selling tickets to their fans for next month’s Champions League game at Chelsea following crowd trouble in their match at Valencia, European soccer’s governing body UEFA has said.UEFA fined Ajax 50,000 euros ($55,615) due to the behaviour of their fans during a 3-0 win at Valencia earlier this month and an additional 18,000 euros for improper conduct of the team.The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided … to ban AFC Ajax from selling tickets to its away supporters for its next (1) UEFA competition match, UEFA said in a statement on Thursday.The Dutch champions, who were given 30 days to contact Valencia and settle damages caused by their supporters at the Mestalla Stadium, said in a statement that they would ask UEFA for more information.Group H leaders Ajax travel to Stamford Bridge on Nov. 5.UEFA have also banned Eintracht Frankfurt from selling tickets to their fans for their Europa League trips to Standard Liege on Nov. 7 and Arsenal on Nov. 28.Frankfurt were charged with various offences related to crowd trouble as well as a late kickoff in their 1-0 win at Vitoria Guimaraes earlier this month.
Australian students continue to seize opportunities to live, study and undertake language training and internships in Sri Lanka under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan mobility program.In 2019, the Australian Government will support 135 students to participate in 14 projects in Sri Lanka, creating a new generation of young Australians with a strong understanding of and enduring connections to this country, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today. As outlined in Australia’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the New Colombo Plan is a practical manifestation of the Australian Government’s commitment to learn from its neighbours in the Indo-Pacific region. It is also an increasingly important element of Australia’s relationship with Sri Lanka. “We are pleased that Australian students want to deepen their knowledge of the people, business environment and culture in Sri Lanka,” High Commissioner Hutchesson said.“They will join a growing cohort of emerging leaders in Australia with personal and professional networks in Sri Lanka, who will contribute to the relationship between our two countries for decades to come”. “The students will take part in a range of projects in areas such as architecture and urban environment, business management, archaeology, environmental health, nursing, physiotherapy and agriculture, among others,” Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said. In 2019, the New Colombo Plan will support 11,817 students from 40 universities across Australia to take part in 792 mobility projects in 36 Indo-Pacific host locations.The returning students from the 2019 mobility projects will increase the New Colombo Plan alumni to around 40,000 young Australians with experience of living, studying and undertaking work experience in the Indo-Pacific region. (Colombo Gazette)