Arsenal strolled to a 7-1 victory on Wednesday over Vietnam’s national team in a match which saw the first English premier league club play in the Communist country.Olivier Giroud drove home the first goal just five minutes into the game to rapturous applause from the packed stadium. He secured a hat-trick just moments before the end of the first half.Action gathered pace in the second half, despite hot and humid temperatures, with Arsenal scoring another four goals. As the humidity turned to rain, Vietnam fought back with a goal close to full-time, but the two minutes of extra time wasn’t enough to save them.Arsene Wenger’s team will wrap up their pre-season tour in Japan with two more friendlies. They beat an Indonesian team 7-0 late Sunday.Premiership clubs are very popular in Vietnam – much to the detriment of local teams. Around 25 000 fans turned out to cheer Wenger and his players at My Dinh National Stadium during the training session Tuesday night.Devoted fans have been following the North London team since they arrived in the capital on Monday. But one fan made such a big impression that he was invited to lead Arsenal onto the pitch for the game on Wednesday, according to media reports.The fan, dubbed “Running Man” by the club, was filmed from the window as he ran alongside the team’s bus for several kilometres. He was eventually allowed onto the bus to get his shirt signed. Despite the team’s popularity, the Gunners’ historic trip doesn’t come without controversy. The team’s sponsor in Vietnam, business group Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL), was the subject of a report in May by Global Witness, a campaign group which highlights abuses related to the exploitation of natural resources.The group accused HAGL of acquiring vast amounts of land and contributing to environmental and human rights abuses at its rubber plantations in Laos and Cambodia. HAGL, which is run by one of Vietnam’s richest men, Doan Nguyen Duc, denied the accusations.“As a large listed company, we always abide by the laws and regulations of countries where we do business, and we meet all the environmental criteria of Laos and Cambodia,” he was quoted as saying in state-run newspaper Viet Nam News in May.
A cycling event will take place this Thursday in Burtonport, to help raise funds for the An Post Malin to Mizen cycling challenge which takes place on June Bank Holiday Weekend. The cycle kicks off this Thursday evening in Burtonport, and there will be two options available to those who participate.Cyclists can choose between participating in a 20k cycle or a 40k cycle around the Rosses. Registration is open from 6pm at the Burtonport Community Centre.Burtonport man Owen Coyle, is one of eight cyclists from An Post, who are set to cycle from Mizen to Malin Head on the June Bank Holiday Weekend for charityThere will be two helpers accompanying the eight cyclists on the five day charity trek.The other cyclists joining Owen Coyle, are Paul Herrity, Martin McGinley, Liam O’Grady, Eamon McGlinchey, Mark Nee, Jarlaith Lee and Austin Lee. Those seven men are all based in Letterkenny, so Owen Coyle will be flying the flag for the Rosses.The boys have been in training for months in preparation for the 678 km marathon.It is hoped a large crowd turns out for the fundraising cycle on Thursday, with all proceeds going to raise funds for charity.So get down to the Burtonport Community Centre on Thursday, and show your support to the lads from An Post, before they undertake the epic journey from Malin to Mizen in a fortnight’s time.FUNDRAISING CYCLE FOR MIZEN TO MALIN CHALLENGE THIS THURSDAY IN BURTONPORT was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An PostburtonportcharityCycling EventMalinMizennewsSport