One of Serbia's top football clubs, Partizan Belgrade, has condemned racist chanting during a match that reduced one of its players, Brazilian midfielder Everton Luiz, to tears. He suffered monkey chants and other abuse from fans of rivals Rad Belgrade. "I couldn't hold back the tears because I was racially insulted from the stands for 90 minutes," said Everton, 28. A Partizan statement backing him said "we strongly condemn the perpetrators of this insane act". At the end of the match Everton made a crude gesture at the Rad Belgrade fans, prompting some Rad players to confront him. A brawl broke out, but staff from both sides managed to separate the players. Rad supporters also brandished a banner
(CNN)Former Manchester United and Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov has rarely rushed things. On his way to becoming Bulgaria's all-time record goalscorer, seven-time footballer of the year and the country's most expensive player, it sometimes seemed as if Berbatov barely broke stride as he nonchalantly netted goal after goal. Now approaching the twilight of his career, it's easy to see why the 36-year-old thinks this is a vintage year for football's over 30s. "There are some players that are exceptions to the rules and they deserve a lot of respect," Berbatov tells CNN, extolling the virtues of United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe, a pair of fellow thirtysomething strikers who have scored 15 and 14 goals in the English Premier League respectively this season.