FIFA Ethics Committee recommends suspending Blatter for 90 days

first_imgMembers of the Committee have been meeting in Zurich this week to discuss several allegations against Blatter, including that he made a a “disloyal” payment – meaning one allegedly not in the interests of football’s governing body – of CHF 2 million (£1.3 million/US$2.1 million/€1.8 million) to UEFA President Michel Platini for consultancy work the Frenchman carried out between 1999 and 2002.An investigation was launched into Blatter and Platini, with both insisting they had done nothing wrong.It has been reported that no decision on the Frenchman has yet been made and the ruling against the 79-year-old Blatter still needs to be approved by the adjudicatory chamber of the Committee, led by FIFA’s judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, and a decision reportedly could come as early as tomorrow.If it is upheld, Blatter would be suspended until early next year ahead of an Extraordinary Elective Congress, where his successor is due to be appointed, on February 26.”What we know is that president Blatter was told he could be suspended for 90 days,” Stöhlker said.”There is no guilt impugned.”The Swiss’ lawyers have since claimed Blatter has “not been notified of any action taken by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.”We would expect that the Ethics Committee would want to hear from the president and his counsel, and conduct a thorough review of the evidence, before making any recommendation to take disciplinary action,” a statement from  from Swiss lawyer Lorenz Erni and US lawyer Richard Cullen said.The astonishing news comes after the Swiss Attorney General announced they had opened “criminal proceedings” against Blatter on “suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation” on September 25.Blatter, who was re-elected during FIFA’s Congress in Zurich in May before stepping down just five days later following the arrest of several officials, is alleged to have signed a contract with the Caribbean Football Union – headed at the time by another corruption tainted official in Trinidad and Tobago’s Jack Warner – and that this was “unfavourable” for FIFA.The investigation in September marked the first time Blatter had been personally accused of involvement in a string of corruption scandals within world football’s governing body, which have plagued the sport for over two decades.The development comes after Blatter earlier told German magazine Bunte that the investigation into his actions was “outrageous” and “not correct”.“The situation is not pleasant,” he said.“I am being condemned without there being any evidence for wrongdoing on my part.“That is really outrageous.“This is just an investigation, not an indictment.“I will fight until February 26.“For myself and for FIFA.“I am convinced that evil will come to light and good will prevail.”Blatter’s comments come after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dropped the Swiss from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Foundation Board. His 16-year term as an IOC member came to an end in August after he opted not to extend his mandate.“The IOC is in the process of choosing a new member of the WADA Foundation Board,” an IOC statement said.“Blatter is no longer an IOC member and will not represent the IOC during this time.”Earlier  FIFA Presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon announced his intention to sue Blatter for US$100 million (£60 million/€89 million) for embezzlement and claimed FIFA’s Ethics Committee were impeding his bid for world football’s top job.last_img read more

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Hazard out for three months after ankle surgery

first_imgBelgium midfielder Eden Hazard will be sidelined for three months after having surgery on a fractured ankle suffered in training on Sunday that ruled him out of this week’s international matches, according to his club, Chelsea.The 26-year-old Hazard, who scored 16 goals and provided five assists to help Chelsea win this season’s Premier League, will miss the friendly against Czech Republic on Monday and a World Cup qualifier against Estonia on June 9.“Eden Hazard successfully underwent surgery after sustaining a fracture to his right ankle while training with the Belgian national team. He is expected to return to training in approximately three months,” Chelsea said in a statement.Hazard tweeted a picture of himself in a hospital bed with a message saying: “Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger.”Belgium have won four out of their five 2018 World Cup qualifying matches to lead Group H on 13 points, two points ahead of second-placed Greece.last_img read more

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Jury fail to reach verdict on Hillsborough police chief

first_imgHillsborough match commander David Duckenfield could face a retrial over the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans after a jury failed to reach a verdict.Jurors at Preston Crown Court found former Sheffield Wednesday club secretary Graham Mackrell guilty of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act by a majority of 10 to two on Wednesday, but failed to reach a verdict on Duckenfield after 29 hours and six minutes of deliberations.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will seek a retrial for the retired chief superintendent, 74, but his lawyers will oppose it on the grounds of abuse of process at a hearing due to be held in the week starting June 24.Hillsborough Family Support Group chairwoman Margaret Aspinall said the families of the 96 fans killed at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final had no closure.Mrs Aspinall, whose son James was 18 when he died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace, said: “We were all hoping we would have some sort of closure today and we haven’t. We have still got a long journey.”She thanked the jury and those who supported the families and called on people not to post comments on social media which may prejudice a potential retrial.Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool City Region, and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “There are many things we would like to say but can’t due to the fact that this is an ongoing process.“But we can at least say that today, at long last, someone has been held to account for what happened – a vindication of the long fought battle by families and campaigners for truth and justice.”Sue Hemming, legal director of the CPS, said: “This trial, which relates to events from almost 30 years ago, has been incredibly complex and, after lengthy deliberations, the jury has found Graham Mackrell guilty but has been unable to reach a verdict in respect of David Duckenfield.We have discussed the matter carefully with counsel and I can confirm the CPS will seek a retrial against Mr Duckenfield for manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children.”Conservative former minister Sir Christopher Chope, who represents Christchurch, questioned in the House of Commons whether it was “reasonable” for Duckenfield, who is one of his constituents, to face another trial.Around 60 family members and supporters who gathered to watch proceedings via videolink at the Cunard Building in Liverpool gasped as the court heard the jury had not been able to reach a verdict on Duckenfield.The prosecution in the case, which lasted more than 11 weeks, alleged Duckenfield had the “ultimate responsibility” at the ground for the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15 1989.Under the law at the time he was not charged over the death of the 96th victim Tony Bland, as he died more than a year and a day after the disaster.The court heard Duckenfield ordered the opening of exit gates at the Leppings Lane end of the ground at 2.52pm, eight minutes before kick off, after the area outside the turnstiles became dangerously overcrowded.More than 2,000 fans entered through exit gate C once it was opened and many headed for the tunnel ahead of them, which led to the central pens where the crush happened.Richard Matthews QC, prosecuting, told the court in his closing speech that Duckenfield, who was promoted to the role less than three weeks before the match, should have had the knowledge to make “key lifesaving decisions” on the day.Duckenfield did not give evidence during the trial but Benjamin Myers QC, defending him, told the jury the case was “breathtakingly unfair” and said Duckenfield had “tried to do the right thing”.Mackrell, 69, who was safety officer for the club at the time, was accused of failing to take reasonable care particularly in respect of ensuring there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up.The court heard there were seven turnstiles for the 10,100 Liverpool fans with standing tickets.Mackrell did not give evidence but Jason Beer QC, defending him, argued the build up outside was caused by other factors, including a lack of police cordons and the unusual arrival pattern of fans.He is due to be sentenced on May 13 and faces a maximum sentence of an unlimited fine.last_img read more

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first_imgSUNDAY Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, 8 a.m., Griffith Park. Race begins near the park ranger station along Crystal Springs Drive. Call (323) 829-8968. Hike, 9 a.m., Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills. Ventura Freeway (101) to Coldwater Canyon Avenue, exit south to Mulholland Drive/Franklin Canyon Drive intersection, then turn right at Franklin Canyon Drive. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger confirms Per Mertesacker contract extension

first_img1 Per Mertesacker has had his Arsenal contract extended.The German defender’s deal was due to expire in the summer, but the Gunners have activated a clause to extend it by a further 12 months.Mertesacker, the north London club’s captain, has not played this season due to a knee injury.But the 32-year-old is closing in on a return to action and is viewed as a vital member of Arsene Wenger’s squad, with the Arsenal boss valuing his experience off the pitch as well as on it.Wenger, speaking to reporters on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s clash with Burnley, said: “He has an option that we have taken.“There was no negotiation, there was just an option that we took up. He is back in training, not with the squad but I think he is a few weeks away.”Mertesacker replaced Mikel Arteta as the club’s skipper after the Spaniard retired at the end of last season and took up a coaching role at Manchester City.Arteta was sidelined with a number of injuries for much of his spell with the armband, but Wenger insists the same fate will not befall his current captain.“It’s completely accidental,” he said of the German’s knee problem.“With Arteta, it’s true that he struggled with muscular problems, but Per was accidental.“It was a knee problem but he has recovered from that, so there’s no reason why he should be injured again.”Mertesacker faces a fight to get back into the team once he is fit. His German compatriot Shkodran Mustafi, a big-money summer signing from Valencia, has built a strong understanding with vice-captain Laurent Koscielny at the heart of Wenger’s defence. Per Mertesacker in action for Arsenal last_img read more

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Arsenal fans will love what key player said about Tottenham and Chelsea

first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty – Contributor Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more rookie error Bernd Leno has developed into a key player for Arsenal since joining last year stalemate What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas deals 1 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January He said: “You can’t compare that, of course Arsenal is a world club, THE club here in London.“Not Chelsea, not Tottenham – Arsenal is the club here with fans around the world. No matter where we are, also in the USA or in Asia, there are many fans of Arsenal everywhere.”Leno may think that the Gunners have a bigger global fanbase than their rivals but they have not got the better of them on the pitch over the past few seasons. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Bernd Leno believes Arsenal are the biggest club in London and overshadow their rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.The German goalkeeper joined the Gunners in 2018 and took the no.1 spot from Petr Cech. Perry Groves would rather Arsenal win things than EnglandThe 27-year-old is Unai Emery’s first choice and his latest comments will have endeared the German to the Arsenal faithful.Leno was asked to compare Arsenal with former club Bayer Leverkusen in an interview with SportBild.center_img targets In 2018/19, Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and also beat Arsenal in the final of the Europa League.Furthermore, Tottenham reached the Champions League final, to match Arsenal’s best result in the competition, and also qualified for this season’s competition while the Gunners missed out. LIVE on talkSPORT Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:38Loaded: 6.25%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen latest on target Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement Derby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

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Watford keeper Ben Foster came to aid of 80-year-old fan in heroic gesture

first_img 1 Getty Images – Getty targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS appointed Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has been a hero on and off the pitch this season.Not only has he been a standout performer for the rock-bottom Hornets, it has now emerged he came to the rescue of an elderly dementia sufferer on his way back from a game earlier this month. “Said they had seen him about a mile back and they all said something didn’t seem right him walking on his own in the dark so they came back round to find him and he was lying in the ditch.“Took him home and cleaned him up.“Asked what he’s doing for Christmas and he’s welcome to theirs if he’s gonna be alone.“Ben said he would sort his season ticket for next season if he can still go.”Foster, 36, was in action for Watford as they lost 2-0 to pace-setters Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.The Hertfordshire club have won just one game in the Premier League this season and currently have just nine points, six points behind Aston Villa in 17th. Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti latest rookie error Foster is said to have pulled over to help an 80-year-old after he decided to walk home following problems with his car.Following the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace earlier this month, Foster, his wife Kate and dad were driving and spotted the man walking down a dual carriageway, before turning around to help.The story was shared by Twitter user Dior Angus, who wrote: “He’s been a season ticket holder for like 60 years. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future center_img update PEP TALK Foster has been a standout performer for Watford this term Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship LATEST Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Not enough positive stories get published about sports stars but take a minute too read this and appreciate the kindness of @WatfordFC ‘s Ben Foster and his family, amazing ❤️👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/aSNrnG3jJK— Dior Angus (@Diorcv) December 13, 2019“He’s 80. Early sufferer of dementia so he’s going to have to stop going soon. He left the ground, went to start his car. Flat battery.“God knows why but he thought he would walk 10 miles home. Gets down this dark dual carriageway.“Falls down into a ditch. Car pulls over to help him.“It’s Ben Foster, his Mrs and his dad. on target Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule stalemate last_img read more

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YouTube Roundup

first_imgShare This!Did you know that TouringPlans has an incredibly popular YouTube page? Okay, a YouTube page anyway. Well we do, and I am here to give you a few examples of videos that you can find. They’re like Epcot: entertaining, educational, and a little old and run down…wait, that last one’s just me.This week we’ll take a look at some recent videos and one very fun older one.First up is Angela Dahlgren watching people make delicious treats. Don’t watch this one if you’re hungry:Next is me doing one of my favorite Harry Potter-nerd things…riding the Hogwarts Express.And lastly it was one of my favorite videos to shoot because a) it includes several members of the TouringPlans team and b) we get to try a bunch of snacks.Check back next week for more and make sure you subscribe to our page at https://www.youtube.com/TouringPlanslast_img read more

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Cape ‘tjommies’ help out visitors

first_img18 April 2008Dressed in yellow bibs and only too eager to help, the “Tjommies” (Afrikaans slang for “friends”) are eight formerly unemployed youngsters turned visitor guides, giving tourists advice on attractions in and around Cape Town and helping them have a hassle-free holiday.The Tjommies Ambassador Project is the brainchild of non-profit organisation Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) in partnership with the City of Cape Town.Through this project, the city can help ensure tourist safety while providing unemployed youngsters to access employment opportunities in different segments of the tourism industry.Tjommies shift manager Anton Peterson told BuaNews this week that the concept was developed in December last year as part of developing visitor services in the city ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“They are trained to assist tourists and are provided with maps, guides and season specific information,” he said. “Training on the city’s heritage and tourist attractions and how to present themselves to tourists is also given.”Peterson said that visitors from Europe as well as from other African countries were making use of the Tjommies’ services, with plans afoot to employ 100 Tjommies around the city by 2009.Already, a further 15 youngsters started this week on their training to be Tjommies in Cape Town.Representing city and country28-year-old Nosipo Damane from the township of Gugulethu outside Cape Town was recruited as a Tjommie in December 2007, and described herself as lucky to be part of the group.“In my job I meet different people everyday. It is even better to help visitors from outside South Africa because then I have to be at my best as am not only representing Cape Town, but South Africa as my country,” she told BuaNews.However, tourists were sometimes sceptical about the Tjommies and were a little apprehensive when approached.“Sometimes visitors become defensive. Maybe they think I am a beggar or criminal but I was trained on how to deal with different situations and all in all I enjoy every minute.”Developing local tourismThe City of Town has contributed about R250 000 towards training the Tjommies, who receive a basic salary and can receive tips.“The tourism industry welcomed the implementation of the project and we want to build on its performance leading up to hosting the World Cup,” said Simon Grindrod, the city councillor in charge of economic development and tourism.Nationally, the world cup is expected to create 80 000 jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors.The city has shown a positive growth in occupancies over the festive season, according to a snap accommodation survey conducted by the Cape Town Tourism Department.“The 2007/08 festive season has been a bumper season, as predicted by the tourism industry,” said the department.Further to this, Cape Town reported no serious visitor safety incidents at any of the main tourist attractions during December.“We believe that the collaborative approach between all stakeholders, citizens and visitors contributed significantly to improving visitor safety,” Grindrod said.Aside from the Tjommies Ambassador Project, other city-supported projects include the Festive Season Visitor Welcome and Safety Campaign and the Safety Awareness Campaign.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Search War: Yahoo! Opens Its Search Engine to Attack Google With An Army of Verticals

first_imgYahoo! is taking a bold step tonight: opening up its index and search engine to any outside developers who want to incorporate Yahoo! Search’s content and functionality into search engines on their own sites. The company that sees just over 20% of the searches performed each day believes that the new program, called BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service), could create a cadre of small search engines that in aggregate will outstrip their own market share and leave Google with less than 50% of the search market.It’s an ambitious and exciting idea. It could also become very profitable when Yahoo! later enables the inclusion of Yahoo! search ads on sites using the BOSS APIs. BOSS will include access to Yahoo! web, news and image searches.Partner RelationshipsWebsites wishing to leverage the BOSS APIs will be allowed to can blend in their own ranking input and change the presentation of results. There are no requirements for attribution to Yahoo! and there’s no limit on the number of queries that can be performed.At launch Yahoo! BOSS will see live integrations with at least three other companies. Hakia will integrate their semantic parsing with the Yahoo! index and search, social browser plug-in Me.dium will use the data it’s collected to offer a social search tied to the Yahoo! index, and real-time sentiment search engine Summize was included in the BOSS demo – augmenting Yahoo News search results with related Twitter messages. More extensive customization and integration with large media companies will be performed with assistance from Yahoo! and ad-free access to the APIs will be made available to the Computer Science departments of academic institutions.Me.dium captures 20m URLs daily and will use BOSS to show social relevance in addition to link-weight in search.Does Anyone Really Care About Niche Vertical Search Engines?We asked Yahoo! just that, although we believe that alternative search engines can be pretty exciting. None the less, we think it’s a valid question. Senior Director of the Open Search Platform, Bill Michels told us that niche search engines often aren’t very good because they have access to a very limited index of content. It’s expensive to index the whole web. Likewise, Michels said that there are a substantial number of large organizations that have a huge amount of content but don’t have world-class search technology. In both cases, Yahoo! BOSS is intended to level the playing field and blow the Big 3 wide open. We agree that it’s very exciting to imagine thousands of new Yahoo! powered niche search engines proliferating. Could Yahoo! plus the respective strengths and communities of all these new players challenge Google? We think they could.What’s Not Included?The BOSS APIs are in beta for now, so they may be expanded with time – but for now there are still a few crown jewels in the company’s plans that won’t be opened up. We asked about Yahoo’s indexing of the semantic web and were told that would not be a part of BOSS. We asked about the Inbox 2.0 strategy and the company’s plans to rewire for social graph and data portability paradigms. We were told that those were “other programs.” We hope that there’s not a fundamental disconnect there that will lead to lost opportunities and a lack of focus. It is clear, though, that BOSS falls well within the company’s overall technical strategy of openness. When it comes to web standards, openness and support for the ecosystem of innovation – there may be no other major vendor online as strong as Yahoo! is today. These are times of openness, where some believe that no single vendor’s technology and genius alone can match the creativity of an empowered open market of developers. Yahoo! is positioning itself as leader of this movement.Let’s see what they can do with an army of Yahoo! powered search engines. Let the games begin! Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Analysis#Features#search#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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