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Swiss court begins probe of FIFA President

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland Criminal proceedings against Fifa president Gianni Infantino have begun in Switzerland over meetings he held with the country’s attorney general.A special federal public prosecutor, Stefan Keller, was appointed last month to examine complaints made in relation to the meetings in 2016 and 2017 involving Infantino, attorney general Michael Lauber and the chief public prosecutor for the Upper Valais region, Rinaldo Arnold. Keller has now opened criminal proceedings against Infantino and Arnold, and has sought approval from the Swiss parliament to do the same against Lauber, who must have immunity from prosecution lifted before proceedings against him can be opened.He has concluded that “there are indications of criminal conduct” in relation to the meetings.Infantino and Fifa say they will co-operate fully with the investigation, with Infantino insisting he was trying to assist Lauber with the attorney general’s investigation into historic corruption.The Fifa president was asked about the meetings with Lauber at the world governing body’s Council meeting in June, and said: “To meet with the Attorney General of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal.“It’s no violation of anything. “On the contrary, it is also part of the fiduciary duties of the president of Fifa.”The first meetings with Lauber occurred in 2016, just after Infantino had been elected as president and in the aftermath of the corruption scandal which engulfed Fifa under Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter.Lauber’s office was investigating that scandal, in which Fifa was being treated as a victim rather than a suspect.Infantino said there was a “mountain of questions” regarding those investigations, and added in June: “It’s legitimate to offer to contribute to the Swiss attorney general about the clarification of these events, hoping that those who have done criminal acts and damaged Fifa will be held to account for that.”Tags: courtsFIFALegal actionLegal MattersPresident Gianni InfantinoprobeSwitzerlandlast_img read more

Gomes’ horrific injury overshadows Tosun sneaking late Toffees’ leveller

first_imgANDRE GOMES’ broken and fractured ankle – for which tearful Son Heung-min was sent off – overshadowed Cenk Tosun bagging Everton a point in the 97th minute to rescue a draw.Dele Alli had neatly drilled Spurs ahead while referee Martin Atkinson was controversially backed by VAR in declining two Everton penalties and one for Tottenham, before Tosun powered in a late header.9 Andre Gomes shows the pain as he is taken off with a horrific-looking leg injuryCredit: Reuters9 Tottenham attacker Son Heung-min looks in despair as he realises the extent of the injury for Everton’s Andre GomesCredit: ReutersBut all that was eclipsed by the Toffees’ Portuguese midfielder Gomes being carried off with the horror injury following a lengthy delay at 1-0 down.Gomes tumbled at pace after a late challenge from Son and seemed to twist his foot horribly as he collided with Spurs right-back Serge Aurier.Son and may other players held their heads in their hands after looking at Gomes’ pain and his contorted leg.Atkinson had his yellow card by his side but after the severity of Gomes’ plight became clear he changed it to a straight red.9 Turksih striker Cenk Tosun celebrates his leveller during a dramatic second halfCredit: Getty Images – Getty9 Cenk Tosun arrives to thud home an Everton equaliser with his head during 12 minutes of stoppage timeCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was Everton who settled the quicker after the hold-up, Tosun finally bulleting the ball home from Lucas Digne’s lofted cross.But even after that VAR intervened in what had been a poor contest, passing-wise and for lack of chances.Davinson Sanchez was caught dozing as Richarlison went through and Everton claimed the big striker was impeded when goal-bound.Atkinson, though, ruled no foul – and again replays backed him up.In truth, the football and result became secondary to Gomes – who was rushed straight to hospital.Spurs looked on the brink of picking up their first league win on the road since January thanks to Dele’s 63rd-minute strike.But it was not to be thanks to Tosun striking deep into 12 minutes of stoppage time.9 Dele Alli peels away to salute his neatly-taken goal for TottenhamCredit: Reuters9 Delli Alli bursts through to drill the opener for Spurs on 63 minutesCredit: Reuters9 Midfielder Dele Alli celebrates his breakthrough goal with a sleeping poseCredit: Sky SportsMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe result leaves Spurs in 11th – when a rare away win would have lifted them to eights.They are in the middle of a pack of 13 teams separated by just a single point.Everton, who have spent big in recent windows, move three points clear of the relegation zone.9 VAR examined Dele Alli touching the ball or Yerry Mina pushing him bfor ruled no penalty for EvertonCredit: Sky Sports9 Tottenham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga pulls off a full-stretch save at Goodison Park.Credit: Reuterslast_img read more

‘He’s a monster on the pitch!’ – Who is this Premier League manager talking about?

first_imgTim Sherwood believes he added a monster to Aston Villa’s ranks in the summer in the shape of Idrissa Gueye.The Senegal star joined from Lille in July and has impressed individually, while the team has struggled.“Idrissa is such a small guy off the pitch,” said Sherwood. “You look at him and his stature is very small. But when he’s on the pitch he looks like a monster. He plays like that.“We just hope we can start putting some points together so people start recognising the actual contribution he’s making because it’s very easy when the team lose to say everyone is not very good.“That’s not the case. There are some good performances out there, certainly from Idrissa.“I think he is the player who has come in and settled quicker than anyone.” 1 Aston Villa star Idrissa Gueye last_img read more