Ex-AEK owner gets jail term
Former AEK Athens owner Makis Psomiadis was sentenced to four years in jail by an Athens court on Tuesday for fraud. Psomiadis, a current shareholder in rival Greek Super League club Nea Kavala, and two of his cousins were given four-year jail sentences for defrauding 11 million euros (US$16.03 million) from AEK’s accounts. The court ruled that Psomiadis, a former tabloid newspaper and nightclub owner, had recorded several invoices in AEK’s accounts for construction work at their training ground between July 2001 and January 2003 that was never carried out. Psomiadis is currently free while considering an appeal to another court. Psomiadis was handed a 12-year prison sentence in October 2002 for forgery but was freed one week later on health grounds after producing evidence he was suffering from tuberculosis.
Robben Island to play host
FIFA’s executive committee will hold its next meeting on South Africa’s once infamous Robben Island on Dec. 3, the governing body’s president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday. “Holding it on Robben Island is a historic matter,” Blatter told a news conference after Tuesday’s executive committee meeting in Rio de Janeiro. Robben Island is where former president Nelson Mandela was held for 18 of the 27 years he was imprisoned by the apartheid regime that ruled South Africa. Among the issues to be decided at the meeting will be the seeding for the 2010 World Cup finals.
Two fans die in clashes
Two fans died in separate clashes with hooligans, officials said on Tuesday. Fans of clubs Deportes Tolima and Deportivo Cali clashed on the way back from their teams’ away matches. Some Cali hooligans chased three Tolima fans, one of whom fell down a ravine, said Colonel Israel Robayo, police commander in the province of Tolima. Several Cali fans were arrested. Meanwhile, Bogota police said fans of local clubs Millonarios and Independiente Santa Fe clashed in a western neighborhood of the city, where one was stabbed to death.
FIFA suspends association
The Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (BAFA) has been suspended by FIFA for government interference in its affairs, soccer’s world governing body said yesterday. “It started with a decision by the Brunei authorities to dissolve BAFA and to replace it with a new federation in December 2008,” FIFA said in a statement. The suspension, which applies globally, means Brunei and its clubs are unable to take part in international competitions. One Brunei club, DPMM, plays in Singapore’s S-League, but will no longer be allowed to do so. The suspension will only be lifted when BAFA is reinstated by the government.
Guardiola cleared of doping
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has been cleared in a long-running doping saga, the Italian Olympic Committee said in a statement on Tuesday. Guardiola served a four-month ban for failing tests for nandrolone while a Brescia player in 2001 but in May the Italian soccer federation finally upheld his appeal. Italy’s anti-doping prosecutor challenged the decision but a tribunal has now ruled in Guardiola’s favor. “The issue has been put to bed and that’s that. The good thing is that it’s over and we can look forward,” Guardiola told a news conference after Barca’s 2-0 Champions League win over Dynamo Kiev.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being