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CANADA

Rapids take MLS crown

The Colorado Rapids were crowned champions of Major League Soccer for the first time after a 2-1 extra-time win over FC Dallas on Sunday. Dallas took the lead in the 35th minute when Colombian David Ferreira coolly converted a superb cross from Marvin Chavez. In a largely scrappy game, Colorado drew level through a scrambled effort in the 57th minute when striker Conor Casey scooped the ball home while lying on the floor. Colorado went in front in extra-time when a shot from substitute Macoumba Kandji was deflected in by Dallas defender George John.

SOUTH KOREA

FIFA official speaks out

FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon thinks the recent suspension of two executive committee members for alleged ethics violations is too harsh. “I personally believe the disciplinary measures on the two executive committee members are excessive,” Chung told reporters in Seoul yesterday. The ethics panel for soccer’s world governing body last week banned Nigeria’s Amos Adamu from all soccer activity for three years for allegedly agreeing to take bribes from undercover reporters from Britain’s the Sunday Times newspaper who posed as lobbyists trying to buy votes. It also suspended Reynald Temarii of Tahiti, the president of the Oceania confederation, for one year for breaching FIFA’s loyalty and confidentiality rules when he was secretly filmed. Chung said it’s obvious the two committee members’ remarks were “not careful,” but he wondered if their behavior was serious enough to warrant such a punishment. He said many other executive members have also expressed regret over the suspension.

SCOTLAND

Referees vote to strike

Scottish soccer fixtures may be postponed this weekend after the country’s leading referees voted to strike, media reports said on Sunday. BBC Scotland said the officials had become concerned that their integrity was constantly being questioned by some clubs and individuals. A decision to take strike action received unanimous backing at a meeting on Sunday, the reports said. Former Scottish Premier League referee Stuart Dougal told Sky Sports News: “What’s got to referees is the level of abuse, the intensity of the criticism and of the scrutiny ... My understanding is there are referees who believe, not only their own personal safety, but that of their family [is at risk] as well. When it gets to that level it is unacceptable.” The reports of a possible strike followed weeks of controversy surrounding match officials.

FRANCE

Bolt fancies himself a striker

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt on Sunday revealed that he would like to try his hand at professional soccer when he retires from athletics and dreams of playing for Manchester United. “I’d like to try to become a professional [soccer player] at the end of my career,” the triple Olympic champion on French television station Canal Plus said. “I’ll stop athletics at the age of 30. If I could have the chance to play for a team, even for one of the smallest teams in the English Premier League or a lower division, just to see if I can do it.” Bolt is an avowed United supporter and he went on to admit that it is his dream to line up alongside his heroes at Old Trafford. The world record holder at 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay says he could see himself playing in midfield or as a striker. “But lots of people say I should play as a winger,” he added, “because I’m quick.”

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