Juventus’ trip canceled
Serie A leaders Juventus’ trip to Parma on Tuesday night was called off less than an hour before kickoff because of heavy snow making areas in and around the stadium too dangerous. The decision was taken after consultation between the two side’s captains, the referee, the local prefect and security officials. Parma chief executive Pietro Leonardi said he agreed with the decision. “At 8pm, I accepted the decision. It wasn’t possible to play,” he told SkySport.
President resigns from TFT
Mehmet Ali Aydinlar, president of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), and his two deputies announced their resignation in Istanbul on Tuesday in light of a match-fixing scandal that has embroiled the sport in the country. “In a context where non-ethical behavior from certain people and institutions is considered authorized, and where trust does not exist, I don’t have the means to resist anymore,” Aydinlar said in a statement posted on the TFF Web site. Aydinlar refused to disclose the reasons for his resignation. However, the move comes five days after a special meeting of the General Assembly of the TFF, during which no agreement could be reached as to what sanctions should be imposed on clubs involved in match-fixing.
Remy hit by paternity suit
Olympique de Marseille’s France international striker Loic Remy is the subject of a paternity suit, the lawyer of the mother of the child he is accused of fathering told reporters on Tuesday. The complainant has asked for Remy to submit to a blood or DNA test to ascertain whether he is the father of the boy, who was born on Nov. 4 last year, according to the lawyer, Laurie Delclos. Remy, 25, is Marseille’s top scorer with nine goals in Ligue 1 this season.
Olympic hopes dealt blow
Qatar’s hopes of winning a spot in this year’s Olympic soccer competition have been dealt a blow after FIFA overturned a draw in Oman for fielding an ineligible player, awarding the home side a 3-0 victory. The London Olympics qualifier on Nov. 27 last year ended in a 1-1 stalemate, but Qatar’s Abdelaziz Hatim should not have been on the pitch in Muscat. The midfielder had been booked in the second round of qualifiers against India and picked up a second yellow card in the round three game with South Korea. The Qatar Football Association has been fined US$7,600, while the team have now slipped to third place in Group A with two points, the Asian Football Confederation said on its Web site yesterday.
North refuses to play South
A North Korean youth soccer team refused to play a South Korean side in a tournament held in China, citing cross-border tension after the death of leader Kim Jong-il, an official said on Tuesday. The two countries were preparing to play each other on Monday in Kunming, China, as part of an annual regional event between young soccer players from the two Koreas, Japan and China. However, the North’s players were ordered to leave the field before kickoff “due to a government policy not to deal with the South,” according to an official from the South Korean city of Incheon that helped arrange the event. “The players [from the two sides] were taking photos together and warming up for the game, but only 30 minutes later, the North’s players were ordered to leave.”
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