Rangers boss charged
Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been charged over claims he made racist comments, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) said on Wednesday. Green is accused of breaking the SFA’s Disciplinary Rule 66 and Disciplinary Rule 71, which concern comments that bring the game into disrepute. He was criticized by campaign group Show Racism the Red Card earlier this week after he told a newspaper that he referred to former Rangers director Imran Ahmad as his “little Paki friend.” However, Green defended himself, blaming Show Racism the Red Card for succumbing to a knee-jerk reaction. “In the interview, I referred to the fact we are now living in a politically correct world where words and phrases that were once used are no longer acceptable,” he said. “My use of the word ‘Paki’ was when I was referring to how I sometimes warmly address my colleague and friend Imran Ahmad when we meet, something we both know is light-hearted. I deplore racism and sectarianism, and this football club does a huge amount of work in this area to help eradicate these problems.”
Ndlovu pleads not guilty
Former Zimbabwe international Peter Ndlovu has pleaded not guilty of culpable homicide at the start of his trial after a car accident last year killed his brother and a family friend, his lawyer said on Wednesday. “The trial started today [Wednesday] and Peter Ndlovu pleaded not guilty,” Harrison Nkomo, Ndlovu’s lawyer, said by telephone from the resort town of Victoria Falls, where the trial is taking place. Ndlovu, who was at the wheel, suffered serious injuries in the crash that killed his elder brother, Adam, and family friend Nomqhele Tshili in December last year. He played 100 times for Zimbabwe, while featuring for Coventry City, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United during a 13-year stay in England.
Wilson quits the Blades
Danny Wilson on Wednesday left his job as manager of League One (third tier) Sheffield United, despite the club being just six points off automatic promotion and in line for a playoff spot. A 2-0 defeat at home to Crawley Town on Tuesday continued their dismal form at Brammall Lane, where they have not scored since Feb. 16. Wilson took over toward the end of the 2010-2011 season when the club were relegated to the third tier. First team coach Chris Morgan has been drafted in on an interim basis.
Lucas extends Reds contract
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday, without specifying the length of the deal. The Brazil international arrived at Anfield from Gremio in July 2007 and has since made 208 appearances for the club. “I am really delighted to have the opportunity to play for this club. It’s where I think I belong and where I wanted to stay, so I am very happy and looking forward to a few more years here,” Lucas told the club’s Web site.
Monterrey down the Galaxy
Aldo de Nigris scored at the final whistle to give two-time defending champions Monterrey a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, sending the Mexican team to the CONCACAF Champions League final. Monterray advanced with a 3-1 aggregate score from the two-match semi-final and face fellow Mexican club Santos Laguna in the final.