Striker flies 900km for game
Peruvian striker Jahirsino Baylon was forced to travel 900km to help his former club Club Universitario de Deportes play out the remaining eight minutes of a previously abandoned first-division match against Melgar on Wednesday. Baylon traveled from the north of Peru, where he now plays for Union Comercio, just so the same two lineups could resume the match abandoned on July 21 as ordered by the Peruvian Football Federation. The original match was abandoned in the 82nd minute with the score at 2-2 when match officials were attacked by Melgar players and coaching staff after they disallowed a potential winner for offside. Baylon did not touch the ball because Universitario agreed he should be immediately substituted so as to avoid the risk of an injury. There were no further goals on Wednesday so the teams shared the points.
Salzburg’s UEFA bid denied
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected an application from Red Bull Salzburg for provisional measures to allow the Austrian club back into the Champions League after being eliminated by a Fenerbahce side who had been banned over match-fixing then provisionally reprieved, UEFA said in a statement on Wednesday. After being re-admitted pending their final hearing, Fenerbahce beat Salzburg 4-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round of the competition. Salzburg lodged a protest at UEFA which was dismissed on Aug. 9, followed by an appeal, also at European soccer’s governing body, which was also rejected one week later. CAS has said it will announce the decision next week. Salzburg have not qualified for the Champions League group stage since 2005, despite winning the Austrian Bundesliga four times in that period.
FIFPro warns of stingy clubs
International soccer players’ union FIFPro is advising players not to sign for most clubs in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey because of unpaid wages and bonuses. FIFPro said it cautions players “about the bad behavior of clubs” in those countries which have not qualified for UEFA competitions. Clubs entering the Champions League and Europa League face UEFA sanctions for unpaid wages. The warning was issued on Wednesday as the summer transfer window approaches its hectic final days. FIFPro said the Dutch players’ union estimates that at least half of its members moving to Cyprus, Greece or Turkey will have “serious problems” with non-payment.
Valcke urges World Cup vote
Countries hoping to stage the World Cup finals should first get parliamentary approval in light of the difficulties FIFA has experienced with Brazil’s authorities, FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said on Wednesday. Valcke told reporters he was expressing a personal opinion which had not yet been discussed with FIFA president Sepp Blatter. He said it was a lesson he has learned during the complicated organization of next year’s tournament in Brazil. Brasilia and FIFA have been at loggerheads over several issues and soccer’s world governing body was also targeted in mass anti-government protests across the country in June over the huge costs of staging the tournament. “Before Brazil’s proposal [to stage the finals] was sent to FIFA, they could have voted [on it] in congress and that might be done in the future,” Valcke said. He added that if this were introduced it would only come into effect in 2026 since Russia has been awarded the 2018 finals and Qatar those in 2022.