Everton Ribeiro wins award
Cruzeiro’s Everton Ribeiro has been named Brazil’s player of the year, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Friday. The attacking midfielder, who is being watched by Manchester United according to media reports, was Cruzeiro’s standout player as they ran away with Brazil’s Serie A title. Cruzeiro dominated the end-of-season awards with their coach Marcelo Oliveira claiming the manager of the year prize and four players making the championship’s team of the season. Goalkeeper Fabio, central defender Dede, and holding midfielder Nilton, all joined Ribeiro in the side. Second-placed Atletico Paranaense, who lost the Brazilian Cup final to Flamengo on Wednesday, had three players in the team and striker Marcelo was named young player of the year. The coaches and captains of Brazil’s 20 first division sides voted, along with top journalists and members of the Brazil international squad.
Trio charged over hacking
Three men including a referee have been charged following allegations of computer hacking and the sharing of private information at the English Football Association (FA), police said on Friday. Dean Mohareb, a 30-year-old referee, has been charged with perverting the course of justice and unauthorized access to computer data, while Liam Cliff, 18, and Vincent Rossi, 46, have been charged with perverting the course of justice. All three live in the Manchester area of northwest England. They will appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Greater Manchester Police said. Mohareb, a Football League referee, is national referee development manager at the FA, making him a senior member of the referees department. He was first arrested in October last year over allegations that he hacked a colleague’s e-mails. Mohareb was suspended by the FA in February. It is believed that the other two men are not FA employees. The FA has declined to comment on the matter while legal proceedings are going on.
Incentive scheme agreed
Germany’s players would each earn a payout of 300,000 euros (US$408,300) if they win the World Cup in Brazil. The German Football Federation (DFB) says team captain Philipp Lahm and the rest of the players quickly agreed to keep the same incentive scheme that was in place for last year’s European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. The scheme only kicks in after the second round, with each player receiving 50,000 euros for reaching the quarter-finals, 100,000 euros for reaching the semi-finals and 150,000 euros for the final — doubled if successful.
Malaysian has Mercedes test
Malaysian Jazeman Jaafar carried out a driver evaluation test with the Mercedes team at the Silverstone circuit in England on Friday. The 21-year-old, who is backed by the team’s Malaysian oil company partner Petronas, was at the wheel of a 2011 car that he drove in a Kuala Lumpur street event in March and at a Silverstone filming day in June. “I have always known I want to reach the height of F1 but, if I had any doubts, after today I just want it even more,” said the Malaysian, who has raced in both British Formula Three and Formula Renault 3.5 this year. Malaysia, which hosts a round of the Formula One championship, has only ever had one grand prix driver — Alex Yoong, who competed for now-defunct Minardi without scoring a point in 2001-2002.