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Bedoya heads to US, resigns

Colombian Football Federation president Luis Bedoya on Monday resigned unexpectedly, saying he was stepping down for “personal reasons.” Bedoya had headed the federation since 2006 and was also one of the 11 members of the South American Football Confederation’s (CONMEBOL) executive committee. His resignation comes two weeks after the federation’s accountant resigned and with South American soccer reeling from the FIFA corruption scandal. CONMEBOL, an influential grouping that includes traditional soccer powers like Brazil and Argentina, is heavily embroiled in the corruption probe led by the US’ FBI. A government source said Bedoya had flown to the US on Wednesday last week. The attorney general’s office said they had opened an investigation into Bedoya and were sharing information with US authorities.


Real Sociedad fire Moyes

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes on Monday was sacked by Real Sociedad after a turbulent year in charge during which he failed to turn around the Basque side’s fortunes. “Real Sociedad have decided to cancel the contract of first team coach David Moyes,” a club statement said. “The club wish to thank him ... for all he brought to the club, his professionalism and his dedication in carrying out his duties.” A 2-0 defeat on Friday last week at newly promoted UD Las Palmas left Sociedad above the relegation zone only on goal difference. Spanish media reports indicate that former Barcelona reserve team coach Eusebio Sacristan is favored to succeed Moyes.


Vieira to coach New York

Former France international Patrick Vieira has joined New York City FC as head coach on a three-year deal from parent club Manchester City, the club announced on Monday. Vieira, who had been head of Manchester City’s elite development squad and had been talked of as a possible candidate to take the top job at the Etihad, replaced Jason Kreis. The move follows a disappointing season in the MLS for New York City, who invested heavily in star names such as Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, yet failed to make the post-season playoffs. Former France and Arsenal captain Vieira, a member of Les Bleus victorious 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000-winning squads, said he was looking forward to starting his new job. “This established football set up, together with a passionate and loyal fan base, located in a special city, which I know well, makes for an unparalleled opportunity that I am delighted to seize with both hands,” he said in a statement. “I cannot wait to get started.”


Parents drop concussion suit

A group of parents who sued several soccer organizations, including international governing body FIFA, is no longer pursuing legal claims because of steps taken to address the issue of concussions suffered by youth players, a lawyer for the group said on Monday. The lawsuit, filed last year in a federal court in California, said FIFA and other groups such as the American Youth Soccer Organization have not done enough to reduce preventable injuries from repetitive ball heading. Earlier this year, a judge dismissed the lawsuit, but gave the plaintiff a chance to refile it with additional detail on some claims. Meanwhile, the US Soccer Federation and other groups developed a new initiative to limit heading for children less than 14 years of age and implement other concussion awareness efforts, according to a joint statement.

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