FIFA ethics committee bans Valcke for 12 years

first_imgGENEVA (AP):Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter’s long-time right-hand man, was banned from all football-related activity for 12 years yesterday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general.Valcke was found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of wide-ranging offenses, including taking private jets for personal use, destroying evidence and trying to force through an undervalued sale of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup television rights for the Caribbean.”Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA, while his private and personal interests detracted him from his ability to properly perform his duties,” the ethics committee said in a statement.Valcke’s ban is four years longer than the eight-year sanctions handed down to FIFA President Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini in December for a financial conflict of interest.The ethics judges said Valcke violated seven sections of FIFA’s code of ethics, compared to four each by Blatter and Platini, and also fined him 100,000 Swiss francs (US$12.4 million).The ban is likely not the end of Valcke’s legal troubles. He is expected to be asked to give evidence to American and Swiss federal prosecutors investigating widespread corruption in international football.His football ban comes one month after the 55-year-old Frenchman was fired by FIFA for a second time in a colourful career. The former television presenter and marketing executive had been suspended last September. The firing was based on an internal report about his conduct, including use of expenses and private jets.FIFA commissioned that report last year before a 2014 World Cup ticket agent alleged that Valcke sought to profit from a black market deal which later fell through. That allegation, made by ticket agent Benny Alon, prompted Valcke’s suspension and the ethics case to be opened.Valcke has consistently denied wrongdoing, and can appeal to FIFA and later to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”With today’s decision, the FIFA ethics committee has shown that it is not a credible, independent or objective decision-making body,” Valcke’s US-based lawyer Barry Berke said in a statement, criticising an “unjust and politically motivated decision”.”Mr Valcke is confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear that he did absolutely nothing wrong in carrying out his duties for the good of FIFA and the sport,” Berke said.last_img read more



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“Fluff and bluff budget cannot deliver the good life” – Ali

first_img2019 Budget debatesOpposition Member of Parliament (MP) Irfaan Ali kicked start the 2019 Budget debate in the National Assembly on Monday declaring that Finance Minister Winston Jordan is providing inflated estimates aimed at giving Guyanese an “imaginary good life”.Ali voiced his displeasure over the Government’s $300.7 billion Budget, saying the presentation was sugar-coated ‘fluff and bluff’, adding that 63 per cent of voters signalled that they were not fooled by what he deemed was Government’s inability to improve their lives.Ali, who is a former Housing Minister, said that Government’s budget was poorly forecast with no measures to aid the “ailing economy”, further saying that it was riddled with wasteful spending on items such as $5.9 billion on dietary needs and billions more for accumulated expenditure on other refreshment and meals, local travel and security for Ministers. Despite the Finance Minister’s near five-hour presentation last week, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Executive was adamant that the forecasts presented were “consistently inconsistent” with Jordan’s speech, disputing Government’s announced measures to “reduce taxes”. To this end, the former Housing Minister highlighted that the tax revenue for 2019 will be $93.6 billion more than the actual tax revenue for 2014.“In the speech we also heard about fantastic projects, but their economic feasibility not yet determined and no funds have been set aside to support these projects based on the estimates,” Ali told the House.These relate to several road projects across the country and the Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study, which was sole sourced for $150 million. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman also highlighted procurement breaches such as the $ 1.1 billion spent on the D’Urban Park Project. Ali noted that Minister Jordan omitted to highlight that sugar production for 2017 was approximately “57 per cent less than the level reported for 2014”.“Export revenue from sugar was US$39.5 million (or $8.3 billion) less than the level reported for 2014. The export revenue for rice and bauxite also contracted by US$48.5 million (or $10.2 billion) and US$17.6 million (or $3.7 billion) respectively between 2014 and 2017…Timber production fell by 30.9 per cent between 2014 and 2017, causing the export revenue from timber products to reduce by US$20.2 million (or $4.2 billion) Meanwhile, diamond production contracted by 47.9 per cent thereby causing the export revenue to decline,” Ali told the House.He outlined that this year’s budget saw little or no significant allocations for youth and at-risk groups such as single-parent mothers. He in fact believes that this year’s budget was crafted to give an inaccurate impression of the improved standard of living Guyanese were expecting.Ali pointed out that the forecasts for the sugar sector were $4.3 billion and $5.3 billion above the actual contribution of this sector in 2016 and 2017 respectively, adding that the forecast for contributions from the gold industry was $2.7 billion above actual contributions from the sector in 2017. He noted too that the revised estimate regarding the contribution of this sector is also projected to deviate from the initial forecast in 2018 by $11.3 billion. The PAC Chair explained that owing to these and other forecasting errors, the Minister was forced to revise the realPPP/C MP Irfaan Alieconomic growth rates for the past three years downwards.“Based on new Balance of Payments presented by the Minister in the 2019 Budget, the deficit for 2018 is projected to be more than two times the forecast he gave last year and may be responsible for the unplanned depletion of the international and gold reserves of the Bank of Guyana,” Ali observed.The PPP/C MP opined that Government had to first acknowledge problems existed in the economy before they could be solved rather than MPs putting their “heads in the sand”. Ali noted many of the troubles in the various sectors could be linked to tax measures imposed, especially on the productive sector for which the former Minister said his successors were unwilling to accept that there was a decline. “Since assuming office in 2015, this government has budgeted and expended more than a trillion dollars. Unfortunately, a large portion of the Government’s expenditure has been channelled into areas that do not improve the well-being of our people or stimulate economic growth,” Ali stressed in his speech. He said that the combined total amount spent on other refreshment and meals, local travel and security for Ministers in 2018 was 2.6 times the total amount allocated to maintain bridges, roads, drainage, irrigation works, sea and river defences and other infrastructure. He added that it was 47 times more than the increases given to our elderly in the form of Old Age Pension and Public Assistance.“The amount proposed for these frivolous activities in 2019 approximate $5.7 billion, which will be 2.7 times greater than the amount budgeted in 2019 for maintaining roads, bridges, drainage and irrigation works, sea defence, and river defences and other infrastructure that would benefit all Guyanese rather than the select few at the top of the food chain, 22.9 times greater than the $800 million that pensioners are expected to benefit from in the form of increases in Old Age Pension and Public Assistance during 2019,” Ali disclosed.Days before his presentation, he was arrested at 04:00h by ranks of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and later faced 19 charges relating to lands the State says he undersold. The Opposition holds out these are politically trumped-up charges instituted just after the coalition was defeated at the recent Local Government Elections (LGE) where the PPP/C won 61 per cent of the popular vote.last_img read more



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Sampdoria latest club to pull out of race for Liverpool striker

first_img Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Sampdoria have joined Inter Milan in pulling out of the race to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.As talkSPORT told you this week, Inter rejected an offer for Mateo Kovacic from the Kop club – which included Italian Balotelli as a makeweight.The Serie A giants could not be persuaded to lure the former AC Milan forward back to the San Siro as part of that deal and now Sampdoria are the latest side to have given up hope of bringing the 24-year-old back to Italy, despite chasing his signature since January.Club president, Massimo Ferrero, believes it would cost too much to sign Balotelli this summer and has ruled out his side going back in for the ex-Manchester City man.Ferrero told Sky Italia: “I’d like to see Balotelli here, but I cannot afford him.”Balotelli endured a disappointing return to the Premier League last term, registering just one goal in 16 Premier League appearances as Liverpool limped to a sixth-placed finish.It has left question marks over his Anfield future and whether he can work in Brendan Rodgers’ system at the club following his £17m move last summer. 1last_img read more



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Man City team to play Everton – a starting XI to strike fear into the Premier League and it doesn’t even include £32m signing!

first_img 1. Joe Hart (goalkeeper) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below Manchester City have started the 2015/16 Premier League season in sensational form and will look to make it three wins from three at Everton today.The 2014 champions have been boosted by the £32m signing of Nicolas Otamendi at centre back, but the Argentine international is still waiting for his work permit to come through, so won’t make his City debut at Goodison Park.However, City can still boast a formidable starting XI.Take a look at our predicted team in the slideshow above. 4. Vincent Kompany 11 3. Bacary Sagna 15. Jesus Navas 7. Raheem Sterling 11. Aleksandar Kolarov 11 11 11 20. Eliaquim Mangala 21. David Silva 11 11 25. Fernandinho 11 16. Sergio Aguero 11 11 11 11 42. Yaya Tourelast_img read more



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Poll: Are you happy?

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HOW DERMOT BRICK MOLLOY WROTE ABOUT ALL-IRELAND GLORY – AGED 10

first_imgIT’S every ten-year-old boy’s dream – to one day win an All-Ireland medal.When Donegal star Dermot Brick Molloy was ten, he not only dreamt it…he wrote it down in his schoolwork.And the star today released that fine piece of work which his mum found yesterday. It reads: “My name is Dermot A Molloy. My hopes for the future is to play for Donegal under 14, 16, minor and senior and to get an all Ireland medal.”Now THAT’S predicting the future.   HOW DERMOT BRICK MOLLOY WROTE ABOUT ALL-IRELAND GLORY – AGED 10 was last modified: October 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HOW DERMOT BRICK MOLLOY DREAMED OF ALL-IRELAND GLORY – AGED 10HOW DERMOT BRICK MOLLOY WROTE ABOUT ALL-IRELAND GLORY – AGED 10last_img read more



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Tottenham midfielder’s agent heads to Italy for transfer talks

first_imgThe 30-year-old has caught the eye of several sides in Serie A, including Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli.And now, according to Sky Italia, Dembele’s agent has flown to Italy to hold talks with representatives from clubs there.The midfielder is reported to have a price tag of around £26million, which could prove a stumbling block for some sides. 2 The agent of Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has flown to Italy to sound out interest from Serie A clubs.The Belgian is into the final year of his contract at Spurs and he is so far refusing to pen an extension. 2 Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is a fan favourite thanks to his dominating displays. The Belgian star is wanted by numerous top clubs but Tottenham value him at £26million, which may put some off. As such Dembele’s agent is keen to learn about the level of interest in his client before formal offers are made.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more



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Newcastle confirm signing of Swiss defender Fabian Schar from Deportivo

first_img 3 3 Swiss ace made 25 appearances in La Liga last season Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update BEST OF Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Say hello to our new number 5️⃣, Fabian Schär! Full story: https://t.co/xIIRhaCgJm #NUFC pic.twitter.com/DvaTqsvQOS— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 26, 2018“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming. At the moment, I just want to get started.”Schar made 25 appearances in La Liga last season and played three matches for Switzerland at the World Cup in Russia.Benítez added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United.“He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience. Most Read in Football gameday cracker NEWCASTLE have signed Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna on a three-year deal.The Swiss defender completed his medical with the Premier League side on Wednesday after the Magpies activated a £3m release clause in his contract. impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack ALTERED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware The Swiss defender arrives at St James’ Park as Rafa Benitez’s fourth signing of the summer.After deal was confirmed, Schar said: “I’m really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me.“I’m not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I’m quite good with the ball – I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine.“I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully I can use it here. latest NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Rafa Benitez has signed four new players this summer 3 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas “He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”Newcastle have already signed Martin Dubravka, Ki-Sung Yeung and Kenedy on loan this summer. Schar has won 42 caps for Switzerlandlast_img read more



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Some England fans compare atmosphere in empty stadium to Man City games

first_imgAtmosphere is as lively as the Etihad. #CROENG— Ryan Freeman 🦊🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@FreemanRyan0788) October 12, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won The atmosphere in Rijeka reminded fans of another venue Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It reminded some Three Lions fans of Manchester City’s home games at the Etihad Stadium.The Citizens have had trouble selling out their 55,000-seater over the years and they tend to receive a fair amount of mockery for it (mainly from Manchester United supporters). I’m expecting fantastic performances from any City players today. They should be used to playing in front of no one. #CROENG #UEFANationsLeague— Ryan (@Banners_Up) October 12, 2018 ADVICE Weird sensation watching this England game…unless, of course, you’ve watched your team play at the Etihad.#ENGCRO— DarwinsWetDream (@SamuelG19136252) October 12, 2018 It’s like watching a Bodmin town match #CROENG #england— Jeweller86 (@wjjewell) October 12, 2018 This is painful. If you close your eyes it feels like you’re at a Leisure Centre. #CROENG #ENG #UEFANationsLeague— Nicky Crosby (@CrosbyNicky) October 12, 2018 Still a better atmosphere than at the Etihad……. #CROENG— Chris Shearing (@Sicknote81) October 12, 2018 huge blow Stadion HNK Rijeka, hosting Croatia vs England, is empty for different reasons.In Croatia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy, played in June 2015, a swastika was marked on the pitch in Split. Their punishment from Uefa was to play two competitive fixtures behind closed doors, of which Friday night’s game is the second.Here are some of the best tweets from England fans: England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware BEST OF More people at this England match than City get at the Etihad.— Adam Kilgour (@Kilgour93) October 12, 2018 Must feel like being back at The Etihad for Stones, Walker and Sterling— Greg Williamson (@Williamso17Greg) October 12, 2018 REVEALED center_img 2 MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED 2 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Nice to see all the Man City fans at the #CROENG game— fairplaynafe (@nathanemm) October 12, 2018 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s Nations League match against Croatia is being played behind closed doors and it’s weird to say the least.The game has an eerie feel to it, with manager’s instructions audible and atmosphere totally non-existent. The Man City players in the England squad will feel right at home with this lack of atmosphere tonight seeing as they play their home games at the Etihad Stadium 😂😉 pic.twitter.com/NmpobT2EHF— Leisure Leagues (@leisureleagues) October 12, 2018 Is this England game being played at the Etihad?!!! #CROENG— Simon Gildroy (@thegildroy) October 12, 2018 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move More fans at this England game than at the Etihad for a champions league game— Matthew Sssn (@matthew_sssn) October 12, 2018 REVEALED Kyle Walker in the empty stadium during Croatia vs England Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injurylast_img read more



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Slaughtneil ace shares moving letter from Donegal that put sport into perspective

first_imgA moving letter from Donegal-based doctor Charlie McManus, a close friend of the late Donegal goalkeeping coach Pat Shovelin, touched tough Derry and Slaughtneil defender Chrissy McKaigue this week.McKaigue will play for Slaughtneil in this weekend’s All-Ireland semi-final against Nemo Rangers, but was gripped by a letter from Dr McManus.In October, popular Pat Shovelin passed away after a nine-month battle with cancer. Dr McManus had helped to treat his former Donegal backroom team colleague in his final weeks.“On Oct 21st, a great man passed way, after what can only be described as a Herculean effort to remain with his wife and two boys,” his letter to McKaigue read.“Three weeks or so before his passing, Pat got the news that there was nothing that could be offered in terms of treatment. As we sat in his kitchen, I borrowed a line from the Shawshank Redemption and told him he had to get busy living!”Pat and Dr McManus decided to arrange a charity match between Donegal’s 2012 All-Ireland winning side and a team of players from outside of Donegal. “I write to inform you, that you made the team,” Dr McManus wrote..“I know it’s not a county final medal, a provincial medal or a Celtic cross. I know it’s not an All Star or a team of the century award.Every so often in life you get hit with a sense of perspective! I received this letter today and I think it sums up how unique the GAA and its members are. #GAA pic.twitter.com/WVWDlwFYbT— Chrissy McKaigue (@CKaigue) February 21, 2018“However, I can assure you that such was the esteem, respect and absolute love the people of Donegal had for Pat Shovelin, that your place on the team, for me and many more, is amongst the highest of accolades“Perhaps, at some time of your life, on or off the field, when things are not going to plan and you need a pick up, that you can draw inspiration and confidence from his letter and realise that a great man, a man you never met, thought you were the best in your position to face his beloved Donegal.”The letter certainly made McKaigue take note. Slaughtneil ace shares moving letter from Donegal that put sport into perspective was last modified: February 24th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ArdaraChrissy McKaigueDonegal GAADr Charlie McManusPat ShovelinSlaughtneillast_img read more



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