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Criminal Proceedings Against Sepp Blatter

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Swiss investigators have begun criminal proceedings against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini by searching the former FIFA president’s office while quizzing his UEFA counterpart, Platini.

At the heart of their search is an answer to the legality of a two million dollar payment from Blatter to the French football legend.

“Swiss criminal proceedings against the President of FIFA, Mr. Joseph Blatter, have been opened on September 24, 2015 on suspicion of criminal mismanagement … and – alternatively – misappropriation,” said a statement from the OGA, Switzerland’s Lawyer General’s Office.

Blatter (now 79) is in the process of handing over the reins of the world football governing body amid accusations of corruption.

The Swiss prosecutor said data had been seized and the FIFA President questioned. He is considered a ‘suspect’; while Platini is considered ‘a person called upon to give information’.

Platini, now 60, is the automatic FIFA vice-president as he has been head of UEFA since January 2007.

Blatter was said, by his lawyer Richard Cullen, to be cooperating with the Swiss authorities and that he was confident a review of the evidence would yield ‘no mismanagement occurred.’

The alleged $2.0 million franc ($2.9 million) is thought to have been made in February of 2011 ‘for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002’.

Michael Platini Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Platini

Michael Platini Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Platini

On Friday Platini said the money had been for ‘contractual’ work.

“Concerning the payment that was made to me, I wish to state that this amount relates to work which I carried out under a contract with FIFA,

“I was pleased to have been able to clarify all matters relating to this with the authorities. I also made clear to the Swiss authorities that since I live in Switzerland I am available to speak with them any time to clarify any matters relating to the investigations.”

Blatter is under investigation by US authorities for links with former FIFA vice-resident Jack warner.

It is being alleged that Warner used the Caribbean Football Union as a power base to which Blatter was suspected of contributing.

But Blatter’s lawyer, Cullen, said the contract was ‘properly prepared and negotiated’ by all FIFA staff required for such matters..

Warner is just one of 14 soccer officials and business executives expected to face US prosecutors. It will be alleged they were involved in more than US$150 million in bribes for broadcasting rights and marketing deals.

Beauty Queen a Nazi Sympathiser

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Russian beauty queen Olga Kuzkova has been stripped of her Miss Russia Premier League beauty title after pictures of her supporting Nazism surfaced on social media.

The competition consists of each of Russia’s 16 football teams selecting a beauty to represent them. Ms Kizkova took out the title of Miss Charming.

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But controversy erupted soon after when pictures of Kuzkova, dressed in a maid’s outfit with a swastika armband and a message supporting the incineration of Jews, surfaced on Vkontakte, a Russian social media platform.

The Moscow Times reported, “In one picture, Kuzkova gazes into the camera, her right hand extended in a Nazi salute as she stands in front of a wall bearing Nazi graffiti.

“Anbother features two photos spliced together. The first shows a Cadbury bubbly bar (a popular candy bar made up of oddly sized chocolate sphere. The second shows a group of small African children, clad in dirty clothing, posing for a group shot in what appeared to be a remote village. The insinuation is that the children and the chocolate bar looks alike. Kuzkova wrote: ‘I love chocolate, but after this image I developed an … aversion.’

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Kzukova’s boyfriend is shown with the numbers “14/88” tattooed on his legs – a code for ‘Heil Hitler’. The photograph of the couple has the words ‘White Love’ written beneath it.

CSKA fans created a Facebook page to pressure the organisers to strip Kuzkova of her title.

The Russian Premier league duly did so. The Executive director of the league, Sergei Cheban, said to the Russian newspaper Sport Express: “We do not tolerate manifestations of fascism, nationalism, and racism.

“It is unfortunate that it happened. However I beg (everyone) to understand the situation.”

He said Kuzkova was willing to give up her title. Doing so, she realised would limit the potential damage to the CSKA.

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Kody ‘The Power’ House Set to Debut Against NSW

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Kody ‘The Power’ House is hanging up her lingerie league gear and stepping in to play in the Queensland Women’s Rugby League team.

House played in the Australian version of the Lingerie Football League and believes the change of codes will do her good.

House makes her debut for Queensland against perennial foe New South Wales. The Queenslanders have 17 straight interstate victories, but find themselves going into this game as underdogs.

The side has been decimated by injuries, including the loss of star Ali Briggenshaw, and will field 9 debutants!

House is a qualified diesel mechanic from Central Queensland. She is a big, powerful woman who has earned her nickname and the respect that comes with it.

At 80kg of cut muscle House will line up in the centres. She says she is a direct ball runner, preferring to steamroll through tacklers rather than sidestep them.

And she is an athlete.

House began her sporting career as a star soccer player. She made the top grade in Brisbane before switching to sevens rugby union, where she played for Queensland.

FHouse then code-hopped to AFL; then moved again to American football and the Lingerie Football League.

She has the glam and she has the wham.

The game kicks-off at 1300 Smiles Stadium (home of the NRL Cowboys) at 2:45pm this Saturday.

Fans are promised lots of action, lots of hits, and plenty of skill as this fierce rivalry continues.

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Kody Power image: www.youtube.com

Matildas Upset Brazil in World Cup!

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The Matildas have stunned the soccer world beating favourites Brazil to move through to the quarterfinals in the World Cup.

The Matildas scored the only goal in the game soaking up 90 minutes of relentless pressure from their more fancied rivals.

And hasn’t the media gone into overdrive.

Greg Howard from Deadspin wrote: “Holy shit. Holy shit! Brazil are out of the World Cup! Australia is through to the quarterfinals! It wasn’t supposed to go down like this. Brazil finished first in their group, while Australia finished second in the Group of Death.

“There have been a lot of upsets this World Cup, but this is the biggest one of the knockout stages, and it’s also the biggest win in Australia’s history. Brazil looked all tournament long to be one of the best sides, but of course, that doesn’t matter now.”

The Brazilians were on the attack from the opening whistle. And while the Australians never looked comfortable against Brazil, neither did they  look out of their depth..

Midfielder Caitlin Foord came in for special praise for effectively shutting down Brazilian super star, Marta.

“The five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, was largely kept in check by the Australian defense on Sunday,” wrote NBCSport’s Jeff Kassouf., “thanks in large part to speedy 20-year-old defender Caitlin Foord, playing in her second World Cup.”

It was a gutsy win by a team who wanted it more. Well done to all the girls.

Passed-Out Soccer Star’s Photo’s Go Viral

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19 year-old soccer sensation Jack Grealish has been photographed ‘paralytic’ in the gutter while on holiday in Tenerife, Spain.

The footballer has a history of trouble, with Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood already warning the young tyro of his behaviour in April.

In the previous incident Grealish was pictured inhaling nitrous oxide (Laughing Gas).

“I explained to him his behaviour can’t be tolerated by the football club,” said Sherwood at the time of the first incident. “We can’t condone that behaviour.

“It doesn’t matter how young he is, he is now in a responsible position as a professional footballer.

“He’s got to make sure it won’t happen again, he’s assuured me it won’t.”

Well it has.

Briony King image: Twitter

Briony King image: Twitter

In a statement about the current viral photographs Aston Villa have said, “The club is aware of the photographs of Jack Grealish currently circulating.

“We will be meeting with the player, but any action will remain an internal matter.

“There will be no further comment from the club.”

World Rejoices at Sepp Blatter Retirement

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Sepp Blatter has stunned the world, resigning his post as FIFA President only days after winning his re-election.

He is currently under immense scrutiny and an FBI investigation for corruption.

Blatter said he felt ‘compelled’ to stand for re-election, but has since realised the football governing body requires a ‘profound overhaul.’ One, we can only assume, that includes him.

And while the President was elected with a mandate from the members he realises he has lost support of the people who play, watch, and love the game. Without this support, he believes his actions and motives will forever be questioned.

Blatter will stay on as President until the next elective congress.

That was due to be in Mexico City on the 13th of May 2016. However, Blatter has asked the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress to elect a successor at the earliest opportunity.

Blatter depicted himself as the hero of FIFA. He said he has always fought for the betterment of the game, but has been blocked by detractors with their own axes to grind.

In a parting shot Blatter has seconded Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction of far-reaching measures that will limit the powers of the next President and the executive council.

Measures, in other words, that should have limited what Blatter himself was able to do.

Jordan’s Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who lost a narrow vote to Blatter last Friday said, “I think that it is the right move from Sepp Blatter and I think we have to look to the future … I am at the disposal of all the national associations who want a change, including all of those who were  afraid to make a change.”

President of the European soccer federation UEFA, Michael Platini said, “It was a difficult decision, a brave decision, and the right decision.”

In fact, it’s difficult to find anyone who is not openly enthusiastic at the news of Sepp Blatter’s stepping-down.

Prince Ali seems to have the support of the whole world.

More FIFA Corruption Arrests Likely

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Top US federal investigators are ‘fairly confident’ there will be more indictments against more FIFA officials.

Leader of the US Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Unit, Richard Weber, refused to identify any remaining targets in the high-profile corruption probe or say whether returning president Sepp Blatter was among them.

But he did say, “I’m fairly confidnt that we will have another round of indictments.

“I strongly believe there are other people and entities involved in criminal acts.”

It is now two weeks since 14 people were charged with bribery, corruption and an elaborate scheme of kickbacks involving the global governing body for football.

Weber waved away the idea that the US government was angling to topple FIFA’s leadership. He said the probe involving the FBI and US Justice Department sought only to root out corruption that was part of global football.

“I don’t think there was ever a decision or a declaration that we  would go after soccer.

“We ar going after corruption.

“One thing led to another, led to another … and another.”

The authorities told the Times newspaper that the timing of the release of the indictments had nothing to do with the FIFA presidential elections, and was not a bid to damage anyone’s reputation or election chances.

They did, however, say they thought it better to wait for a gathering of FIFA officials in Switzerland to make the arrests.

Russian Soccer Star Gets Made an Offer He Can Hardly Refuse

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Russian porn star Alina Yeremenko – a.k.a. Alina Henessy has raised more than eyebrows during a Q&A with a Russian sports reporter.

She began by rating national soccer players on a scale of 1 to 10.

And she pulled no punches.

Poor Sergei Ignashevich scored a very modest 3!

But this was leading somewhere …

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The very popular Aleksandr Kokorin came in with a perfect 10. To add to the kudos Yeremenko promised the 24 year-old soccer stud a 16 hour-long sex session if he scores five moree goals before the season comes to a close, – “as a thankyou.”

Reporters are eagerly awaiting a response from Kokorin. But fans seem to think the liason would tarnish the striker’s image.

“I’m not sure having sex with her is going to be the incentive he needs,” said Dynamo fan Leon Golubev to the Mirror. “I don’t thnk he is that basic.

“If he only scores three [goals] does that mean she’ll just have an eight hour session with him?” asked Oleg Andreeff, a Moscow supporter.

Randwick Rugby Club Trials Concussion Patch

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Randwick Rugby Club is the first Australian team to trial a new concussion patch that monitors data from head impacts and allows medical staff to make better decisions around head injury treatment and prevention.

The first grade team wore the small patches behind their ears at the opening round of the Shute Shield competition last weekend, and will continue to use it in every game from now on.

The X-patch measures G-force and rotational acceleration to monitor the force, length and location of every blow to the head. The small digital device was created in 2007 by Seattle-based X2 Biosystems for American football and was used for research by the Auckland University of Technology. This study involved examining every hit sustained by a single amateur rugby union team in New Zealand throughout the 2013 season, and was published by the American Journal of Medicine.

The research found that across a 19-match season, the premier-level team experienced 20,687 impacts to the head greater than 10g, which is approximately the impact of a light punch. That equates to a massive average of 77 impacts to the head per player-position per match.

4,452 of these impacts were “above the injury-risk limit” – and this was in the amateur rugby union league.

Wearing the X-patch, according to Dr Matt Matava of the NFL Physician Society, “has allowed us to accurately diagnose concussions immediately following an injury [6 minutes after a hit]. The software also allows up to compare the players’ injury date to their baseline in order to asses changes in mental status.”

The X-patch was adopted by London rugby union team, Saracens, in January. It has also already appeared in NFL, NHL, US Lacrosse and in the coming season will be used by all 20 major league soccer teams in the United States.

The technology is currently focused on simply monitoring head impacts and acquiring data. However, Dr Adrian Cohen of NeckSafe, said at the Randwick club season launch on Thursday: “one of the things that interested me was the role of technology and actually getting some objectivity into what is going on.”

“We can see what is going on and get a firm understanding of the things that lead to injury and what we can do,” said Dr Cohen.

Eventually, when adopted more widely, this technology could revolutionise our understanding of and ability to prevent head injuries in contact sports. It will help in particular to monitor the smaller, repetitive hits, which can do even more damage than the obvious knock out hits.


 

High School Student at Center of Football World

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A year 7 high school student from the Gap has become the most sought after person on the internet and idol to billions of Chinese soccer fans.

12 year-old Stephen White was a ball boy at the tense, hard fought Asian Cup match between China and Saudi Arabia at Suncorp on Saturday night. With the scores locked at nil all the Saudi team were given penalty. Just prior to the penalty kick being taken by Neif Hazazi the Chinese goal keeper, Wang Dalei, turned to Stephen, who was standing behind the goal. Dalei and asked the Stephen (himself a budding goalkeeper) which way he should dive to save the goal.

“I was very surprised,” said Stephen to reporters after the game.

“He asked if he should go left or right. I told him left because that’s the way I always go in trying to predict where the ball will go.

“I was really excited when he saved it”

And so was Dalei.

And so were Chinese football fans half a world away.

Dalei warmed the hearts of sports fans all over the world by giving Stephen a thankyou hug after the final whistle. Furthermore Stephen was invited to attend China’s Monday night training session at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. It is rumoured Dalei may present Stephen with his jersey.

China held on to win the game 1-0 and take a very big step towards securing overall honours.

“I love goalkeeping,” said Stephen, “it runs in my family. Stephen’s brothers Samuel, David and Dominic are also goalkeepers for their respective teams.

Their mother, Suzie, says her boys watch as much football as they can. “They focus on the keepers and everything they do.”