The FBI is investigating the role played by Fifa president Sepp Blatter in a $ 100m (£66.2m) bribes scandal, a BBC investigation has discovered. Sports marketing company ISL paid a total of $ 100m to officials including former Fifa president Joao Havelange and ex-Fifa executive Ricardo Teixeira. In return, ISL was granted lucrative television and marketing rights throughout the 1990s. Blatter denied knowing about the bribes and took no action. He even allowed Teixeira to take part in the notorious vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Panorama reporter Andrew Jennings has seen a letter obtained by America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation which casts doubt on Blatter’s denial. The letter, apparently written by Havelange, talks about the payments he received from ISL. It says Blatter had “full knowledge of all activities” and was “always apprised” of them. The letter is included in an FBI request to the Swiss authorities for help with their investigation. They ask for the file of an earlier Swiss investigation into the ISL bribes and they say “among other things, the prosecutor is investigating Havelange’s statements implicating Blatter”. In 2010, Blatter suppressed a Swiss legal finding that both Havelange and Teixeria had received bribes from ISL. In 2013, Blatter told a Fifa ethics committee inquiry he was unaware of the bribery. He was cleared of any wrongdoing. Blatter, who says he will stand down as head of football’s world governing body in February 2016, declined to respond to any allegations put to him. Lord Triesman, a former Football Association chairman, was given the figure by sources close to British intelligence. “I was told by two sources that have always been very reliable with good information, good intelligence, that the sum that Qatar had spent on their bid was £117m.” This is six times what England spent on its bid for the 2018 World Cup, and almost 12 times the American expenditure on their 2022 bid. Qatar’s bid chairman did not respond to correspondence from Panorama. Lord Triesman said: “I take the straightforward view that it should be possible when you look at the money that people have spent to know exactly how it was spent and whether it was legitimate or not. “In a way the problem is that, goodness knows, it’s not transparent enough for anyone to know.” Last Thursday, US attorney general Loretta Lynch announced a further 16 Fifa officials and associates have been indicted as part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the organisation. Gary Lineker, who supported England’s 2018 World Cup bid, tells Panorama: “It makes me feel nauseous at the levels of corruption in a sport that has been a huge part of my life and is a huge part of many people’s lives right around the world. “Part of me hopes that with everything being so clearly rotten, we can come out and somehow start again and, and correct it. “
Nico Rosberg took his first victory for more than four months as he beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Mexican Grand Prix. The German controlled the race from the start, with the new world champion only a couple of seconds behind but unable to get close enough to challenge. Rosberg’s fourth win of the season moved him back into second in the championship behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who crashed out. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas took third. What was a largely soporific race for more than half the distance was enlivened by a potential intra-team controversy at Mercedes, when Hamilton disagreed with a request for him to make a second pit stop. The team had planned to run the race on a single stop, fitting the ‘medium’ tyres for a long final stint after running the first third of the grand prix on the ‘softs’. But with 25 of the 71 laps to go, Mercedes called Rosberg in for a second stop and then a lap later did the same for Hamilton. Ferrari, Australia, 2006 The world champion immediately questioned the decision, only to be told it was for “safety reasons” because the first set of tyres were “down to the canvas”. Hamilton clearly did not believe what he was being told, saying: “The tyres feel fine.” He was told he must come in: “This is an instruction.” But after returning to the track, he said to his engineer Peter Bonnington: “You’ve got to check those tyres, Bono.” And asked to be told what the result of that was. Clearly annoyed, Hamilton started setting fastest sector times and began to close on his team-mate – only for the battle to be interrupted when Vettel crashed, bringing out the safety car. That bunched the field up, but Rosberg maintained his lead at the restart with 22 laps to go and was able to hold Hamilton off to the end. It was Rosberg’s first victory since the Austrian Grand Prix nine races ago and his fourth of the season, compared to Hamilton’s 10, and will be exactly what he needed after the disappointment of seeing Hamilton clinch the title with three races to go in the US a week ago, largely thanks to an error by the German. Ferrari have a shocker There were indications Vettel might have been able to give the Mercedes drivers a challenge had he enjoyed a trouble-free race – but his afternoon was anything but. The Ferrari driver received a puncture when he and Daniel Ricciardo collided at the first corner as the Red Bull driver tried to pass him. Each blamed the other and the stewards declared it a racing incident. Sebastian Vettel switched to mediums on lap one following a puncture in a collision with Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull Sebastian Vettel suffered a puncture in a collision with Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull on lap one Having fought his way up to 12th place, Vettel spun at Turn Seven, the start of the Esses on lap 17, damaging his tyres. He also ran wide at Turn 12 later on the same lap after rejoining the track. After a second stop at about half-distance, he rejoined between the two Mercedes drivers, a lap behind, and was able to stick at their pace but had to be told to let Hamilton by. A few laps later, Vettel ended an uncharacteristically poor race when he again lost control at Turn Seven, this time nosing into the barriers. He admitted over the radio to his team that he had driven poorly and apologised. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also had a bad race. Starting 19th after a change of engine following qualifying, he was up to sixth when he collided with Bottas at Turn Five. Bottas went around the outside of Raikkonen at Turn Four and was more than halfway alongside his fellow Finn on the inside as they reached Turn Five, the second part of what is effectively an elongated chicane. Raikkonen turned in anyway, and the two touched, the Ferrari’s right rear wheel riding over the front left of the Williams and breaking the red car’s suspension. Home hero Perez takes eighth Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat finished fourth, but had held third place until the safety car’s introduction. He was passed by Bottas down the straight on the restart, the Williams’ Mercedes power too much for the Renault engine in the Red Bull. Kvyat was left to fend off Ricciardo to the end, with the second Williams of Felipe Massa taking sixth. Local hero Sergio Perez, ecstatically cheered throughout by the sell-out crowd in the twisty stadium section at the end of the lap, came home eighth behind team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, impressively fending off the much-fresher-tyred Toro Rosso of Max Verstappen after the safety car.
Australia were “overly sensitive” to postpone their tour of Bangladesh over security concerns, says Pakistan Cricket Board president Shahryar Khan.
Bangladesh police are investigating the murder of an Italian aid worker who was shot on Monday, with the Islamic State group saying it is responsible.
The two-Test series was due to begin in Chittagong on Friday, 9 October.
“One man gets killed, an Italian, and the tour is off. We’ve had 50,000 people killed in Pakistan,” Khan said.
Khan was referring to figures estimating the number of “fatalities in terrorist violence” in Pakistan since 2003.
In May, Pakistan hosted their first home full international fixture since gunmen attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team on its way to play in Lahore in 2009.
“A certain amount of tension is likely through terrorism, but they have to trust the Bangladeshis, the Indians, the Sri Lankans and Pakistanis. We give them 100% protection,” Khan added.
“Some of the countries, like Australia and New Zealand, are perhaps oversensitive.”
Cricket Australia had initially delayed the team’s scheduled departure on 28 September while it worked on a “revised security plan”.
But it now says that official advice means it had “no alternative but to postpone the tour”.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said it was “disappointed” by the decision but is “committed to rescheduling the series at a later date”.
On Wednesday, the BCB had promised “VVIP” treatment for the Australian team, saying they would be given the same level of security afforded to visiting heads of state.
England are due to tour Bangladesh to play two Tests and three one-day internationals in October and November 2016.
Barcelona and Argentina national team forward Lionel Messi will miss next <u>7-8 weeks</u> due to injury. Medical examination in Barcelona hospital “Creu Blanca”showed trauma of medial collateral ligament of the left knee. He spent half an hour in the clinic and left from there badly limping. The star was injured in the clash with Pedro Bigas, “Las-Palmas” defender. The incident happened on 10th minute of the game. Barcelona won that game 2-1, 2 goals were scored by Luis Suarez.
Blaugrana head coach Luis Enrique commented Messi’s injury and the game against “Las-Palmas”.
Here is his comment to the official Barcelona site:
“It’s very sad and unpleasant when someone is being injured. Especially if this someone is Lionel Messi. But we are a team and I’m sure that we’ll overcome that. It’s a test and extra motivation for a team. We’ll see who we are and I’m sure we’ll be fine. We are used to overcome obstacles and we improved our indicators that depend on us.
Barca won’t play in a different way without him. There were situations that he could handle by himself, and now we just have to be stronger as a team.
We showed a good performance and had a lot of opportunities to score. There is a little complaint regarding the goal opportunities creation. When an opponent by accident scores the goal, it makes the game difficult, especially during last five minutes.”
Anyhow, not much football fans around the world can stay indifferent about Titan of modern football’s injury. Leo, get well soon!
There’s no doubt that football players are one the most venturous people in the world. Football as the game has a spirit, that is closest to gambling. During both these activities players get into an excitement that makes them act the way that regular spectator won’t even understand. Andnamely this behavior helps to win the game. Probably there is no famous footballer in the whole world, who never tried to gamble.
One of the most popular games among footballers is poker. This game resembles football a lot, cards and chips here are being used like players in football.
Here are Top-7 famous football players who are the most successful in poker.
One of the most interesting players During European Poker Tour in Barcelona was Gerard Pique. He is an old poker fan, but, unfortunately, he is not able to spend enough time for this game. The reasons are ban of online poker in Spain and his busy football life, that’s why Gerard can’t participate in live tournaments too. Nevertheless Shakira’s husband sometimes manages to attend poker events. A few years ago, he got 3rd place in Barcelona and won about 41 000 Euros of prize money. Later he participated in the greatest EPT event. It was possible due to his disqualification in the national football team. He didn’t get into prizes in the main event, but at the HI rollers tournament (entry ticket was 10.3 thousand Euros) he was 19thwith 21000 Euro as a prize. Pique fought peer to peer with the real poker celebrities, such as Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Ole Schemion.
Teddy Sheringham, a legend of Manchester United and England,began his career in poker after quittingfrom active football. He traveled around the world and played in a big number of tournaments. The biggest Teddy’s prize in a live game was 93 thousand Euros on EPT in Vilamoura. The total amount of his game winnings is about 440 000 pounds.
In 2010 Imperator signed a contract with Party Poker and became its representative in Italy. That’s how he commented it: “I had complicated situations quite often during my football career. Patience, reasonableness and belief in victory always helped me to fix them. All this is important for poker players as well. Besides that I really enjoy playing poker”. Also Francesco said that poker and sports have a many things in common. As a member of Party Poker Team Tottitook part in a World Poker Tour tournament, before that he played in a charity game that supported earthquake victims.
Gianluigi Buffon is another Italian legend who spends part of spare time playing poker. Everything started from charity tournament and since then Gianluigi has passionately fallen in love with poker. He started to play as an unknown online player. After he won a few online tournaments, Pokerstars offered him to be a sports representative of the brand. Buffon agreed and since then plays in offline tournaments. But of course due to his busy gaming schedule, there is no much room for it. “Juventus” goalkeeper considers concentrating on poker after the end of his footballer career.
”I played poker always while playing football. Sometimes we were killing some time with partners during breaks between games or trainings. My favourite game is Texas Hold’em. Poker is just a hobby. Coaching job is an absolute priority for me. That’s why poker won’t affect my coaching activity. Shortly we’ll schedule some dates and I’ll participate in one of the offline tournaments. At the moment I practice online” – said the legendary captain of Germany.
The “phenomenon” is the official ambassador of the largest poker room Pokerstars and he officially plays in offline tournaments in the Pokerstars team in the South American market. This fact is confirmed by an official contract document. Also, he is an official face of Pokerstars brand and takes part in advertising campaigns.
The overall amount of winnings of the famous Irish forward and chief commentator of “Party Poker” is more than 700 K pounds. His favourite game is Texas Hold’Em. Cascarino wrote autobiography where he says about his passion towards gambling. Cascarino won 168 800 pounds in the Grand finale of the British Poker tour – 2009.
It looks like poker is the smart way to gamble. Even more, sometimes it can become a successful continuation of a football career.The risky part is an addiction that can be a serious trouble for the footballer and his family!
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Italian football player Stephan El Shaarawy from AC Milan passes into the top of the French team AS Monaco competition.
According to media information, the severance pay for 22-year-old striker moves in the amount of 16 million euros. “Of course I regret the departure of Milan, but the time has come to gather new experiences. Four years in AC were very important, and I learned a lot. I am very grateful to Milan,” he quoted the words of El Shaarawyho Internet portal goal.com.
El Shaarawy played last season in the jersey of AC nineteen matches.
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