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February 16, 2005

A Cleanup For German Football?

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The News Review:

* Beckenbauer: Soccer scandal hurts Germany
* Helping the blind watch football
* Greats of world game in Tsunami charity match
* A Cleanup For German Football?
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* France turn to Domenech
* Congo coach threatens to quit
* Iya stays in charge
* USATODAY.com – Ohno refuses to slow down
* From terraces to the stalls, anguished fans want to shout out: Et tu,…
* JFF in dire $ straits
* Match-fixing fears grow
* Iran displeased with Bahrain in qualifier
* Ref arrested, scandal deepens
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Wilkinson to miss Ireland…
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Harinordoquy recalled for…
* Spending Freely, Again

Beckenbauer: Soccer scandal hurts Germany
USA Today – Feb 15, 2005
Macau suspended by FIFA
ZURICH, Switzerland — Macau was suspended from international soccer because of political interference by authorities in the former Portuguese colony. Macau, now a special administrative region of China, is barred from all international games until further notice, soccer’s governing body said Tuesday. “Blatant governmental interference in local football affairs in contravention of FIFA principles cannot be accepted,” FIFA said. Previous warnings to Macau were ignored, FIFA added. All of FIFA’s financial assistance has been frozen, and Macau may not vote at sessions held by international soccer bodies. Macau is ranked 190th of 205 national teams. Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

Helping the blind watch football
Expatica – Feb 14, 2005
Trained commentators transmit running commentary for fans with special needs via headphones that are supplied by the clubs and allow the fans to partake in all the action: Who has the ball, who is substituted or what is written on the scoreboard. Bayer Leverkusen was the first club to offer the service in 1999. The then head of the football section of the club, Kurt Vossen, introduced the programme after being asked to do so by a nationwide association of blind or partially blind fans called “Sehhunde” (Seedogs)… ” The association is therefore not only fighting for more seats, but also for more publicity as only through that would blind or partially blind fans realise that they are welcome to attend matches. “Another thing we are hoping, is that clubs themselves start realising that they need to do something and have seats for people with such special needs in all stadiums. ” Schweppe says the association has a vision: “For the 2006 World Cup we would like to see every stadium having facilities for blind or partially blind fans. I am very hopeful that we will manage that. ”
DPA
Subject: German news.

Greats of world game in Tsunami charity match
Telegraph.co.uk – Feb 15, 2005
UEFA will announce in December 2006 which country has been chosen to stage Euro 2012. The Italian federation have already been assured of government support in their bid, including investment for new stadiums. Carraro’s previous four-year mandate was less than successful for Italian football, with the national team facing early elimination in the 2002 World Cup and at Euro 2004, and Italian clubs feuding about quotas on television rights. Valencia president Juan Bautista Soler has said he will not discuss the future of coach Claudio Ranieri until the end of the season. The champions’ 2-1 home defeat by Deportivo Coruna on Saturday extended their winless run to five games and left them fourth in the Primera Liga table, 16 points behind leaders Barcelona.

A Cleanup For German Football?
BusinessWeek – Feb 14, 2005
Berlin prosecutors said on Feb. 2 that some 25 referees, players, and others manipulated games in return for bribes from a Croatian crime syndicate, causing losses to legal bettors on the games. The German Football Federation, long criticized for mismanagement, is under pressure to clean up its act before Germany hosts the 2006 World Cup. Now, politicians across the spectrum want stricter oversight — a move likely to be welcomed by both sponsors and fans.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – Feb 14, 2005
On Saturday, Hoyzer, 25, was arrested while inquiries continued into the four matches that the official admitted he fixed between May and October of last year. Two Croatians with strong mafia ties have been arrested in connection with the scandal. Despite the scandal FIFA boss Blatter, who is here to attend a workshop for the 45 referees shortlisted for the 2006 World Cup, says a betting ban would be unworkable. ?A ban on betting is impossible because players, coaches and referees could use a betting intermediary like a mother, uncle or aunt,? he said. ?We need something more like a system which gives an immediate alert in case of suspicious movements in the betting market. ? Meanwhile, Blatter also said he was against the introduction of video technology. ?Football is a sport with a human face,? he said… ?We need something more like a system which gives an immediate alert in case of suspicious movements in the betting market. ? Meanwhile, Blatter also said he was against the introduction of video technology. ?Football is a sport with a human face,? he said. ?It is a sport with human beings and there is the possibility of human error. ? afpAllen Iverson posts career high 60 points PHILADELPHIA (Pennsylvania): Allen Iverson finished with a career- and NBA season-high 60 points as the Philadelphia 76ers posted a 112-99 triumph over Orlando on Saturday. Tracy McGrady was the last National Basketball Association player to score at least 60 points in a games, recording 62 for Orlando against Washington in March. Iverson became the 18th different player to score 60 points in a game.

France turn to Domenech
TVNZ – Feb 15, 2005
The 52-year-old, formerly coach of the French under-21 team,succeeds Jacques Santini who left after Euro 2004 to take over atEnglish premier league club Tottenham Hotspur. “We must qualify for the 2006 World Cup and, if possible, win,”said Domenech. “But beyond the results we also have to rebuild around ournational team the special feeling of joy that helped us to win the1998 World Cup and Euro 2000,” he said. “France’s team must become everybody’s team again. French football federation (FFF) chairman Claude Simonet saidthey had received 41 applications for the post, of which six “werereally serious”. “The shortlist was reduced to three names, Laurent Blanc, JeanTigana and Raymond Domenech, before we reached a consensus andappointed Raymond Domenech,” Simonet said… “But beyond the results we also have to rebuild around ournational team the special feeling of joy that helped us to win the1998 World Cup and Euro 2000,” he said. “France’s team must become everybody’s team again. French football federation (FFF) chairman Claude Simonet saidthey had received 41 applications for the post, of which six “werereally serious”. “The shortlist was reduced to three names, Laurent Blanc, JeanTigana and Raymond Domenech, before we reached a consensus andappointed Raymond Domenech,” Simonet said. Simonet said he would recommend the Federation’s council “toappoint Domenech for four years with yearly objectives”. “I think that we should write in the contract the obligation toqualify France for the 2006 World Cup and to reach at least thesemi-finals in Germany,” he said. “If these two objectives were to be met, the contract would berenewed for two more years.

Congo coach threatens to quit
BBC News – Feb 15, 2005
In an interview with Congo Radio last weekend, the Frenchman accused
the country’s government and football federation officials of failing to act in the best interests of the national team. “I did not come to Congo for tourism but rather to restructure Congolese football and take the country up to the highest level,” Letard told the station. He claimed the country’s sports ministry and football federation officials have not started implementing a plan for the recovery of Congolese football, which was put together last year. It included the establishment of a centre for youth footballers and the organisation of a training camp for the national team, which was subsequently cancelled due to cash problems… In an interview with Congo Radio last weekend, the Frenchman accused
the country’s government and football federation officials of failing to act in the best interests of the national team. “I did not come to Congo for tourism but rather to restructure Congolese football and take the country up to the highest level,” Letard told the station. He claimed the country’s sports ministry and football federation officials have not started implementing a plan for the recovery of Congolese football, which was put together last year. It included the establishment of a centre for youth footballers and the organisation of a training camp for the national team, which was subsequently cancelled due to cash problems. Congo, fourth in their qualifying group, meet Zambia on 27 March.

Iya stays in charge
BBC News – Feb 15, 2005
Iya, who became Fecafoot boss in 2000, won another term that will keep him in office until 2008. He also headed a Fifa imposed caretaker executive body between 1998 and April 2000, which was formed to restore order to the administration of football in the country. Nguini Effa, Iya’s opponent for the presidency, withdrew at the last moment, paving the way for an easy victory. Effa was forced to end his bid when he could not constitute a list of 30 eligible nominors, as required under Fecafoot rules… Responding to delegates after his victory, Iya said the new mandate will enable him continue to “modernise Fecafoot’s administration and increase its sources of revenue”. The elections were to have taken place in April 2004 but were postponed by the government. This followed the decision of Fifa to deduct six points from the Indomitable Lions’ combined 2006 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. Although the points were subsequently restored, the government ordered a review of Fecafoot’s constitution and an inquiry into the financial management of the body. Fifa, which regarded this act as political interference in the running of Fecafoot, threatened sanctions, which could have led to an international suspension. The government subsequently backed down and allowed Fecafoot to go ahead with the elections.

USATODAY.com – Ohno refuses to slow down
USA Today – Feb 15, 2005
finishers in the freestyle races were farther back —Andrew Johnson 50th in the men’s 15k and Rebecca Dussault 65th in the women’s 10k. Clint Jones placed 45th in a World Cup ski jump on the 2006 Olympic hill in Pragelato, Italy. No Americans competed in the Nordic combined events. The World Championships start this week in Oberstdorf, Germany. NEXT WEEK
Nordic skiing: The 11-day World Championships start Thursday with two short cross-country freestyle races. The Nordic combined athletes start with their longest race Friday, and the ski jumpers compete on the shorter hill over the weekend.

From terraces to the stalls, anguished fans want to shout out: Et tu,…
Irish Independent – Feb 13, 2005
Brendan Menton, who was the FAI’s point man in Saipan, is now a consultant with the Asian Football Confederation based in Kuala Lumpur, having been paid off by the association. Keane’s biographer Eamon Dunphy has gone from being Keane’s confidante and biographer to having no real contact with the player. Niall Quinn is making a new career outside football but suffered dreadfully because of Saipan, where his innate decency was twisted and derided by critics like Dunphy. The former king of drivetime radio, who many feel played a Svengali role in the affair, is now getting up early in the morning on Newstalk, after his TV3 chat show imploded. Dunphy, portrayed as a she-male wood nymph in the musical, is now a peripheral satellite in Keane’s life, and if he’s bitter it doesn’t usually show. One exception happened after the bust-up between Patrick Viera and Keane in the tunnel at Highbury. Dunphy described his erstwhile hero as “a prat”… In relation to Saipan it noted: “The seeds which culminated in the captain’s withdrawal from the squad had been sown many years before and were nurtured over an extended period of time. ” It added that Roy Keane was “a perfectionist, often to the extreme, making him appear more obsessive and intimidating than he is”. But with the World Cup in 2006 providing a possible finale for the saga, Mathews and Co may have to start working on a sequel.

JFF in dire $ straits
Jamaica Gleaner – Feb 13, 2005
The meeting is scheduled to have a segment that includes the submission of a balance sheet, along with a receipts and expenditure account from the limited liability company. According to JFF financial statements and documents, which reached The Gleaner, in 2002, the JFF had a healthy asset count of $65 million, as it managed a net surplus of just more than $5 million. However, the seeds of the current indebtedness had already begun to be sown as in 2001, it had made a surplus of almost $19 million, showing 2002 as a bad year in terms of profits. That loss has accelerated and as at Decem-ber 31, 2003, according to audited figures, the JFF recorded a net loss of $32… In that year, the JFF company made $197 million, but spent $230 million under the title ‘operating expenses’, yet only $12 million of that was accounted for as salaries and wages in the audited report by JPMG Peat Marwick. Since that time, the JFF has changed administration, but found even more problems. Things took a turn for the worse after the national teams failed to qualify for all major international competitions, including the 2006 World Cup in Germany, cutting off anticipated income from sponsors. BANK OVERDRAFTAs at December 31, 2004, the JFF racked up a bank overdraft of $15. 9 million and a long line of creditors and accruals, amounting to about $13. The company’s trade creditors amount to $10.

Match-fixing fears grow
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Feb 14, 2005
The Fifa president was speaking after Robert Hoyzer, the disgraced German referee, who has admitted being bribed to fix matches, was arrested by Berlin prosecutors for failing to identify all the matches and people involved in the country’s worst corruption case in football for 30 years. However, Blatter, who was yesterday attending a workshop in Frankfurt for the 45 referees shortlisted to officiate at the World Cup finals next year, said: “A ban on betting is impossible because players, coaches and referees could use an intermediary like a mother, uncle or aunt. We need something more like a system, which gives an immediate alert in case of suspicious movements in the betting market. ” However, bookmakers had warned the German Football Federation about curious betting patterns months ago, but it was only in January when Hoyzer admitted rigging four matches in return for £60,000 from a Croatian gambling syndicate, that the deals have been revealed. Three Croats have subsequently been arrested and been subjected to intense questioning. The scandal has overshadowed Germany’s preparations to stage the 2006 finals… ” However, bookmakers had warned the German Football Federation about curious betting patterns months ago, but it was only in January when Hoyzer admitted rigging four matches in return for £60,000 from a Croatian gambling syndicate, that the deals have been revealed. Three Croats have subsequently been arrested and been subjected to intense questioning. The scandal has overshadowed Germany’s preparations to stage the 2006 finals. Many leading figures have demanded lifetime bans for anyone found guilty of being involved in the case. Those outraged include Franz Beckenbauer, the former coach and captain of the national team, who said: “Only in that way can further damage for German football at home and abroad be prevented. ” Hoyzer was arrested on Saturday and was charged with eight counts of fraud. Hansjürgen Karge, a state prosecutor, said: “Hoyzer did not tell us everything.

Iran displeased with Bahrain in qualifier
IranMania News – Feb 15, 2005
The Bahraini fans even booed the Iranian side in Persian. The Head of Iran?s Football Federation, Mohammad Dadkan is now following up the case with the Asian Football Confederation. The Bahraini fans even booed the Iranian side in Persian… The Bahraini fans even booed the Iranian side in Persian. The Head of Iran?s Football Federation, Mohammad Dadkan is now following up the case with the Asian Football Confederation. The Bahraini fans even booed the Iranian side in Persian. The Head of Iran?s Football Federation, Mohammad Dadkan is now following up the case with the Asian Football Confederation. ?We don?t expect a heavy punishment for Bahrain for their disappointing behavior, but we expect the AFC to at least set a fine for team.

Ref arrested, scandal deepens
TVNZ – Feb 13, 2005
“For thatreason, there is a concrete risk of his absconding,” it added. Thestatement said an order for Hoyzer’s arrest had been issuedon Friday and that police had arrested him on Sunday. Thescandal is already the biggest in Germany for over 30 years and hastarnished the country’s image as it prepares to host the 2006 WorldCup. Thesituation could get worsen if earlier matches are found to havebeen fixed. The GermanFootball Association (DFB), which is also investigating the case,declined to comment on Hoyzer’s arrest. “That is adecision of the prosecutor’s office,” DFB spokesman Harald Stengersaid. Hoyzeradmitted over two weeks ago he had taken money to fix games in theCup and lower leagues in Germany in a betting scam connected withCroatian gamblers… Thescandal is already the biggest in Germany for over 30 years and hastarnished the country’s image as it prepares to host the 2006 WorldCup. Thesituation could get worsen if earlier matches are found to havebeen fixed. The GermanFootball Association (DFB), which is also investigating the case,declined to comment on Hoyzer’s arrest. “That is adecision of the prosecutor’s office,” DFB spokesman Harald Stengersaid. Hoyzeradmitted over two weeks ago he had taken money to fix games in theCup and lower leagues in Germany in a betting scam connected withCroatian gamblers. Prosecutors said on Saturday the evidence available at the time hadnot warranted an arrest. They declined to provide any details ofthe new evidence.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Wilkinson to miss Ireland…
BBC News – Feb 14, 2005
“Jonny’s not fit yet,” Falcons chief Andrew told BBC Radio Five Live. “He won’t be fit for Dublin, there’s no doubt about that, but he might be fit for Scotland and Italy. ”

The 25-year-old has not played for England since the 2003 World Cup final after a succession of injuries. England, who have lost three Six Nations games in a row, wasted a 17-6 half-time lead in their 18-17 defeat to France. Goal-kickers Charlie Hodgson and Olly Barkley missed six penalty attempts and a drop-goal between them. “They’ve probably got two of the best English kickers in the Premiership in Hodgson and Barkley,” added Andrew, a former England fly-half and goal-kicker.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Six Nations | Harinordoquy recalled for…
BBC News – Feb 14, 2005
Wing Aurelien Rougerie returns on the wing for the injured Jimmy Marlu, while Julien Laharrague is also added. Coach Bernard Laporte said: “Even though we won at Twickenham we think there were a lot of bad points. “Of course, it’s cruel to drop players after a win over England, but if we want to rebuild a team for the 2007 World Cup now is the time to test new players. ”

Team manager Jo Maso said: “The last two games confirmed that Chabal had potential, but we think that his future at international level is in the secondrow rather than the back row. “Marlu suffered a knee injury against England and we felt that Liebenberg was a bit shy and should give more to the team. “It’s the same thing for Pepito Elhorga who was given a chance to prove his worth at fullback but lacked ambition against England. “We hope that Julien Laharrague will bring more speed to our backline.

Spending Freely, Again
Brandweek Magazine – Feb 14, 2005
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