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Football News - Coaches, More Racism & Beckham Canned 06/10/02
Brazil are unlikely to confirm a new coach to replace World Cup winner Luiz
Felipe Scolari until early next year. Brazil
will go in to their next game - an away friendly against South Korea on
November 20 - with a yet-to-be-announced caretaker. Brazil's next competitive
fixtures are in the summer of 2003 when the South American qualifiers for
the 2006 World Cup get under way.
Senegal plan to appoint another French coach to replace Bruno Metsu, who
left to take up a one-year job with UAE club Al Ain, as most of the squad
play their football in France and the Senegal FA feel a Frenchman would
have the influence to 'ease the contacts' with French clubs to release players
for international duty.
Metsu has announced that he has given up hopes of returning to manage Senegal
when his contract with Al Ain ends in 10 months' time. Initially top players
threatened a boycott if Metsu wasn't allowed to return to the job. Senegal
reached the quarter finals of the 2002 World Cup in their first appearance
at the Finals.
FA Asks UEFA To Get Tough On Racism
Following more racist abuse at European ties involving English clubs, the
FA is seeking urgent taks with European football's ruling body UEFA. The
latest incident in the game between Yugoslavian side Sartid Smederevo and
Ipswich Town, Ipswich's black players Marcus Bent and Finidi George were
abused and spat at by the home fans.
Incidents have also been reported at the PSV Eindhoven v Arsenal European
Champions League Game in Holland, the Valencia v Liverpool tie in Spain
and the Hajduk Split v Fulham match in Croatia.
Jubilo Iwate remain atop the J.League
Second Stage standings after a
2-0 win away to Gamba Osaka with both goals coming from striker Naohiro
Takahara, who missed the World Cup due to a blood clot in his lung brought
on by long haul air travel when the national team toured Europe before
the competition. The 23 year-old looks certain to start up front for Japan
when new coach Zico announces his first squad for the friendly against
Jamaica on October 16.
The Asian Games in Busan is dominating sports news in Korea at the moment.
The North Korean Women's team defeated Japan 1-0 to advance to the final
against China. Sporting events between the two nations have taken on an
extra significance after North Korea recently admitted that its armed
forces had abducted Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s. When questioned
on the issue by Japanese journalists North Korean athletes have responded
that they had no knowledge of the abductions.
FIFA To Experiment With Extra Officials
FIFA plans to introduce extra assistant referees behind the goals at next
Year's Confederation Cup in France and the Women's World Cup in China as
part of an experiment suggested by Michel Platini. Referees and assistant
referees were heavily criticised for a number of dubious decisions in this
year's World Cup.
Researchers from the Frauenhofer Institute in Erlangen and Munich's Technical
University are developing a computer system that can detect offsides and
alert referees if a ball crosses the goal line.
Minute sensors placed inside the ball and the players' shin pads will beam
information about players'location and movement to six relay stations positioned
off the pitch.
The information when fed into a central computer system will flash or beep
the referee's receiver with information whether the ball has crossed the
goal line or if the player was behind the defender when a pass is played.
The Cairos System, which is undergoing extensive trials, is expected to
go on sale next fall for $245,000 after two years of research costing US$7
million . German referees have had a favorable reaction so far: 'If it functions
100 percent, it could be a great thing,' said Eugen Strigel, who trains
The system will also determine if the distances for a wall on a free kick
are the required yardage, but won't help referees make passive offsides
calls - whether or not a player in an offside position has affected play
Barnsley On The Brink
English Division 2 side Barnsley - who were playing in the Premier League
only five years ago - announced this week that that the club was to go into
administration. The financial crisis as the Yorkshire club has deepened
following the collapse of ITV Digital and the team's relegation from the
Nationwide Division 1 last season. Barnsley (pictured playing Stockport)
have won only 4 of their first twelve games and fans have called for the
sacking of chairman, John Dennis. The club is on course to record a loss
of around £2.5 million this season, with income of around £4.5 million set
against a wage bill of £5 million. Earlier Division 1 side Watford announced
that the club needed around £9.5 million to avoid administration and called
on players to take a 12% pay-cut.
FIFA v England
The differences between football's world governing body FIFA and England's
domestic football associations increased with the news that the FA is to
seek an exemption from FIFA's recent worldwide imposition of an automatic
one-match ban for red cards. The FA allows a 14-day grace period before
any suspension comes into effect and the use of video evidence to enable
referees to withdraw any red or yellow cards.
FIFA Vice President, Scotland's David Will commented: 'England decided to
go down this road, but they are the exeption rather than the rule. FIFA
have decided everyone must apply the same disciplinary regulations.'
The English Football League, which administers the game outside of the Premiership,
has also applied to FIFA for special dispensation to opt out of FIFA's transfer
window calendar and allow clubs to sell players into the Premier League,
due to the financial situation of many of its member clubs. 'We don't agree
with transfer windows as they exist within the letter of the law. If this
is not allowed, Fifa may face legal challenges because there is a restraint-of-trade
issue here', a spokesman said.
Moreno Loses Appeal
Ecuadorean referee Byron Moreno, who was heavily criticised for his handling
of the Italy v South Korea match at the World Cup, has lost his appeal against
a 20-match ban by the Ecuador Football Federation (FEF) following an Ecuadorean
championship match between Liga de Quito and Barcelona. Moreno initially
indicated six minutes of injury time but added on twelve. Liga subsequently
scored twice to win 4-3 to leave visiting Barcelona fuming and people worldwide
wondering if there was substance to Italian claims of foul play at the World
In his defence Moreno - who enjoys widespread popularity in Ecuador - claimed
the game had been full of time-wasting and stoppages, whereas the Barcelona
President Leonardo Bohrer pointed out that Moreno was standing for office
in local elections in Quito in October.
Beckham: Child's Play
The England captain and Manchester United star, David Beckham is also enjoying
success off the pitch - as a fashion designer. A collection of childrens'
clothes Beckham helped design went on sale in Marks & Spencer department
stores across Britain in September. Initial sales figures have been brisk.
Later this month in Japan Pepsi will launch a limited edition of its cola
in two aluminium bottles bearing images of Beckham with his signature and
a hand-written 'I Love Japan' message appearing in the design.
David Beckham Books
USA 5 Russia 1
Russia was on the wrong end of a thrashing by the US women's national team
in the opening match of the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup. Star player Mia
Hamm scored two of the US team's goals. Three of the Americans' goals came
in a five-minute blitz in the second half.
Russia has already qualified for the 2003 Women's World Cup, which will
be held in China.
USA 4 Australia 0
In their second match of the Nike Cup, the US women's team took the Ozzies
to the cleaners with one of the goals being scored directly from a corner
taken by Shannon MacMillan. Brandi Chastain scored from a penalty to open
the scoring, and Cindi Parlow added two more before MacMillan's wonder strike.
To underline the dominance of the Americans in this competition, their overall
historical record is 23 wins, no draws and no defeats.
Nike is also in the news with the theme tune the company used in its $80,000,000
World Cup promotional campaign: Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation",
a remix of a previously unsuccessful release. This time round, the single
went straight to No. 1 in the States.
from the Far East
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