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SBD Global/April 9, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Agent Fined, Warned After 'Amazing Outburst' Against FIFA, UEFA

Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent "has landed himself in hot water after an amazing outburst" against FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, according to Darrren Witcoop of the London DAILY MAIL. FIFA fined and warned agent Mini Raiola "for using offensive language in the wake of his no-holds barred attack." He was ordered to pay 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,349) and "was also hit the pocket" to the tune of 1,000 Swiss francs ($1,069) "for the costs of disciplinary proceedings." Raiola's rant came after Ibrahimovic was "overlooked for the FIFA’s 2012 Ballon D’Or prize." The agent "began his tirade by comparing the governing body to a mafia organisation." He later branded Blatter a ''demented dictator'' and called Platini a ''mafia boss'' (DAILY MAIL, 4/8).

FILING A COMPLAINT: Former Iran side Persepolis coach Manuel Jose has "formally complained to FIFA," claiming that the team "has not paid his remuneration" (TEHRAN TIMES, 4/8).
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