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SBD Global/May 8, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Names In The News
Published May 8, 2013
FOOTBALL NAMES: FIFA Exec Committee member CHUCK BLAZER has been suspended from football for 90 days after claims his conduct was "fraudulent." The former CONCACAF general secretary "has been given a provisional ban pending full disciplinary proceedings" (BBC, 5/6). ... Ligue 1 Marseille midfielder JOEY BARTON "was given a two-game ban" for calling Paris St. Germain defender THIAGO SILVA an "overweight ladyboy" on Twitter, and the French Football Federation suspended the penalty. The FFF said that the penalty "would have to be served only if Barton uses offensive language again on Twitter" (AP, 5/6). ... Former Argentina striker DIEGO MARADONA looks set to continue as Dubai's sports ambassador as Dubai Sports Council secretary general DR. AHMED AL SHARIF believes there is "nothing to prevent" them from continuing the partnership. Al Sharif believes that Maradona "has made valuable contributions in his role since and expects to see the Argentine continue." Al Sharif, "We have enjoyed working with Maradona, just as he has enjoyed working with us" (THE NATIONAL, 5/7).
NOTABLE DEATH: Honorary AS President VICENTE MONTIEL died Tuesday. Montiel was elected President of the Association of Editors of Spanish Dailys (AEDE) in '92 and followed the work of his father, LUIS MONTIEL BALANZAT, who founded AS in 1967 (AS, 5/7).