The FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided on Nov. 20 to suspend South Korea player PARK JONGWOO for two matches for displaying unsportsmanlike behavior after the London Olympics match played between South Korea and Japan on Aug. 10. Furthermore, the player has been ordered to pay a fine of CHF 3,500 ($3,800). The committee took into account that the behavior of the player, even though it appears not to have been premeditated or intentional, contradicts the principal idea and goal of sportsmanship and fair play, and therefore, cannot be tolerated.The committee considered it appropriate to also impose a warning on the Korea Football Association and reminded it of its obligation to properly instruct its players on all the pertinent rules and applicable regulations before the start of any competition, in order to avoid such incident in the future (FIFA).
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PMP Legacy has named LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE as exec chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment, a division of Chime Communications plc. His appointment will take effect in January, when current Chair ALAN PASCOE becomes president (PMP Legacy). ... A-League Sydney FC "wielded the axe" on Football Dir GARY COLE. Incoming coach FRANK FARINA will not begin coaching the senior team until Tuesday's training session but "has already begun making changes," agreeing with CEO TONY PIGNATA to remove Cole (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 12/3). ... TRACEY GAUDRY was "elected president of the Oceania Cycling Confederation" and, in doing so, also gained a place on the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) management committee. The 43-year-old "received unanimous support from the four Oceania member nations: Australia, New Zealand, Guam and Fiji." Gaudry defeated former President MIKE TURTUR (VELO NATION, 12/2). ... The head of Liverpool FC’s commercial partnership department, BRUCE BUNDRANT, has taken a job as commercial director for AS Monaco FC. Liverpool’s Commercial Partnership Department increased sponsorship revenue 400% during the four years that Bundrant led it (Monaco FC).
COACHES/MANAGERS: La Liga club Valencia has named ERNESTO VALVERDE as its head coach for the rest of the season (UEFA). Valverde has previously coached Greek club Olympiacos and La Liga teams Villareal, Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao (EL MUNDO, 12/3). ... Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim "has fired its head coach MARKUS BABBEL after Sunday's 4-1 loss against Werder Bremen." Hoffenheim's U23 coach FRANK KRAMER "will take over as interim coach until the league's winter break." A top candidate for the position "seems to be German national team assistant coach HANSI FLICK" (BILD, 12/3).
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Three-time Tour de France champion GREG LEMOND is to run for president of the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI). Questioned at a Change Cycling Now's news conference in London, LeMond said: "I would love to be part of the process to help change cycling" (REUTERS, 12/3). In an interview, LeMond was asked if he was ready to run for the UCI presidency and said, "Yes I am ready. I was asked to and I said yes" (LE MONDE, 12/3). UCI President PAT MCQUAID has been "widely criticised for the UCI's handling of the Armstrong affair, its approach to anti-doping and for the way it approaches commercial matters" (London GUARDIAN, 12/3).
A CHANGE OF SCENE: Lotus F1 driver KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN will take part in a snowmobile race at Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria this weekend. Also participating in the race are Sauber F1 driver NICO HÜLKENBERG and German Touring Car (DTM) driver TIMO SCHEIDER (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 12/2). ... FIFA President SEPP BLATTER took some time off preparations for the Confederations Cup draw to visit football great PELE, who is recovering from hip surgery in São Paulo. Blatter updated Pele on Brazil's preparations for the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup (AP, 12/1). ... Dutch football legend JOHAN CRUYFF said that he is "unaware of his dismissal" from Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara, despite the club announcing his departure. Cruyff had served as an adviser since February and claimed when he was hired that he had a three-year contract. Cruyff told De Telegraaf, "I don't know anything. I just heard about it. I'm trying to figure out what's going on" (GOAL, 12/3). ... British Paralympian TANNI GREY-THOMPSON "will help steer the residential-led redevelopment of the Olympic Park in east London." London Mayor BORIS JOHNSON appointed "the 43-year-old former wheelchair racer to the London Legacy Development Corp. board" on Monday (ARCHITECTS JOURNAL, 12/3).
London Times' PATRICK KIDD: "Oh come on, that is such rubbish. There is no way the rugby World Cup will be watched by 4.2 billion. Ludicrous claim by the IRB" ... "I watched a rugby match on TV in Bangalore once (England v France in an Irish pub). Doubt many Indians were watching it. Or Chinese"
London Telegraph's HARRY WALLOP: "Daily Telegraph newsroom is abuzz with the same excitement as when Team GB won a gold. KATE AND WILLS ARE HAVING A BABY"
London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: "Olympic legacy? RT@SkyNewsBreak: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a baby"
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