U.S. businessman DONALD TRUMP has been given "an embarrassing rebuke" by U.K. officials who ruled that an advertisement linked to his new $1.1B golf resort in Scotland was "misleading," according to Alastair Jamieson of NBC NEWS. Scotland's Advertising Standards Agency said the newspaper advertisement, which attacked plans for a nearby offshore wind energy plant and mentioned the release of the Lockerbie bomber, "could not be substantiated." Trump has "fought a long battle with authorities over the proposed wind farm, which he says will hurt Scottish tourism by spoiling the view from his Trump International Golf Club Scotland" (NBC NEWS, 4/24).
OFF THE ROAD: In London, Mark Sweney reported Trump's ad featured wind turbines overlooking a motorway -- with the caption "image taken in California" -- and the line "Tourism will suffer and the beauty of your country is in jeopardy!" The ASA received 21 complaints about the ad, including from Scottish MP PATRICK HARVIE and campaigning group Yes2Wind.com. The complaints argued Trump's ad "could not back up the claim that tourism would be put in jeopardy by the windfarm, and that the image of turbines by a U.S. motorway gave a misleading picture of what might happen in Scotland" (GUARDIAN, 4/24). The BBC wrote the ASA said that "the claim regarding tourism needed to be substantiated with robust evidence." The ASA also said that "it was misleading to imply the image of the wind turbines overlooking an American freeway was representative of a proposed wind farm in Scotland." The ad also featured a picture of First Minister ALEX SALMOND him to the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber. A complaint against that was not upheld, "although it was considered that readers were likely to find it distasteful" (BBC, 4/24).
German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL "has been dragged into the tax evasion scandal" surrounding Bayern Munich President ULI HOENEß. Having expressed her personal disappointment at Hoeneß, the opposition parties in Germany "are using the high profile case to accuse Merkel of shielding tax dodgers and football's highly paid tax dodgers in particular" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/24). ... Former int'l opener SALIM PERVEZ, a key figure in a Pakistan match-fixing inquiry, "died after suffering fatal injuries in a road accident." Pervez, 65, told a match-fixing inquiry conducted by judge MALIK MOHAMMAD QAYYUM in the late 1990s that "he acted as a middleman between some Pakistani players and bookies" (AFP, 4/24). ... La Liga club Atletico Madrid is reportedly on the verge of adding Singapore billionaire PETER LIM to its list of shareholders (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 4/24).
ON THE WAY OUT: Indonesia's PIETER RUMAROPEN, who punched a referee in the face during a Super League match over the weekend, "was banned for life" by the country's football association (PSSI) on Wednesday. The PSSI disciplinary committee "arrived at the decision after watching video footage of the incident and going through the match referee's report" (REUTERS, 4/24). ... Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow coach VALERY KARPIN "was handed a three-game ban on Wednesday for confronting the referee in Sunday's heated derby against bitter city rivals CSKA." The Russian FA's disciplinary committee also fined Karpin 100,000 roubles ($3,200) "after he charged on to the pitch and had to be restrained by security staff" in front of referee SERGEI KARASEV (REUTERS, 4/24).
WELCOME WAGON: The Australian basketball team has appointed former assistant coach ANDREJ LEMANIS as the new head coach. The 44-year-old assisted former head coach BRETT BROWN at the 2010 world championships and 2012 London Games (XINHUA, 4/24). ... Boxer LUKE CAMPBELL, who won the bantamweight Gold Medal at the London Games, "will make his professional debut at an outdoor show in his home city of Hull" on July 6 or 13 after signing with Promoter EDDIE HEARN. The bout "will either be at the KC Stadium or at Craven Park, home of Hull Kingston Rovers, depending on plans to relay the pitch at the former" (LONDON TIMES, 4/24).