Real Madrid Preisdent FLORENTINO PEREZ said that JOSE MOURINHO’s return as Chelsea Manager "could be confirmed on Monday," according to Oliver Kay of the LONDON TIMES. Chelsea has "remained silent" since Mourinho stated on April 30 he expects to return to a club “where people love me to be.” Perez said, “Mourinho is going to Chelsea. Probably on Monday he will be their new manager. We wish him good luck” (LONDON TIMES, 6/2). The London TELEGRAPH reported Mourinho "has landed at London's Heathrow airport." In a statement to the club's fans, published on the Real Madrid website on Friday, Mourinho said, "I wish everyone associated with Real Madrid much happiness in the future" (TELEGRAPH, 6/2).
EPL APOLOGY: REUTERS reported the Premier League apologized to Chelsea on Sunday after "inadvertently publishing a pre-prepared story" announcing Mourinho's return to the club. The story, later removed, appeared on the official Premier League website (www.premierleague.com) with Monday's date and the headline: "Portuguese coach is back at Stamford Bridge after signing a xx-year contract." An EPL spokesperson said that they had "spoken to Chelsea and apologised." The spokesperson said, "It was a publishing mistake. We have no prior knowledge of a pending appointment" (REUTERS, 6/2).
Red Bull driver SEBASTIAN VETTEL "has made mysterious statements regarding his future in F1," according to Norman Fischer of MOTORSPORT TOTAL. Vettel said, "Maybe I won't be driving anymore because I don't feel like it in five years. Maybe I'm driving for another team because I'm looking for a different challenge in five years. Every human being continues to evolve over the years, priorities are shifting. " However, Vettel added, "At the moment, I'm very happy and I can't imagine driving for someone else. The car is fast and the team is good -- I currently don't see any reason to leave. But that doesn't mean that I will stay forever." Whatever his future may be, the 25-year-old three-time world champion "has plenty of time to continue his success in F1" (MOTORSPORT TOTAL, 6/2)
Swimming Australia stood down President BARCLAY NETTLEFOLD on Saturday over allegations of "inappropriate" behavior towards a female team consultant, according to Amlan Chakraborty of REUTERS. Swimming Australia Board Dir NICOLE LIVINGSTONE said that "Nettlefold would be subjected to an investigation into the alleged inappropriate remark and another allegation of misbehaviour." Livingstone: "The Swimming Australia board was provided with new information today about a separate allegation of inappropriate comments in addition to the one that has already been handled through our member welfare policy." News Limited Network quoted Nettlefold as saying that "he had apologised to the woman." Nettlefold: "As the president of Swimming Australia, I need to lead by example and not make remarks that could be taken the wrong way, or be considered inappropriate. I have apologized to the team staff member involved and I will do so again in person when we meet" (REUTERS, 6/1). The AP reported the initial incident "is alleged to have taken place in an elevator where only Nettlefold and the complainant were present." Livingstone said that both cases of inappropriate behavior involved comments, "but would not comment on the specifics of the second case" (AP, 6/1).
PERSONALITY ATTACK: In Sydney, Laine Clark reported Nettlefold's claim that he was the victim of a ''personality attack'' might be investigated, but not the comments that led to the Swimming Australia president's resignation on Sunday. SA CEO MARK ANDERSON said that "an inquiry into claims of inappropriate behaviour by Nettlefold had been dropped after he fell on his sword." Nettlefold said on Sunday: ''Obviously, there is a personality attack on me and that needs to be dealt with internally.'' Asked about the comment, Anderson said: ''We reserve the right to investigate further, and we will take our time to do that" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/3). In Sydney, Dunn & Langmaid reported Nettlefold's wife, TINA NETTLEFOLD, has defended her husband, saying that "he has no history of making lewd comments." He was alleged to have called himself a "donkey" in reference to physical endowment. Tina Nettlefold said such "schoolyard comments," including reference to a woman's breasts, were not in Nettlefold's character and were part of a personal grudge against him. She claimed that the allegations "were a conspiracy to oust her husband after he made changes which might have upset entrenched views within the sport's bureaucracy." Tina Nettlefold: "Someone's toes have been stepped on and they didn't like it" (HERALD SUN, 6/3).
FIFA has named LYDIA NSEKERA the first female candidate elected to FIFA's exec committee. MOYA DODD and SONIA BIEN-AIME will also join FIFA's top table as co-opted members (FIFA). Puma has appointed adidas Head of Global Sourcing ANDY KOEHLER as its new COO, "completing a new line-up for top management." Koehler will be part of the team under new CEO BJORN GULDEN (REUTERS, 5/31). ... UAE side Al Nasr "was dealt a second blow in as many days" when former England coach SVEN GORAN ERIKSSON announced his immediate resignation as the club’s technical director on Sunday. Al Nasr’s Italian coach WALTER ZENGA "was voted out of his job" on Saturday by the board of directors, throwing up the possibility of Eriksson taking over the reins. The Swede, who last served as coach of League Championship Leicester City for a year between '10-11, "insisted it was time to move on." Zenga: "I need a new challenge. I will probably go back to coaching. I cannot tell you where I am going. I will tell you another day" (GULF NEWS, 6/2). ... Bundesliga club Hamburg SV has appointed Karlsruher SC Sport Dir OLIVER KREUZER as its new sport director. KSC President Ingo Wellenreuther said that contract with Kreuzer "will be terminated on June 11." Hamburg will pay close to €1M ($1.3M) for Kreuzer (KURIER, 2/6). ... Int'l Judo Federation President MARIUS VIZER "has been elected" as the new head of SportAccord, the umbrella body for more than 100 int'l sports organizations. Vizer overcame Int'l Rugby Board Chair BERNARD LAPASSET by 52 votes to 37 at the SportAccord general assembly on Friday (SPORTS FEATURES, 5/31).
COACHES: Ligue 1 Paris St. Germain has agreed to a deal with LAURENT BLANC to become the club's new coach next season, "a move that could finally clear" PSG Manager CARLO ANCELOTTI (MARCA, 6/2). ... Iranian coach MOHAMMAD MAYELI KOHAN has taken charge of Iranian football side Saba. Kohan was appointed as coach "on a one-year contract for an undisclosed fee" (TEHRAN TIMES, 6/1). Iranian side Saipa former coach MOJTABA TAGHAVI has been appointed head coach of Mes of Kerman. He replaces LUKA BONACIC (TEHRAN TIMES, 6/1). ... Dutch national team head coach LOUIS VAN GAAL "will quit" after the World Cup (XINHUA, 6/1). ... La Liga Valencia coach ERNESTO VALVERDE has confirmed that he will leave the club this summer, "citing the club’s instability as why." Valverde had taken Los Che to the verge of Champions League qualification after replacing MAURICIO PELLEGRINO in November, but "was the subject of speculation, having only signed on until the end of the season."
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Champion mare MORE JOYOUS has been retired "a fit and happy horse" and will head to England to visit British thoroughbred FRANKEL later in the year. More Joyous Owner JOHN SINGLETON had "taken out two bookings with the unbeaten English superstar" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/2). ... Man City Chair KHALDOON AL MUBARAK said that "the club's new manager should be announced within the next two weeks." Malaga coach MANUEL PELLEGRINI has been "strongly linked with the post, vacant since the sacking of Italian ROBERTO MANCINI earlier this month." Pellegrini told Spanish radio on Wednesday that he had a "verbal agreement" to join City (REUTERS, 5/31). ... Lawyers for Paralympian OSCAR PISTORIUS "demanded answers from South African police and prosecutors on Friday after pictures of the bathroom and toilet where he shot dead his girlfriend were leaked to a British television station." Sky News obtained a series of images of the crime scene in Pistorius' home where he shot his girlfriend, model REEVA STEENKAMP, on Valentine's Day (REUTERS, 6/1).
BBC's PHIL MCNULTY: "The new Maracana actually has the appearance and colour scheme of Kiev's Olympic Stadium - but this is still a magical place."
AP's ROB HARRIS: "Watching from afar, England's Rio trip seems to be success - credible result & continuing "good tourists" mission. They just need to qualify"
ZDF's BEN ESCHE: "Jetzt wäre ein 4:4 gar nicht so schlecht. Macht's wie Schweden. #usager #dfb" ... ("Now a 4:4 wouldn't be that bad. Do it like Sweden. #usager #dfb")
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