Football Notes: Spanish Prison Official Xavier Martorell Resigns Amid Spying Suspicions
Former Barcelona Security Dir and Spanish Dir General for Prison Services Xavier Martorell resigned Tuesday "for personal reasons." Martorell was accused by former Barcelona Dir General Joan Oliver of spying on club employees (MUNDO DPEORTIVO, 6/5). ... Issues arising from the recent African Champions League tie between the South African side Orlando Pirates and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo are "still to be dealt with by the Confederation of African Football." Allegations that a TP Mazembe official struck one of the Swazi referees after the first leg at Orlando Stadium -- and a complaint by the South African FA about the treatment of Pirates and their entourage in Lubumbashi for the second leg -- "have been made in the wake of last month's controversy-dominated tie." CAF General Secretary Hicham El Amrani said, "The disciplinary board of CAF will meet in June to cover any incidents that occurred during this match" (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/4). ... Six fans have been handed prison sentences for racially abusing Serie A club AC Milan players during a January friendly. The men will be imprisoned for between 40 days and two months (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/5). ... For the upcoming Spanish Second Division game between Recreativo and Huesca, primary betting houses "are not trusting the game will be played normally, and have removed betting offers as suspicions surround the match." Huesca can avoid relegation with a win after Guadalajara was relegated for administrative reasons, and will be taking on a Recreativo team "with nothing to play for" (AS, 6/5).