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Volume 10 No. 25

People and Pop Culture

Romario, the "World Cup winner who’s now a Brazilian lawmaker," said a proposal by Brazil's football governing body to "penalize teams that default on tax debt is unworkable," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said that Brazil’s government is "discussing the creation of a structure" for the management of football teams after clubs amassed $1.6B in unpaid taxes. Romario said that "the influence of the country’s biggest clubs makes any such penalty unlikely." The CBF also is proposing "points penalties for teams that delay wage payments to players or staff, a regular occurrence" in Brazilian football. Romario, a deputy in Brazil's lower house, said, "Do you really think that the CBF has the moral courage and ability to make Vasco, Flamengo or Corinthians fall because they did not pay the debts? That’s a lie. This won’t happen. This is a utopia and will not exist" (BLOOMBERG, 10/17). The London TELEGRAPH reported Romario has accused FIFA of "robbing the Brazilian people." He described "his country's football federation as a 'disgrace'" and claims FIFA has "no interest in benefiting Brazil in the long term." Romario: "FIFA got what it came for: money. Things like transportation that affect the public after the tournament is over? They don't care. They don't care about what is going to be left behind" (TELEGRAPH, 10/17).

ROMARIO'S NEW CHALLENGE: The EFE reported Romario reiterated his criticism of FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke and the elevated costs of hosting the 2014 World Cup, and also "announced his intention to run for mayor of Rio de Janeiro." Romario: "I have an obligation to show Brazil the real situation with public spending for the World Cup, which is absurd and grows more ridiculous every day." Romario added, "What they say about the spending for the World Cup is a lie. I have to show Brazil the truth. This is one of the biggest robberies in the country's history and we are going to have problems later." Romario called Valcke, "one of his main targets, a blackmailer." Instead of considering "running to become president of the CBF, which Romario said would demand too much time," he is considering running for mayor of Rio de Janeiro in '16. Romario said, "My idea is to be mayor. Next year I have a chance to be re-elected as a deputy and, depending on the situation, I could aspire to the Senate" (EFE, 10/17).

Australia bowling coach CRAIG MCDERMOTT, who "rejuvenated Australia's pace attack before resigning" last year, will return to the role for the test team in "a major boost for the hosts ahead of the Ashes series against England" (REUTERS, 10/17). ... Australian VERNON REID was named the new CEO of Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. Hong Kong Rugby President TREVOR GREGORY said that it "opted for experience" in appointing the 64-year-old Reid, a former CEO of the Western Force Super 15 franchise and the Western Australia Rugby Union. Gregory has been appointed for a three-year term and will assume his duties in late November (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, 10/17). ... Levy Restaurants, the sports and leisure division of Compass Group U.K. and Ireland, appointed ANNA FENTEN as head of marketing. Fenten will be responsible for overseeing Levy Restaurants' brand messaging, harnessing its reputation and building and implementing the overall marketing strategy as the company continues to expand (Levy Restaurants).

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Switzerland football coach OTTMAR HITZFELD "will quit after the World Cup in Brazil next year." However, he will continue his work as a TV analyst with a German cable network. Hitzfeld: "I like doing it, I'm always right" (REUTERS, 10/17). ... Porto center-back ELIAQUIM MANGALA has recruited JORGE MENDES as his new agent, "leading to speculation that he is inching towards a move to Chelsea" (SPORTS MOLE, 10/17). ... India Sports Minister JITENDRA SINGH "has expressed his desire to organise a felicitation function" in honor of cricketer SACHIN TENDULKAR and hoped that the legendary batsman will "work with the Ministry in future to promote sports in the country" (PTI, 10/17). ... Brazilian football legend PELE "broke down in tears on Wednesday as he recalled his celebrated career during the launch of a new book." The 500-page limited edition book weighs 15kg and has "a recommended retail price" of $1,700 (XINHUA, 10/16). ... Dutchman JACCO VERHAEREN was named as Australia's new swimming team head coach on Thursday. Verhaeren replaces LEIGH NUGENT, "who quit the post in March after poor results" at the 2012 London Olympics (XINHUA, 10/17). ... SuperSport CEO HAPPY NTSHINGILA "has decided to step down." Ntshingila "has been ill for a few months." Ntshingila said, "While recuperating I decided in the interest of my long-term health to not return to my position as CEO of SuperSport." Ntshingila "agreed to stay on in an advisory role to the MultiChoice Group CEO, assisting in marketing and other strategic initiatives" (SOWETAN LIVE, 10/17). ... Indian football Technical Director ROB BAAN, whose two-year contract with the All India Football Federation ends this month, "is set to extend his term for another year." There has been speculation that Baan would be leaving his post at the end of his term (PTI, 10/16). ... Bowing to pressure from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket South Africa is likely to keep CEO HAROON LORGAT "out of any future engagement with the Indian Board to ensure that the marquee tour by India goes ahead without any further hiccups" (PTI, 10/17).

Vero's MIKE LEE: "Anybody who knows Roy Hodgson knows he is no racist, the bigger, real issue for the #FA and FARE is the total whiteness of the FA Commission"

Former Indian Premier League Commissioner LALIT MODI: "When good news comes. It starts to pour. Good to see the great maratha Sharad Pawar back as President of Mumbai cricket Assoc. Battle on .."

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