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Volume 7 No. 149

People and Pop Culture

Argentine Superliga side Banfield named LUCÍA BARBUTO its president. She replaces EDUARDO SPINOSA and will be the first female president in the club's history (LOS ANDES, 9/16). ... FERNANDO AGUERRE was re-elected unopposed as president of the Int'l Surfing Association at the ISA annual general meeting on Sunday. Aguerre will commence his ninth term as president since being first elected in '94 (ISA).

COACHES/MANAGERS: Spanish second division side Tenerife sacked coach JOSEBA ETXEBERRIA after five games in which the team recorded three draws and two losses (MARCA, 9/17). ... J.League side Vissel Kobe announced JUAN MANUEL LILLO, a former assistant coach of Chile's national team, will take over as head coach. Vissel has "struggled to make headway" in the league standings this season "despite recently signing" Spaniard ANDRÉS INIESTA and acquiring German int'l LUKAS PODOLSKI last year (KYODO, 9/17). ... Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad sacked Manager RAMÓN DIAZ "after just two games." The club insisted it was not a "knee-jerk reaction." Club President NAWAF AL-MUQAIRN said, "This was not a spur of the moment decision. We have had a number of meetings with him to ask that he solves the issues with the team but this did not happen. We already had an alternative plan" (ARAB NEWS, 9/17).

Former Formula 1 driver PASCAL WEHRLEIN is leaving the Mercedes factory team as he bids for a return to the world championship. An F1 driver with Manor in '16 and Sauber in '17, Wehrlein was "one of the crop of highly rated young talents with the ability to win multiple world championship titles," but with LEWIS HAMILTONNICO ROSBERG and VALTTERI BOTTAS filling the factory seats, the German’s F1 "options were limited" (AUTOWEEK, 9/14). ... League One side Plymouth Argyle Honorary President CHRIS WEBB will "give up the role." Webb was "instrumental" in bringing outgoing Chair JAMES BRENT to the club in '11, when it was in administration "in the midst of major financial problems." Brent is due to step down next month, with U.S.-based Dir SIMON HALLETT taking a majority stake in the club (BBC, 9/17). ... League Championship side Derby County Manager FRANK LAMPARD was charged with "improper conduct" by the FA and is set for his first fine as a manager. Lampard is "facing punishment after he was sent off" during the 1-0 defeat at Rotherham on Saturday. The former England int'l was "furious" with official PETER BANKES for his failure to award Derby a penalty (London TELEGRAPH, 9/17).