Fifa con­firms can­di­dates

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LON­DON — Arsene Wenger said he was forced to field a strong Arse­nal team in Tues­day’s hu­mil­i­at­ing 3-0 de­feat to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day in the League Cup due to the grow­ing strength of the Cham­pi­onship, the sec­ond tier of English foot­ball.

The 66-year-old French­man is known to use the League Cup as a plat­form to breed young tal­ent, but the Gun­ners started the game with 10 in­ter­na­tion­als.

How­ever, due to in­juries dur­ing the match, teenagers Glen Ka­mara and Alex Iwobi were joined by Is­mael Ben­nacer to form Arse­nal’s mid­field for most of the game.

The trio failed to deal with the in­ten­sity and re­lent­less na­ture of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day who dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings.

“The level was too high for the young play­ers. They are not ready to play at this level,” Wenger told re­porters.

“There are many good play­ers in the Cham­pi­onship and to play young play­ers against Cham­pi­onship play­ers is very dif­fi­cult be­cause the level has gone up.

“If you play with not a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, you don’t have a chance to win the game.”

Wenger rued the loss of England in­ter­na­tional duo Alex Oxlade-cham­ber­lain and Theo Wal­cott to in­juries dur­ing Tues­day’s game.

Oxlade-cham­ber­lain picked up a ham­string in­jury af­ter he ap­peared to roll over the ball awk­wardly and was forced off in­side five min­utes.

Things took a turn for the worse as his re­place­ment, Wal­cott, had to leave the field just 13 min­utes later af­ter sus­tain­ing a calf in­jury.

Wal­cott has been given the nod over Olivier Giroud this sea­son and is in fine form, scor­ing seven goals in 16 ap­pear­ances for club and coun­try so far.

Wenger hopes Arse­nal can avoid an in­jury cri­sis, with key games against Swansea City and bit­ter city ri­vals Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in the Pre­mier League and the Cham­pi­ons League match against Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“Oxlade-cham­ber­lain and Wal­cott are two mus­cu­lar in­juries. Wal­cott is a calf and Oxlade-cham­ber­lain is a ham­string. How big the dam­age is, I don’t know as we need

ZURICH — World Soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body FIFA, shaken by the worst cor­rup­tion cri­sis in its his­tory, yes­ter­day con­firmed seven can­di­dates had reg­is­tered as can­di­dates for its pres­i­dency, with former Trinidad and Tobago in­ter­na­tional David Nakhid the only sur­prise omis­sion.

The seven can­di­dates were Prince Ali Bin Al Hus­sein of Jor­dan, Sheikh Sal­man bin Ebrahim Al Khal­ifa of Bahrein, French­men Jerome Cham­pagne and Michel Pla­tini, Swiss Gianni In­fantino, Liberian Musa Bil­ity and South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale. They must now face in­tegrity checks un­der FIFA’S code of ethics.

Pla­tini, the head of Euro­pean soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body UEFA, is cur­rently sus­pended for 90 days along with FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter as soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body.

Swiss author­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the de­ci­sion to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tour­na­ments to Rus­sia and Qatar re­spec­tively and the United States Depart­ment of Jus­tice has in­dicted 14 soc­cer of­fi­cials and sports mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives on a se­ries of cor­rup­tion charges.

Since 2010, FIFA’S own Ethics Com­mit­tee has banned more than one dozen cur­rent and former mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, either while in of­fice or af­ter they had left.

FIFA said that Pla­tini’s bid would not be pro­cessed while he is banned, but he could still stand if he wins an ap­peal.

“Should such a ban be lifted or ex­pire be­fore the FIFA pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the Ad-hoc Elec­toral Com­mit­tee would de­cide, de­pend­ing on the re­spec­tive ex­act point in time, on how to pro­ceed with the can­di­da­ture con­cerned,” said FIFA in a state­ment.

As an al­ter­na­tive Euro­pean can­di­date, UEFA’S gen­eral sec­re­tary In­fantino an­nounced he would stand on Mon­day.

Cham­pagne is a former French diplo­mat who held var­i­ous posts at FIFA be­tween 1999 and 2010, but is a critic of UEFA.

Sexwale is a South African busi­ness­man and former Apart- to wait 48 hours to have them scanned,” Wenger said.

“It was a bad night at the of­fice. We lost the two play­ers and af­ter that, we were not good enough. heid-era po­lit­i­cal pris­oner and Bil­ity is head of the Liberian Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. Prince Ali is a former FIFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber and Sheikh Sal­man is head of the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC).

Nakhid had an­nounced that he

“But we have a big game on Satur­day (against Swansea), a game at Bay­ern com­ing up and al­ready we are short, so to lose two of­fen­sive play­ers tonight is dam­ag­ing for us.” — Reuters would stand and on Mon­day took part in at the Play the Game sports con­fer­ence in Den­mark, along with Cham­pagne, as a FIFA pres­i­den­tial can­di­date.

FIFA said that one of the five dec­la­ra­tions of sup­port for Nakhid was pro­vided by a foot­balll as- so­ca­tion which had also de­clared sup­port for an­other can­di­date.

“The elec­toral com­mit­tee de­cided not to con­sider Mr Nakhid’s ap­pli­ca­tion as it did not ful­fil the re­quired five dec­la­ra­tions of sup­port.” said a state­ment.

— Reuters BER­LIN — Bay­ern Mu­nich coach Pep Guardi­ola (pic­tured) ad­mits he “can’t be both­ered” an­swer­ing con­stant ques­tions con­cern­ing spec­u­la­tion about English clubs with his cur­rent con­tract due to ex­pire in June. Chelsea, whose man­ager Jose Mour­inho is un­der se­vere pres­sure, are the lat­est in a string of Pre­mier League clubs who have been linked to Guardi­ola re­cently by the UK me­dia.

In past months, the Spa­niard has been heav­ily linked to Manch­ester City and even the Brazil and England na­tional team coach­ing jobs, but now he has had enough.

“The sub­ject is al­ways the same. I am not go­ing to an­swer them. I can’t be both­ered with it any­more,” said Guardi­ola when asked by re­porters about the Chelsea ru­mours.

“Please, we are only in Oc­to­ber! We still have seven months to go and I need to win, win, win.”

The Bavar­ian gi­ants are peer­less in the Bun­desliga and are on course to claim a record fourth straight Ger­man league ti­tle next May. Bay­ern chair­man Karl-heinz Rum­menigge has said he wants to ex­tend Guardi­ola’s cur­rent con­tract as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Club cap­tain Philipp Lahm has al­ready told Guardi­ola that the team want him to stay, but, should the Spa­niard leave, me­dia re­ports sug­gest Carlo Ancelotti has been ap­proached as a pos­si­ble re­place­ment.

— AFP LON­DON — Chelsea striker Diego Costa (pic­tured) was taken to hospi­tal af­ter sus­tain­ing a rib in­jury dur­ing the League Cup hold­ers’ penalty shootout de­feat at Stoke City on Tues­day, man­ager Jose Mour­inho said.

The Brazil-born Spain striker ap­peared to hurt him­self in a col­li­sion with Stoke goal­keeper Jack But­land and af­ter ini­tially play­ing on, he went off in the 33rd minute, with Loic Remy tak­ing his place.

“He’s in the hospi­tal,” Mour­inho told his post-match press con­fer­ence at the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium. Asked how Costa had sus­tained the in­jury, he replied: “I don’t know. I think he punched him­self.”

Chelsea lost 5-4 on penal­ties, with But­land sav­ing the de­ci­sive spot-kick from Eden Hazard af­ter the game had fin­ished 1-1 in nor­mal time.

Costa, 27, was Chelsea’s top scorer last sea­son with 21 goals in his first cam­paign af­ter sign­ing from Atletico Madrid, but has found the net only three times in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son. — AFP

Sh­effield Wed­nes­day winger Ross Wal­lace puts his side in the lead with a neat fin­ish.

Sheikh Sal­man

Jerome cham­pagne

Michel Pla­tini

Prince Ali bin Al hus­sein

MUSA Bil­ity

Tokyo Sexwale

Gianni in­fantino

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