Mo­rata re­turns to Ju­ven­tus on loan from Atletico Madrid Swiss par­lia­ment picks spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor for FIFA case duty Pair freed af­ter ques­tion­ing in Tour de France dop­ing probe

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Ál­varo Mo­rata re­turned to Ju­ven­tus on Tues­day, signed on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid. Ju­ven­tus said it will pay Atletico 10 mil­lion eu­ros ($12 mil­lion) for the sea­son-long loan for the Spain striker. It then has the op­tion to pur­chase his full rights by the end of the sea­son for an ad­di­tional 45 mil­lion eu­ros. Ju­ven­tus also said it has the op­tion to ex­tend the loan for another sea­son through 2022 for another 10 mil­lion eu­ros, af­ter which it can pur­chase his full rights for 35 mil­lion eu­ros. Mo­rata won two Serie A ti­tles with Ju­ven­tus in 2015 and 2016, and played to­gether with new Ju­ven­tus coach An­drea Pirlo for part of that stint.

The Swiss par­lia­ment ap­pointed spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Ste­fan Keller on Wed­nes­day to in­ves­ti­gate for­mer at­tor­ney gen­eral Michael Lauber for his meet­ings with FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino. Crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings were opened against In­fantino in July when Keller said he found "el­e­ments that make up rep­re­hen­si­ble be­hav­ior" linked to meet­ings with Lauber in 2016 and 2017. Swiss law­mak­ers had pre­vi­ously met Keller's re­quest to lift the im­mu­nity from pros­e­cu­tion from which Lauber had ben­e­fited in the job he left last month. In a vote Wed­nes­day, law­mak­ers con­firmed Keller as the only can­di­date for the in­ves­tiga­tive role over Lauber, who led a lon­grun­ning and on­go­ing series of crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings linked to in­ter­na­tional soc­cer of­fi­cials. Lauber was re­cused from the FIFA in­ves­ti­ga­tion last year and dis­ci­plined in March amid fall­out from me­dia re­ports which re­vealed the In­fantino meet­ings where nei­ther took notes. Both have said they can­not re­call de­tails of their June 2017 meet­ing. Lauber now faces ques­tion­ing for po­ten­tial abuse of pub­lic of­fice and breach of of­fi­cial se­crecy. In­fantino and a Swiss re­gional pros­e­cu­tor, his child­hood friend Ri­naldo Arnold, are sus­pected of in­cit­ing Lauber. They all deny wrong­do­ing.

Two peo­ple ques­tioned in a Tour de France dop­ing probe around the team of for­mer run­ner-up Nairo Quintana have been re­leased with­out charge, a French pros­e­cu­tor said Wed­nes­day. Po­lice re­leased the pair, a doc­tor and a phys­io­ther­a­pist, on Tues­day night, Mar­seille pros­e­cu­tor Do­minique Lau­rens said in a state­ment. Po­lice took them in for ques­tion­ing on Mon­day. The pros­e­cu­tor said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion it­self re­mains open, with more po­lice work to be done be­fore any de­ci­sion on whether to pro­ceed fur­ther. Colom­bian rider Quintana, run­ner-up in 2013 and 2015 but 17th this year, has de­nied any wrong­do­ing. In a state­ment late Tues­day, he said po­lice who searched his hotel room af­ter a Tour stage in the Alps found only "per­fectly le­gal" vi­ta­min sup­ple­ments. He said it is tak­ing time to clear up mis­un­der­stand­ings about the prod­ucts, be­cause of­fi­cers weren't im­me­di­ately fa­mil­iar with them. Quintana said French of­fi­cials ques­tioned him Mon­day, the day af­ter the Tour fin­ished in Paris, and that he re­sponded vol­un­tar­ily to the sum­mons.

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