France cap­tain Lloris gets 20-month driv­ing ban

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

France's World Cup-win­ning cap­tain Hugo Lloris avoided jail but re­ceived a 20-month driv­ing ban and a US$65,000 fine on Wed­nes­day for drinkdriv­ing in cen­tral Lon­don. The Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur goal­keeper had ear­lier called his be­hav­iour "un­ac­cept­able" and re­ceived a lighter sen­tence from a judge who could have locked up the star for six months. Lloris was one of the he­roes of France's com­mand­ing march to its sec­ond World Cup in 20 years. Lloris has made 256 ap­pear­ances with Tot­ten­ham since join­ing in 2012.

Rus­sian foot­baller Ch­ery­shev in dop­ing probe: Re­ports

Rus­sia winger De­nis Ch­ery­shev, one of the stand­out per­form­ers at the World Cup, is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for an al­leged dop­ing vi­o­la­tion, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Wed­nes­day. "This case is cur­rently be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Span­ish Anti-Dop­ing agency," the Rus­sian daily Sport Ex­press quoted a World Anti-Dop­ing Agency press spokesper­son as say­ing. "They will in­form WADA about the re­sults of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion."

The 27 year old scored four goals as hosts Rus­sia reached the World Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

Barcelona, Girona re­quest for match in Mi­ami

Barcelona and Girona have both signed a re­quest for their Span­ish League fix­ture in Jan­uary to be played in Mi­ami, US. The for­mal re­quest was sub­mit­ted by Span­ish League (La Liga) to the Span­ish Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (RFEF) on Mon­day, with the sup­port of both Barca pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu and Girona pres­i­dent Delfi Geli. The pro­posal asks per­mis­sion that the game, orig­i­nally sched­uled as a home match for Girona at their Es­tadi Mon­tilivi, be played at Hard Rock Sta­dium on Jan­uary 26.

Ire­land plays out Poland draw af­ter Keane con­tro­versy

The Repub­lic of Ire­land ended a con­tro­ver­sial week with a 1-1 friendly draw in Poland on Tues­day as Mill­wall striker Ai­den O'Brien scored on his de­but in Wro­claw. Man­ager Martin O'Neill had to de­fend his as­sis­tant coach Roy Keane af­ter a leaked record­ing ap­peared to re­veal the for­mer Manch­ester United cap­tain swear­ing at mid­fielder Harry Arter and striker Jonathan Wal­ters as they pre­pared for matches ear­lier this year.

Weah makes foot­ball come­back

Liberia pres­i­dent and for­mer world foot­baller of the year Ge­orge Weah made a sur­prise re­turn to in­ter­na­tional foot­ball on Tues­day at the age of 51 in a 2-1 friendly de­feat by Nige­ria. The friendly in Mon­rovia was or­gan­ised to 're­tire' the No 14 shirt worn by Weah, who was voted world, Euro­pean and African foot­baller of the year in 1995. Weah is the only African foot­baller to win the world and Euro­pean awards.

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