France captain Lloris gets 20-month driving ban
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.