Bahraini footballer gets ten-match ban for racist gesture
FIFA on Monday banned Bahrain defender Sayed Baqer for ten matches for having made a racist gesture at the end of a World Cup qualifying match against Hong Kong. Baqer made a 'slitty eye' gesture at the local Hong Kong supporters at the conclusion of the 0-0 draw on November 14. He was charged with 'discriminatory behaviour' and, as well as his match ban, was hit with a fine of US$30,472.
Tebas wins third term as Spanish League president
Javier Tebas won a third four-year term as president of the Spanish Football League on Monday, a post he has held since 2013. Tebas, 57, was the only candidate standing for the election originally scheduled for next October. He explained earlier this month the early poll was to 'give the greatest level of stability' to the LFP with the bidding for La Liga's TV rights for 2022-25 begin 'between March and June 2021 ... too close to the original election schedule'.
Iachini appointed Fiorentina coach
Giuseppe Iachini has been appointed coach of struggling Fiorentina, the Italian League club confirmed on Monday. Iachini, 55, replaces Vincenzo Montella who was sacked on Saturday with the team trailing in 15th place, three points above the relegation zone. "The current ranking has forced us to change coach," said Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso. "We chose Iachini because he is a man of substance, tied to Florence and Fiorentina." Former Fiorentina midfielder Iachini lined out 127 times for the Tuscany club between 1989 and 1994 during his playing career. Since turning to coaching in 2002 he has managed Italian teams including Sampdoria, Palermo, Sassuolo and Udinese. He has been without a club since being sacked by Empoli last March, after just four months in charge.