Bahraini foot­baller gets ten-match ban for racist ges­ture

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

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.

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