Thursday, 26 January 2017

More Said and Done

Take your pick from the following at TG:

Also starting over

Africa’s confederation CAFconfirming candidates for its elections in March – including Mali’s Amadou Diakite, back in the game from a two-year bribery ban in 2012; Liberia’s Musa Bility (failed Fifa integrity checks in 2015, denies wrongdoing); Benin’s Anjorin Moucharafou (jailed in 2012 on disputed embezzlement charges); Amaju Pinnick (denies his Nigerian FA mislaid $802,000, says “there’s nothing fishy here”); and 70-year-old president Issa Hayatou, eyeing an eighth term, six years after being reprimanded in a $100m bribery scandal.
 Also approved last week by CAF for election to Fifa Council: DR Congo’s Constant Omari, who used 2014’s Fifa congress to attack British press “racists”for making up lies about corruption.

Best clarification

Brazil: New Palmeiras signing Felipe Melo, upset with his hard-man image. “Four red cards in four, five years is very few. The press lie that I’m malicious.” Although: “If I have to slap a player I slap. If I have to beat, I beat. I fight for the club that puts food in my house.”

Strongest theory

Paraguay: Football model Larissa Riquelme, unhappy with Argentinian rival Charlotte Caniggia, daughter of Claudio, mocking Paraguayan accents on TV. “She was born in a cradle of gold and yet is xenophobic. Maybe all those implants squeezed her brain.”

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