Also starting over
Africa’s confederation CAF, confirming 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.
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.”
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.”