FIFA whistleblower says report violated confidentiality

first_imgA former employee of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid has accused FIFA investigators of violating confidentiality promises made when she agreed to provide evidence of alleged corruption related to the bid.On Sunday, former Qatar bid employee Phaedra Almajid sent Michael Garcia, a New York lawyer hired by FIFA to investigate corruption, a two-page complaint.It alleged that soccer’s world governing body breached its own ethics code by making public information which unmasked Almajid as one of more than 70 witnesses who had cooperated with Garcia’s investigation.In a report made public earlier this month, Hans Joachim Eckert, a German judge hired by FIFA to evaluate a still-secret investigative report prepared by Garcia about FIFA’s decisions to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, examined “allegations of corruption” which a “whistleblower” had made to Garcia beginning in December 2012.Eckert’s report said “serious concerns” about the informant’s credibility had been “apparent from the outset”.It noted that the person at first made public allegations of corruption, then issued a sworn statement retracting them.Eckert said Garcia’s report concluded that the evidence provided by the informant “could not be relied upon to corroborate” their story and that Garcia also expressed concerns that the informant had “altered evidence”.Eckert added that FIFA could therefore not rely on the evidence of alleged corruption by the Qatar bid that the informant had supplied.Almajid said that while Eckert did not identify her by name, in practice his report pointed to her as the informant because it mentioned she was the person who made allegations in public in 2011 about corruption related to the Qatar 2022 bid.“Within hours of publication of Herr Eckert’s summary, I had already been widely identified as one of the ‘whistleblowers’ in German and British media,” Almajid’s complaint said.She said this violated public “assurances of confidentiality” that a FIFA lawyer reiterated as recently as “two months ago.”Almajid reportedly was the source for allegations that Qatar’s World Cup bid paid bribes to three FIFA executives from Africa to secure their support for Qatar’s bid.FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement to Reuters that allegations of confidentiality breaches “should be examined” by its disciplinary committee and FIFA “cannot prejudice any decision that said Committee could take in this or any similar situation.”last_img read more

Lionel Messi wins El Clasico for Barcelona in stoppage time

first_imgThe counter-attacking goal came in stoppage time of a thrilling clash with Real Madrid that saw a bloodied Messi double up, Sergio Ramos get sent off for a two-footed challenge, Ivan Rakitic score a stunner and James Rodrgiuez charge off the bench and straight into the goals.Messi’s winner was obviously the most pivotal, but perhaps not even his best highlight of the game.Real’s Casemiro controversially opened the scoring when he knocked home a rebound off the post, before Messi produced his masterpiece.The Argentine started a 33rd-minute move and glided into the box, making Dani Carvajal look silly with a sharp cut to the left that left the Real defender lunging at thin air, before slotting the equaliser into the bottom-right corner.That came while Messi was clutching a bloody bandage, courtesy of a nasty elbow from Marcelo that saw the Barca striker spitting out claret.Ivan Rakitic’s goal in the 72nd minute also had Messi written all over it, though it was simply an homage.He received the ball on the right corner of the 18-yard box and faked a right-footed prod before unleashing a monstrous blast past Keylor Navas’ outstretched right hand.It was the sort of strike Messi would have been proud of and exactly what was required to be Real’s gloveman, who was in spectacular form all night.It appeared Barcelona would hang on after Real captain Ramos was sent off five minutes later for a hideous double-footed leap into Messi’s toes.With time ticking down, Zinedine Zidane played his wildcard, injecting Colombian gun James Rodriguez in the 83rd minute.Two minutes later he latched onto Marcelo’s cross and squared the ledger at 2-2.It was not until the 92nd minute that Messi, on the end of a six-on-three long-range counter attack, fired home a first-touch blast to secure a famous win.The brace gave him 500 goals for Barcelona, which is 268 more than the next best — Cesar’s 232.He is also the leading all-time scorer in El Clasico fixtures with 16, two ahead of Alfredo Di Stefano.last_img read more

Liverpool leave it late to claim back top spot

first_imgMOHAMED Salah ended his goal drought in sensational style as Liverpool reclaimed top spot in the Premier League by coming from behind to beat relegation-threatened Southampton 3-1.Egyptian forward Salah ran from inside his own half to find the net for the first time in nine games, 10 minutes from time, to help the title-chasing Reds move two points ahead of rivals Manchester City.Substitute Jordan Henderson tapped home a late third to seal the success after Naby Keita’s first goal in English football cancelled out Shane Long’s early opener for the in-form hosts.With Pep Guardiola’s City in FA Cup semi-final action this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s men will remain at the summit until they play Chelsea on April 14 at the very least.Saints, meanwhile, stay five points clear of the drop zone after their two-game winning run was ended.Resurgent Southampton had failed to find the net in the previous five league meetings between the clubs, with their last top-flight goal against Liverpool coming in March 2016.They quickly ended that three-year drought as the returning Long, back from a groin injury to replace on-loan striker Danny Ings, who was ineligible against his parent club, opened the scoring inside nine minutes.Saints captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg arrived in the box in front of Virgil Van Dijk to flick on Ryan Bertrand’s left-wing delivery, leaving the unmarked Long to kill the ball with his first touch and smash into the bottom left corner with his second.The opener had St Mary’s rocking but former Saints favourite Sadio Mane almost produced an immediate equaliser. His close-range header from Salah’s cross was superbly repelled by Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, with Keita only able to turn the rebound into the side netting.Stand-in Liverpool skipper Van Dijk, whose every touch was jeered by the home fans following his £75million switch to Anfield, then narrowly diverted another teasing Bertrand centre over his own crossbar as the best defence in the division continued to creak.Reds boss Klopp opted to make two changes following last weekend’s last-gasp win over Tottenham, dropping midfielders James Milner and Henderson to the bench and bringing in summer signings Fabinho and Keita.The German’s alterations were vindicated nine minutes before the break, albeit in controversial fashion.After Salah escaped a flag having appeared to be marginally offside in the build up, the ball eventually broke for Trent Alexander-Arnold to deliver an inviting right-wing cross which Keita powerfully headed beyond the grasp of goalkeeper Gunn for his first Reds goal.Guinea midfielder Keita, who was managed by Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl at former club RB Leipzig, was denied a penalty 13 minutes into the second period when he burst into the box and went down under a challenge from the sliding Maya Yoshida.Liverpool dominated the second period but with time ticking away looked set to be held to a costly draw until Salah superbly intervened.After a Southampton corner broke down, Henderson headed the ball into the path of the Egyptian and he proceeded to run around two thirds of the pitch before expertly curling home his 21st goal – and first since February 9 – from the edge of the box.The vocal away following had barely finished celebrating that strike when Henderson ensured they will go into next week’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto full of confidence.Van Dijk sprayed the ball to Roberto Firmino and his low centre was perfect for onrushing England midfielder Henderson to tap home.last_img read more

In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

first_imgResidents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs MLB, union to discuss opioids testing after Tyler Skaggs death Cooke, who this spring officiated the women’s world hockey championships, will work the Predators tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.Hanley, who has spent 11 seasons officiating at the NCAA Division III level, will work the Detroit Red Wings’ tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.Welsh just completed her college playing career at Robert Morris and will work at the Sabres tournament in Buffalo.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LATEST STORIEScenter_img LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball04:16Hidilyn Diaz clinches her 1st SEA Games weightlifting gold01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash FILE – In this Feb 4, 2019, file photo, referee Katie Guay watches a Boston College line change during a Beanpot Tournament NCAA college hockey game against Harvard in Boston. Guay and Kirsten Welsh were among four females selected by the NHL on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, to be the first women to work as on-ice officials at several prospect tournaments taking place across the country this weekend. The other two women selected were Kelly Cooke and Kendall Hanley. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend.Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The four were selected out of a group of 96 officials, including 11 women, who participated in the league’s annual officials exposure combine last month in Buffalo, New York.It’s the first time women have officiated at the pre-training camp prospects tournament level. It’s the next step in the league’s bid to have women officiate at the NHL level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman previously said he envisions a woman officiating at the league level, without providing a timeline.Guay is the most experienced of the four, having refereed women’s games last year at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. She’s assigned to work the Anaheim Ducks-hosted tournament in Irvine, California. View commentslast_img read more

Fort St. John man arrested near Williams Lake for impaired driving

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Williams Lake RCMP arrested at Fort St. John man at a check point for impaired driving.The RCMP alleged the the male provided a breath sample that was more than twice the legal limit.  The arrest was made just after 8 p.m. Sunday near a checkpoint at McLeese Lake and Beaver Road.The 35 year-old Fort St. John man showed significant signs of impairment.  Even with the knowledge that this area is under an evacuation order, and RCMP and CAF (Canadian Armed Forces) personnel are restricting entry at every point in the city, we continue to see Criminal Code Infractions, essentially driving up the check stops. In this case, the man not only put his own, but the lives of our officers and Canadian Forces Officers lives at risk, states RCMP Media Relations Officer Corporal Janelle Shoihet.- Advertisement -The male was subsequently arrested. He has since been released, with a Promise to Appear in court in mid-September.last_img read more

Ex-top drug cop goes to pot

first_imgDefense attorneys have also called him as a witness to testify about unlawful tactics he says police use to make drug cases. For instance, he testified about how drug-sniffing dogs can be made to “false alert,” which gives officers legal grounds to search a car or a home. Cooper said he has used that ploy himself. Cooper claims that as a law officer, he took part in 800 drug busts, seized more than more than 50 vehicles and $500,000 in cash and assets, and made a case against a local politician’s son. “He was among the best we had,” said Tom Finley, who was Cooper’s supervisor. “I don’t understand why he would turn like this.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m not helping them to break the law. It’s clear the law is already being broken,” said Cooper, 38, who left law enforcement a decade ago. “I will do anything legal to frustrate law enforcement’s efforts to place American citizens in jail for nonviolent drug offenses.” Law officers regard Cooper as a traitor. And some pro-pot activists say Cooper’s antics actually undermine their cause. “This is like waving red meat” in front of police, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “They take great professional umbrage with this. They are not our opposition, and we don’t want to agitate them.” Federal drug agents said his tips won’t keep them from finding your stash, and they advise drug users to save their $20 and use it to help post bail. Though he will not reveal how much he has made, Cooper said he has sold more than 10,000 copies of “Never Get Busted,” primarily over the Internet. BIG SANDY, Texas – Barry Cooper sells a DVD on how to stash pot in your car without getting caught. This fall he will release a second one on how to keep police from raiding your home for marijuana. Now for the kicker: Cooper is a former narcotics officer once considered among the top cops in Texas, where more marijuana is seized each year than in any other state. The formerly straight-laced lawman has become a shaggy-haired militant for the legalization of weed. Six months ago he released “Never Get Busted Again,” in which the former star of West Texas’ Permian Basin Drug Task Force gives tips on hiding marijuana and throwing off drug-sniffing dogs (coat your tires in fox urine). last_img read more

Officials warn of traffic delays

first_img“But it’s a necessity they put in the pipe in somewhere,” he said. “It’s either \ or one of our residential streets.” On all three streets, at least half of the street is or will be closed during the day. A new pipeline already has been completed along the proposed Greenway Trail – the former Union Pacific Railroad – from Mar Vista to Norwalk Boulevard and then up to Beverly Boulevard. California Domestic Water Co. has water rights in the San Gabriel Valley and sells water to the cities of Brea and La Habra, and Suburban Water Systems. The same water company also plans to replace a 1.5 million gallon reservoir – also built in the 1920s – at a cost of about $5million, Byerrum said. California Domestic Water Co. was founded as Simon J. Murphy Water Co. in 1899 when it sold water to farmers. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe work on Workman Mill Road is expected to take about three months to finish, he said. “This work is being done to make sure our water system is reliable,” Byerrum said. “It’s old and we don’t want it to leak.” The water line originally was installed during the mid-1920s, Byerrum said. David Mochizuki, Whittier public works director, concedes that it’s going to be a problem for drivers and businesses along the route. “When you have a project that takes a little length of time and you have a lot of traffic delays, it always affects businesses,” Mochizuki said. WHITTIER – A $6 million project to replace a more-than-80-year-old water line is going to give headaches to drivers in Uptown and eventually Rio Hondo College students as well. Work has begun on a portion of the pipeline heading east on Mar Vista Street that will then go south on Greenleaf Avenue to Whittier Boulevard, said Jim Byerrum, president of Whittier-based California Domestic Water Co., which owns the line. It will connect to a line already under Whittier Boulevard, he said. When that portion is completed – most likely by Oct. 1 – work will begin on a mile-long segment on Workman Mill Road across from Rio Hondo College, Byerrum said. last_img read more

Millwall 3 Everton 2 live on talkSPORT: Free stream and full commentary

first_img RANKED BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Marco Silva’s Everton take on Millwall in the FA Cup LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Millwall welcome Premier League big guns Everton to The Den today, a game that is live on talkSPORT.The Toffees have struggled in recent weeks and will know their Championship opponents will be eager to spring an FA Cup shock in south London. MONEY Millwall: Archer, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams, Gregory, Ferguson, Romeo, Tunnicliffe, O’Brien, Wallace, LeonardSubs: Martin, Pearce, Meredith, Hanson, Skalak, Morison, AlexanderEverton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Andre Gomes, Gueye, Lookman, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Calvert-LewinSubs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Walcott, Tosun, Bernard, Davies Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 2 Neil Harris’ Millwall host Premier League big guns Everton today Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow ADVICE Millwall vs Everton: Team NewsDominic Calvert-Lewin leads the line for the Toffees who have named a strong line-up for the cup tie.The striker is one of two changes which sees Yerry Mina also come in in place of Bernard and Kurt Zouma.Meanwhile, Millwall boss Neil Harris has made three changes with Aiden O’Brien, Shane Ferguson and Ryan Tunnicliffe coming in. Jed Wallace misses out through injury. Below you can see the full line-ups for both teams. no dice Millwall vs Everton: How to listenFull commentary of Millwall v Everton will be LIVE on talkSPORT, with our coverage beginning at 5pm.Laura Woods will bring you all the build up with Sam Matterface and Stuart Pearce on commentary duty.Click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Millwall vs Everton: Kick-off timeThe FA Cup fourth round tie will get underway at 5:30pm.last_img read more

Man United’s Champions League failure will hit stars in their pay packets

first_img REPLY no dice REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Alexis Sanchez is Man United’s best paid player and is said to earn around £500,000-a-week Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED shining LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions center_img Arsenal can still join the other English sides in next season’s competition if they win the Europa League.For United, however, this is the fourth time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager of the club in 2013 that they have failed to finish in the top four.And it could get even worse for the club. Currently, United are sixth and one point behind Arsenal with a home game against Cardiff City to play.If they finish sixth and Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final on 18 May, they will have to go through three rounds of Europa League qualifying to reach the group stage. The first of those three matches is on 25 July when United are due to face Spurs in a friendly in Shanghai. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ huge blow ADVICE Manchester United’s players will take 25 per cent pay cuts because of their failure to qualify for the Champions League.The 20-time English champions’ 1-1 draw at Huddersfield killed off any hope of finishing in the top four, as Chelsea and Tottenham – barring some extraordinary turn of events – will take third and fourth place. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker How many of the current first team will still be there next season remains to be seen.Alexis Sanchez, who earns a reported £500,000-a-week, is understood to be one player the club want rid of and it has even been claimed United are willing to pay half of his wages to get him off their books.“I can’t talk about individuals now but there’s a chance you’ve seen the last of [some] players,” manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “We weren’t good enough . . . the table seldom lies.“Effort and attitude was not the problem. The players were running and trying. We just weren’t good enough. That is the problem.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 tense 2 Paul Pogba is among a host of Man United stars whose futures are uncertain, with Real Madrid said to be interestedlast_img read more

Man United target player shining in Eredivisie, West Ham won’t fund January spree

first_imgtalkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Wednesday’s papers and online…Real Madrid are considering a world record £340milllion bid for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe. (Le Parisien)Cristiano Ronaldo will not be fined by Juventus for his reaction to being substituted for the second game running, but the 34-year-old will be expected to apologise to his team-mates. (Gazzetta dello Sport)West Ham chiefs won’t be making any money available for Manuel Pellegrini in January, as they believe the under-fire Chilean has a good enough squad to rise up the Premier League table. (Daily Express) GETTY statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta targets 2 appointed Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Steven Bergwijn could move to Old Trafford – should Man United qualify for the Champions League stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future 2 LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES ON TALKSPORT.COMcenter_img rookie error update Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Manchester United are reportedly in with a chance of signing PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn – but only if they manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League. (Daily Mirror)Nemanja Matic wants to leave Manchester United, possibly as early as January, with Italy the most likely destination for the 31-year-old Serb midfielder. (Daily Telegraph)Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could be sacked if Spurs lose to West Ham after the international break. (Daily Telegraph)Lyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay says he “does not want to talk about rumours” after being linked with a £50m move to Tottenham. (Football.London)Spurs have earmarked 23-year-old Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen. (Football Italia) Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Pellegrini will not be allowed to strengthen his team in the January transfer window Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka has been house-hunting in Italy ahead of a proposed move to AC Milan in January. (RSI)Arsenal have handed a week-long trial to Colorado Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett and the 18-year-old American could join the Gunners in January. (The Sun)Manchester City are ready to challenge for the signature of Rennes’ starlet Eduardo Camavinga, 17, after the Angola-born midfielder’s impressive start to the Ligue 1 season. (90min)Barcelona are interested in Salzburg’s 19-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland as a replacement for 32-year-old Luis Suarez, but are reluctant to meet the Austrian club’s £85m valuation. (ESPN) on target latest Getty Images – Getty Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship last_img read more