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with heart condition
PARMA---Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany is out
indefinitely after doctors discovered a heart problem.
An irregular heartbeat was discovered when Biabi-
any was having a medical ahead of his failed move to
AC Milan, general manager Pietro Leonardi said at a
news conference yesterday.
The 26-year-old Biabiany was given the medical
all-clear to play in July.
"Jonathan will only get back onto the field when
we have total safety for his health," Leonardi said.
Leonardi claimed Biabiany's condition was not the
reason the move to Milan fell through, saying the
Rossoneri doctors told them about it only after the
The reason given at the time was Cristian Zac-
cardo's refusal to make the move to Parma in ex-
Meanwhile, Parma defender Mattia Cassani was
"99 per cent likely" to need surgery on a back prob-
lem and will be out for two to four months.
Injury keeps Astori out
ROME---Roma defender David Astori has sprained
his right knee and will likely be out of action for
about three weeks.
Astori injured his knee in Wednesday's 5--1 victory
over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Roma says the Italy defender, who has also injured
his medial collateral ligament, has already started
No timeframe is specified for Astori's return but
he is likely to be out for two or three weeks, missing
the Serie A matches against Cagliari, Parma and Hel-
las Verona, and the Champions League match at
The 27-year-old Astori could return for the visit to
Juventus on October 5.
Danish police charge man
in match-fixing case
COPENHAGEN---Danish police have charged a 27-
year-old man with serious fraud for fixing two
matches in Denmark's second-tier football league
four years ago.
Prosecutor Per Justesen said yesterday the man,
who was not identified, was one of six suspects in a
match-fixing scheme involving an unnamed Filipino
organization. Four of the suspects are players with
Danish club Hvidovre.
Authorities have earlier said the 27-year-old man
gave the Filipino organization information about one
of the two games, which was used to bet on the
The five others remain preliminarily charged---a
step short of formal charges---in the case. Justesen
would not say whether they would be formally
Hungary coach fired
BUDAPEST---The Hungarian football federation
has fired coach Attila Pinter following a disappoint-
ing loss to Northern Ireland in the team's first quali-
fying match for the 2016 European Championship.
Federation president Sandor Csanyi says Pal Dar-
dai, a 38-year-old former midfielder who made 61 ap-
pearances for Hungary, will take over as interim
coach for the team's remaining three matches in
Hungary fell 20 places in Fifa's ranking, to 54th
from 34th, after Sunday's 2--1 loss to Northern Ire-
land and has failed to qualify for a major interna-
tional tournament since the 1986 World Cup in
Csanyi said Dardai rejected an offer to coach Hun-
gary fulltime as he preferred to remain with Hertha
Berlin, where he finished his playing career in 2011
and now oversees youth teams.
champion Inter Milan opened
its Europa League campaign
with a hard-fought 1-0 win
away to Ukrainian side Dnipro
Dnipropetrovsk, while defend-
ing champion Sevilla had an
easier 2-0 win against Feyeno-
Three-time champion Sevilla
took control with first-half goals
from midfielders Grzegorz
Krychowiak and Stephane Mbia.
Inter defender Danilo D Am-
brosio scored moments after
Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan
was sent off for a second yellow
card. D Ambrosio latched onto
Artem Fedetskiy s botched clear-
ance and fired powerfully past
goalkeeper Denys Boyko in the
Inter tops Group E after Saint-
Etienne s 0-0 draw away to
Azerbaijan side Qarabag Agdam,
while Sevilla is level at the top
of Group G with Standard Liege,
which beat Rijeka of Croatia by
the same score.
Belgian winger Dries Mertens
scored twice as Napoli rallied to
beat Sparta Prague 3-1, with
Argentina striker Gonzalo
Higuain equalizing from the
penalty spot before setting up
Mertens first. But Napoli sits
second in Group I because Swiss
side Young Boys routed Slovan
An own goal from Ricardo
Rodriguez, efforts from defend-
ers Seamus Coleman and
Leighton Baines, and a late strike
from Belgium forward Kevin
Mirallas helped Everton crushed
German side Wolfsburg 4-1 in
Group H. Lille drew 1-1 with
Russian side Krasnodar in the
Group E rivals Dynamo
Moscow and PSV Eindhoven
Forward Aleksandr Kokorin
and midfielder Aleksei Ionov
scored Dynamo s goals in a 2-
1 win at Greek side Panathi-
naikos, while a penalty from
Dutch striker Luuk de Jong
earned PSV a 1-0 home win
In Group C, the favorites
dropped points as Premier
League side Tottenham was held
to 0-0 at Partizan Belgrade, and
Besitkas from Turkey drew 1-1
against Asteras Tripolis.
Algeria striker El Arbi Hilal
Soudani scored a first-half hat
trick as Dinamo Zagreb thrashed
Hungarian side Astra 5-1 to take
top spot in Group D, with Scot-
tish side Celtic drawing 2-2 at
Austrian side Salzburg despite
Romania forward Claudiu
Keseru also got three as Steaua
Bucharest thrashed Danish side
Aalborg 6-0 to take first spot
in Group J ahead of Dynamo
Kiev, which won 3-0 away to
Portuguese side Rio Ave.
Ukraine winger Andriy
Yarmolenko, midfielder Younes
Belhanda and striker Artem
Kravets got a goal each for the
Fiorentina beat French Cup
winner Guingamp 3-0, with all
the goals scored by wingers.
Juan Vargas headed in Jasmin
Kurtic s cross in the first half
and Juan Cuadrado lashed in
David Pizarro s well-weighted
pass midway through the sec-
ond. Federico Bernardeschi
completed the scoring late on.
Ghanaian winger Mubarak
Wakaso scored on his Celtic
debut, and Brazilian striker Alan
leveled shortly before the break.
Midfielder Scott Brown put
Celtic back in front after an hour
with a deflected volley, only for
forward Jonatan Soriano to
equalize with a well-struck free
Inter, Sevilla open
Euro campaign in style
NUREMBERG---Domestic duty takes cen-
ter stage after the midweek distraction of
the Champions League with several Bun-
desliga sides desperate to kick-start their
Hamburger SV s new coach faces a tough
debut against defending champion Bayern
Munich, while Schalke, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg,
Hertha Berlin and Freiburg are also winless
after three games. Here are some things to
know ahead of the fourth round of games:
Having made its worst start to the Bun-
desliga in any of its 51 seasons, Hamburg
fired Mirko Slomka and promoted under-
23 coach Josef Zinnbauer in his place this
Zinnbauer, Hamburg s fifth coach in
three-and-a-half years, has the job "until
further notice" and his immediate brief is
to steer the side away from the relegation
zone. Hamburg is scoreless in three Bun-
desliga games and bottom of the table.
Chairman Dietmar Beiersdorfer is hopeful
that history can be repeated. A good start
could make all the difference for Zinnbauer.
Bayern visits on Saturday.
Bayern appears to be getting into gear
after its hard-fought 1--0 win over Man-
chester City on Wednesday. The club s open-
ing Champions League game of the season
featured two players, Rafinha and Mehdi
Benatia, who d barely trained with their
team-mates but who contributed to an over-
all team effort.
There are fresh concerns over Franck
Ribery, however. After scoring in his 23-
minute cameo against Stuttgart last Saturday,
the Frenchman s only appearance of an
injury-troubled season, he broke off training
Monday with a recurrence of his knee prob-
lem, an inflamed patellar tendon.
Ribery already sat out two-and-a-half
weeks in August with the same issue, just
after he d been sidelined by back problems.
Leverkusen at a loss
A loss to Monaco in the Champions
League and a draw with Werder Bremen
have taken the wind out of Leverkusen s
sails somewhat. The side had previously
won all five competitive games under new
coach Roger Schmidt, only for inefficiency
in front of goal to cost it dearly in both
Leverkusen had been praised for its excit-
ing play and relentless pressure but questions
are now being asked, particularly after con-
ceding three goals to Bremen.
Leverkusen visits Wolfsburg on Sunday,
when the home side will be desperate for
its first win of the season.
Despite missing a host of established reg-
ulars---midfielders Marco Reus, Shinji
Kagawa, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gun-
dogan and Nuri Sahin, and defenders Lukasz
Piszczek, Mats Hummels and Oliver Kirch---
Borussia Dortmund outplayed Arsenal for
a 2--0 win to kick-start its Champions
League campaign on Tuesday.
Midfielder Sebastian Kehl suffered a groin
strain and is doubtful for Saturday s visit
to Mainz, but the remaining players are high
on confidence and Italian striker Ciro Immo-
bile claimed his first goal against Arsenal.
Still, Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is
getting impatient with his growing injury
Schalke hopes its gritty 1--1 draw at
Chelsea will be the spark that gets its season
going after a disappointing start. Coach Jens
Keller was coming under increased pressure
after the 4--1 loss at Borussia Moenchenglad-
bach and manner of that defeat last Sat-
Schalke was knocked out of the German
Cup by third-division Dynamo Dresden and
has just one point from three Bundesliga
games. But the encouraging Champions
League performance in London, achieved
without nine regulars, is fueling optimism
that the side may have turned the corner.
Hamburg's new coach faces Bayern
Inter Milan's Hernanes, right, challenges for the ball against Jaba
Kankava of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk during a Europa League Group
F soccer match between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Inter Milan at
the Olympiyskiy national stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, yesterday.
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