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SAO PAULO---A second-division
team in Brazil is resorting to hyp-
nosis to try to avoid relegation.
Portuguesa this week announced
the hiring of a hypnosis specialist
to work with the players, hoping
he will help them improve their
performance and lead the team out
of last place in the standings.
In Portuguesa s first match with
the specialist, however, the team
lost 1-0 to Vasco da Gama at home
With ten rounds left, Portuguesa
is 12 points behind the first team
out of relegation zone.
Portuguesa dropped into the sec-
ond division last year after a sports
tribunal stripped points from the
club for using a suspended player
in the competition s last round. The
ruling benefited Rio de Janeiro club
Fluminense. Portuguesa was run-
ner-up in the top flight in 1996.
LONDON---FIFA vice president Jef-
frey Webb warned yesterday that
eradicating racism from Russian
football ahead of the 2018 World
Cup will be a major challenge.
The latest episode of fans racism
has led to CSKA Moscow being
ordered to play its next three UEFA
competition matches in an empty
stadium, following several incidents
in domestic games where players
have been abused.
"There are huge challenges with
Russia," Webb, who heads FIFA s
anti-racism task force, said yesterday.
"It must start with education and
really it must come from the top
down that diversity is good, that
integration is good and there s noth-
ing to fear."
Webb also dismissed calls to get
the Women s World Cup in Canada
to be played on grass instead of arti-
ficial turf, following legal action from
"Artificial pitches are the future,"
said Webb, who heads the Concacaf
confederation that covers Canada.
"They have been well regarded. If
you have the best artificial pitches
in the world I think that s much bet-
ter than having bad grass."
Webb was speaking at the Leaders
Sport Business Summit in London.
Here are other headlines from the
gathering at Chelsea s Stamford
QATAR WORLD CUP: European
clubs are pushing for compensation
if the 2022 World Cup is moved to
winter from its traditional summer
dates. FIFA and Qatar organisers are
currently discussing shifting the
dates, even as the Gulf nation main-
tains it can stage the event at any
time in the year. The 200-member
European Club Association wants
its voice to be heard in the consul-
"We are ready to discuss changing
the date under one condition---that
there is no damage for club football
because if we change from summer
to November or January it will affect
our business," said ECA chairman
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who also
heads up Bayern Munich. "That cost
cannot be paid by the clubs. We are
made clear to FIFA that they need
the goodwill of the clubs or we are
not ready to talk or discuss it. The
fact is 76 per cent of all players in
the last two World Cups were con-
tracted by European clubs."
The ECA believes the IOC should
be willing to move the 2022 Winter
Olympics to accommodate a change
of World Cup dates from the tradi-
tional June-July slot. Beijing and
Almaty are the two remaining 2022
"The World Cup is one of the
major events in the sports landscape
(along) with the Summer Olympics,"
ECA vice chairman Umberto Gan-
dini. "But the Winter Olympics are
not up there...don t tell me it s not
possible to move the Winter
Olympics a bit, especially with it
still in the bid process."
PREMIER LEAGUE OVERSEAS:
After it emerged there remains inter-
est in taking Premier League games
overseas, the Bundesliga ruled out
such a move.
"I think it s a creative idea, I m
not sure it would work with FIFA,"
Bundesliga chief executive Christian
Seifert told the conference. "We have
a completely different approach
about our idea of German football.
For the financial side it would be
maybe a good idea to play a match
day all over the world, but (not) for
the supporters." (AP)
Jeffrey Webb, FIFA vice president,
speaks during a news conference in
Bal Harbour, Florida. AP PHOTO
with racism in Russia
Brazilian team tries to
improve through hypnosis
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has
been ruled out of action for ten
to 12 weeks with a left knee injury.
The German football federation
said in a tweet that an MRI scan
conducted yesterday in Munich
revealed that Ozil had a partial
outer ligament tear in the knee
Earlier, the federation said Ozil
had the issue with his knee when
he joined up with the rest of the
squad for Germany s upcoming
European Championship qualifiers.
He missed yesterday morning s
training session and travelled
instead to Munich for the scan.
Andre Schuerrle also missed
yesterday s early training session.
The Chelsea player took part in
individual exercises at the team
hotel for the second day.
Germany plays Poland in War-
saw on Saturday before hosting
Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tues-
day. The World Cup champions
opened their Euro 2016 qualifying
campaign in Group D with a 2-1
victory over Scotland.
LONDON---The official who led
FIFA s inspection of the 2018 and
2022 World Cup bidding nations
is considering a challenge to Sepp
Blatter for president.
Former Chilean football feder-
ation president Harold Mayne-
Nicholls has until late January to
submit his candidacy for the FIFA
election in May.
He tells The Associated Press
by e-mail that he is "studying the
situation. It is a possibility at the
Mayne-Nicholls has to show he
has played an "active role" in foot-
ball for two of the past five years
and has the support of at least
five FIFA members.
Blatter is seeking a fifth four-
year term as president, with for-
mer FIFA official Jerome Cham-
pagne the only other declared
Mesut Ozil out 10 to 12 weeks with knee injury
World Cup bids inspector mulls Blatter challenge
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