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ACCRA---New Ghana coach
Avram Grant opened the door
for Kevin-Prince Boateng and
Sulley Muntari to return to the
national team yesterday after
they were banned indefinitely
for indiscipline at the World Cup.
The pair was excluded by for-
mer coach Kwesi Appiah follow-
ing the problems at the World
Cup, when both were thrown out
of Ghana s team camp.
Boateng was sent home for
insulting Appiah at a training ses-
sion and Muntari was thrown out
for hitting a Ghana Football Asso-
When being presented as
coach, Grant said the Europe-
based stars were welcome back,
"but they need to show that they
want to come."
"It s open for every player that
is willing to give everything for
his country and to understand
that with all the developments in
football, money ... the main com-
petition is for the national teams,"
Grant said. "Any player that will
be proud to wear the national jer-
sey and give all his passion to the
team...the doors of the Black Stars
is open to him."
Former Chelsea coach Grant
has agreed a contract with Ghana
until after the 2017 African Cup
of Nations, and takes over two
months ahead of next year s
His reconciliatory comments
could convince Schalke s Boateng
and AC Milan midfielder Muntari
to make themselves available for
the Cup of Nations campaign in
Equatorial Guinea in January and
Ghana reached the World Cup
quarterfinals in 2010 but hasn t
won the continental title in over
30 years, losing a final and three
semifinals in the last four edi-
Appiah left in September after
a World Cup in Brazil marred by
a dispute over player payments
and the incidents involving
Boateng and Muntari.
Ghana slumped to a first-round
exit but held eventual champion
Germany to a 2-2 draw, the only
game the Germans failed to win.
"I think there is a big potential
here. You saw even at the World
Cup, though the results weren t
good you could see the potential
is here." (AP)
PARIS---Paris Saint-Germain s fans
are getting frustrated.
Despite extending its unbeaten run
to 22 games, PSG still trails league
leader Marseille as the expensively-
assembled side---featuring Zlatan
Ibrahimovic and five players costing
more than 40 million euros (US$50
million)---struggles to dominate oppo-
nents in the French league.
Wednesday s 1-1 draw at Lille was
hardly encouraging with a big game
coming up at Barcelona in the Cham-
pions League next week. Before that,
PSG faces Nantes at home, while Mar-
seille hosts Metz on Sunday.
Here are some things to know about
this weekend s games:
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent
Blanc is under the spotlight after
deciding to rest striker Zlatan Ibrahi-
movic against Lille on Wednesday.
The move seemed to backfire as
PSG drew 1-1, missing several chances,
and failed to overtake Marseille at the
top of the league.
Blanc justified leaving Ibrahimovic
out by saying that he was keeping him
fresh for tomorrow s home game
against Nantes and next Wednesday s
trip to Barcelona in the Champions
League. Although both sides are
already qualified, that match will
decide who finishes first in Group F.
Marseille striker Andre-Pierre
Gignac will have a point to prove in
tomorrow s home game against Metz
after his sloppy finishing on Tuesday.
Gignac is Marseille s top scorer with
11 goals but he fluffed three good
chances inside the last 10 minutes in
the 1-1 draw at Lorient.
Given that Paris Saint-Germain
drew 1-1 at Lille the next day, Marseille
could have moved futher ahead in the
Daniel Wass is making a name for
himself as a goal-scoring midfielder
for unheralded Evian, and Lyon s
defenders will be keeping a close eye
on him on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Dane has scored in
three straight games, with Evian wining
those matches to move five points
above the relegation zone.
Lyon s defense was sloppy in last
weekend s 3-0 loss at Saint-Etienne,
and Wass will be confident of adding
to his seven league goals so far.
Third-place Saint-Etienne has final-
ly found a way to start scoring, netting
five goals in the past two games after
managing only six in the previous 10.
The goals are being shared around,
too, taking the scoring burden off
Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Defender Moustapha Sall, midfielder
Renaud Cohade and Wolfswinkel were
all on target in last weekend s 3-0
home win against local rival Lyon,
while defenders Florentin Pogba and
Paul Baysse scored in Wednesday s 2-
0 win at Montpellier. (AP)
MADRID---Spanish football clubs
must commit to eradicating violent
groups among their fans or face fines
and penalties, league president Javier
Tebas said yesterday.
Tebas planned to draft a list of clubs
that collaborate with radical "ultra"
groups, and proposed sanctions
including "points deductions or rel-
The league, the national federation,
and the committee for sports safety
met on Thursday at the sports ministry
to "consolidate the strategy for remov-
ing the ultras from our stadiums," he
The sports authorities said in a
statement they decided to recommend
fines of 60,000 euros (US$74,270)
and five-year match bans for the 88
fans it says were involved in a "brawl
between radical fans" of Atletico
Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna that
resulted in the death of a 43-year-old
Deportivo fan on Sunday.
The statement also said the upcom-
ing 14th-round La Liga matches
between Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo,
Barcelona vs. Espanyol, and Rayo Val-
lecano vs. Sevilla have been declared
"high risk," and would likely require
enhanced police surveillance.
Tebas said authorities were "prepar-
ing measures to curb verbal violence,"
which he said can lead to physical vio-
Tebas added the league fired former
Deportivo la Coruna president Augusto
Lendoiro after learning he attended
the funeral of the hardcore ultra fan
who died in a fight between rival sup-
porters near Atletico s stadium in
Madrid on Sunday.
Lendoiro was in May appointed a
goodwill ambassador for Spain s
league, and asked to promote the
organisation overseas after acting as
president of Deportivo for 25 years.
"I was very surprised to see
Lendoiro at the funeral, so I made the
decision to dismiss him," Tebas said,
adding it was "not correct behaviour"
from someone linked to the league.
"Going to a public event lends cred-
ibility, and acts as an apology to some-
one who came to Madrid with violence
in mind," Tebas said.
"There are decisions that do not
require much thought," he added. (AP)
FRANKFURT---The Bundesliga clubs have
approved goal-line technology that will be
introduced at the start of the next season.
The technology chosen is the Hawk-Eye sys-
tem, which is also used by England s Premier
German football league president Reinhard
Rauball said 15 of the 18 Bundesliga clubs voted
for the new technology, meeting the two-thirds
Yesterday s vote ended longtime opposition
to the technology, mostly on cost grounds.
An earlier attempt to approve the technology
failed in March but the proposal was tabled
again by Bayern Munich after the German Cup
final in May against Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern won the match 2-0 and benefited
from a wrong decision, when Mats Hummels
strike was not given although the ball had clearly
crossed the line before being kicked out by
Bayern defender Dante.
In the May vote, 24 of the 36 clubs in the
first and second division voted against the proj-
ect. This time, only the top-tier clubs voted
and the system will be used at first-division
The league picked the cheaper Hawk-Eye
system over two German technologies, including
GoalControl, which was used at the World Cup
in Brazil. (AP)
Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, left, is tackled by AC Milan's Sulley Muntari during the Serie A soccer match
between AC Milan and Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Sunday. AP PHOTO
can return, says
Bundesliga approves goal-line technology
top form in
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