Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 19th 2015 Contents SAO PAULO---The president of the Brazil-
ian football confederation will not attend
Fifa s upcoming executive committee meet-
ing in Switzerland, where his predecessor
was arrested on corruption charges less
than two months ago.
Marco Polo Del Nero is a member of the
committee but has decided to skip tomor-
row s extraordinary meeting in Zurich, where
former Brazilian confederation president
Jose Maria Marin remains detained awaiting
extradition to the United States.
The Brazilian confederation confirmed
early yesterday that Del Nero won t travel
to Switzerland to participate in Fifa s meet-
ing, but did not officially say why he is not
making the trip.
Local media said Del Nero sent a letter
to Fifa saying that he had to stay in Brazil
to handle local matters, including a recently
installed congressional investigation into
the confederation and local football.
Del Nero, who has repeatedly said he is
not concerned about being linked to the
Fifa investigation, was in Switzerland at the
time of the early morning raids that led to
the arrest of Marin and six other football
officials just a couple of days before Fifa s
presidential election. Del Nero hastily
returned to Brazil before the vote that re-
elected Sepp Blatter, saying he was needed
at home to give "any necessary explanations"
to local authorities.
Tomorrow s extraordinary meeting is likely
to decide on an election date to replace
Blatter, who later announced he would leave
office amid the crisis. The meeting is also
expected to discuss structural changes at
football s world governing body.
Del Nero also didn t leave Brazil to accom-
pany the national team during the Copa
America in Chile a few weeks ago; a decision
that many criticised.
Del Nero was a vice president during
Marin s administration but has denied know-
ing anything about the accusations involving
the former president. He has repeatedly said
he is not one of the many "co-conspirators"
mentioned in the report unveiled by US
authorities in May.
Del Nero has also denied any wrongdoing
in his administration, which began in April,
and has dismissed any possibility of resigning
despite widespread calls for his departure.
According to local media, Del Nero said
another reason he needs to stay in Brazil is
to deal with legislation that is being worked
on to improve the financial situation of local
Last week, Brazil s Senate started a con-
gressional investigation into the local con-
federation. The probe is being led by former
star player Romario, who said the committee
plans to fully investigate Del Nero s actions
as head of Brazilian football. (AP)
MELBOURNE---Rafael Benitez opened his tenure
as Real Madrid manager with a 7--6 loss on penalties
to Roma in a pre-season friendly watched by more
than 80,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket
Seydou Keita scored the winner after Roma goal-
keeper Morgan De Sanctis dived to his left to deny
new Madrid signing Lucas Vazquez.
What started off as an entertaining opener of the
Australian leg of the International Champions Cup
turned into a somewhat lackluster affair that finished
0--0 after 90 minutes.
"We had some chances and they had some chances
at the beginning of the game, but you can t expect
after five days (in Australia) to play with a high tempo,"
said Benitez, who was named as Carlo Ancelotti s
replacement last month.
"We were passing the ball sometimes really well
... but for me we need just to keep working on the
defensive part of the game."
While man of the match Gervinho was the standout
for Roma and 38-year-old captain Francesco Totti
dazzled in his 32-minute cameo, Cristiano Ronaldo
was the crowd favourite prompting a deafening roar
every time the Madrid forward touched the ball.
Both teams fielded full strength lineups and they
rewarded the big Melbourne crowd early when Roma
came close to scoring in the fourth minute. The
Madrid defence was forced to scramble inside the
box as both Daniele De Rossi and Totti took close-
Gareth Bale sent the ball over the crossbar moments
later on the back of a Madrid counterattack.
Both teams made wholesale substitutions at the
break, but appeared to pick up where they left off
with Seydou Doumbia and Bale trading attempts on
goal before the Welshman was subbed off in the 56th
minute. The intensity dropped off, however, until
near-misses from Vazquez and Danilo Da Silva in
the final minutes reinvigorated the Madrid attack.
Madrid plays its next match on Friday against
Manchester City, which beat local affiliate club Mel-
bourne City 1--0 thanks to a 86th-minute goal by
Samir Nasri in a friendly earlier yesterday.
New Manchester City signing Raheem Sterling did
not play. Sterling became the most expensive English
footballer ever on Tuesday after joining Manchester
City from English Premier League rival Liverpool in
a move costing 49 million pounds ($76 million).
Manchester City has matches next week in Mel-
bourne against Roma on Tuesday and against Real
Roma beats Real
Madrid 7--6 on
penalties in friendly
Brazil's football chief decides
not to travel to Switzerland
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SEATTLE---Morgan Schneiderlin didn t
need even a week to make an impact for
Manchester United. The Frenchman barely
needed five minutes.
Schneiderlin scored on a header in the
fifth minute Friday night in his debut with
the Red Devils, lifting his new team past
Mexican power Club America 1--0 in an
International Champions Cup game.
Schneiderlin officially joined Manchester
United on Monday from English Premier
League team Southampton. He also was on
France s 2014 World Cup team, and was
one of two high-profile players to join Man-
chester United this week.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, who spent 13 years
at Bayern Munich and helped Germany win
the World Cup last year, also played his first
game with Man U, going the entire second
half. He got 51 touches of the ball in his 45
minutes---more than any United player---
but did not get off a shot.
The 25-year-old Schneiderlin made good
on Manchester United s first shot of the
game in front of 46,857 fans at CenturyLink
Field. A corner kick was cleared out to the
top right corner of the penalty area, from
where Juan Mata lofted it across to the far
Schneiderlin headed it into the upper-
"We have practiced this with him, so I
was very pleased with the performance,"
United manager Louis van Gaal said. "But
it s also that America doesn t have many
good headers (defensively). So we did know
that the benefit was there. In the Premier
League, it is not our benefit because we are
Van Gaal, starting his second season as
Manchester United s coach, played one group
the entire first half, then went with a dif-
ferent 11 for the entire second half in the
team s first preseason game.
"Our first 45 minutes, I wanted to see
our defensive organisation. We didn t give
any goals away and only (allowed) one or
two chances, so I m satisfied with that," he
said. "Club America is very handy with the
ball---very aggressive and very quick, so it
wasn t so easy. But all the players did what
they had to do in our philosophy, so I m
very happy and very satisfied that we won."
Club America had two huge opportunities
to tie late in the game.
In the 73rd minute, Diego Pineda caught
up with a ball on the attacking left side and
crossed it into the box. Alejandro Diaz ran
into it and had a point-blank shot from
three yards in front of the net, but slammed
it off the left post. In the 81st minute, Andres
Andrade, who scored in Tuesday night s
2--1 Cup victory against the San Jose Earth-
quakes, was on target with a shot from the
top right corner of the box, but Anders Lin-
degaard went down to make the save.
Lindegaard and Sam Johnstone shared in
the shutout, each playing 45 minutes. (AP)
Schneiderlin scores in debut
AS Roma's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, left and Real
Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo compete for the ball
during their International Championship Cup
football match in Melbourne, Australia, yester-
day. Roma won 7--6 on penalties. AP PHOTO
...as Man U beats Club America 1--0
SAO PAULO---Brazilian media
say Pele has undergone suc-
cessful back surgery and should
be discharged from a Sao Paulo
hospital next week.
The operation was on Thurs-
day, the UOL and G1 news por-
tals said on Saturday.
Calls to Pele s personal assis-
tant, Jose Fornos, for details went
Mirtes Bogea, a press officer
for the Albert Einstein Hospital,
said yesterday she could only
confirm he was there.
She said she was not allowed
to say when he was hospitalised
The 74-year-old Pele under-
went prostate surgery at the
same hospital in May. The pro-
cedure was to treat urinary prob-
lems because of an enlarged
prostate, doctors said at the
time. Tests conducted after that
surgery showed there were no
He was also hospitalised in
December for two weeks
because of a urinary tract infec-
tion that stemmed from surgery
to remove kidney stones.
Pele has back surgery, leaving hospital next week
Marco Polo Del Nero... president of the
Brazilian football confederation.
LA PAZ---The jailed president
of Bolivia s football federation
could face trial on fraud and
illicit enrichment charges in
connection with the alleged
disappearance of funds from a
Prosecutors say Carlos Chavez
is suspected of diverting funds
from the more than $400,000
raised in a friendly April 2013
match the national team played
against Brazil to raise money for
the family of a fan who died
during an earlier match.
Chavez is also treasurer of the
South American Football Con-
federation, or Conmebol.
Chief prosecutor Ramiro
Guerrero said his office was
seeking preventative detention
for Chavez and federation exec-
utive secretary Alberto Lozada,
who was also arrested Friday.
Chavez has been head of
Bolivia s football federation for
nearly a decade and was elected
Conmebol treasurer in July 2013.
Bolivia football chief jailed on fraud, enrichment charges
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