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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, August 8, 2015
NYON---Former Olympic official Fran-
cois Carrard is the only current can-
didate to chair Fifa s reform task force,
according to UEFA secretary general
The task force has no leader weeks
before a Fifa-set deadline of September
24 to propose ideas for rebuilding the
scandal-hit governing body's reputation.
World Cup sponsors Coca-Cola and
Visa have asked Fifa to ensure the job
goes to an "eminent" person from outside
Fifa has promised to appoint an inde-
pendent outsider after consulting the
presidents of its six continental confed-
erations, including UEFA's Michel Pla-
"He (Carrard) is an excellent person
and he has the necessary experience,"
Platini's right-hand man Infantino said
Carrard was the International Olympic
Committee director general for 14 years,
overseeing fallout and reforms after the
Salt Lake City bidding corruption scandal
broke in 1998.
The Lausanne-based lawyer declined
comment when asked about Fifa's offer.
Carrard worked for the IOC until 2003,
including 12 years serving under the
presidency of Juan Antonio Samaranch.
He has continued to represent the
IOC in cases heard at the Court of Arbi-
tration for Sport and sits on the board
of IOC subsidiaries dealing with broad-
casting and sponsorship.
Infantino said Carrard was "a good
proposal because you need someone who
Proposals to reform Fifa ---which could
include limiting the terms of presidents,
publishing salaries and vetting officials'
integrity more strictly---will be enacted
only if voted in by member federations
at their February 26 congress. The 209
members will also elect a successor to
President Sepp Blatter that day.
"We must also reach out to a broad
support," Infantino said of the task force's
If he accepts the offer, Carrard will
lead an 11-member panel with his col-
leagues nominated by the confederations.
UEFA has already sent Fifa its two nom-
inations to join the task force, said Infan-
tino, who declined to identify the officials.
UEFA: Former IOC
official candidate to
lead Fifa task force
manager Jose Mourinho
signed a new four-year
ahead of the London
club starting its Premier
League title defense.
The 52-year-old Por-
tuguese had two seasons
remaining on the con-
tract he signed in 2013
when he returned to the
club for a second stint
If Mourinho, who
ended Chelsea's five-year
Premier League title
drought in May, stays
until 2019 it will be his
longest management job.
"If the club is happy,
I am happy," Mourinho
said. "It is important we
have this continuity and
I hope we can enjoy
more success in the
future---for the fans, the
players and the club.
"I said when I
returned here two years
ago that I have a special
feeling for this club and
nothing changed. It is
the club closest to my
heart and I am very
happy to know I will be
staying here for a long
The new season
begins today against
Swansea, with Mourinho
looking to win back-to-
back titles as he achieved
in 2005 and 2006.
"We are very happy
that Jose has committed
four more years to the
club," director Marina
Granovskaia said. "Since
his arrival two years ago
he has carefully devel-
oped the playing squad
and brought trophies to
"We look forward to
the next four years and
the continued success of
the team." (AP)
Mourinho signs new 4-year
contract to manage Chelsea
LILLE---Brazilian forward Lucas
Moura netted the first goal of the
French league season to give 10-
man Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0
win yesterday at Lille as the
defending champions won on
the opening day for the first time
in five years.
PSG was forced to play with 10
men for more than one hour after
Adrien Rabiot was sent off in the
27th minute for a second yellow
PSG, which secured an
unprecedented domestic treble
last season and is chasing a fourth
consecutive league title, domi-
nated but struggled to break the
solid Lille defense until Lucas
found a breach in the 57th minute
with a low shot that concluded a
brilliant one-touch passing move.
It was PSG's 10th consecutive
league win, a record sequence
started in March.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's absence
because of a knee injury was hard-
ly noticed in the early stages as
PSG immediately took control. Its
first chance came after just two
minutes when David Luiz's lofted
ball found Edinson Cavani in an
offside position that was not
flagged. The Uruguay striker's
attempt was blocked and Lucas
could not find a way past Lille
defenders from the rebound.
With PSG's new winger Angel
Di Maria watching from the
stands, Cavani had another chance
on the break five minutes later
but lost his balance and fell in the
box after a slight contact with
defender Benjamin Pavard.
Cavani's appeal for a penalty was
PSG's domination gave way to
a good spell for Lille that resulted
in an accumulation of fouls from
the visitors. Already booked for a
rough tackle on Florent Balmont,
Rabiot was sent off when he
pulled an opponent's shirt.
But Rabiot's sending off had a
positive effect on PSG players,
who looked more focused after-
PSG kept pressing hard after
the interval and finally went ahead
when Lucas pierced the midfield
barrier, passed the ball to Cavani
and ran toward the goal to collect
an assist from Blaise Matuidi.
Rushing into the box at full speed,
he easily rounded goalkeeper Vin-
cent Enyeama and scored with a
Lille players laid siege of the
visitors' defense in the final 20
minutes but PSG new keeper
Kevin Trapp was hardly tested.
Last season's runner-up Lyon
hosts Lorient tomorrow while
Monaco travels to Nice today.
PSG starts French league
season with 1-0 win at Lille
MOSCOW---Russia appointed CSKA
Moscow s Leonid Slutsky as the new
national coach on a short-term deal
to rescue its 2016 European Cham-
pionship qualifying campaign.
Slutsky replaces Fabio Capello, who
departed last month after poor results
left Russia sitting third in Group G,
outside the automatic qualifying places.
Slutsky's contract runs only until
the end of the qualifying campaign in
October for group games, or November
for the playoffs. Unlike his predecessor
Capello, who was widely criticized in
Russia for his reported salary of 7 mil-
lion euros ($7.6 million), Slutsky will
work unpaid, except for performance-
"He won't even have a wage, just a
certain bonus for completing tasks,"
Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said. If
Russia qualifies for Euro 2016, Slutsky's
deal will be extended until the end of
the tournament, Mutko added.
Russia appoints CSKA's Slutsky
as new national coach
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