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Jose Callejon and Dries
Mertens both struck twice as
Napoli made a flying start to
their Europa League campaign
by thrashing Club Brugge 5-0 at
Stadio San Paolo yesterday.
Callejon opened the scoring
after just five minutes and
Mertens bagged a brace to make
it 3-0 inside 25 minutes.
Marek Hamsik added a fourth
early in the second half and Calle-
jon completed the Group D rout
13 minutes from time.
Morten Rasmussen struck as
Midtjylland beat Legia Warsaw 1-
0 in the other match in the group,
in which the Poles had Dominik
Furman sent off.
Park Joo-ho headed a last-gasp
winner as Borussia Dortmund
came from behind to beat
Krasnodar 2-1 in Group C.
Pavel Mamaev gave the Rus-
sians an early lead at Signal Iduna
Park but Matthias Ginter levelled
before the break and then set up
Park s stoppage-time winner after
the Germans dominated the sec-
Elsewhere in the group, Qabala
drew 0-0 with PAOK Salonika.
In Group A, Ajax twice came
from behind to draw 2-2 with
Celtic in Amsterdam.
Nir Bitton and Mikael Lustig
were on target for the Scottish
champions but Viktor Fischer and,
in the 84th minute, Lasse Schone
scored the Dutch side s equalis-
Molde survived the late sending
off of Mohamed Elyounoussi and
a barrage of Fenerbahce chances
to claim a 3-1 win in Istanbul.
Tommy Hoiland s penalty was
cancelled out by Nani late in the
first half but Molde hit back again
after the break with goals from
Elyounoussi and Martin Linnes.
Substitute Jussie scored a late
equaliser as Bordeaux drew 1-1 in
Group B with Liverpool, who had
taken the lead through Adam Lal-
lana. Sion beat Rubin Kazan 2-1
with a double from Moussa
Marseille began in Group F with
a 3-0 win at Groningen with goals
from Georges-Kevin N Koudou,
Lucas Ocampos and Romain
Alessandrini while Braga won 1-
0 at Slovan Liberec.
Rapid Vienna beat Villarreal 2-
1 in Group E and Viktoria Plzen
overcame Dinamo Minsk 2-0.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar maintained
his impressive scoring record for
Schalke in Europe with two goals
in the German side s 3-0 win at
APOEL Nicosia in Group K. Joel
Matip was also on target while
the Cypriot side had Tomas De
Vincenti sent off late on.
Asteras Tripolis and Sparta
Prague played out a 1-1 draw in
Greece as Pablo Mazza s early goal
for the hosts was cancelled out
by David Lafata.
New signing Son Heung-min
scored a quickfire double to lead
a Tottenham fightback against
Azerbaijan champions Qarabag at
White Hart Lane. Qarabag struck
early through Richard Almeida s
penalty but Son responded with
two goals in as many minutes
around the half-hour mark and
Erik Lamela secured a 3-1 win in
Group J four minutes from time.
Group rivals Monaco equalised
in the 85th minute through Lacina
Traore to snatch a 1-1 draw at
The Belgians had led since Guil-
laume Gillet scored in the 11th
Last season s runners-up
Dnipro scored an injury-time
equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw
against Lazio in Group G.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic s 34th-
minute effort looked to have
secured victory for the Italians in
Ukraine but Yevhen Seleznyov had
the final word with 94 minutes
on the clock.
The other match in the group
was also a draw as the clash
between Saint-Etienne and
Rosenborg ended 2-2.
Robert Beric and Tobias
Mikkelsen traded early goals and
Nolan Roux scored a late equaliser
for the French side from the
penalty spot after Jonas Svensson
put Rosenborg ahead.
Spurs win, Liverpool, Celtic held
Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur scores their first goal in the 3-1 win
over Qarabag yesterday. AP PHOTO
GENEVA---FIFA suspended its top offi-
cial Jerome Valcke and ordered an inves-
tigation into alleged unethical conduct
yesterday, throwing world soccer s scan-
dal-scarred governing body into further
Valcke, FIFA s secretary general for the
past eight years under President Sepp
Blatter, was hours earlier the subject of
allegations over a deal for black market
sales of tickets to 2014 World Cup match-
"FIFA today announced that its Sec-
retary General Jerome Valcke has been
put on leave and released from his duties
effective immediately until further notice,"
the governing body said in a brief state-
ment which did not specify details.
"Further, FIFA has been made aware
of a series of allegations involving the
secretary general and has requested a
formal investigation by the FIFA Ethics
A call to Valcke s mobile phone was
not answered. It was unclear if he was
already in Russia where the 1,000-day
countdown to the 2018 World Cup kickoff
is being marked Friday in Red Square,
Moscow. The 55-year-old Frenchman s
main duty is overseeing organisation of
the world s most-watched sports event
which earned FIFA around $5 billion for
the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
An alleged deal linked to that World
Cup threatens to end Valcke s FIFA career
months early. The former television jour-
nalist and sports marketing executive has
been scheduled to exit on February 26
with Blatter amid American and Swiss
investigations of corruption.
Earlier yesterday, a former FIFA tick-
eting partner made allegations about Val-
cke supplying top-category tickets to
matches in Brazil which were sold at
three times face value.
The marketing executive, Benny Alon,
also made an unproven allegation that
Valcke had been prepared to profit per-
sonally from the deal.
Alon circulated a contract, seen by The
Associated Press, to receive 8,750 tickets
in the best seats for each World Cup from
2010 to 2018. The Israeli-American
showed journalists copies of email cor-
respondence, also seen by the AP, which
appeared to show Valcke referring to
potential ticket sales as "my pension
Valcke s lawyer in New York said in a
statement his client "unequivocally denies
the fabricated and outrageous accusa-
"Mr Valcke never received or agreed
to accept any money or anything else of
value from Mr. Alon," wrote Barry Berke
of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.
Valcke declined comment to the AP
earlier Thursday, and said FIFA would
issue a statement.
The FIFA ethics committee declined
to confirm if an investigation of Valcke
"The panel points out that---as a matter
of principle---it will analyse all information
that is brought to its attention of its own
accord," it said in a statement.
It was unclear who made the decision
regarding Valcke, who is Blatter s personal
choice as his right-hand man at FIFA
secretary general Valcke
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