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PARIS---Star striker Zlatan Ibrahi-
movic set another Paris Saint-Ger-
main record yesterday, scoring twice
in a 3-0 win at Nice to become the
club s outright all-time leading league
The 34-year-old Swede is already
PSG s all-time leading scorer with 119
goals in all competitions, but his two
goals took him to 87 in the league---
surpassing the record of 85 he shared
with Mustapha Dahleb.
"We knew he would get that record,
it was just a matter of when," PSG coach
Laurent Blanc said. "The lad scores an
enormous amount of goals and he
hasn t finished scoring yet."
But Blanc was evasive when asked if
he thinks Ibrahimovic, whose contract
runs out in June, will play for PSG next
"He has been, he is and he may still
be vital to PSG s project," Blanc said.
Ibrahimovic is also the league s top
scorer this season with 12 and best pass-
er with six assists.
Led by the trickery of winger Hatem
Ben Arfa, Nice started brightly but faded
after Cavani s 35th-minute tap-in, set
up by Ibrahimovic from the left.
Swedish midfielder Niklas Hult was
sent off seven minutes later for fouling
Ibrahimovic, who scored the resulting
PSG leads second-place Caen by 16
points ahead of this weekend s games.
Nice had PSG on the back foot early
on, using Ben Arfa s skills through the
middle and stretching the fullbacks.
With Nice s vocal crowd whipping
up a hostile atmosphere, referee Antony
Gautier warned PSG left back Layvin
Kurzawa---who used to play for Nice s
local rival Monaco---not to respond after
being goaded by fans.
PSG s first chance fell to Ibrahimovic,
who got the better of defender Mathieu
Bodmer on the edge of the penalty area
but his shot was saved by goalkeeper
After Nice midfielder Jean Michael
Seri shot straight at goalie Kevin Trapp,
Ben Arfa mesmerized PSG midfielder
Benjamin Stambouli with a brilliant
change of direction, skipped past two
players and curled a shot just over from
PSG opened the scoring when Ibrahi-
movic flicked a pass up to midfielder
Blaise Matuidi, who headed it back and
Ibrahimovic set up Cavani for his ninth
league goal of the campaign.
After Bodmer headed Ben Arfa s free
kick straight at Trapp, PSG struck again.
Ibrahimovic latched onto Cavan s
pass from the left and looked certain
to score before Hult tugged him back.
Ibrahimovic confidently beat Cardinale
from the spot.
PSG coasted through the second half,
with Ibrahimovic, Angel di Maria and
Thiago Motta missing good chances.
The pressure finally told in the 61st
when Di Maria picked out Ibrahimovic
on the right and he drilled a low shot
inside the near post.
Ibrahimovic---taken off 15 minutes
from the end---gave his jersey to a
delighted young boy who approached
the bench to ask him for it. (AP)
GENEVA---Facing life bans for cor-
ruption, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini
are expected to go before the FIFA
ethics committee within two weeks.
A person familiar with the cases said
yesterday that the hearings should take
place from December 16-18 in Zurich.
Verdicts are expected days later. The
person spoke on condition of anonymity
because the information has not been
As Platini prepares to try to salvage
his soccer career after accepting a $2
million payment from FIFA in 2011, one
of his closest friends has resigned from
the FIFA ethics committee. Jacques Lam-
bert, who Platini personally chose to
head the 2016 European Championship
organizing committee in their native
France, had joined the ethics investiga-
tory chamber in May at UEFA s invita-
tion. Lambert resigned for "personal
reasons," the ethics committee said Fri-
day in a statement to the AP.
By leaving, Lambert avoided the risk
of being suspended by FIFA for con-
tacting Platini, who is barred from duty
awaiting his ethics hearing. They have
been close since working together organ-
izing the 1998 World Cup in France.
Because of their shared nationality,
Lambert was not allowed to be involved
in the ethics investigation, which has
recommended a life ban for Platini. The
expulsion request was confirmed last
month by Platini s Paris-based lawyer,
Thibaut d Ales.
Platini was charged over a $2 million
payment from FIFA that Blatter approved
as backdated salary for work as a pres-
idential adviser from 1998-2002.
Both deny wrongdoing and claim they
had a verbal contract for Platini to receive
the money. Under Swiss law, FIFA did
not need to pay the money after five
years passed since Platini s job ended.
The two presidents face separate hear-
ings---likely at FIFA headquarters---before
the ethics court led by German judge
Joachim Eckert. Like Platini, Blatter is
also serving a 90-day interim ban pend-
ing the verdict.
Platini wants to clear his name and
stand as a candidate to succeed Blatter
in the FIFA presidential election on Feb.
26. Switzerland s attorney-general has
opened criminal proceedings against
Blatter over the payment as suspected
criminal mismanagement of FIFA
money. Platini, a former France captain,
was quizzed in September at FIFA head-
quarters as "between a witness and an
accused person," according to attorney
general Michael Lauber.
Platini and Blatter were knocked off
the FIFA news agenda Thursday when
two more vice presidents were arrested
in Zurich as bribery suspects.
Yesterday, Juan Angel Napout of
Paraguay and Alfredo Hawit of Honduras
were also banned from soccer for 90
days. Both were among 16 Latin Amer-
ican soccer leaders named in a sweeping
US Department of Justice indictment
on bribery and racketeering charges.
Ibrahimovic becomes PSG's top scorer in Nice win
Blatter, Platini face FIFA ethics
hearings within two weeks
challenges for the
ball with Nice's
during the French
between Nice and
yesterday, in Nice
France. PSG won
3-0. AP PHOTO
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