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GENEVA---Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter s
long-time right-hand man, was banned
from all soccer-related activity for 12 years
yesterday for misconduct during his term
as FIFA secretary general.
Valcke was found guilty by FIFA's ethics
committee of wide-ranging offenses, includ-
ing taking private jets for personal use,
destroying evidence and trying to force
through an undervalued sale of 2018 and
2022 World Cup television rights for the
"Mr Valcke acted against FIFA's best inter-
ests and caused considerable financial dam-
age to FIFA, while his private and personal
interests detracted him from his ability to
properly perform his duties," the ethics
committee said in a statement.
Valcke's ban is four years longer than the
eight-year sanctions handed down to FIFA
President Blatter and UEFA President Michel
Platini in December for a financial conflict
The ethics judges said Valcke violated
seven sections of FIFA's code of ethics, com-
pared to four each by Blatter and Platini,
and also fined him 100,000 Swiss francs
The ban is likely not the end of Valcke's
legal troubles. He is expected to be asked
to give evidence to American and Swiss fed-
eral prosecutors investigating widespread
corruption in international soccer.
His soccer ban comes one month after
the 55-year-old Frenchman was fired by
Fifa for a second time in a colourful career.
The former television presenter and mar-
keting executive had been suspended last
September. The firing was based on an inter-
nal report about his conduct, including use
of expenses and private jets.
JOHANNESBURG---South Africa edged
England by one wicket in the fourth one-
day international yesterday as a match-
winning innings by tailender Chris Morris
levelled the series at 2-2 in a thriller and
set up a decider in Cape Town this week-
With South Africa apparently down and
out on 210-8 chasing 263 to win, No 8 Mor-
ris clubbed four sixes in his 62 from 38 balls
to turn the game and give the Proteas a
chance at winning the series after being 2-
Morris didn't quite see South Africa home
in a rollercoaster game at the Wanderers.
He was bowled by Adil Rashid with the
scores tied, leaving last man Imran Tahir
to hit a four off the first ball he faced to
secure victory in a hugely tense finish.
Tahir, who had earlier starred in South
Africa's bowling, cut the ball through point
and skipped down the pitch in celebration,
keeping England waiting to see if they can
follow a test series victory with success in
It's 14 years since South Africa lost both
the test and one-day series at home in the
England had some big chances to secure
the series right at the end. Before he really
started doing his damage, Morris was
dropped by Rashid and soon after captain
Eoin Morgan missed a relatively straight-
forward run out chance to get rid of him.
He made them pay, clubbing three big
sixes over midwicket and one to square leg
at his home ground. Morris also struck three
fours and his first ODI half-century was
Joe Root earlier made 109 for England,
rescuing the tourists' batting effort from
108-6 to set a competitive total even though
England would have hoped for more, and
South Africa would have fancied its chances
at the traditionally high-scoring ground in
But South Africa appeared to have fluffed
its chances when Hashim Amla was bowled
for a duck as he played on to the returning
Stuart Broad, and South Africa's top and
middle order all got going and suddenly got
out.Quinton de Kock made 27, Faf du Plessis
34, AB de Villiers 36, JP Duminy 31 and
Farhaan Behardien 38.
Morris, primarily a bowler and recently
a big money signing in the Indian Premier
League, justified his allrounder potential
with his match-turning innings. He really
set South Africa on its way in the first three
balls of Broad's final spell as he swung a six
over midwicket and then drove two fours
through the covers.
Fan protests have been the theme of the week
in European soccer---and there could be another
on the way in the most high-profile game in
the English Premier League this weekend.
Against a backdrop of growing anger in Eng-
land at rising ticket prices, supporters of Arsenal
and Leicester could unite in protest at Emirates
Stadium to highlight their unhappiness at a deci-
sion to move the game back a day---at just three
days' notice---for television coverage. It will be
played tomorrow lunchtime instead of this after-
A group of Leicester fans is planning to boycott
the first five minutes of the match, citing lost
money on travel and accommodation booked
before the alteration. And some Arsenal fans are
willing to do the same to show unity and make
a stand against a perceived mistreatment of fans.
"Match-going fans are treated appallingly,
both by clubs (who continually increase ticket
prices, despite the huge and growing TV revenues
flowing into their coffers); and TV companies
(who move kickoff times at short notice and
stage games at times that are good for TV viewers
but bad for the match-going fan)," Arsenal fans'
group REDaction said in a statement.
Yersterday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
called on fans of both clubs to cancel the planned
protests, saying they should take place before
or after what is a crucial match in the title race.
Leicester, the surprise league leader, holds a five-
point cushion over both Tottenham and third-
place Arsenal with 13 matches left.
"You want everybody there when the game
starts," Wenger said. "Football is a moment of
happiness in your life, so don't miss it."
This latest grievance comes days after Liver-
pool's American owners apologised to the club's
fans and reversed planned rises in ticket prices,
following a walkout by more than 10,000 Liv-
erpool supporters at Anfield near the end of
Saturday's match against Sunderland.
Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football
Supporters' Federation in England, called the
decision a "game-changer."
The cost of tickets in English soccer is a hot
topic, especially since topflight teams are less
reliant than ever on ticket revenue with Premier
League clubs about to rake in around 8.3 billion
pounds ($12 billion) through new three-year tel-
evision deals. Even British Prime Minister David
Cameron has weighed in, calling the escalating
cost of watching Premier League games a "prob-
In Germany, fans of Borussia Dortmund held
up a Bundesliga match against Stuttgart on Tues-
day by throwing tennis balls onto the field during
play. A banner was held up, reading: "Football
must be more affordable."
Arsenal often comes in for criticism for having
both the most expensive season ticket and
matchday ticket in the Premier League.
"I don't think we are on the same level ground
as foreign clubs," Wenger said, referring to the
Premier League. "For example, Bayern Munich
paid one euro for their ground whereas we paid
128 million pounds for our ground.
"In France, they pay nothing at all for their
stadiums, they pay nothing at all for their main-
tenance. We pay absolutely everything ourselves
so we have to generate more revenue."
Liverpool was leading 2-0 at the time of the
protest last weekend, and ended up drawing 2-
2. Wenger doesn't see a protest on Sunday affect-
ing his team.
"I wouldn't like to use that as an excuse,"
Wenger said. "I think, once the players are on
the pitch, they are focused other job."
English soccer set
for another fan
protest at Arsenal
FIFA ethics committee
bans Valcke for 12 years
South Africa wins 4th ODI over
England to set up series decider
South Africa 266-9 in 47.2 overs (Chris
Morris 62, Farhaan Behardien 38; Adil
Rashid 2-38) beat England 262 all out in
47.5 overs (Joe Root 109, Alex Hales 50;
Kagiso Rabada 4-45, Imran Tahir 3-46)
by 1 wicket.
South Africa's batsman Imran Tahir, celebrates after scoring the winning run during the
4th One Day International cricket match between South Africa and England at the
Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. South Africa beat England
by 1 wicket with 16 balls remaining. AP PHOTO
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