Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 18th 2016 Contents ISTANBUL---European soccer's governing
body charged Russian club Lokomotiv
Moscow and one of its players with improp-
er conduct yesterday for revealing a picture
of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his
t-shirt after a politically charged match in
UEFA rules prohibit political statements at
its matches and the laws of football ban players
from revealing images and slogans on under-
Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off
his team shirt to reveal the Putin t-shirt after
his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-
0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League.
Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin
wearing a Russian navy cap were the words
in Russian: "The most polite president."
UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge
the case on March 17.
Relations between the countries have been
tense since November when a Russian war-
plane was shot down after it violated Turkey's
border near Syria.
Tarasov later defended his behavior to Russ-
ian agency R-Sport:
Tuesday's match was the most high-profile
meeting of Russian and Turkish teams since
UEFA rejected calls last year to separate the
two countries in competition draws.
Russia and Turkey avoided each other in
the draw for the 2016 European Champi-
onship, which takes place in France this sum-
But Lokomotiv and Fenerbahce were paired
in the Europa League round of 32. The return
leg match will be played in Moscow on Feb.
25.Also Tuesday, bottles were thrown at Loko-
motiv's team bus as it headed to the Sukru
Saracoglu Stadium where the match was
played. Turkish police said three people it
detained were drunk, and local police said
the attack was by Fenerbahce fans. (AP)
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In this June 1, 2011 file photo FIFA President Joseph
Blatter reacts when is hugged by German soccer
legend Franz Beckenbauer, left, after he was re-
elected FIFA president in Zurich, Switzerland. AP
GENEVA---Franz Beckenbauer has been fined and
warned by FIFA's ethics committee for refusing to
cooperate with Michael Garcia's investigation of
World Cup bidding.
Beckenbauer failed to cooperate "despite repeated
requests for his assistance" in the 2018-2022 World
Cup inquiry, the judges on world soccer's ethics com-
mittee said yesterday. Beckenbauer was also fined
7,000 Swiss francs (US$7,050).
"Mr Beckenbauer thus did not behave in accordance
with the general rules of conduct applicable to football
officials in the context of the investigations," the
ethics judges said in a statement.
It is the second sanction imposed on the former
West Germany great for initially snubbing Garcia,
the former US Attorney who was FIFA's lead ethics
prosecutor until resigning in December 2014.
Garcia got Beckenbauer banned from duty for 90
days during the 2014 World Cup that initially blocked
him attending matches in Brazil. The ban was lifted
after 14 days when Beckenbauer agreed to answer
Beckenbauer was a FIFA executive committee
member during the December 2010 vote that chose
Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts for 2018 and
2022 respectively. He left the FIFA ruling committee
in 2011 after a single four-year term.
The light punishment is unlikely to end his dealings
with FIFA ethics investigators.
Beckenbauer is currently implicated in claims of
misconduct by Germany's bidding team to secure
hosting the 2006 World Cup.
"The present case did not look into the matters
related to the awarding of the 2006 FIFA World Cup
to Germany," the ethics committee said.
State prosecutors and tax officials in Germany are
investigating allegations linked to the bid and its
relations with FIFA. They have focused on a payment
of 10 million Swiss francs --- then the equivalent of
6.7 million euros or US$7.22 million --- from the Ger-
man soccer federation (DFB) to the world body.
On March 4, a legal firm will publish an internal
investigation report commissioned by the DFB.
The complex case has also involved the attorney
general's office in Switzerland, which is leading a
wide-ranging investigation of FIFA's business affairs.
Heading the 2006 organizing committee completed
a unique World Cup hat trick for Beckenbauer.
He is the only man to captain and then to coach
a World Cup-winning team, for the West German
victories in 1974 and 1990. (AP)
Russian club faces sanction
after player shows Putin shirt
by FIFA ethics
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