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fined for misconduct
LONDON---Manchester United man-
ager Jose Mourinho has been banned for
one game and fined 50,000 pounds
($61,000) on two misconduct charges.
The punishments were announced
yesterday by the English Football Associ-
The FA says Mourinho will serve an
immediate one-match touchline ban
after he admitted using abusive or in-
sulting words toward referee Mark Clat-
tenburg. The incident occurred during
halftime of United's 0-0 draw with Burn-
ley on Saturday.
Mourinho will be banned from the
touchline for Sunday's game at Swansea.
Separately, Mourinho was handed a
50,000-pound ($61,000) fine for com-
ments he made about referee Anthony
Taylor before United's game at Liverpool
on October 17.
The FA said Mourinho's comments
constituted "improper conduct" and had
"brought the game into disrepute."
Argentina coach worried
about World Cup
BUENOS AIRES---Argentina coach
Edgardo Bauza says he's worried about
his team's qualifying campaign for the
2018 World Cup in Russia.
Argentina reached the final of the
2014 World Cup and can count on Lionel
Messi, the five-time winner of the world
player of the year award.
But the team's progress was checked
this week after Fifa ordered Bolivia to
forfeit two World Cup qualifiers for field-
ing an ineligible player. Chile gained two
points and is now in fifth place in the
South American qualifying standings,
Only the top four countries qualify au-
tomatically for Russia, with the fifth-
place team going to a continental playoff.
Bauza told The Associated Press in an
interview yesterday that he's worried be-
cause qualifying "is still not assured and
must still be won."
Argentina faces a key World Cup quali-
fier against archrival Brazil in Belo Hori-
zonte on November 10 and at home
against Colombia in San Juan five days
UK PM condemns ban on
LONDON---British Prime Minister
Theresa May has condemned Interna-
tional soccer organisation Fifa for its ban
on players wearing Britain's remem-
brance poppy, a symbol of the nation's
annual tribute to its war dead.
She told Parliament yesterday that the
Fifa decision was "utterly outrageous."
England will play Scotland in a 2018
World Cup qualifier on Armistice Day,
November 11, and players had hoped to
wear commemorative shirts with pop-
pies on the armbands.
The artificial flower is worn by mem-
bers of the public in the days leading up
to Remembrance Day.
Fifa soon challenged this, saying
teams may not display political, religious
or commercial symbols on their uniform.
May argues that soccer players have a
right to recognise and respect those who
have died in war.
Ranieri heads ten
coaches for Fifa ward
ZURICH---Claudio Ranieri's latest re-
ward for leading Leicester to an unlikely
Premier League title is a nomination for
Fifa's coach of the year award.
Fifa announced Ranieri and Zinedine
Zidane among 10 contenders yesterday.
Zidane, who lead Real Madrid to the
Champions League title, is a candidate
despite starting his first top-level coach-
ing job only in January.
Chris Coleman, the coach of another
unheralded team, was nominated for
taking Wales to the European Champi-
onship semifinals. Euro 2016-winning
coach Fernando Santos of Portugal and
Didier Deschamps of beaten finalist
France were also nominated.
Last year's winner, Luis Enrique of
Barcelona, and 2011 winner Pep Guardi-
ola are among club coaches on the list. It
is completed by Juergen Klopp, Mauricio
Pochettino and Diego Simeone.
Voting will be done by national team
captains and coaches, selected media
and an online fan poll. Each section will
be weighted 25 per cent of the final tal-
lies. Fifa will announce a three-man
shortlist on December 2. The rebranded
Best Fifa Awards ceremony will be held
on January 9 in Zurich.
Candidates: Chris Coleman (Wales),
Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardi-
ola (Bayern Munich, Manchester City),
Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Luis Enrique
(Barcelona), Mauricio Pochettino (Tot-
tenham), Claudio Ranieri (Leicester), Fer-
nando Santos (Portugal), Diego Simeone
(Atletico Madrid), Zinedine Zidane (Real
Liverpool striker out
for up to 9 months
LIVERPOOL---Liverpool striker Danny
Ings has been ruled out for up to nine
months after hurting his right knee in
the latest injury to set back his career.
Ings damaged cartilage in his knee
when attempting to make a tackle late in
Liverpool's 2-1 win over Tottenham in the
English League Cup last week. He will
undergo surgery today and Liverpool
said he will be out for seven to nine
months, meaning his season is over.
The 24-year-old Ings missed most of
last season after an anterior cruciate lig-
ament injury in his left knee.
Russians fined after fans
throw flares at each other
MOSCOW---Russian champion CSKA
Moscow and league leader Spartak
Moscow have been fined a total of
990,000 rubles (US$15,500) after their
fans threw flares at each other.
Fans threw flares into areas of the sta-
dium packed with opposition supporters
and filled the stadium with smoke during
Spartak's 3-1 win over CSKA on Satur-
day. The unrest briefly caused the game
to be suspended as the smoke cleared.
There were no reports of injuries. There
were also reports of clashes between
rival fans traveling to the stadium.
The Russian Football Union said
Wednesday in a statement that it had
fined each club 300,000 rubles
(US$4,700) for the flares, plus 150,000
rubles (US$2,350) apiece for fans burn-
ing opposition merchandise, plus smaller
fines for offensive chants. (AP)
BARCELONA---As long as
Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique
get healthy again, Barcelona fans
should have nothing to worry
The 3-1 loss at Manchester City
on Tuesday showed that for all the
scoring prowess of Lionel Messi,
Neymar and Luis Suarez,
Barcelona s star forwards can be
left with heads hanging when the
team s makeshift defence and mid-
field buckle under pressure.
And pressure is what former
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola
ordered City to apply in massive
doses, especially in a second half
when they broke the steely control
the Spanish champions normally
maintain even against the biggest
Barcelona was missing the
injured Iniesta, Pique and first-
choice left back Jordi Alba. For
Barcelona s faithful, that means
one bad match shouldn t be a
cause of major concern just
because three of Barcelona s back-
ups didn t perform as well as its
Just look at the result of their
first meeting two weeks ago, when
Messi scored a hat trick in a 4-0
rout. All three started that match,
even though Pique and Alba had
to be substituted because of injury.
But the loss at City does point
out where coach Luis Enrique
needs to work with the team s
younger players and newcomers.
That, or perhaps relent on the
club s now ingrained---and
ingrained it was by Guardiola---
insistence on using short passes
to work the ball forward even when
under intense pressure from
"We played 40 excellent minutes
with many scoring chances and
just in that moment we make a
key mistake," Luis Enrique said.
"We had five bad minutes and in
the second half we accumulated
an infinite number of passing
errors. (The loss) was the result of
our rival s pressure and our mis-
Sometimes a game does seem
to swing on one single pass.
Messi had put Barcelona on its
way to another victory with a goal
from a counterattack led by Ney-
mar. Later, Neymar and Suarez
both went close to adding more
But a pass from Sergi Roberto
that went astray was pounced on
by City forward Sergio Aguero,
sparking an elegant series of one-
touch passes that were reminiscent
of Guardiola s best Barcelona sides.
The play was completed by Ilkay
Gundogan for the equaliser in the
It was all City the rest of the
way, with Kevin de Bruyne knock-
ing in a free kick before Gundogan
finished off another quick buildup.
Guardiola knows Barcelona bet-
ter than any rival, and it showed.
City made goalkeeper Marc-Andre
ter Stegen pass short by covering
his down-field options, and then
swarmed in numbers.
Barcelona won the possession
battle with 60 per cent of the ball
and basically doubled City s passes
(591 attempts to City s 315). But
most of the action was inside its
own half, when every sideways
pass was another chance City had
to spring its trap. Guardiola s will-
ingness to renounce the ball
worked: City produced 13 shots to
Barcelona s eight.
Guardiola said he asked De
Bruyne to specifically attack Rober-
to, who had his worst match after
a promising start to the season in
his new position of right back.
"We wanted to go one-on-one
against Sergi Roberto," Guardiola
said. "In the second half we were
more compact, pressured higher
up the pitch and moved in unison.
If we had had better finishing we
could have put the game away ear-
Offseason signings Lucas Digne
and Andre Gomes didn t have good
showings in place of Alba and Ini-
esta, either. Digne provided none
of Alba s pace and struggled to
keep up with Raheem Sterling,
while Gomes hit the crossbar with
a clear chance to make it 2-2.
The biggest victim of the night,
surprisingly, was Sergio Busquets.
The Spain holding midfielder, usu-
ally so unflappable, relinquished
several balls. He was missing his
outlets to Iniesta and Pique, who
often starts Barcelona s attacks
from the back.
"We knew it would be a difficult
match and that the team that pres-
sured better and recovered more
balls would be the one that won,"
Busquets said. "During the season
there are matches like this one."
According to Aguero, who is a
friend of Messi and team-mate on
the Argentina national side, the
Barcelona leader understandably
did not leave Etihad Stadium
"Whenever you lose you re not
happy," Aguero said about Messi.
"Leo wasn t in the mood and I
Iniesta will be sidelined for
another month with ligament
damage in his right knee. A right
ankle sprain will keep Pique out
for another week, while Alba is
expected back soon from a muscle
Once they recover, Barcelona
should be its old dominant self.
In the meantime, though,
Barcelona faces a tough match at
Sevilla in the Spanish league on
Without Iniesta and Pique,
Barcelona left exposed
Barcelona's Neymar, left,
reacts to a decision by the
referee during the Champions
League group C soccer match
between Manchester City and
Barcelona at the Etihad
stadium in Manchester,
England, Tuesday. AP PHOTO
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