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Brazil names 23-man
squad to clinch World
RIO DE JANEIRO---Brazil's coach Tite
announced his 23-man squad yester-
day for the next two World Cup quali-
fiers where the South Americans can
mathematically guarantee their spot
for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Brazil already leads South American
World Cup qualifying with 27 points,
four ahead of Uruguay, and seven clear of
Ecuador and Chile. Argentina is a further
Brazil plays at Uruguay on March 23, and
is home against Paraguay five days later.
The squad is headed by Barcelona for-
ward Neymar. Manchester City's rising star
Gabriel Jesus is out with an injury, giving
a chance to 31-year-old Diego Souza of
Brazilian club Sport.
MILAN---The group of Chi-
nese investors buying AC
Milan said it is still "strong-
ly committed" to completing
the deal after the sale was
again delayed yesterday.
The completion of the deal
was originally scheduled for De-
cember, but Silvio Berlusconi's
holding company Fininvest and
Sino-Europe Sports agreed to a
three-month delay, postponing
the closing to Friday.
However, at a shareholders'
meeting a further delay was
"In expressing its own disap-
pointment at the delay in final-
izing the closing, due to circum-
stances beyond its control, SES
confirms that it is strongly com-
mitted to continue working with
Fininvest to reach the closing as
soon as possible," Sino-Europe
Sports said in a statement, add-
ing that "a detailed plan for in-
vestments is already ready."
The new date is expected to be
"Conditions of the contract
have not been met so the closing
cannot happen today as initially
planned," Milan vice president
Adriano Galliani said earlier at
the meeting. "Fininvest points
out, however, that it is evaluating
the possibility of drawing up an
agreement to give up its owner-
ship of AC Milan soon."
The deal with Sino-Europe
values Milan at 740 million eu-
ros (about $800 million). The
investors have already paid 200
million euros as a deposit.
Berlusconi, who purchased
Milan 31 years ago, has been ne-
gotiating for more than a year to
sell the Serie A club.
Giuseppe Scala, representing
those with smaller stakes in the
club, accused Fininvest of not
being transparent and demanded
more clarity from the club.
Galliani responded by saying
he worked for Milan, not Fin-
"Why should I feel like I'm
being taken for a fool?" Gal-
liani asked. "There's nothing
that doesn't work, corporate life
continues as normal and calm,
salaries are paid.
"The deal between potential
vendors and potential buyers is
between Fininvest and SES. They
can give answers, not the man-
aging director of Milan. With all
the goodwill, I can't respond to
questions on where we are, what
will happen, what will be AC
Milan's future, because I don't
know. If Milan will or will not
be sold does not depend on me."
rolling subs and
sin bins approved
LONDON---Soccer's lawmakers are looking to make
penalty shootouts even more unpredictable by adopt-
ing the format used for tiebreakers in tennis.
Teams currently alternate in shootouts, but the
International Football Association Board says research
shows the first team taking kicks has a 60 percent
chance of winning.
IFAB is seeking trials in the lower-levels of soccer
with a new pattern that would see the order mixed
up between teams A and B to ABBAABBAAB. This
mirrors tennis, where after the first point in tiebreaks
--- with the score 6-6 at the end of sets --- the op-
ponent then serves the next two points and so on.
"We believe that the ABBA approach could remove
that statistical bias and this is something that we
will now look to trial," Scottish Football Association
chief executive Stewart Regan said after Friday's
IFAB meeting. "It would mean the first 10 kicks are
taken under the ABBA system and then when it gets
to next-goal-wins then it would revert to alternate
There is a more immediate change coming to soccer
on regular penalties in matches from June, with yellow
cards no longer awarded for "stopping a promising
attack" if there was a clear attempt to play the ball.
IFAB, once a conservative institution reluctant to
change soccer, is now willing to offer flexibility to
individual countries to tweak the laws.
Temporary dismissals --- known as sin bins --- are
regularly used in rugby.
They will now be allowed for yellow card offenses
in youth, grassroots and disability soccer.
IFAB has also given national federations the free-
dom to decide how many substitutions are allowed
in "lower levels of football," but not games involving
the first teams of top-flight competitions and senior
The IFAB features the four British nations and four
FIFA voters. It requires the approval of six people for
a motion to pass.
Football Association CEO Martin Glenn, left, and
FIFA President Gianni Infantino smile during a
press conference after the 131st International
Football Association Board (IFAB) annual general
meeting at Wembley stadium in London,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
FILE: In this January 31, 2016, file photo, AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi, left, is flanked by vice
president Adriano Galliani during a Serie A match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, at the San Siro
stadium in Milan, Italy. AP PHOTO
Brazil coach Tite
SES 'strongly committed'
to buying AC Milan
(PSG), Thiago Silva (PSG),
Miranda (Inter Milan), Gil
(Shandong Luneng), Daniel
Alves (Juventus), Fagner
(Real Madrid), Filipe Luis
(Atletico de Madrid).
City), Paulinho (Guangzhou
(Zenit), Renato Augusto
(Beijing Guoan), Diego
(Barcelona), Douglas Costa
(Bayern Munich), Roberto
Firmino (Liverpool), Diego
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