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Honduras has officially been
awarded a 3-0 win by forfeit over
French Guiana, which used former
French national team star Florent
Malouda despite being told he was
ineligible for a match last Tuesday.
In addition, the French Guiana Foot-
ball League was fined by the Confedera-
tion of North and Central American and
Caribbean Association Football. Already
ineligible, Malouda was suspended for
two competitive matches and ordered to
serve a two-game stadium ban.
The 37-year-old midfielder cap-
tained French Guinea in a 0-0 draw
against Honduras at Houston. He
was born in French Guiana, played
for France from 2004-12 and scored
nine international goals. Under FIFA’s
rules, he would be ineligible to play for
another national team.
At the club level, he helped Chelsea
win the Premier League in 2010 and
the Champions League in 2012.
The decision was announced by
CONCACAF late Thursday, and French
Guiana completed the Gold Cup with
a 3-0 loss to Costa Rica on Friday at
Costa Rica (2-0-1), Canada (1-0 -2)
and Honduras (1-1-1) all advanced to
the next week’s quarter-finals.
Matthews wins Tour De France Stage 14...
Froome takes back
yellow jersey from Aru
Fabio Aru was dropped in
the last 500 meters of Stage 14
of the Tour de France won by
Michael Matthews and relin-
quished the yellow jersey to
Chris Froome yesterday.
Aru lost touch with the leaders in
the final short, sharp ascent of the
Cote de Saint Pierre in the town of
Rodez and crossed the line 25 sec-
onds behind Matthews.
It was unclear whether the Italy
champion suffered a mechanical
problem in the closing stages, or
simply made a mistake by riding
at the back.
Froome, who trailed Aru by six
seconds at the start of the stage in
Blagnac, was well positioned at the
front and had no problem tackling
the final climb. He finished hot on
the heels of Matthews. While the
Team Sky train hit the front in the
final kilometres, Aru was at the
back and didn’t attack before the
peloton split in the climb.
“It’s a beautiful surprise today,”
Froome said. He lost his jersey in
the Pyrenees after enduring a bad
day on the road to the ski station
Froome enjoys an 18-second
advantage over Aru, who is pay-
ing for the weakness of his Astana
team, which lost key member Jakon
Fuglsang on Friday after he broke
a wrist and elbow. French rider
Romain Bardet, the runner-up
to Froome last year, is 23 seconds
back from the leader, in third place.
In fourth is Rigoberto Uran, who
stuck with Froome on the final
climb. He trails the Briton by 29
Froome could hardly believe he
won back so much time and recov-
ered the yellow jersey on a stage
that, on paper, didn’t seem set up
to pose such difficulties for Aru.
Froome said his teammates
played an essential role in keep-
ing him at the front, allowing him
to pounce on the final climb while
Aru was stuck.
In the last frenzied dash, Froome
said teammate Michal Kwiatowski
was urging him on over their radio
system, yelling: “Froomey, go, go,
go! There are gaps everywhere!”
Froome remained wary, because
the top five were still very close.
He said he’d always expected this
tour to be very open, with its atyp-
ical route over all five of France’s
mountain ranges, a prediction that
is coming true, with just 29 seconds
separating the top four.
“Everyone is fighting for every
second they can get,” Froome said.
“The time I made up today could
be very vital.”
Matthews, who beat Olympic
champion Greg Van Avermaet in
the sprint to claim his second stage
win at the Tour, said he’d targeted
the stage win all year, and trained
specifically for the last climb.
The Australian rider also eyed
this stage when the Tour last visited
Rodez in 2015. But he was riding
injured that year, with four broken
ribs. He said he planned to celebrate
the stage victory with champagne.
It was the second consecutive
win for the Sunweb team, after
Warren Barguil’s victory on Friday,
Bastille Day. Matthews described
his emotions crossing the line as
“disbelief.” He was so assured of
victory that he sat up at the end
and cruised over the line.
Well before the frenetic fina-
le, veteran French rider Thomas
Voeckler launched hostilities on
the outskirts of Toulouse. Under
a bright sunshine, Voeckler was
joined at the front by four other
riders who took advantage of the
The pack, however, kept the
quintet on a leash as they rolled
through the Aveyron province,
keeping its deficit under two-and-
With less than 100 kilometres
left, the peloton passed Carmaux,
the home town of French Socialist
leader Jean Jaures. But there was
no sign of insurrection within the
pack, with the Sunweb, Bahrain,
and BMC teams riding at the front
at a pedestrian pace.
But when the road began to
climb, the leading group struggled
to stay together. Thomas De Gendt
went solo with 36.5 kilometres left
but the Lotto rider lacked stamina
and could not resist the peloton’s
chase on roads with constant ups
and downs. (AP)
Monaco sold another member
of its young squad that thrilled
European soccer last season when
France midfielder Tiemoue Bakay-
oko joined Chelsea yesterday.
The English champion didn’t disclose
the fee for the 22-year-old central mid-
fielder, who has signed a five-year deal.
“I have grown up watching Chelsea,”
Bakayoko said. “Signing was the natural
thing for me because it is a club I loved
very much in my childhood.”
He will link up with France team-
mate N’Golo Kante at Chelsea amid
uncertainty about the future of another
central midfielder in Nemanja Matic,
who has been linked with Manchester
Monaco reached the semi-finals of
the Champions League last season play-
ing some of the best attacking football
seen in Europe for years. Inevitably, it
left the French club open to offers for
some of its star players.
Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva
joined Manchester City for 50 million
euros ($55 million). Forward Kylian
Mbappe and left back Benjamin Mendy
are being linked with moves away from
the Ligue 1 club.
Wenger sure of Sanchez Stay
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has
claimed “positive” talks with star for-
ward Alexis Sanchez over his future at
the Emirates, despite reports the Chile
international is set to leave this summer.
Sanchez is set to enter the final year
of his contract with the Gunners, and
has so far resisted signing a new long-
term deal reportedly worth in excess of
£250,000 a week.
Wenger stated in April he “deeply
believed” the former Barcelona and
Udinese man would extend his stay with
the London club, and told reporters on
Friday that he’s had encouraging talks
with Sanchez via text.
“Of course. There is not a lot to re-
solve at the moment with the player,”
Wenger said when asked if he’s confi-
dent Sanchez will stay at the club.
Manchester United weigh
Matic, Perisic options
Ivan Perisic and Nemanja Matic fit
the bill as the two additional signings
Jose Mourinho wants for Manchester
United, but landing either is proving
to be increasingly problematic. Eager
to keep hold of Perisic though, Inter
Milan appear to be creating roadblocks
to delay the deal, with the latest being
a request to include Anthony Martial
as part of any transfer. Already, Inter
have asked for €20 million and have re-
quested Martial as a make-weight. The
situation could be resolved by United
meeting Perisic’s reported £49 million
asking price, but time is running out
with Inter flying to China on Tuesday
for their preseason tour.
Meanwhile, Matic, who has been
training alone, looks certain to leave
Chelsea this summer, but if the mid-
fielder wants a move to United, he
might have to push for it since United
are reported to be heavily interested in
signing England international Eric Dier
from Tottenham Hotspur.
...as Monaco loses another young star
French footballer Tiémoué Bakayoko
has left Monaco and signed for Premier
League champions Chelsea on a five-
Australia’s Michael Matthews celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Tour de
France over 181.5 kilometres from Blagnac to Rodez, France. AP PHOTO
French Guiana forfeits
over use of Malouda
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