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LONDON---Bayern Munich and
Borussia Dortmund will take their
increasingly acrimonious rivalry to
a new level Saturday in the first all-
German Champions League final.
Relations between Germany s top
two teams were always likely to be
fraught ahead of their clash at Wem-
bley Stadium, but a power struggle
off the pitch has increased the stakes
for the biggest prize in European club
Dortmund, in particular, is unhappy
with Bayern s transfer dealings as
Mario Goetze is switching to the
Bavarian side next season and top-
scorer Robert Lewandowski is appar-
ently keen to follow suit.
Despite finishing a record 25 points
ahead of Dortmund in the Bundesliga,
Bayern is keen to cement its status
as the country s undisputed No. 1
after suffering the ignominy of watch-
ing Dortmund claim back-to-back
titles while earning plaudits for its
attractive style of play.
"Dortmund really annoyed us for
two years. This is a wonderful
response," said Bayern president Uli
Hoeness after his side wrapped up
the title with a record six games to
Goetze is arguably Germany s most
exciting prospect and Bayern is paying
his buy-out clause of 37 million euros
($50 million) for the two-pronged
effect of reinforcing an already for-
midable side while dealing a blow to
its main domestic rival.
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp
told British newspaper The Guardian
that he almost had a heart attack on
hearing the news of the 20-year-old s
departure and said that several of his
players had trouble sleeping after-
wards. He also compared Bayern to
a James Bond villain.
Bayern s sports director Matthias
Sammer hit back at the comments.
"To think the whole world is behind
you is also a form of humility," Sam-
mer said. "We have freedom of speech
in Germany. He gives his opinion on
certain things and we don t."
Sammer, who won the title as a
player with Dortmund in 1997 and
later coached the team to the 2002
Bundesliga title, clashed with Klopp
on the sideline during the sides ill-
tempered 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga
earlier this month.
Lewandowski is another issue of
The Polish striker, who has scored
10 Champions League goals this sea-
son, has refused to sign a new deal
at Dortmund and had reportedly told
club management he only wants to
join Bayern. Dortmund is torn
between the option of selling him
with one year left on his contract or
letting him go for free in 2014.
While Lewandowski is set to play
what could be his last game for Dort-
mund on Saturday, Goetze will miss
out after failing to recover from the
hamstring injury sustained 12 minutes
into the semifinal second leg at Real
Dortmund routed Bayern 5-2 in
last year s German Cup final with
Goetze on the bench, however.
It was that defeat, and the shock
of losing the Champions League final
on penalties to Chelsea---in its own
stadium---that has fueled Bayern s
determination this season.
The club s dominance has not been
restricted to the Bundesliga. Bayern
faces Stuttgart in the German Cup
final on June 1.
First though, Bayern turns its atten-
tion to winning its fifth European
Jupp Heynckes side dispatched
Juventus and Barcelona by a combined
score of 11-0 over four matches to
reach Bayern s third final in four years.
Dortmund is bidding to repeat its
1997 triumph from its only previous
final. Then, as now, the team sur-
rendered back-to-back Bundesliga
titles to Bayern and lost its last league
game 2-1 at home. In 1997, Stuttgart
won the German Cup.
"When everything happens that
you couldn t believe, then it must be
a fairytale," Klopp said.
His counterpart will be hoping for
a fairytale ending to his tenure at
Bayern. The 68-year-old Heynckes
has two games left to complete a
remarkable treble before former
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola takes
LONDON---The UEFA executive
committee yesterday ratified a 10-
match minimum ban for racist abuse
by players or officials.
The changes were first announced
last month by UEFA General Secretary
Gianni Infantino and will now be
included in the disciplinary regula-
While UEFA can only enforce the
punishments in its competitions, its
53 members will be asked to adopt the
same measures domestically at its con-
gress on Friday. The English Football
Association announced last week it
will only introduce a five-match min-
imum ban for racism.
"An association should adopt the
same or similar measures," Infantino
said. "UEFA has always acted in a way
to try to convince people rather than
impose. I don t think you measure the
way of fighting against racism in one
simple measure and sanction."
The debate on racism intensified
this season after AC Milan midfielder
Kevin-Prince Boateng led his team off
a field during a friendly match in Italy
after facing abuse from fans.
UEFA has been criticized in the past
for only fining national associations
for racist abuse by fans.
In the future, if there is racism in
the stands at UEFA matches, the first
sanction for clubs will no longer just
be a fine but a partial stadium closure.
If there is further abuse, there will be
a full stadium closure and a fine of
50,000 euros ($65,000) imposed on
The executive committee also decid-
ed to raise the minimum ban for
assaulting match officials from 10 to
15 matches. For insulting a match offi-
cial, the minimum sanction will rise
from two to three matches.
The venues for the finals of the
UEFA club competitions in 2015 were
also approved---Berlin s Olympic Sta-
dium for the Champions League and
Warsaw s National Stadium for the
Infantino said details on the format
of the Europa League will be
announced to its congress on Friday,
with the winner set to earn a place in
the Champions League from 2015.
"We want to inform, first the nation-
al associations, and then the media,"
Infantino said of the changes.
UEFA is also acting to combat dop-
ing.The steroid profiles of the nearly
900 players who have played in UEFA
matches since 2008 will be retrospec-
tively analyzed. The results will be used
to determine whether to introduce bio-
logical passports, which monitor the
effects of doping.
"The study will be collective and
anonymous and its findings would thus
not result in any player incurring an
anti-doping rule violation," UEFA said.
From next season, in additional to
the existing urine tests, blood tests---
previously only used at the European
Championship---will be rolled out to
all UEFA competitions.
On match-fixing and other acts of
corruption, disciplinary action can be
taken irrespective of when offenses
were committed after the executive
committee lifted the previous period
cutors have indicted a Singapore-
an businessman known as Dan
Tan and 44 Hungarians suspected
of being involved in an interna-
tional match-fixing conspiracy.
Chief Prosecutor Imre Keresztes
said in a statement yesterday that
32 local and international matches
are thought to have been manip-
ulated by the suspects, including
former and current players, refer-
ees, team owners, an agent and a
The list of suspicious matches
includes some played in the top
Hungarian, Italian and Finnish
leagues, the Hungarian lower divi-
sions and several international
matches at both the national team
and club team levels.
According to the indictment, a
Hungarian suspect and his asso-
ciates joined an Asian-based
match-fixing organization in 2010.
The scam is believed to have been
masterminded by Tan Seet Eng of
Singapore, also known as Dan Tan,
the world s most wanted and elu-
sive match-fixing suspect.
Hungarian authorities said they
have issued international and Euro-
pean arrest warrants for Tan, whom
they identified only as T.S. Eng,
so far without success.
More than a dozen of the sus-
pects questioned by prosecutors
have confessed their involvement
in the scam and three of the sus-
pects are under house arrest.
Hungarian authorities launched
their match-fixing investigation in
December 2009 and joined an
international investigative force,
formed by officials from Finland,
Germany, and Europol, the Euro-
pean Union s law enforcement
agency, in August 2011. Slovenia
and Austria also joined the group
The suspects aim was to place
bets, mostly at Asian betting agen-
cies, on matches whose outcome
they could influence by bribing
players and referees. The amount
wagered by the organizers of the
scam totaled hundreds of thou-
sands of euros on each match.
Bayern, Dortmund take rivalry to new level
UEFA introduces minimum ban for racist abuse
45 indicted in Hungary
for match-fixing scam
Dortmund's Mario Goetze challenges
for the ball during the German first
division Bundesliga soccer match
between BvB Borussia Dortmund and
1.FC Nuremberg in Dortmund, Germany.
Goetze will miss Saturday's Champions
League final against Bayern Munich
after failing to recover from a
hamstring injury, leaving the team
without one of its best players. AP
MADRID---A Spanish court has
ordered Atletico Madrid to pay a
media company 10 million euros
($13 million) after finding the club
had breached a television rights
The court ruled in favor of Medi-
apro and instructed Atletico to pay
money owed from rights ceded to
Digital + in June 2012.
The court embargoed just over
5 million euros ($6.5 million) of
club assets, pending payment.
The club says it would abide by
the ruling and that payment would
be made the following day. If pay-
ment is not made, the embargo
would enable to court to seize the
club s income from its participation
in the Spanish league, Copa de Rey
final, transfer rights, other broad-
cast rights, ticketing and checking
accounts. The court s order is not
open to appeal.
Court orders Atletico
to pay $13m debt
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