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ROME---Worries of fan violence
are high ahead of tomorrow s Italian
Cup final and Rome derby between
Roma and Lazio.
After audiences with both Pope
Francis and Italy President Giorgio
Napolitano this week, delegations of
both squads have called for support-
ers to behave and close out the season
Several fans were stabbed and an
ambulance was attacked before the
teams last meeting in April, which
ended 1-1. Fans for both clubs have
also come under attack this season
for racist chanting.
Raising tensions even higher is the
fact that this is the first time the
teams have met in the Cup final.
Roma and Lazio have been battling
each other all season, with Roma
finishing sixth in Serie A and Lazio
seventh, one point behind. Winning
the Cup final would guarantee a spot
in next season s Europa League group
"I m confident it will be a great
celebration and that the fans will
leave their weapons and knives at
home," said midfielder Daniele De
Rossi, who could be playing his final
match with Roma after a disappoint-
ing season that often saw him rel-
egated to the bench."
Debate went on for weeks over
what time kickoff should be at the
Stadio Olimpico and eventually the
slated 8.45 pm start time was moved
up to 6 pm in an effort to increase
"We need to set the example by
not exaggerating on the pitch and
increasing tensions," De Rossi added.
"Everyone, and especially me as a
Roman, would like to see a great
show of maturity by the city."
The match could also mark the
last for interim coach Aurelio
Andreazzoli with Roma, with AC
Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri
reportedly ready to come in and take
Andreazzoli took over after Zdenek
Zeman was fired in February.
Meanwhile, Lazio coach Vladimir
Petkovic is looking to crown an
impressive first season with the club.
While the Bosnian had vast experi-
ence managing in Switzerland, he
had never coached in Serie A before.
Lazio eliminated Juventus, which
won Serie A for the second consec-
utive season, in the semifinals.
Petkovic has taken his club to the
secluded Umbrian town of Norcia to
prepare for the match in serenity.
Lazio striker and Germany forward
Miroslav Klose led the club with 15
Serie A goals this season. Roma strik-
er Erik Lamela also scored 15, while
Roma s 36-year-old captain
Francesco Totti had 12 and moved
into second place on the all-time
Italian league scoring list with 227
career goals, trailing only Silvio Piola s
Roma has not won the derby since
March, 2011, when Totti scored twice.
Lazio then won three straight before
the draw in April.
There will be no draw this time,
however, with extra time and perhaps
a penalty shootout to decide the win-
ner in case of a deadlock after 90
with direct knowledge of
the situation says FIFA s
new anti-racism task
force will ask football s
governing body next
week to approve a
minimum ban for any
player found guilty of
The anti-racism task
force is to report to the
Fifa Congress in Mauritius
next week, aiming for Fifa
to introduce the manda-
tory ban in all 209 mem-
The person spoke to
The Associated Press on
condition of anonymity
because he was not
authorized to discuss the
sanctions ahead of the
Jeffrey Webb, who
heads the Fifa task force,
would not confirm the
exact minimum sanction
Fifa s disciplinary code
currently has a five-game
minimum ban for racism
but it only applies for
players in international
Andros Townsend was charged yes-
terday with misconduct over
breaches of the English Football
Association s betting regulations
and will seek "rehabilitation."
Townsend has until Monday to
respond to the charge, but he has
already pulled out of England s squad
for the under-21s European Cham-
pionship next month in Israel.
Townsend was charged with
breaches "in relation to a number
of betting offenses," the FA said.
There is no suggestion the charge
relates to match-fixing.
It is against FA regulations for
players to bet on matches in com-
petitions they are involved in or have
any influence over. On May 13, a
message appeared on Townsend s
official Twitter account saying
"Might put a bet on a london club
winning the championship playoffs!
Have just got a feeling....."
Such a bet would not be a breach
of the FA betting rules, the organ-
isation said. (AP)
LONDON---Gibraltar became the
smallest European football nation
yesterday after the British colony s
lengthy push to join UEFA was
completed by gaining full mem-
The campaign for recognition
has long been resisted by Spain,
which wanted to stop the tiny ter-
ritory on its southern tip from join-
ing UEFA and being able to play
in its competitions.
Gibraltar has been a frequent
source of tension between Britain
and Spain, which claims sover-
eignty over the territory that was
ceded to Britain in 1713.
The path to becoming UEFA s
54th member, which started in
1999, became clearer after a Court
of Arbitration for Sport ruling in
Gibraltar s favor in 2006.
The following year UEFA called
a vote at its Congress but Spain
engineered strong opposition to
Gibraltar s bid.
The congress in London on Fri-
day, though, overwhelmingly
backed Gibraltar, which was grant-
ed provisional member status last
There was no chance for Spain
to express any opposition apart
from by refusing to raise a green
card, which signified support, as
most nations did.
"This is a momentous occasion
for football in Gibraltar," Gibraltar
Football Association president
Gareth Latin said. "UEFA mem-
bership means we can begin the
next chapter of Gibraltarian foot-
Gibraltar can now enter into the
qualifying competition for the 2016
UEFA President Michel Platini
said Spain would be kept apart in
qualifying in a bid to avoid inflam-
ing political tension, as happens
with Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Gibraltar is now looking to
quickly play its first friendly as a
"Obviously the calendars are full
for most nations, but, if someone
is free, then we would be happy
to play anyone at this stage," head
coach Allen Bula said.
There is uncertainty over where
the team would play international
fixtures with a small stadium being
upgraded on the rocky territory
where the Mediterranean Sea meets
the Atlantic Ocean. They could be
played in nearby Portugal. (AP)
ST LOUIS---Manchester City over-
came a three-goal deficit to beat
rival Chelsea 4-3 on Thursday in
the opener of a two-game US tour.
Edin Dzeko s second goal of the
game tied it in the 85th minute for
Man City and Micah Richards scored
the stoppage-time winner by redi-
recting a header into the net.
"They ve had a tough couple of
weeks, losing the manager, losing the
FA Cup final," Man City assistant
manager Brian Kidd said. "You can t
say enough about them. They are a
very talented squad, no doubt about
it."Kidd is temporarily in charge after
Roberto Mancini was fired one season
after winning the English League
title. Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
is the anticipated replacement.
"That s in the papers so everyone s
speaking about it," Richards said.
"You never know, sometimes there s
always late runners coming in."
Jose Mourinho appears headed
back for a stint as manager for
Chelsea after failing with Real Madrid.
In a game played before a stand-
ing-room crowd of 48,623 at the St.
Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium, Juan
Mata set up a pair of first-half goals
for Chelsea against the general run
Mata s cross set up Demba Ba s
header for the lead in the 15th minute
and Cesar Azpilicueta converted a
penalty shot after Mata was dragged
down by Karim Rekik.
Manchester City scored through
Javi Garcia and Dzeko in a 3-minute
span of the second half not long after
Chelsea had substituted first-choice
goalkeeper Cech and brought on
Jamal Blackman, and the two late
goals sealed the win. (AP)
SAO PAULO---The Brazilian league
starts this weekend with defending
champion Fluminense trying to win
its third title in four years.
But the club led by Deco and Fred
won t have an easy time repeating
as champion, as it will be going
against teams filled with stars that
include Ronaldinho, Luis Fabiano,
Alexandre Pato and Clarence See-
Brazil sensation Neymar may be
on his way to Europe and might not
get to play much, but the tourna-
ment that begins today will include
international players such as young
Spaniard Fran Merida, American
Freddy Adu, Peruvian Paolo Guerrero
and Uruguayan Diego Forlan.
Palmeiras, the club with the most
national titles, won t be in Flumi-
nense s way this time after being
relegated last year.
Fluminense will debut against
Atletico Paranaense on Sunday, but
it won t be able to count of former
Chelsea and Portugal playmaker
Deco, who was temporarily suspend-
ed for testing positive for a banned
diuretic in a doping test earlier this
Deco claims he is innocent, saying
the result stemmed from contam-
inated vitamins, but he won t be able
to play until the trial ends.
But Fluminense will have Fred,
who was crucial in leading the team
to the title last year. He is going
through one of the best moments
of his career and is virtually secured
as a starter in the Brazilian national
team that will play the Confedera-
tions Cup in June.
Fluminense is the club with most
players in that squad. Defender Jean
and goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri will
also play in the World Cup warm-
Fluminense will play Atletico with
its second stringers because the
starters will be rested for the match
against Paraguay s Olimpia in the
quarterfinals of the Copa Liberta-
Fluminense tries to defend Brazilian league title
Fan violence worries darken Italian Cup final
Man City beats
Chelsea 4-3 in US friendly
Gibraltar eyes Euro football debut
English player charged
with betting breaches
Fifa task force seeks 5-game racism ban
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