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NICOSIA---With the country in turmoil, Ukraine's
national football team says it is united in its belief
The Ukrainians are scheduled to face the United
States in a friendly today in Cyprus, a match moved
from Kharkiv to Larnaca for security reasons.
Ukrainian team spokesman Alexander Glyvynskyy
conveyed the players' collective concern over devel-
opments at home on Monday, and stressed that the
players --- who come from all over the country ---
Despite threats to cancel the match, Ukraine football
association president Anatoliy Konkov said Tuesday
the game would go ahead.
"(We) reached a consensus to play the USA after
all," Konkov said in a statement that also praised the
American team. "They stood behind us to protect
the national interests and territorial integrity of
The match, which will be played at Antonis
Papadopoulos Stadium, is a key warm-up for the
United States ahead of this year's World Cup. But
for Ukraine, which failed to qualify for the tournament
in Brazil, it will serve as preparation for the qualifying
tournament for the 2016 European Championship.
Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko said he expects
Wednesday's game to be similar in style to a Premier
League match, since many of the American players
play for English clubs.
All of them will be looking for a spot on the World
"This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our
European-based players, for those guys to prove to
us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the
train to the FIFA World Cup," U.S. coach Jurgen
Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium has hosted many
of Cyprus' international matches, but it's not the
Mediterranean island's top football venue. The GSP
Stadium in Nicosia, however, is unavailable because
Cyprus is hosting Northern Ireland in another friend-
ly.It's the second time in recent weeks that Cyprus
has been selected as an alternate venue for a match
involving a Ukrainian team. Last month, a Europa
League match between Dynamo Kiev and Valencia
was moved to the Cypriot capital. (AP)
and Tomas Rosicky have signed
new contracts with Arsenal.
The Premier League club did
not reveal the length of the deals
but manager Arsene Wenger says
both internationals "have com-
mitted their futures to the club."
Mertesacker, a 29-year-old
Germany defender, joined the
Gunners from Werder Bremen in
August 2011 while Rosicky is in
his eighth season with Arsenal.
The Czech Republic captain says
he decided to stay "to win the
league with Arsenal. It's my big
goal and I will do everything that
I can to achieve it."
Arsenal is attempting to win
its first Premier League title since
2004 but has slipped to third
place in the standings, four points
behind leader Chelsea, after a 1-
0 loss at Stoke last weekend. (AP)
Rosicky and Mertesacker
sign new deals at Arsenal
Fans of Dynamo Kiev hold a banner that reads "Pray for heroes"
in honour of victims of violent clashes in the Ukrainian capital,
before the start of their Europa League round of 32 first leg
match at GSP stadium in Nicosia, Cyprus, Thursday. AP PHOTO
BUCHAREST---A Bucharest court has handed
prison sentences to eight Romanian football officials
for tax evasion and money laundering in connection
with the transfer of 12 players.
Among the eight, the appeals court sentenced for-
mer Dinamo Bucharest executive chairman Cristi
Borcea to six years and four months, Rapid Bucharest
chairman George Copos to three years and eight
months, and former defender Gica Popescu to three
years and one month.
They appealed after being convicted in November
2012 and were jailed yesterday.
The case involves players transferred from Dinamo,
Rapid, Otelul Galati and Gloria Bistrita to foreign
clubs from 1999-2005.
Prosecutors said the state lost 1.7 million euros
(US$2.34 million) in taxes and the clubs lost 10 million
euros (US$13.8 million) because the officials registered
false sums for the transfers. (AP)
for tax evasion
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