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Aug 14, 2015

Ex-FIFA official Rocha agrees to be extradited to Nicaragua

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former FIFA development officer Julio Rocha, one of seven officials arrested in Zurich in May in a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer’s governing body, has agreed to be extradited to his native Nicaragua, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

The United States, where Rocha is among 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives who have been indicted on corruption charges, has also requested his extradition, and the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FoJ) said it may have to decide which country gets priority. “The Nicaraguan criminal prosecution authorities, like their U.S. counterparts, suspect Rocha of having abused his office for personal gain,” said the FoJ in a statement emailed to Reuters. “The FOJ has already approved Rocha’s simplified extradition, albeit subject to the question of priority, which might also be accorded to the U.S. request,” said the statement. “It will then be for the U.S. authorities to state whether or not they agree to Nicaragua being given priority. If the U.S. authorities do not agree, the issue will be decided by the FoJ.” The allegations under investigation by U.S. and Swiss authorities cover bribery, fraud and money laundering, including possible corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Aug 14, 2015

Soccer-Ex-FIFA official Rocha agrees to be extradited to Nicaragua

ZURICH, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Former FIFA development officer Julio Rocha, one of seven officials arrested in Zurich in May in a corruption scandal that has rocked world soccer’s governing body, has agreed to be extradited to his native Nicaragua, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

The United States, where Rocha is among 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives who have been indicted on corruption charges, has also requested his extradition, and the Swiss Federal Office of Justice (FoJ) said it may have to decide which country gets priority.

Aug 11, 2015

Player wins compensation after being suspended during cancer treatment

BERNE (Reuters) – Paraguayan club Olimpia have been ordered to pay compensation to a player whose contract was suspended while he was being treated for cancer, the world players’ union FIFPro said Tuesday.

FIFPro described the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in favour of Sebastian Ariosa as a “major legal victory” after the Uruguayan was awarded “moral damage” in the case.

Aug 11, 2015

Soccer-Player wins compensation after being suspended during cancer treatment

BERNE, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Paraguayan club Olimpia have been ordered to pay compensation to a player whose contract was suspended while he was being treated for cancer, the world players’ union FIFPro said Tuesday.

FIFPro described the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in favour of Sebastian Ariosa as a “major legal victory” after the Uruguayan was awarded “moral damage” in the case.

Aug 7, 2015

Man United face Bruges, Valencia and Monaco clash

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Manchester United were given a troublesome tie against Club Bruges in the draw for the Champions League playoff round on Friday, although it could have been worse as they avoided Lazio, CSKA Moscow or Monaco.

Lazio will meet Bayer Leverkusen as they attempt to return to the group stage for the first time since 2007-08 while another high profile tie pitted Spain’s Valencia against Monaco, who were quarter-finalists last year.

Aug 7, 2015

Soccer-Man United face Bruges, Valencia and Monaco clash

NYON, Switzerland, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Manchester United were given a troublesome tie against Club Bruges in the draw for the Champions League playoff round on Friday, although it could have been worse as they avoided Lazio, CSKA Moscow or Monaco.

Lazio will meet Bayer Leverkusen as they attempt to return to the group stage for the first time since 2007-08 while another high profile tie pitted Spain’s Valencia against Monaco, who were quarter-finalists last year.

Aug 5, 2015

Partizan, CSKA through on night of dramatic comebacks

BERNE (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade, Astana, Malmo and CSKA Moscow all pulled off impressive comebacks to reach the playoff round of the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday.

Skenderbeu also qualified, putting themselves within two matches of becoming the first Albanian side to reach the group stage, after beating Milsami in another of the third round, second leg ties.

Aug 5, 2015

Soccer-Partizan, CSKA through on night of dramatic comebacks

BERNE, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade, Astana, Malmo and CSKA Moscow all pulled off impressive comebacks to reach the playoff round of the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday.

Skenderbeu also qualified, putting themselves within two matches of becoming the first Albanian side to reach the group stage, after beating Milsami in another of the third round, second leg ties.

Aug 4, 2015

Rapid Vienna knock out Ajax with dramatic win

ZURICH (Reuters) – Four-times European champions Ajax Amsterdam were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to unsung Rapid Vienna.

Ajax, with a 2-2 draw in the bag from the first leg in Vienna, trailed 2-0 at halftime, then hit back to equalise only for Rapid to score again almost immediately to complete a 5-4 aggregate win.

Aug 4, 2015

Soccer-Rapid Vienna knock out Ajax with dramatic win

ZURICH, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Four-times European champions Ajax Amsterdam were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to unsung Rapid Vienna.

Ajax, with a 2-2 draw in the bag from the first leg in Vienna, trailed 2-0 at halftime, then hit back to equalise only for Rapid to score again almost immediately to complete a 5-4 aggregate win.