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FIFA launches campaign to combat match-fixing

FIFA, Interpol, FIFPro launch joint campaign to combat match-fixing
The Associated Press

TOKYO - FIFA, international players' union FIFPro and Interpol have launched a campaign to combat match-fixing.

The aim of the campaign, launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo, is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing, to provide positive role models for players and to educate them on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to fix matches.

To start the campaign, the three organizations are releasing a DVD produced by Interpol that provides players with information they need to help fight match-fixing.

Hamburg files criminal complaint against intruder

Hamburg files complaint against pitch intruder who hit Franck Ribery with scarf
The Associated Press

HAMBURG - Hamburger SV says it has filed a criminal complaint against a spectator who ran on to the field and hit Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in the face with a scarf in added time of their German Cup match Wednesday.

The complaint could lead to criminal charges. The Bundesliga club says it will also impose a stadium ban for the fan, who was not publicly identified.

The man was seized by security guards and turned over to the police. Hamburg, which lost 3-1, apologized to Bayern and Ribery immediately after the match. Bayern said it planned no action.

FA bans Rio Ferdinand for 3 matches over tweet

English FA bans Rio Ferdinand for 3 matches over tweet with derogatory reference to women
The Associated Press

LONDON - The English Football Association has banned Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand for three games over a tweet containing a derogatory reference to women.

The FA found that Ferdinand's comment was "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper" that included a "reference to gender."

An independent FA commission imposed the ban on Wednesday and also fined Ferdinand 25,000 pounds ($40,300).

EPL referee faces music over Ed Sheeran concert

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg dropped for breaking rule to attend Ed Sheeran concert
The Associated Press

LONDON - A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert.

Mark Clattenburg drove straight from West Bromwich Albion's ground to Newcastle after Saturday's game against Crystal Palace so that he could watch Sheeran perform.

Referees are supposed to make a return journey with their assistants from the stadium to their hotel after every match — to protect their integrity and security.

South Africa: Soccer star to be buried Saturday

South African police hunt killers of slain soccer captain, who will be buried on Saturday
Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - South African police on Tuesday released facial images of two suspects who are wanted for the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, the national soccer team captain.

Police specialists created the images from descriptions provided by witnesses to Sunday's killing of Meyiwa, a popular figure whose death in an apparent house robbery shocked South Africans accustomed to violent crime.

Slain soccer star to be buried on Saturday

South Africa's slain soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa to be buried on Saturday
The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - Slain South African soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa will be buried on Saturday in his home town of Umlazi on the country's east coast.

Meyiwa's club, Orlando Pirates, announced the plans on Tuesday. The club said the funeral for the popular goalkeeper will be partly organized by the local government in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.

South Africa mourns slain soccer team captain

South African police hunt suspects after soccer team captain is fatally shot in house robbery
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - The shooting death of the beloved captain of South Africa's national soccer team during an apparent house robbery stunned a country long accustomed to violent crime, and police launched a manhunt Monday for the intruders.

Charismatic goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was known for his athleticism and easy way with fans, teammates and coaches, and his slaying delivered yet another blow to the national sports scene.

South Africa mourns slain soccer team captain

South African police hunt suspects after soccer team captain is fatally shot in house robbery
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - The shooting death of the beloved captain of South Africa's national soccer team during an apparent house robbery stunned a country long accustomed to violent crime, and police launched a manhunt Monday for the intruders.

Charismatic goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was known for his athleticism and easy way with fans, teammates and coaches, and his slaying delivered yet another blow to the national sports scene.

Cam Neely nominated to Roma's board of directors

Former Bruins star Cam Neely nominated to board of Italian club Roma
The Associated Press

ROME - Hockey Hall of Fame forward Cam Neely and retired women's soccer star Mia Hamm were nominated to Italian club Roma's board of directors Monday.

The 49-year-old Neely started his career with the Vancouver Canucks, but was best known as an all-star power forward with the Boston Bruins.

The Comox, B.C., native had three 50-goal seasons in his career and totalled 305 goals and 299 assists in 726 NHL games.

Sunday's MLS Capsules

Sunday's MLS Capsules
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice to tie the MLS season goal record, and the New York Red Bulls beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the league's regular-season finale on Sunday night.

With his 26th and 27th goals, Wright-Phillips joined Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Roy Lassiter (1996) atop the list.

The Red Bulls (13-10-11, 50 points) also overtook Sporting KC for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Sporting KC (14-13-7, 49 points) dropped to the fifth spot and will visit the Red Bulls for an immediate rematch in the knockout round Thursday night.

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