Spanish police have made 13 more arrests of members of radical football groups who allegedly participated in a massive street brawl that left one man dead before a match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna last month. Police say the 13 people were arrested yesterday in the northwestern region of Galicia, home to Deportivo.
FIFA | meets amid crisis over Garcia’s resignation
The FIFA executive committee met yesterday amid a renewed crisis after the prosecutor it appointed resigned in protest over the handling World Cup bid investigation. The sudden decision by Michael Garcia to quit could increase pressure within FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s executive committee to publish the American lawyer’s 430-page examination of the votes that awarded the World Cup to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Blindsided by Garcia’s resignation, Blatter told The Associated Press it would be one subject of discussion at the two-day board meeting.
Wrestling | Former Olympic wrestling champion suspended 1 year
Former Olympic wrestling champion Steeve Guenot was suspended for one year yesterday by the French anti-doping agency for missing doping tests. The French wrestling federation said Guenot, who won gold in the 66-kilogram category at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and bronze in London four year later, failed to give details about his whereabouts and was twice absent from his house for out-of-competition tests between February and July this year.
A special World Cup skiing city event slated for New Year’s Day in Munich has been canceled due to warm weather. The International Ski Federation (FIS) says “unseasonably warm temperatures over the past weeks and not enough cold weather forecasted in the upcoming days” led to the cancellation. FIS says the event, which was to feature parallel races for men and women in Munich’s Olympiapark, will not be replaced.