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Guardiola charged with improper conduct after Liverpool defeat

Thursday, 2018-04-12 07:22:29
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sat in the stands, April 10, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct after being sent to the stands in Tuesday's (April 10) 2-1 Champions League defeat by Liverpool, UEFA said on Wednesday. The Spanish manager was charged for communicating with the team's technical staff in the second half according to Article 69(1) of UEFA's Disciplinary Regulations.

* Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter says he is shocked at a rule which has been inserted into the World Cup bidding process that could allow a five-man task force to disqualify a candidate before a democratic vote is held. Blatter was banned for six years in 2015 for unethical conduct but has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

* Rupert Murdoch's Fox and Netherlands-based Ziggo Sport said they had been targeted in a European Commission investigation into a possible cartel in sports broadcasting rights. Broadcasters spend billions of euros to buy exclusive rights to shows top flight sport such as England's Premier League and Spain's La Liga soccer to attract viewers.

* Eight of the Russian airports likely to be used by teams competing in this year's soccer World Cup are owned by entities now on a US sanctions blacklist, potentially throwing up headaches for teams and the airlines flying them.

* American Madison Brengle filed a lawsuit against the Women’s Tennis Association and the International Tennis Federation on Monday seeking damages for injuries she says were caused by the repeated drawing of blood for anti-doping tests.

Reuters, CNA