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FIFA bans former Brazil football chief for life for taking bribes.

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World football’s governing body, FIFA has banned a former Brazil football chief for life for taking bribes to award contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to CBF, Conmebol and Concacaf competitions.

Ricardo Teixeira, 72, a former FIFA executive committee and standing committee member who resigned in 2012, was also fined one million Swiss francs (907,000 euros) after he was found guilty of bribery in violation of the Fifa code of ethics.

FIFA said in a statement that its investigation into Teixeira focused on “bribery schemes” carried out between 2006 and 2012 “

“The investigation into Mr. Teixeira referred to bribery schemes, conducted during the 2006-2012 period, in relation to his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to CBF, Conmebol and Concacaf competitions,” a Fifa statement said.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr. Teixeira had breached article 27 (Bribery) of the Fifa Code of Ethics (2018 edition) and, as a result, sanctioned him with a ban for life on taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”

Teixeira, a lawyer by profession, is also wanted by US authorities for his part in the major corruption scandal in 2015 that implicated the then head of FIFA Sepp Blatter and other top officials in world football.

His successor Jose Maria Marin was later arrested in Zurich during the scandal and extradited to the United States, where he was sentenced to four years in prison by the American courts. But Teixeira and another former CBF chief Marco Polo Del Nero have remained in Brazil and escaped extradition.

“Is there a safer place than Brazil? Which? Why would I run if here I’m not accused of anything? Everything they accuse me of abroad is not a crime in Brazil. Not that I’m saying if I did it or not,” he told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper in 2017.

Mr. Teixeira is also under investigation in Andorra and Switzerland.

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Chelsea Draw With West Brom After Conceding 3 Goals In First Half

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Chelsea produced an impressive second half performance to avoid defeat against West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues came back from three goals down to draw 3-3 away from home.

In a poor first half, Chelsea conceded three goals to the newly-promoted side. One of the goals conceded was as a result of a Thiago Silva mistake.

The Brazilian, who joined Chelsea from PSG this season, was making his debut Premier League appearance.

However, academy graduates, Mason Mount, Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham scored in the second half to rescue a point for Chelsea.

They have recorded a win, a draw and a loss in their first three league games this season.

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Andre Ayew scores first goal of the season for Swansea City

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Ghana Blackstars Captain, Dede Ayew has scored his first goal of the season for Swansea City in their game against Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

Ayew inked the opener for his team in the 13th minute with a cool finish in their Championship match-week four fixtures at the Adams Park.

Ayew has become an important part of the team with his consistency in netting balls since his return from a loan spell at Turkish Super Lig club Fenerbahce during the 2018/19 season.

Last season, he scored 18goals in all competitions.

There are rife reports that top teams such as Paris Saint Germain, Leeds United and Everton are willing to sign him over as his contract with Swansea comes to an end in 2021.

Watch the goal below:

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Full list of invited Blackstars players for next month’s friendly matches

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The Ghana Football Association has released list of invited Ghana Blackstars players for next month’s friendly matches.

As it stands, Ghana has a pending match with Mali on 9th October, 2020.

GOALKEEPERS

Richard Ofori – Maritzburg, Lawrence Ati Zigi – ST Gallen, Razak Abalora – Unattached

FULL BACKS

Benson – Anang Zilina FC, Lumor Agbenyenu  – Sporting Club, Yakubu Mohammed – Azam FC, Gideon Mensah – Victoria De Guimaraes

CENTRE-BACKS

Alexander Djiku – Strasbourg, Joseph Aidoo – Celta Vigo, Nicholas Opoku – Amiens, Kassim Nuhu – Hoffenheim

MIDFIELDERS

Thomas Teye Partey – Athletico Madrid, Emmanuel Lomotey – Amiens,  Bernard Mensah – Besiktas Baba lddrisu – RCD Mallorca

ATTACKERS / WINGERS

Andre Ayew – Swansea, Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace, John Antwi – Pyramids FC, Eugene Ansah – Hapoel Shmona , Jeffery Schlupp – Crystal Palace, Samuel Owusu – AL-Fayha FC

 

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