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Canadian hockey club boss bids for Servette

The Canadian owner of the Geneva-Servette Hockey Club, Hugh Quennec, is set to take over the cash-stricken Servette Football Club (SFC) which has filed for bankruptcy, the two clubs said on
Thursday.

Swiss Super League Club Servette filed for bankruptcy on March 1st in a turbulent season for Swiss domestic football during which Neuchatel Xamax have been ejected from the league and Sion docked 36 points.

Canadian businessman Quennec and lawyer Dominique Warluzel said in a joint statement they have asked the courts to stay a bankruptcy declaration which would have been imposed this week.  

“Mr. Quennec will pay the current expenses of the club” for 30 days, the two said in a joint statement.

During this period, Quennec will have 30 days to examine the club’s books and after that he could become head of the football club, whilst retaining control of the ice hockey club.

The statement said the former president of SFC, Iranian entrepreuner Majid Pishyar, has renounced all his claims on the club, which he sold for a symbolic Swiss franc to the Canadian.

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‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame

A Swiss super fan who has shot to fame after images of him watching Switzerland’s win over France went viral told the media he was unaware of his viral fame - but that he was overwhelmed with the world’s attention.

‘Overwhelmed’: Unaware Swiss super fan stunned about viral fame
Image: Twitter.

Like most Swiss football fans, Luca Loutenbach’s Monday evening – highlighted by a surprise upset win over the current World Champions and tournament favourite France – went about as well as you could have expected. 

But while his side were putting on the pressure through late goals to push the game into extra time, Loutenbach’s image was being shared across the world. 

Two pictures of Loutenbach, juxtaposed from before and after Switzerland scored an equaliser in the 90th minute to send the game to extra time, were widely shared. 

The images were even shared by Sadiq Kahn, the mayor of London, who congratulated Switzerland and said the images summed up the beauty of football. 

On Tuesday, Loutenbach spoke with Swiss tabloid Blick to tell the story. He said he had no idea about the images as his phone had no reception in Romania – and only found out after the game. 

“I didn’t have a network during the game. But some fans around me were connected to the internet and quickly realized what was happening. What an incredible buzz!” said the man from the canton of Jura. 

While Switzerland have made it further than they have in their history in the tournament, Loutenbach is far from a bandwagon fan. He told Blick he’s seen around 50 national team games before. 

“It’s the most beautiful day in the history of Swiss football, let’s not be afraid of saying it. It is the accomplishment of the immense work of the ASF (Federation), of (coach) Petkovic and of the whole team” he said. 

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