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FIGHT

Steck Everest expedition ends in a brawl

Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck has called off his 16th Mount Everest expedition after being attacked by a group of sherpas.

Steck Everest expedition ends in a brawl
Ueli Steck was injured in the fight. Photo: Jonathan Griffith

Reports said a fight broke out on Sunday between three climbers – Steck, his Italian colleague Simone Moro and Jonathan Griffith from Britain – and local guides.

The sherpas are said to have attacked the Europeans physically following a verbal spat, and to have threatened them.

In a statement, Moro said the fight broke out at about 7,200 metres after the climbers had left Camp 2 for Camp 3 on Everest’s west face.

A group of sherpas rigging up ropes asked the climbers not to disturb them. The European mountaineers continued their ascent, but say they kept clear of the guides.

The sherpas then accused the climbers of climbing over their ropes and triggering a fall of ice, which had hit one of their number.

Following an angry exchange, Steck and his fellow climbers retreated to Camp 2, where they say a further 100 sherpas were waiting.

This group began kicking and hitting the climbers, and some sherpas threw stones. Steck received a cut to his lip.

After this the climbers packed up their things and headed back to base camp.

The Nepalese authorities are investigating the incident. 

In a statement on his website, Steck said the three climbers had been warned they would be killed if they didn't disappear within an hour.

He said he didn’t believe that their actions were the reasons behind the attack. The European mountaineers blamed "a far more deep rooted and long term problem, which is the way that Nepalis feel treated by Westerners on the mountain". 

"The three climbers would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who saved their lives at Camp 2 and to those who are now taking over the investigation," he said.

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CORRUPTION

Fifa bans Nepal’s football president over bribery

Fifa on Monday banned Nepal's football chief for 10 years and the president of the Laos federation for two years for bribery.

Fifa bans Nepal's football president over bribery
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The decade-long sanction against Ganesh Thapa, president of the All-Nepal Football Association, was a new blow to the country's football image after several national players were accused of match-fixing.
   
Thapa stood down as a football chief one year ago amid an investigation into accusations that he embezzled millions of dollars during his 19-year tenure.
   
Thapa “committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain,” said a Fifa statement without giving details.
   
Fifa's ethics committee said Thapa had specifically been bribed over elections for the Fifa executive committee in 2009 and 2011.
   
Thapa, who denies the allegations, said in a statement he was “disappointed” by the decision and would “follow the necessary steps… to establish my innocence”.
   
On top of the ban, he was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,850) by the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber.
   
Nepal's national team captain, Sagar Thapa, and four other players have been charged with treason over alleged match-fixing in World Cup qualifiers.

Prosecutors have sought life jail terms for the five who have denied the charges.
   
Laos Football Federation president Viphet Sihachakr was banned for two years after he “solicited and accepted a payment from another football official” around 2011 elections for the Fifa executive.
   
Sihachakr was fined 40,000 Swiss francs ($39,700).

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