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Fifa bans ex-World Cup bid inspection chief

Football's world governing body Fifa on Monday banned the former head of their bid evaluation committee for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for seven years for "confidentiality" breaches.

Fifa bans ex-World Cup bid inspection chief
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Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former Chilean FA president, wrote the report that gave Qatar the worst ranking of the candidates for the 2022 World Cup finals that the wealthy Gulf state went on to win.
   
Fifa's Ethics Committee adjudicatory chamber banned Mayne-Nicholls, 54, “from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of seven years”, a statement said.
   
The world governing body did not give details of the charges against Mayne-Nicholls, but said it was for a breach of a confidentiality rule in Fifa's code of ethics.
   
Mayne-Nicholls revealed in November that he was under investigation over emails he sent to the Aspire Academy in Qatar seeking internships for his son and a nephew.

He also sought tennis coaching opportunities for a brother-in-law.

He was at the time considering running against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.
   
The Chilean said the internships were “unpaid”, British media said.

Aspire Academy turned down Mayne-Nicholls' requests.
   
The reports quoted an email sent to Mayne-Nicholls by a Fifa Ethics Committee deputy chairman, Cornel Borbely, which said the approaches were made “shortly after the inspection tour and prior to the issuance of the evaluation report on Qatar.”
   
“Furthermore, said behaviour seems to be a cause enough to doubt the integrity of the inspection process and your evaluations.”
   
Mayne-Nicholls denied at the time he had done anything wrong.

He did not immediately comment on the Fifa sanction.
   
Fifa said that Mayne-Nicholls was present at a hearing where the ban was decided and that more detailed information would be given after the final decision becomes effective.
   
The Fifa evaluation committee gave Qatar its worst ranking, mainly because of the summer heat in the Gulf state.
   
Fifa has since held an inquiry into the bid process for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 tournament, and has changed the date of the Qatar tournament to November-December because of concerns about the heat.

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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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