Former Geneva football coach arrested in extortion case

Former player agent Marc Roger, who previously represented some of football's top names, has been arrested in France on suspicion of committing extortion in Switzerland, Geneva's prosecutor said on Thursday.

Former Geneva football coach arrested in extortion case
Roger went on the run after being implicated in the bankruptcy of Geneva Servette club. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

He was arrested in the town of Ferney-Voltaire on the Swiss border on Tuesday, Geneva judicial spokesman Henri Della Casa said in a statement.
“Mr. Roger is suspected of attempted blackmail and extortion,” Della Casa said, noting that Roger is a French national and France does not extradite its citizens.
French prosecutors would now be responsible for pursuing the case, he added.
Roger represented French stars like Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Patrick Vieira before being implicated in financial crimes a decade ago.
He was handed a two-year suspended sentence by a Swiss court in 2008 over mismanagement and falsifying records in connection with the bankruptcy of Geneva club Servette, which he coached.
He was first arrested over Servette's collapse in 2005 but went on the run after being granted bail, evading authorities for 18 months before being arrested in Spain in February 2007.
Spain then extradited him to Switzerland.

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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.