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Former Uefa executive missing for more than two weeks

The wife of Bernard Ross, a former TV executive at European football body Uefa in Nyon, is appealing for help to find her husband after he went missing more than two weeks ago.

Former Uefa executive missing for more than two weeks
Photo: Alexandre Fourtoy
Ross, 51, left his home in Oxford, UK, on October 18th, telling family he was going to visit his sister in London, but he never arrived and has not been seen since.
 
Police and Interpol suspect the former football executive entered France via Calais and may have travelled to the south of France or Switzerland.
 
Thames Valley Police confirmed to The Oxford Mail that they were investigating the disappearance. 
 
The missing man's wife Jacinta Ross told The Local it was possible that her husband was in Nyon – where Uefa is based – or around the St Cergue area where the family lived half the year for 11 years. 
 
Ross was head of production at Nyon-based Uefa from 2006 to December 2016, responsible for delivering events including Euro 2016 to TV screens.  
 
After leaving Uefa he was subsequently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and hospitalized, said Jacinta Ross. 
 
The family is desperate to find him, she said. “He is not well and his medication is running out. He was last known to be in the south of France but that was days ago. The trail since then has gone cold.”
 
Interpol notified Swiss police, she said, who have asked Uefa colleagues to be on the look out for Ross. 
 
“He is not considered to be a danger to anyone but himself,” she added.
 
 

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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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