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Judge bans Zidane from coaching
A Spanish judge has banned Real Madrid great Zinedine Zidane from coaching at the club for three months after ruling that he does not have the required qualifications. Judge Francisco Rubio yesterday also ruled that Zidane's fellow Madrid reserve team coach, Santiago Sanchez, be suspended for three months. Rubio accepted a complaint lodged by Miguel Galan, president of Spain's national training centre for football coaches.
Madrid announced in June that Zidane, who played at the club from 2001 until retiring in 2006, would coach its reserve team this season. However, Galan complained that Zidane lacked the appropriate qualifications to do so, and Rubio agreed. Zidane served as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant with the first team in 2013. Madrid can appeal the ruling.
Messi did not have
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Barcelona says Lionel Messi did not receive treatment before his subdued Cl·sico performance against Real Madrid on Saturday. Press reports appeared Monday saying the Argentina forward had received injections by rheumatologists to relieve discomfort in a heel.
Messi had only one good chance when he raced towards goal and side-kicked the ball toward the far post, but Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas gloved it wide. Barcelona said Messi did not receive any injections Saturday.
In a statement, it said Messi did not train with the squad yesterday, but that he had done "specific exercises" alongside striker Neymar and defenders Douglas and Thomas Vermaelen, while AndrÈs Iniesta - who injured a calf muscle during the match - underwent physiotherapy.
IOC contacts Russian over Williams sisters remarks
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ethics commission has contacted Russian tennis president Shamil Tarpischev to explain his comments about Venus and Serena Williams that led to him being fined and suspended by the women's tour. Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended from the WTA Tour for a year after referring to the Williams sisters as the "Williams brothers" and saying they were "scary" to look at. He made the comments on a Russian TV show.
Serena Williams, who called the comments "sexist, racist, and bullying", said she has received a written apology from Tarpischev.