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Published:Friday | January 8, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Jerome Valcke

FIFA ethics judges open case against Valcke

ZURICH (AP):

FIFA ethics judges have formally opened a case against Jerome Valcke, who faces a nine-year ban from football.

The ethics committee's judging chamber says it "decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings" against FIFA's former secretary general after studying a prosecution file sent by ethics investigators.

The judges acted one day after extending Valcke's 90-day interim ban by 45 days.

Valcke is charged with several violations of the FIFA code of ethics while serving as President Sepp Blatter's top aide since 2007. The charges include accepting gifts and conflicts of interest.

The judges gave no details of the case, citing Valcke's "privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty".

Man United recall winger

DORTMUND, Germany (AP):

Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj was returning to Manchester United yesterday after his one-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund was cut short after half a season.

The Bundesliga side confirmed that the clubs agreed on "an immediate return", and that the "last contractual details between the parties are being sorted out".

The 20-year-old Januzaj joined Dortmund at the end of the last transfer period but failed to make his mark with the side.

He played just 166 minutes as a substitute in six Bundesliga games, managing four shots at goal, and scoring none. He played two full games in five Europa League appearances for Dortmund, but again didn't score.

Football's rule-makers discuss approving video replay trials

LONDON (AP):

Soccer's rule-makers are discussing whether to approve trials of video replays to assist referees who find it harder to keep up with the faster, modern game.

The International Football Association Board first approved technology in 2012 that was limited to systems determining whether the ball crossed the goal-line.

But the FIFA-dominated panel met yesterday in London to decide whether to allow the first official in-game tests with video replay systems that could, for example, help to inform referees on whether a penalty should be awarded, a player should be sent off, or consider violent conduct they might have missed.

It is "physically harder for referees to keep up," and high-tech assistance is proving essential, English Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said.

Kiwis beat Lankans by three runs in T20

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (AP):

Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson each made half centuries in a 101-run opening partnership to help New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by three runs in the first Twenty20 international between the teams yesterday.

Guptill scored 58 from 34 balls to give New Zealand the high-tempo start they needed after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. Williamson supported him with 53 from 42 balls to lead New Zealand to 182-4.

In reply, Danushka Gunathilaka made 46 and Milinda Siriwardana 42 to help Sri Lanka keep things close into the final over.