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Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Dmitri Tarasov

Club faces sanction after player shows Putin shirt

ISTANBUL (AP):

European football's governing body charged Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and one of its players with improper conduct on Wednesday for revealing a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on his T-shirt after a politically charged game in Turkey.

UEFA rules prohibit political statements at its matches, and the laws of football ban players from revealing images and slogans on underclothing.

Lokomotiv player Dmitri Tarasov took off his team shirt to reveal the Putin T-shirt after his team lost to Turkish side Fenerbahce 2-0 in Istanbul on Tuesday in the Europa League.

Emblazoned beneath the image of Putin wearing a Russian navy cap were the words in Russian: "The most polite president."

UEFA said its disciplinary panel will judge the case on March 17.

Sri Lanka pick Herath in WT20 squad

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):

Star spin bowler Rangana Herath returns to the shortest format of cricket after two years as Sri Lanka chose a mix of experience and youth for their 15-member squad for the World Twenty20 starting next month.

Herath hadn't played in a Twenty20 international since the final of the last edition of World T20 in 2014. Sri Lanka won the title, defeating India in the final.

The squad announced yesterday also includes captain Lasith Malinga and his deputy Angelo Mathews, who because of injuries missed a three-match series against India that ended this week.

The tournament begins in India on March 8.

The squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Angelo Mathews (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Niroshan Dickwella, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Dasun Shanaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath and Jeffrey Vandersay.