Club ejected because masseur made saves
SAO PAULO (AP):
A sports tribunal removed a Brazilian club from this year's fourth-division playoffs yesterday because its masseur stepped onto the field and made two key saves near the end of a match earlier this month. The tribunal also suspended masseur Romildo da Silva for 24 matches and fined him about $250 for his actions to help club Aparecidense.
With the match against Tupi level at 2-2, Silva lurked from behind the net and entered the field when a Tupi player cleared the goalkeeper and appeared to have an open shot on goal. He blocked two consecutive shots, allowing his team to advance to the competition's quarter-finals. Enraged Tupi players chased Silva from the field and police grabbed him for his own protection.
Tupi needed the victory at home to reach the next round. With Monday's ruling, Tupi will replace Aparecidense in the quarter-finals. Aparecidense club officials said they will appeal the tribunal's decision.
Platini to decide on FIFA presidency
DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP):
UEFA President Michel Platini will wait until next year before deciding whether to run for the FIFA presidency.
"I will take my decision during or after the World Cup in Brazil and not before," Platini told European football leaders yesterday. "I have not yet decided what I will do in the future and I want to have a few additional months to think."
The FIFA election is in May 2015 and President Sepp Blatter could yet seek a fifth term in office. Blatter told UEFA members in 2011 that he would not stay in office beyond 2015, when he would be 79, but has since suggested he could stand again.
Platini, once a Blatter protege and long seen as the natural heir at FIFA, said it would be "egotistical" to make his potential candidacy a priority in world football.
Australia win ODI series
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):
Australia finished their troubled tour to England on a high by clinching the limited-overs series with a 49-run victory in the fifth and deciding match at The Rose Bowl on Monday.
Shane Watson set up the win with a brutal 107-ball 143, containing 12 fours and six sixes, to help the Australians to 298 all out in the day-night match.
England were always up against it after slumping to 68-4 in its reply and a 92-run stand between Ravi Bopara (62) and Jos Buttler (42) for the sixth wicket only delayed the inevitable. The home side was bundled out for 249 on the last ball of the 47th over.
Two of the first three ODIs in the series were cancelled because of rain.