RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Switzerland’s federal prosecutor is about to end its investigation into former FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s deals with the Caribbean Football Union to sell World Cup broadcasting rights. The Office of the Attorney General said it has informed all the parties of its intention to close the case and was seeking ways to end it. “We confirm the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland …considers the criminal investigation into the partial facts and allegations concerning the contractual relationship with the CFU to be complete and ready for conclusion,” it said in a statement. The OAG “intends to discontinue the proceedings”, it added, giving no reason for the decision. As a result, Blatter, who is currently serving a six-year ban from football-related activities over ethics violations, will not be prosecuted for the matter which relates to selling TV rights for World Cup tournaments too cheaply. The 84-year-old Swiss, who led FIFA until 2015, was accused of selling TV rights to the CFU for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for $600,000, seen as far below the market value at the time. A spokesman for Blatter said he had not heard anything officially but had no reason to doubt the media reports. In a second criminal case, Blatter is accused of having arranged a payment of two million Swiss francs (€1.89 million) to the then UEFA President Michel Platini in February 2011. The investigation in this case is not affected by its intentions to end the first case, the OAG said.Tags: Caribbean Football UnionFIFASepp BlatterWorld Cup
The women’s team are in pool A with Tahiti, Guam and Nauru, while pool B see’s American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji and New Caledonia together. “It will be a tough game and I expect the new members of the team to be challenged by their opponent, while for the men’s team they are expected to face a tougher challenge from New Caledonia, Fiji and American Samoa should they face off in the crossover,” Daroa said. “The women’s quest for gold begins with a baptism of fire against Tahiti who they haven’t faced since 2013’s Pacific Open Championships in Wellington, New Zealand.” PNG Basketball Federation president Nick Daroa said the draw for Team PNG has PNG against some of the best teams, but said in the event that the round robin competition does a crossover PNG should be looking at the facing teams they have defeated in the past. From PACNEWS The competition will kick off on Friday July 3 at 1pm and will end with the gold medal play off for the men’s on Sunday July 12 at 3pm. All basketball competitions will be held at the Taurama Aquatic Centre Courts –BSP Arena while the semi finals and finals will be held at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium –PNG Power Dome.