Archive | February 23, 2016

McLeish is new Zamalek coach….

Alex McLeish

Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish has agreed to coach Zamalek, the Egyptian club have announced. The 57-year-old will take over from former Tottenham striker Mido, who was sacked two weeks ago. A statement on Zamalek’s official website said: “Murtaza Mansour, chairman of the club, has confirmed that Alex McLeish has signed with him in principle to lead the first team.” McLeish left Genk last summer after a season with the Belgian club. The Scotsman parted company with the Pro League outfit after they finished seventh and was linked with Zamalek before Mido started his second spell in charge in January. Mido’s latest spell lasted just 37 days and seven games with Zamalek, who are currently second behind Cairo rivals Al Ahly in the Egyptian Premier League. He became the third coach sacked by the club this season following the dismissals of Jesualdo Ferreira and Paqueta.

Prince Ali wants FIFA election suspended….

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein

Lawyers for FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein say they have made an official request for Friday’s election to be suspended. Prince Ali, 40, is unhappy with voting arrangements and has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Jordanian wants transparent voting booths to ensure the election is fair and open, but world football’s election commission rejected the request. CAS says it will rule on Prince Ali’s appeal by Thursday morning. Prince Ali is one of five contenders looking to succeed Swiss Sepp Blatter, who is stepping down after 18 years. He is up against South African businessman Tokyo Sexwale, Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne and UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino.

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Celtic fined £13,000 by UEFA….

Celtic fans in Istanbul

Celtic have been fined £13,000 after poor behaviour by their supporters and player indiscipline in their Europa League match against Fenerbahce. The Scottish champions had been charged after fans set off fireworks during the 1-1 draw in Group A at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul on 10 December. UEFA’s disciplinary body also charged the club with improper conduct after five players were booked. Celtic finished bottom of the group and without a win in their six matches. It is the third match in a calendar year – and the eighth in five years – that has resulted in the Glasgow club being fined by European football’s governing body. Last season, they were disciplined for crowd disturbances against Dinamo Zagreb and then for supporters setting off flares, as well as player indiscipline, against Inter Milan. Five fans were arrested this month in connection with complaints of sectarian singing during Celtic’s Scottish Cup win away to Stranraer. The Scottish FA has written to both clubs and continues to investigate.