Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from football, CAS has announced. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says it could take several months to reach a verdict. Valcke was fired in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expenses abuses including personal use of private flights.
Arsenal and Chelsea have joined the queue of clubs keeping a check on Nigerian prospect Henry Onyekuru. The 19-year-old winger plays for Eupen in Belgium and was a target for Celtic in January who had a bid of £1million rejected. Onyekuru went AWOL for several days in the hope of pushing through a transfer to Glasgow but has since returned to action and has been given assurances he can leave in the summer. The Belgians though are looking for £6million with the fee key to Onyekuru being able to gain a work permit in the United Kingdom. Onyekuru has scored 12 goals in 26 games this season, including the winner against Gent earlier this month, when he impressed several watching scouts. Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, Monchengladbach and Lille have also sent staff to check on his progress in recent weeks.
In a match played yesterday at King Power stadium that saw a resurgent Leicester City beat Liverpool 3 – 1, Nigeria and Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi made five clearances, one interception and gained possession six times for Leicester. Ndidi also made 11 tackles during the game. Only former Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante – now at Chelsea – has made more in a Premier League match this season (14 against Liverpool in January). No wonder the likes of Ghana’s Amartey has been confined to the bench since the arrival of Ndidi. Weldone Ndidi as you settle into your role at Leicester.
Togolese striker Francis Kone saved the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly swallowed his tongue during a Czech league match. Slovacko’s Kone acted fast after Berkovec had collided with his Bohemians 1905 team-mate Daniel Krch. He used his fingers to move Berkovec’s tongue and stop him suffocating. Berkovec later wrote on Facebook: “I would like to thank Francis Kone for rescue and emergency… I’m glad for the relief and thanks again!!!”