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Hiddink gets a taste of Moscow

Moscow: New Russia coach Guus Hiddink got his first taste of the job by making a whistle-stop tour of the capital this week. The Dutchman began his two-and-a-half year stint as Russia's first foreign manager by visiting the Russian FA headquarters and meeting fellow coaches, the national team's staff and officials.

Accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, Hiddink also toured famous Moscow landmarks such as the Kremlin and Red Square.

Everywhere he went, Hiddink was followed by a horde of reporters, photo and television cameras. 'Moscow is a great city, the only problem seems to be these huge traffic jams. It's just a nightmare,' he said.

O'Leary leaves Villa

London: Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has left the club by mutual agreement, the Premier League team announced on their website on Wednesday. O'Leary is stepping down after an internal inquiry was set up by the board into last week's statement allegedly from the first-team squad criticising chairman Doug Ellis.

'Although no misconduct by the manager, David O'Leary, was uncovered, as a result of the investigation it has been agreed that an amicable parting of the ways was in the best interests of all parties,' Villa said in a statement.

O'Leary's contract has been terminated with immediate effect.

England may bid for 2018

London: England may bid to host the 2018 World Cup soccer. Britain's sports minister Richard Caborn said the government was interested in hosting the event for the first time since 1966, when England won their only title.

'There would be a very good chance of bidding for the World Cup,' Caborn said.London is the host of the 2012 Summer Olympics, which Caborn said could help England's bid.

Russian league bans referee

Moscow: Russia's Professional Football League (PFL) has suspended referee Pavel Kulalayev after he committed major errors in a Premier League match between Spartak Moscow and Tom Tomsk, the PFL said on Thursday. Spartak, the most successful club in Russian soccer history, accused Kulalayev of bias after they threw away a 2-0 lead against the unfashionable Siberian side to draw 2-2 on Sunday. Spartak later said they would seek a criminal investigation into the case.

Kalanga in Dinamo

Bucharest: Angola midfielder Ze Kalanga has joined Dinamo Bucharest from Petro Atletico on a three-year deal, the Romanian club said on Thursday.

Kalanga, 23, has scored four goals in 26 matches for Angola. In the Dinamo team he will fill the gap left by Florentin Petre who joined Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia earlier this year.

Nicol to quit

London: Briton Peter Nicol, who spent 60 months of his career as the squash world No.1, plans to go out on a high at the World Open in Cairo in September. The 33-year-old, who controversially quit Scotland to represent England five years ago and has spent the last 15 living in London, decided the Egyptian capital was the place he wanted to end a career.

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