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Story of the rich referee

SAMBA BEATS

Sao Paulo: Jonas Eriksson is among the 25 referees who are officiating in the ongoing Fifa World Cup but what sets the Swede apart from his clan is that he happens to be a millionaire who doesn’t really need to do this job for a living. He has wealth running up to millions after selling his 15 per cent share in a Swedish media company. Eriksson, whose experience in refereeing is a vast 20 years, says his drive to be a referee despite having enough money to sustain himself, comes from his love for the game.

Coach’s note

Rio de Janeiro: US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann produced a cheeky hand-written letter for American fans who wanted to skip work on Thursday in order to watch his team’s game. In the style of a ‘doctor’s note’, Klinsmann addressed employers and asked them to forgive their staff for their absence. The letter was distributed on social networks by the US Soccer.

Fan or ban?

Tehran: Iran’s female football fans have openly defied their country’s regime. How? By watching the World Cup in the company of their male family and friends. Over the past two weeks before their national team crashed out of the tournament women were spotted in cafes and restaurants, in the company of men, enjoying Iran’s most popular sport. In Iran, women are banned from entering stadiums.