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Fifa ban on Somali boss

Zurich: Farah Weheliye Addo, president of the Somali Football Federation, has been banned from soccer two years following comments he made against Fifa president Sepp Blatter last year, the world governing body said on Monday.

Fifa said the sanction related to comments made by Addo in February 2002 citing “irregular financial practices that were intended to assist the election of Blatter to the Fifa president in 1998”.

Fifa said Addo had made accusations against Executive Committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam, of Qatar, and questioned the integrity of Blatter. Addo had been unable to produce evidence to Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee when asked to substantiate his claims, the body added.

Diego finds new passion

Havana: Diego Maradona has found a new sports passion: golf. “I admit that I don’t feel the same emotions on the golf course as I did kicking the ball around,” the former soccer great said during a tournament on Sunday.

“But I play absolutely every day, training like an animal. Sometimes when I am sleeping I wake up because I am dreaming that I made a wrong move and I stand up and repeat it in my room.”

Maradona said it has been difficult to learn to lower his voice on the course. “Sometimes I talk loudly, I yell, I get excited and everyone gives me dirty looks. It bothers me a bit but I still find golf an exceptional sport.”

Hammers sign Ferdinand

London: Struggling West Ham United completed the signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s former England striker Les Ferdinand on a short-term deal on Tuesday. “I can confirm that, following the results of a medical, Les Ferdinand has signed for West Ham United until the end of the season,” West Ham managing director Paul Aldridge told his club’s official website. Ferdinand, 36, will go straight into West Ham’s squad for their Premier League match at Charlton Athletic on Wednesday.

Madrid named 2012 candidate

Madrid: Madrid was named on Tuesday as Spain’s candidate city to host the 2012 Olympics ahead of Seville. The Spanish Olympic committee (COE) voted 157 to 103 in favour of the Spanish capital. Seville made unsuccessful bids for both the 2004 and 2008 Games.

Madrid’s only previous attempt at an Olympic bid was for the 1972 Games, which was awarded to Munich.

Noah in spat with ex-wife

Paris: The British ex-wife of French tennis-hero-turned-pop-star Yannick Noah criticised him in an interview published on Monday for allegedly using their two daughters to promote his latest album.

Former Gucci model Heather Stewart-Whyte, 34, told the daily Le Parisien that she “finds it scandalous to use such young children for promotional purposes.”

At the centre of the spat is Noah’s latest music clip in which their daughters, Elyjah, 6, and Jennaye, 5, make an appearance.

Star Wars touch

London: Star Wars’ Darth Vader is set to become an honorary director of third division Exeter City, the actor’s friend and co-chairman Uri Geller said Monday. British strongman David Prowse joins Michael Jackson and US magician David Blaine on Exeter’s board of honorary directors.

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