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FIFA releases statement in wake of criminal proceedings against Infantino

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World football governing body FIFA has released a statement concerning the initiation of criminal proceedings against the association’s president, Gianni Infantino by a special Swiss prosecutor.

The statement reads: “FIFA acknowledges the decision of the Swiss special federal public prosecutor in opening an investigation regarding the meetings involving the FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber.

“FIFA, including the FIFA president, remains at the disposal of the Swiss authorities and will, as we have always done, co-operate fully with this investigation.

‘‘People remember well where FIFA was as an institution back in 2015, and how substantial judicial intervention was actually required to help restore the credibility of the organisation,’ said the FIFA president earlier today.

“‘As president of FIFA, it has been my aim from day one, and it remains my aim, to assist the authorities with investigating past wrongdoings at FIFA.

FIFA officials have met with prosecutors in other jurisdictions across the world for exactly these purposes.

“People have been convicted and sentenced, thanks to FIFA’s co-operation, and especially in the United States of America, where our co-operation has resulted in over 40 criminal convictions.

Therefore, I remain fully supportive of the judicial process, and FIFA remains willing to fully co-operate with the Swiss authorities for these purposes.’

“In addition, as far as FIFA is concerned, and as previously communicated on Thursday 25 June 2020 by the FIFA president: ‘To meet with the attorney general of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal. It’s no violation of anything. On the contrary, it is also part of the fiduciary duties of the president of FIFA.’

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Man Utd’s deadline for Jadon Sancho’s transfer expires

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Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, was with the rest of the squad as they flew to Switzerland on Monday morning.

The Manchester United target reported to duty, as the Bundesliga side traveled to their pre-season training camp.

Dortmund chiefs had made it clear that if Sancho traveled with the team, then he would not be leaving the club in the current transfer window.

United bosses have always regarded the deadline as a bluff by their German counterparts to get a deal done quickly.

However, Sancho, 20, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target this summer is keen to move to Old Trafford.

But so far United have refused to meet his £105million asking price.

Dortmund wants at least £100million for Sancho, but United are only willing to pay £80million.

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Former WWE wrestler, James ‘Kamala’ Harris is dead

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Former WWE wrestler, James “Kamala” Harris has died at the age of 70.

WWE confirmed his death in a statement released via its official Twitter account on Sunday, though the cause of his death is yet to be revealed.

“WWE is saddened to learn that James Harris, known to WWE fans as Kamala, has passed away at age 70.

“Under the frightening face paint of Kamala, the 6-foot-7, 380-pound, Harris battled the greatest superstars in sports-entertainment history, including Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker and Andre the Gaint.

“He terrorized opponents and thrilled audiences in Mid-South, World Class Championship Wrestling, WCW and WWE until 2006.

“WWE extends its condolences to Harris’ family, friends and fans,” the statement read.

Harris, made his WWF debut in 1984, according to WWE’s website.

He was well known as “Kamala” or “The Ugandan Giant” and was characterized by an African mask, warpaint and a loincloth.

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Transfer: Real Madrid offer Juventus two first-team players in exchange for Dybala

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Real Madrid are so desperate to land Paulo Dybala and will offer Juventus two first-team players.

It is understood that the two players Real Madrid will offer to force the deal are: Isco and Toni Kroos.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have contacted the Serie A champions and proposed a mammoth swap deal for Dybala that could exceed €100million (£90m).

The La Liga champions are desperate to bolster their attack this summer after their exit from this year’s Champions League at the hands of Manchester City.

The Los Blancos have been far too reliant on striker, Karim Benzema, for goals, with their next highest scorer being defender, Sergio Ramos on 11 – most of which have been penalties.

Meanwhile, Juventus have little desire to let Dybala leave and intend to resist Real’s interest, though they are conscious of the need to raise funds for new signings and that stance could change.

The Old Lady were eliminated from the Champions League in the last 16 against French Ligue 1 side, Lyon and reacted immediately by sacking manager, Maurizio Sarri, and replacing him with Andrea Pirlo.

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