Lin Dan threatens to sue over pay dispute
SHANGHAI • Lin Dan, a two-time Olympic champion, has accused his China Badminton Super League club of failing to pay him and six others for the 2016-2017 season.
Regarded by some as the game's greatest player, Lin, whose reported pay is four million yuan (S$809,000) for the season, said he felt "bitterly disappointed" and threatened to take legal action against Guangzhou Yueyu.
AFC integrity chief calls for fresh probe
KUALA LUMPUR • Newly appointed independent head of integrity Mohammad Ali Al-Kamali has asked the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to probe circumstances surrounding the prosecution of suspended official Richard Lai.
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Lai, a member of Fifa's audit and compliance committee, was handed a provisional 90-day ban last month after the former Guam Football Association president pleaded guilty in a US court to taking bribes in exchange for using his influence within the global football body.
Still no location for Malaysia v N. Korea
KUALA LUMPUR • An Asian Cup qualifier between Malaysia and North Korea has been postponed for a second time to October due to security concerns, with the venue still to be decided.
The Asian Football Confederation had rescheduled the match for June 8 in Pyongyang but said in a statement that it should be postponed "because of the geopolitical tension on the Korean Peninsula".
Chinese siblings snap up Reading ownership
LONDON • Chinese investors who failed in their bid to buy English football club Hull last year have succeeded in taking over Reading, who are one win away from the Premier League.
Brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiuli snapped up 75 per cent of the Championship club, who will face either Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday in the play-off final, with the previous Thai owners retaining a 25 per cent stake.
Seven debutants in Germany's squad
BERLIN • Injury-hit football World Cup holders Germany's coach Joachim Low has named seven uncapped players for next month's Confederations Cup in Russia.
Ajax winger Amin Younes, 23, is among the debutants, along with Hoffenheim's striker Sandro Wagner and midfielder Kerem Demirbay, 23, plus Hertha Berlin's dead-ball expert, defender Marvin Plattenhardt, 25.