Pulis ordered to pay Crystal Palace millions
LONDON • West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has lost a £3.7 million (S$6.59 million) legal action against former club Crystal Palace, a High Court judgment revealed on Monday.
Earlier this year, Pulis had been ordered to pay Palace £3.7 million by a Premier League Managers' arbitration tribunal which found he had "deliberately misled" the south London football club and described his conduct as "disgraceful".
Police widen football sexual abuse inquiry
LONDON • Greater Manchester police has become the latest force to launch an investigation into the sexual abuse of young footballers after it was contacted by a number of people who said they had suffered assaults.
It is the fifth British police force to announce inquiries into historical abuse in football's youth system in the wake of revelations to the Guardian by the former professional Andy Woodward about his treatment by the youth coach and convicted paedophile Barry Bennell.
Anti-Doping Norway want 14-month ban for Johaug
OSLO • The Norwegian anti-doping agency yesterday called for a 14-month suspension against cross-country skier Therese Johaug, a former Olympic gold medallist, after she failed a September drug test.
The request will now be forwarded to an arbitration body at the Norwegian Sports Federation, which will rule on the sanction to be imposed on the seven-time world champion.
She has already been handed a provisional two-month suspension.
Poyet takes over as Shanghai Shenhua coach
SHANGHAI • Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua named former Uruguay international Gustavo Poyet as their new coach yesterday, after cutting ties with his Spanish predecessor Gregorio Manzano despite finishing fourth in the Chinese Super League.
Poyet, 49, was himself sacked earlier this month by struggling Spanish outfit Real Betis.
Shenhua announced that the former Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder would begin training the team later this week.