Strachan's job on the line after latest flop
GLASGOW • Scottish football chiefs said yesterday they will not rush into a decision over manager Gordon Strachan's future, despite yet another failure to qualify for a major international tournament.
The Scotland boss is out of contract next month and is facing mounting pressure from fans to call time on his five-year reign, after a draw with Slovenia on Sunday killed off their hopes of making it to next year's World Cup in Russia.
A board meeting is understood to be planned for later this week but Scottish Football Association chief Stewart Regan said there would be no "knee-jerk" reaction.
Spanish sports body wants football polls
BARCELONA • Spain's sports chief has requested that its national football federation (RFEF) hold a new election as a result of the corruption investigation into former president Angel Maria Villar, Spanish media reported yesterday.
Newspaper AS said that Jose Ramon Lete, president of the state sports body Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD), made the request through the Spanish sports court (TAD), which needs to approve it to trigger a new election process.
The federation had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters and referred questions back to the ministry, which was not immediately available for comment.
Vancouver re-tests catch just one culprit
BERLIN • Re-testing of more than a thousand samples from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics uncovered only one athlete to have taken banned substances, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said.
The IOC said on Monday that it had conducted re-tests of 1,195 urine samples, including those of all medallists from the Winter Games seven years ago as well as of all Russian athletes. It did not provide any details of the athlete in question, nor of his or her sport or nationality.
The low number of positive re-tests from Vancouver is in stark contrast with the results from samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, where more than 100 athletes tested positive in total in those re-tests.