Soccer Shorts: Fifa refutes claims of Ballon d'Or leaks

Fifa refutes claims of Ballon d'Or leaks

ZURICH • Fifa has rubbished reports that football's world governing body prematurely published the results of the 2015 Ballon d'Or by accident.

A story emerged on Wednesday claiming Lionel Messi and Celia Sasic as the men's and women's World Player of the Year ahead of Sunday's gala, reported FourFourTwo.

"This afternoon, a story 1st posted online in November (false then too) has resurfaced," read a tweet from Fifa Media. "The winners of the #BallondOr have NOT been leaked."

Lacazette spurns Newcastle offer

LONDON • Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has rejected the chance to join Newcastle this month after the relegation-threatened Premier League club made a club-record bid £19 million (S$39.8 million) bid for the France international.

Newcastle officials met their Ligue 1 counterparts last week to discuss a deal, but Lacazette, 24, is wary of moving clubs before the European Championship in his home country this summer.


Chelsea, ex-doc still at odds on settlement

LONDON • Chelsea and former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro failed to agree a settlement at an initial preliminary hearing on Wednesday into her dismissal by the English Premier League club, according to media reports.

A full hearing will be held later in the year.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2016, with the headline 'SoccerShorts'. Print Edition | Subscribe