Barca deny Messi wasted time, say his laces broke
BARCELONA • Barcelona have announced they will appeal against the yellow card given to Lionel Messi during the team's 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.
The Argentinian footballer was booked during the Spanish Primera Liga game for time wasting as he attempted to put his boot back on after it had come off following a challenge from Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique explained later that Messi's lace was broken and that was why the player could not put the boot back on immediately.
Ibrahimovic says sorry for 5th yellow card, ban
MANCHESTER • Manchester United footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic has apologised to fans after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday, which rules him out of their next game against Arsenal on Nov 19.
The 35-year-old Swede, who scored twice in the 3-1 win over Swansea to help lift his team to sixth in the table, was booked for a tackle on midfielder Leroy Fer and incurs an automatic one-game ban.
German club fined after bull's head lands on field
BERLIN • A severed bull's head thrown onto the pitch during a German Cup match cost second-division football club Dynamo Dresden a €60,000 (S$92,000) fine plus a spectator ban on Monday.
The gruesome incident occurred during Dynamo's first-round win over RB Leipzig on Aug 20 with the head hurled from an enclosure of home fans.
Nadal to return at Abu Dhabi exhibition event
MADRID • Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will make his return to action after an injury layoff at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships exhibition event in Abu Dhabi next month.
The Spaniard, a three-time winner of the event, will be joined by new world No. 1 Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Thomas Berdych at the Dec 29-31 six-man event.