Sports world : Bilic slapped with FA charge after red card

Bilic slapped with FA charge after red card

LONDON• West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour during Saturday's 2-2 Premier League draw against West Bromwich Albion, the Football Association (FA) announced on Monday.

An angry Bilic was sent off by referee Michael Oliver after throwing a television microphone in frustration following West Brom's late equaliser.

He could be given touchline bans, as well as fines, if found guilty and he has until 6pm on Thursday (Friday morning, Singapore time) to respond to his charge.

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Home-grown squad in Guangzhou's plans

BEIJING • Chinese football champions Guangzhou Evergrande have announced plans to field a Chinese-only squad by 2020, official Chinese media said yesterday.

According to Xinhua, club boss and real estate tycoon Xu Jiayin said he planned to strip out all foreign players by the end of this decade, citing that his ideal squad for Guangzhou is "composed of a world top manager and all native players".

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Refugee team picks up Laureus Award

MONACO • A refugee team that competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics with 10 athletes from countries including Syria and South Sudan was named on Monday as winner of a Laureus Award for sporting inspiration.

The hand-picked team of refugees provided one of the highlights of the Games with the athletes taking part in athletics, swimming and judo. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), however, has yet to decide whether to send another refugee team to Tokyo in 2020. REUTERS


Medals return not forthcoming: IOC

MOSCOW • So far only one of the Russian athletes stripped of Olympic medals for doping has given it back to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a senior Moscow sports official said on Monday.

Runner Anton Kokorin, who won bronze in Beijing in the men's 4x400m relay team, is the only athlete to have returned his Olympic medal, Yelena Ikonnikova, the anti-doping coordinator of the Russian Athletic Federation (Rusaf), told AFP.

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