Sports World: Fifa scandal trial could start next year

Fifa scandal trial could start next year

NEW YORK • The federal judge overseeing the wide-ranging corruption case involving football's world governing body Fifa said on Wednesday that a trial for eight defendants could begin in September or October next year.

United States District Judge Raymond Dearie said that the trial would involve seven former football officials and a former marketing executive, all of whom are among the 42 individuals and entities charged so far.

All eight defendants had previously pleaded not guilty.


Candreva joins Inter Milan from Lazio

MILAN • Inter Milan have signed Italy midfielder Antonio Candreva from Lazio on a four-year contract, the Milan-based club said on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old joined Lazio in 2012 and made 30 league appearances last season, scoring 10 goals.

"I always wanted to join Inter, and I'm really excited to become a Nerazzurri player at last," he said.


Celtic edge Astana with late penalty

GLASGOW • Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has urged supporters to be patient, after they needed a stoppage-time penalty to edge past FC Astana in their Champions League third-round qualifier.

The Hoops earned a 2-1 win thanks to a penalty from Moussa Dembele with the game on the verge of extra time, after Leigh Griffiths' first-half penalty had been cancelled out by a second-half strike from Agim Ibraimi.

The result sealed a 3-2 aggregate win over the Kazakhstan side.


Nike to stop making golf equipment

NEW YORK • American sports equipment maker Nike announced on Wednesday that it will no longer produce or sell golf clubs, bags or balls, as sales slip.

The company plans to concentrate instead on shoes and clothing for golfers, and on its partnerships with stars like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe