Gabon footballers rarely paid on time
PARIS • Footballers in Gabon are being treated as slaves through the systematic late payment of salaries, the head of the country's players union said yesterday.
Remy Ebanega's outburst came in the wake of a damning Fifpro report which revealed that 95.6 per cent of players from teams in Gabon have been paid late at some point.
2024 Games bid gets ugly over FB 'likes'
AARHUS (Denmark) • Los Angeles yesterday accused rival Paris of being behind reports that the American city bought Facebook "likes" to artificially boost its bid to win the 2024 Games.
Campaigning is reaching a peak, ahead of an International Olympic Committee decision on Sept 13 on which of the two cities will host the 2024 Olympics.
India 's Kohli wins best world cricketer gong
LONDON • India captain Virat Kohli has been named the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2017 edition of the respected Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
According to editor Lawrence Booth, Kohli had "the year of his dreams" in 2016, "averaging more with the bat in each of the three formats than anyone: 75 in Tests, 92 in one-day internationals and 106 in Twenty20 internationals".
Super League out of question: Uefa boss
HELSINKI • Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin reiterated to Europe's top clubs yesterday that he would never allow the creation of a closed Super League, telling them in a speech that "money does not rule".
He warned the continent's biggest leagues that Uefa would never give in to "blackmail" as he promised to redesign football on the continent over the next five years.