Sports World: Guardiola unsure when he will head to the EPL

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola at a training session in Doha on Jan 10.
Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola at a training session in Doha on Jan 10.PHOTO: EPA

Guardiola unsure when he will head to the EPL

BERLIN • Pep Guardiola has claimed that his dream of managing a Premier League club may take time to realise.

The Spaniard, who will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, is favourite to succeed Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. But he insisted that he may not move to England this summer.

"When I sign a contract, I will announce it immediately," he said. "Maybe it will be two years until I will coach a team in England... I am working until my last second here. After that, I will go home and wait to see if it is possible to move to England or not. If it's not, then I won't."

Spieth to sign Coca-Cola endorsement deal

NEW YORK • The latest indication of the commercial pull of world No. 1 golfer Jordan Spieth has arrived from Coca-Cola, which has confirmed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal.

Reports in the United States claim Spieth has been placed on the same financial level by the drinks firm as basketball star LeBron James, actress Jennifer Aniston and singer Taylor Swift. Details of the deal have not been released but James reportedly earned between US$12 million (S$17.3 million) and US$15 million after signing his first Coca-Cola deal in 2003.

Spieth, who won two Major championships last year, also has sponsorship deals with Under Armour, Titleist, Rolex and AT&T.


Sampaoli dispels exit 'misunderstanding'

SANTIAGO • Jorge Sampaoli appears to have had a change of heart about staying on as coach of Chile's national football team, despite intimating that his days in the job were numbered.

The Argentinian looked to be on the verge of quitting six months after guiding Chile to the Copa America, with Sampaoli claiming this week that he was being held "hostage" by the federation.

"It's not true that I don't want to live or work in Chile. On the contrary, I want to dispel this misunderstanding," said the 55-year-old.


Fifa fines Hong Kong over booing fans

HONG KONG • World governing body Fifa has fined Hong Kong 10,000 Swiss francs (S$14,300) after fans jeered the Chinese national anthem during a World Cup qualifier last year, the city's football authorities said yesterday.

Hong Kong fans jeered and turned their backs during the March Of The Volunteers anthem at a match between the city's side and the Chinese national team last November that ended in a goal-less draw.

The sum is double the amount of a previous fine issued in October, when the Hong Kong Football Association was fined 5,000 Swiss francs after fans again jeered the Chinese national anthem and threw a drink at a rival player during a September match.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2016, with the headline 'Sports World'. Print Edition | Subscribe