Zlatan, Mings charged with violent conduct
LONDON • Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings were charged with violent conduct over two incidents in Saturday's 1-1 draw.
Mings appeared to stamp on the striker, then lying on the ground. The Swede seemed to retaliate moments later by elbowing the defender in the head. Both would ordinarily face three-game bans, but the Football Association said the standard punishment was "clearly insufficient" in Mings' case.
Tevez coming good on wages, scores on debut
SHANGHAI• Carlos Tevez scored on his Chinese Super League debut for Shanghai Shenhua as he started justifying the wages that have reportedly made him the world's best-paid football player.
The Argentinian, who is paid €38 million (S$57 million) a year, struck from the penalty spot and had a hand in two others as Gus Poyet's team beat Jiangsu Suning 4-0 on Sunday.
Ex-Colombia international Giovanni Moreno scored a brace as Mao Jianqing also netted for Shanghai.
Chelsea given go-ahead to build new home arena
LONDON • Chelsea's plans for a new 60,000-capacity football stadium at their historic Stamford Bridge home have been approved by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
The new stadium - projected to cost around £500 million (S$864.45 million) to redevelop - has been designed by Swiss-based architects Herzog and de Meuron, whose other work includes Bayern Munich's 75,000-seat Allianz Arena and Beijing's "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium.
Asian Games logjam as planners fail to connect
JAKARTA • The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) warned yesterday Indonesia faces "huge" challenges to prepare for the 2018 Asian Games, criticising a lack of coordination between different organisers.
After a three-day visit by an OCA delegation to check on preparations, the organisation's director general Husain Al-Musallam said the bodies organising the multi-sport event - from those building the venues, to the broadcasters, to those who install the lights - were "not talking to each other".