Fifa investigation and other stories

 Fifa to investigate Cardiff’s payment for Emiliano Sala

Emiliano Sala signing for Cardiff City (Photo credits: Getty Images)

Fifa have opened an investigation into the transfer payment for Emiliano Sala after Nantes, his previous team, made a claim against Cardiff City.

Premier League side Cardiff were due to pay the first of three instalments for the £15m striker on Wednesday.

Cardiff City have acknowledged the claim but are withholding payment until investigations into the crash which took the Argentinian striker’s life are complete.

Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died when the small plane they were flying crashed into the English Channel on 21st January this year.

The chairman of Cardiff City, Mehmet Dalman, said Cardiff will be ‘honourable’ with Nantes if they are contractually obliged to pay.

Ben Swift discharged from hospital after receiving intensive care

Ben Swift has been discharged from hospital a week on from his crash during a training session in Tenerife that left him in intensive care.

The 31-year-old suffered multiple facial and body contusions in the crash including a ruptured spleen.

The Team Sky Cyclist, who finished fifth in the 2017 World Road Race Championship representing Great Britain, confirmed that he would be allowed to return home on Wednesday.

Swift was able to send out a message thanking people for their well wishes soon after being admitted to hospital but had to be kept in intensive care for further monitoring.

Ex-Sri Lanka captain banned from cricket for two years

Sanath Jayasuriya during the first one-day international cricket match against England at the Oval in June, 2011. (Photo credits: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from cricket for two years after admitting two breaches of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code.

In September 2017, Alex Marshall, General Manager of the International Cricket Council, asked Jayasuriya to hand over any mobile phones after being ‘satisfied’ they might contain information that could help with the wider investigation.

Jayasuriya told investigators he had two phones and handed them over but later recalled that he had two other phones, which he had ‘lost’ after they fell out of his pocket ‘in a grassy area somewhere in Colombo’.

He then later admitted one of those phones was in fact deliberately disposed of when he was under stress.

Jayasuriya then admitted his driver had recovered the SIM card from the destroyed phone and it was placed in another phone.

Vettel crashes at Formula 1 test drive

Sebastian Vettel, 31, crashed his Ferrari into the barriers at turn three on the Circuit de Catalunya during a Formula 1 test drive due to a ‘mechanical problem’.

Vettel was able to walk away from the scene himself but was taken to the medical centre straight away.

The car is being held back, Ferrari says, commenting to the BBC: ‘We foresee that the car will not go out on track for a few hours.’

An explanation is yet to be released about ‘the mechanical problem’ but the team now say that Vettel has been discharged and is back at the Ferrari garage.

Sebastian Vettel during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit in April, 2018 (Photo credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


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