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#PANAMAPAPERS: SWISS COPS RAID UEFA OFFICES FOLLOWING INFANTINO LINKS

In 2006 while working for Uefa, Infantino allegedly signed off on a television rights deal with 2 businessmen.

Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino in Zurich. Picture: AFP.

LONDON – European football’s governing body Uefa has been plunged into crisis.

Swiss police have raided their offices following the naming of ex-Secretary General Gianni Infantino in papers leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

Infantino is now president of Fifa and was brought in to clear up corruption within football’s world governing body.

In 2006, while working for Uefa, Infantino signed off on a television rights deal with two businessmen.

 

GARY PLAYER ACE LIGHTS UP PAR-3 CONTEST AS WALKER TRIUMPHS

The 80-year-old South African fired a hole-in-one at the 115-yard seventh hole, one of a record nine aces.

Gary Player plays a shot during the Par 3 Contest prior to the start of the 2016 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on 6 April, 2016 in Augusta, Georgia. Picture: AFP.

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA – Gary Player kicked his right leg into the air, hugged his granddaughter Alex and grandson Paul and received congratulations from playing competitors Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.

No, this was not the 1978 Masters, when Player won his third and final Green Jacket with a one-shot victory over Watson and was four better than Nicklaus.

This was the Par-3 contest on the eve of the 2016 Masters, when the 80-year-old South African fired a hole-in-one at the 115-yard seventh hole, one of a record nine aces made by the field on Wednesday to shatter the old mark of five. “That’s number 31,” as in career hole-in-ones, a delighted Player told Watson as they walked off the tee.

 

WOLFSBURG HANDS REAL MADRID A 2-0 SHOCKER IN 1ST LEG

Zinedine Zidane’s team will now go into the return leg in Madrid next Tuesday with a clear disadvantage.

Players react after the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first-leg football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Real Madrid on 6 April, 2016 in Wolfsburg, northern Germany. Wolfsburg won the match 2-0. Picture: AFP.

BERLIN – Real Madrid’s hopes of an 11th European title were left hanging by a thread as they slumped to a shock 2-0 loss at Germany’s Champions League novices VfL Wolfsburg in their quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

The Germans were celebrating a memorable last-eight debut after Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty in the 18th minute and Maximilian Arnold’s strike in the 25th stunned the visitors only four days after their ‘Clasico’ win in Spain over Barcelona.

Despite making just one change to the lineup that started against Barca, Real coach Zinedine Zidane’s team will now go into the return leg in Madrid next Tuesday with a clear disadvantage.

DURBAN TO HOST 2016 SA NATIONAL AQUATIC OLYMPIC TRIALS

This year’s event is a make-or-break for swimmers who are looking to post Olympic Qualifying times.

Chad le Clos celebrate after winning gold in the men’s 100m butterfly in Doha. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG – Durban will be hosting SA’s swim stars who will be racing against the clock in a quest to post Olympic qualifying times when the SA National Aquatic Championships, doubling as official Olympic Trials, takes place at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban, from 10-16 April 2016.

 

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