MURCIA, Spain (AP) _ A Kuwaiti soccer player who spit at a referee was suspended for a year and fined nearly $3,900 Tuesday by FIFA, world soccer’s governing body. Hussein Ali had a dispute with the official during a Gulf Cup match.
FIFA also fined the national associations of Zimbabwe and Tanzania $11,650 each for competing in an unsanctioned event.
The teams played in Harare, Zimbabwe, in late September as part of a five-nation African tournament.
The competition was not authorized by FIFA. It was eventually canceled but Zimbabwe and Tanzania played the first scheduled match, which they called a ``friendly″ or exhibition game.
Saint Louis Soccer Coach Resigns After Losing Season
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Joe Clarke resigned as St. Louis University’s soccer coach after 14 years.
Clarke, 42, quit almost two weeks after the Billikens ended their season with a record 10 losses.
``This is something that has been on my mind the last three or four years,″ Clarke said. ``I have a family. I don’t enjoy being away from them so much.″
A former All-American, Clarke played on three national championship teams for Saint Louis University. He coached 12 Billikens teams into the postseason tournament, yet never won a national title as a coach.
Athens Goes To Internet To Push 2004 Games
ATHENS, Greece (AP) _ Athens has moved its effort to host the 2004 Olympic Games to the internet’s World Wide Web.
``We wanted to provide people with direct information on our bid as well as information on how other cities are doing,″ Manolis Mavromatis, press director for the organizing committee, said Tuesday.
The graphics heavy site can be found at http://www.athens2004.net.
The site is one of five already put on the Web by contending cities, including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Istanbul, Turkey; Lille, France; Seville, Spain and Stockholm, Sweden.
Eleven cities are interested in hosting the 2004 Games.
Dutch Parliament to Discuss Anti-Hooligan Measures
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Dutch parliament will discuss new measures to deal with soccer hooligans after violent clashes between Ajax and Feyenoord fans at the weekend led to more than 30 arrests.
Amsterdam’s Ajax player Menno Willems was slightly hurt Sunday when an iron bar was thrown through a window of his team’s bus by Rotterdam fans.
One possible measure to be discussed next week is a system which requires fans to have a special soccer credit card when buying tickets.
They would have to show the card when entering the stadium, and police will confiscate the cards of those arrested for rioting.
Hooliganism troubled Dutch soccer in the 1980′s but had been in decline in recent years.
1972 Olympic Press Chief Klein Dies
BONN, Germany (AP) _ Hans ``Johnny″ Klein, press chief of the troubled 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and later chancellor Helmut Kohl’s spokesman, died Tuesday in a Bonn hospital. He was 65.
Klein suffered a heart attack earlier this month and had been in coma since.
Shriver Joins Legends Exibition
PLAINVIEW, N.Y. (AP) _ Pam Shriver was added to the field Tuesday for the Ladies Legend’s exhibition tournament to be played in conjunction with the Hamlet Cup men’s tournament in August. Shriver joins Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin and Zina Garrison, with two more players to be added.