Coles boost for All Blacks

first_imgColes missed four months of action with a head injury, sitting out the British and Irish Lions series before returning for Hurricanes’ Super Rugby quarter-final win over Brumbies last month.The 30-year-old was due to return to the international fold for New Zealand’s opening Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies last week, which they won 54-34, but suffered a fresh head knock in the ‘game of three halves’ against Taranaki and Counties Manukau and was ruled out of the Bledisloe Cup contest.However, assistant coach Ian Foster said Coles – who last represented his country against France last November – is in line to face Australia in Dunedin after coming through training unscathed.”He trained really well,” Foster said. “He had a good week last week actually.”He’s come through [training] really well.”Sonny Bill Williams is also in contention to be selected after sustaining a head injury in the first match, an incident SANZAAR is reportedly looking into to see if medical officials should have carried out concussion tests.Foster added: “Sonny took a knock in the weekend but he was symptom-free.”The doctor has done what he always does when there is a suspicion of something. “He was held back a little bit today so we could make sure he was absolutely clear but the signs are really positive.”last_img read more

Eduardo Lis lawyer says client could avoid extradition to the United States

first_imgWhile former Costa Rican football federation president Eduardo Li remains locked up in a Swiss prison, his lawyer says he’s optimistic Li will not be extradited to the United States for trial.Li, who was also an executive committee member of football’s top governing body, FIFA, was named in a 161-page federal indictment released by the United States in late May, accused of engaging in “multiple acts of bribery” among other charges.His lawyer, José Miguel Villalobos, said the U.S. government sent a formal extradition request on July 2. Villalobos called the federal indictment “weak” and said he believes his client will not be extradited to the U.S. because the government cannot prove he committed a crime in Switzerland.Under the countries’ extradition agreements, a person can only be extradited if the alleged crime is punishable under both Swiss and U.S. law.Ultimately it will be up to the Swiss judge to determine whether Li’s case warrants extradition, including whether the charges of conspiracy posed against the former FIFA executive weigh heavily enough.Prosecutors allege that Li requested a six-figure bribe from a co-conspirator representing the sports marketing firm Traffic Sports USA in exchange for signing a contract worth up to $3 million on behalf of the Costa Rican soccer federation (FEDEFUTBOL). They also charged Li, along with 13 other FIFA executives, of money laundering, wire fraud and multiple acts of bribery.According to the indictment, an August, 2012 wire transfer of $27,500 was sent from Traffic Sports USA’s bank account in Miami, Florida to a Wells Fargo account under the Costa Rican football federation’s name in New York. But Villalobos said there’s no document to prove that any of the transfers occurred under Li’s name.“That bribe was not paid nor does there exist any evidence that Li asked for it,” Villalobos said.On Tuesday, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that it had severed ties with Traffic Sports USA, which held the rights to the next four Gold Cup tournaments, through 2021, and the next seven seasons of the annual CONCACAF Champions League.FEDEFUTBOL officials have reportedly said that they will honor Costa Rica’s contract with Traffic Sports USA until 2022. The Tico Times tried several times this week to contact FEDEFUTBOL officials by phone but was told no one in the office was authorized to comment on the issue. Most Costa Rican football association officials are likely in the U.S. this week for the Gold Cup.Li was appointed in April to be one of CONCACAF’s three representatives on FIFA’s executive committee. The indictment and arrests of Li and 13 other FIFA executives led to the resignation of embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter in early June.Li’s lawyer Villalobos said there was “no evidence or statement that he [Li] used his position in FIFA to benefit himself.”“So in relation to the indictment at the end of May that led to Eduardo’s detention in Switzerland, it seems to be a very weak document that has no basis in claiming Eduardo Li committed criminal acts.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Football: FIFA official Rocha agrees to extradition from Switzerland to Nicaragua FIFA scandal: Costa Rica opens money laundering probe of Eduardo Li Prosecutor confirms FIFA’s Webb in US; no court date yet FIFA corruption probe expands with arrest of two top executiveslast_img read more