Chelsea have lodged an official protest against the Malaysian Football Association over what they claim was racist abuse suffered by their Israeli player Yossi Benayoun in Kuala Lumpur last week. The midfielder was booed and jeered whenever on the ball in the 1-0 win against Malaysia last Friday.
Benayoun was the first Israeli to play in Malaysia, which is pro Palestine. Initially thought to be a consequence of a bad tackle but after reviewing the match the club announced they had decided to make a formal complaint. A statement on the club's website read: “Notwithstanding most fans behaving appropriately on the night, we believe Yossi was subjected to anti-semitic abuse by a number of supporters at the game.
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's appeal against his five-match touchline ban will be heard at UEFA's headquarters on Friday. In an attempt to reduce the sanction, which followed his sending-off, in the champions league semi-final at home against Barcelona last season.
Mourinho, who was also banned for "an inappropriate statement" after his team's 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu, said the hearing did not bother him.
The fifth match of his ban has been suspended for a probationary period of three years.
Senegal ban Diouf
Senegal have suspended controversial Blackburn Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf for five years from all soccer-related activity in his home country.
“I can confirm Diouf has been suspended for five years during which he will not take part in games organised by the federation,” secretary general Victor Cisse said.
The former Liverpool player was recently summoned to a meeting with Senegal football federation officials after he told Radio France International “the whole system of African football is corrupt”.