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Sabella named Argentina coach after Batista’s exit

sports Updated: Jul 30, 2011 01:46 IST

Argentina on Thursday appointed Alejandro Sabella as national team coach to replace sacked Sergio Batista, the federation’s general secretary Jose Luis Meiszner announced.

“The decision has been taken. Sabella is the choice,” Meiszner told official news agency Telam.

Argentina’s Copa America quarter-final exit to Uruguay earlier this month cost Batista his job even though he had only replaced Diego Maradona just eight months earlier.

As a player, Sabella (56) had brief stints with Sheffield United and Leeds. Before coming into the frame as Batista’s successor he had been in line to take charge of Al Jazira in the United Arab Emirates. Sabella won the Copa Libertadores with Estudiantes two years ago.

Bin hammam to stay till may 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) cannot elect a replacement for banned president Mohammad Bin Hammam until after May 30 next year, the regional organisation's legal committee said on Friday.

62-year-old Bin Hammam, who was originally suspended by FIFA on May 29, has written to the AFC executive committee saying he would not resign his position and the panel seemed in no hurry to replace the Qatari. "The members were informed that the legal committee is in agreement that an Extraordinary Congress for the election of president may be convened in the event that the office of president falls vacant for more than one year," the AFC said on its website after a marathon executive committee meeting.

"This means that an Extraordinary Congress for this purpose could not be convened until after 30 May, 2012."

No decision on world cup final venue: FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO: No decision has yet been made concerning the venue of the 2014 World Cup final despite comments attributed to FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke that it would be staged here.

“Jerome Valcke merely evoked the possibility of a final in Rio. Noofficial decision has been taken,” FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said.