Iniesta agrees 3-year deal

Rosell says that Iniesta will likely sign his new contract on Monday.

Written by Agencies | Published:December 20, 2013 2:26 am

*Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says Andres Iniesta has agreed to extend his contract for three more seasons until June 2018. Rosell says “it’s confirmed,we have shaken hands and that’s good enough,especially with a person like Andres.” The 29-year-old Iniesta came up through Barcelona’s youth teams and has helped it win three Champions League titles and six Spanish league titles. Rosell says that Iniesta will likely sign his new contract on Monday. Rosell also says that Barcelona is “more than delighted” to hand over documents related to the signing of Neymar to the judge who is considering a lawsuit regarding the Brazilian’s cost to the club.

Wilshere accepts charge

*Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has accepted a charge from the English Football Association for making an abusive gesture towards fans during a Premier League match but will contest an expected two-match ban. The England international raised his middle finger toward Manchester City supporters during Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium,which Arsenal lost 6-3. The incident was not seen by match officials at the time but the FA charged Wilshere retrospectively after a study of video footage. Blackpool winger Tom Ince was given a two-game ban when he was retrospectively charged for a similar incident earlier this season.

Townsend blow for Spurs

*Andros Townsend faces a spell on the sidelines after the Tottenham Hotspur winger injured his hamstring in Wednesday’s 2-1 League Cup quarter-final defeat to West Ham United,according to the London club’s caretaker manager Tim Sherwood. Townsend suffered the injury in the 73rd minute and was immediately substituted,and Sherwood,who replaced the sacked Andre Villas-Boas on Monday,fears the 22-year-old England international could be ruled out for some time. “It looks like it,” he was reported as saying by the BBC. “It looks like he pulled up with a hamstring.” Townsend has made 14 league appearances for Spurs this season,having spent last term on loan at Queens Park Rangers,and made a spectacular start to his England career,scoring on debut in a World Cup qualifier against Montenegro in October.

AIFF to ammend constitution

*All India Football Federation will amend its constitution to bring the age and tenure rule in line with the Sports Code in a Special General Body Meeting. The AIFF had followed the age and tenure rule as per the Sports Code of the government during its elections in 2012,though it has not made a formal amendment to its constitution. The SGM will amend the constitution in time for the Sports Ministry’s December 31 deadline. “We have been following the age and tenure rule of the Sports Code. But now we have to do it by putting it down in the constitution itself,” a top AIFF official said.

Equal conditions at Sochi: Putin

*President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s top responsibility as host of the Winter Olympics is to ensure equal conditions for all the athletes. The law signed this year banning the distribution of so-called propaganda to minors about non-traditional sexual relationships has raised wide concern about whether gay athletes and spectators would face discrimination at the Olympics,being held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi. The Russian leader told his annual marathon news conference on Thursday that “the main thing for us is the good organization of these competitions,the creation of equal terms for all athletes. “The comment came two days after President Barack Obama announced that two openly gay athletes would be part of the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies in Sochi.

Rodman to train N Korean side

*Former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea on Thursday to help train the national team and renew his friendship with the North’s young leader,Kim Jong Un,a visit unaffected by the recent execution of Kim’s uncle in a dramatic political purge. Rodman was met at Pyongyang’s airport by Vice Sports Minister Son Kwang Ho. He made no public comments,but told a mob of reporters earlier at Beijing’s airport that he expected,as on previous visits,to meet with Kim and make final arrangements for a Jan. 8 exhibition game in Pyongyang marking the leader’s birthday. —Agencies

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