FIFA bans African official for 10 years for finance offenses

FIFA’s ethics judges banned Musa Bility for 10 years and fined him $507,200. (AFP)
Updated 24 July 2019

FIFA bans African official for 10 years for finance offenses

  • Ethics judges banned Musa Bility for 10 years and fined him 500,000 Swiss francs
  • In 2015, Musa Bility was blocked as a FIFA presidential candidate

ZURICH: FIFA has banned a senior African football official for 10 years for financial wrongdoing, including taking funds from a campaign tackling Ebola.
FIFA says its ethics judges banned Musa Bility, a member of the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee, for 10 years and fined him 500,000 Swiss francs ($507,200).
In 2015, Bility was blocked as a FIFA presidential candidate after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a ruling that he failed an integrity check.
The Liberian businessman’s ban was announced days after he said he would appeal to CAS against a FIFA-backed plan to send its top administrator from Zurich to oversee the troubled African soccer body.
FIFA says its investigation against Bility was opened last May after a forensic audit of Liberian football federation (LFA) accounts.
FIFA found “various payments made by the LFA to (and received from) entities owned by or connected to Mr. Bility and his family.”


Bad weather limits Pakistan-Sri Lanka 2nd day to 17.5 overs

Updated 12 December 2019

Bad weather limits Pakistan-Sri Lanka 2nd day to 17.5 overs

  • About 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 28,000-seat Cricket Stadium
  • Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Bad weather spoiled the second day of Pakistan’s first home cricket test in more than 10 years as only 17.5 overs could be bowled against Sri Lanka on Thursday.
Resuming on 202-5, Sri Lanka reached 263-6 when play was called off at 3:30 p.m. local time due to bad light. Niroshan Dickwella on 33 was the only wicket to fall.
Only about 2,000 spectators were drawn by free entry to the 28,000-seat Pindi Cricket Stadium.
“I came to the stadium at around 9:30 a.m., but I am so disappointed that I could watch less than 20 overs,” said Siddique Ahmed, a college student. “I wish tomorrow it’s a bright sunny day so that I can watch some exciting cricket.”
But the forecast for Friday is for more rain in this northern city.
Earlier, Dhananjaya de Silva completed his sixth test half-century and Sri Lanka added 20 runs before rain arrived after only 35 minutes of play in the first session.
The 16-year-old fast bowler Naseem Shah induced an edge off Dhananjaya in his third over of the morning, but the batsman was declared not out after video replays showed the ball kissed the grass before wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan caught it.
Dhananjaya completed his half-century off the next ball when he played an on drive off a full toss and ran for two runs before the rain came. Dhananjaya has hit eight fours and faced 104 balls.
Play resumed after a break of 2 hours, 43 minutes, and Pakistan finally got the breakthrough with the second new ball during 10 overs of play.
Left-handed Dickwella was neatly caught at gully off left arm fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, then the umpires stopped play due to bad light.
Dhananjaya was unbeaten on 72 off 131 balls with 11 boundaries, and Dilruwan Perera was 2 not out.
Young fast bowlers Afridi (2-47) and Shah (2-75) bowled with some lively pace under favorable conditions, especially with the second new ball.