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If I see you, I kill you: Swiss player to referee

»A Swiss second division player has been banned for 10 league matches after telling the referee he would kill him after being sent off in a game.

The Swiss Football League (SFL) said in a statement that FC Wil's Adis Jahovic, furious at being dismissed in the first half, told the official: "If I see you after, I kill you."

The incident happened against FC Biel on Aug. 5. The SFL said Macedonian Jahovic had been guilty of "threatening the referee and serious unsporting conduct."

Scharner's hotel exit could end Austria career

»The international career of Austria defender Paul Scharner could be over after he left the team's hotel before Wednesday's 2-0 friendly win over Turkey.

Scharner and the Austrian FA (OeFB) gave different accounts of events surrounding the 32-year-old Hamburg SV defender.

"Even before I arrived, it was clear in the Austrian media that I would no longer be playing against Turkey or in future," said Scharner on Hamburg's website (www.hsv.de) on Thursday.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic player said national coach Marcel Koller had offered him an advisory and motivational role instead of a place in the team.
"I said I cannot accept this role and therefore I cannot make myself available as that is the coach's job," said Scharner. "Koller then told me I would not play under him again."
The Austrian federation said Scharner had demanded a key role against Turkey and walked out of the team hotel when he was not promised it. "Paul has started twice recently and we have several options, particularly in the centre of the defence, which is why I wanted to use the game to try out something else," said Koller.

Israel team under ‘severe threat’ in Hungary: Coach

»Israel's national soccer team were warned of a "severe threat" to their safety in Budapest where they played a friendly match against Hungary on Wednesday, Israel's coach said.

After returning to Tel Aviv on Thursday, coach Eli Guttman said the Israeli delegation had been warned by security officials that they were at risk in Budapest.

"I don't know how much was known about this in Israel, the players were aware, but there were very severe warnings of a possible attack," Guttman told reporters at Ben Gurion airport.

No major security incidents were reported during the match at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in the Hungarian capital which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Guttman gave no give further details. Hungarian police said the Israeli team, which had their own security detail, had not been under threat but did not elaborate.

"There was no terror threat towards the Israeli soccer players," police spokeswoman Bettina Kovacs said.

Guttman said that after the match, the team's official bus left the stadium empty, as a decoy, and the players were taken to their hotel in another bus later.

"Our bus was sent out of the stadium after the match with a police escort and sirens sounding so that people would think it was us. We were asked to stay behind and we left later in a bus with the blinds drawn," Guttman said.

Adams itching to get the feel of gold
»Kiwi shot-putter Valerie Adams is itching to get the feel of the gold medal from London Olympics that is now hers but is bracing for a long wait that may spill over to next year.
Belarusian Nadezhda Ostapchuk won the gold in London with a throw of 21.36 metres earlier this month before being stripped of her medal for failing a dope test.

Adams, who hurled 20.70 metres to finish behind Ostapchuk, was the natural beneficiary of the outcome but her manager Nick Cowan was not sure when she would eventually get her second successive Olympic gold.

"If a medal was available today she wants it today, which is fair enough. But she wants to celebrate it in New Zealand as well and, in all reality, I think what we are staring at is a medal presentation in New Zealand, which she is really excited about," Cowan was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald newspaper on Friday.

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