FIFAs Infantino gets election support from CONMEBOL

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The 10-member South American soccer governing body says it is backing FIFA President Gianni Infantino for re-election.The CONMEBOL executive committee unanimously agreed on Friday to ratify its support for Infantino for the 2019 election.Infantino was present during CONMEBOL’s meeting in Buenos Aires. He will also attend the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate on Saturday.Infantino is seeking a full four-year term from 211 FIFA member countries at a June 5 vote in Paris. He was elected in February 2016 to complete the mandate of Sepp Blatter, who was banned by FIFA’s ethics committee.Infantino has no challenger yet before a Feb. 5 deadline for potential candidates.___More AP soccer: and Associated Press read more

City lawyer accused of racially aggravated assault after allegedly calling woman an

first_imgYou better start running because I am coming for youwhat Alastair Main is said to have told his alleged victim Alastair Main Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The alleged victim claimed she was left feeling “humiliated” and scared of Main’s “aggressive demeanour” on December 16 last year.Giving evidence from behind a screen, she told the court: “He came to ask for the hug. I turned him down, I said ‘I don’t think so’.”When Main overheard the alleged victim talking about where she and her friend would go for a drink after the dinner, he allegedly remarked: “Off to find some men are we?”She said: “His demeanour had changed, something had snapped, there was something angry about him.”Main followed her into a different room at the club, stood over her and told other guests to “get the f— out”, it is claimed.She said: “I knew his behaviour was getting worse, at that time Mr Main poured a pint of beer over me, I was drenched, my hair was so wet.”The alleged victim told how she had to walk to the toilets covered in beer while Main repeatedly called her an “Australian s–t”. A City lawyer is accused of racially aggravated assault and a sexual offence after allegedly pouring a pint of beer over a woman’s head, calling her an “Australian s–t” and slapping her on the bottom.Alastair Main allegedly drenched the woman after she refused to give him a hug at a rowing club’s Christmas dinner.The 35-year-old, a former captain of the Club, then hurled insults at her as he followed her to the toilets before lifting up her skirt and spanking her repeatedly, it is claimed.He sent her a grovelling apology via text message the next morning, Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court heard. Alastair Main, a former captain of the London Rowing Club, outside courtCredit:Tony Palmer Main, who attended the £30,000-a-year Oratory School in Reading, then pursued the victim into the toilets, it is claimed.Prosecutor Paul Douglass told the court: “He followed her into the ladies’ toilets after she had gone in to clean herself up due to having had a beer poured over her head.”He pulled her hair, he pushed her, she tried to resist but he pulled up her skirt and smacked her approximately five times on her backside.”The alleged victim told the court: “He pulled my hair, slapping me on the head. He pulled my skirt up, calling me a s–t asking me if I was wearing any knickers.”Main slapped her repeatedly around the bottom and thighs before another member of the club intervened, the court heard.As she left the club, Main continued to call her a s–t and yelled out: “You better start running because I am coming for you,” it is claimed.He is also said to have followed the victim and her friends to a cocktail bar to hurl more verbal abuse.Main was a national rowing champion in 2003 and represented England at that year’s Home International Regatta.He retired from competitive rowing in 2006 having won the Thames Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.Main is a graduate of the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Law School and is currently employed by a global asset management firm, having previously worked for Coutts private bank.Main, of Kingston-upon-Thames, denies one count of racially aggravated assault and one count of sexual assault. The trial continues.last_img read more