19
Aug

Bayern give jailed ex-player Breno part-time job as youth coach

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Former Bayern Munich defender Breno received a second chance from his ex-club 13 months after being jailed for setting his Munich villa on fire. The 23-year-old Brazilian will begin working as a part-time assistant youth coach at the Bayern academy while serving out the rest of his three-year and nine-month sentence, the club and player said on Monday.

Breno appeared at a news conference today with club president Uli Hoeness, and expressed his gratitude to Bayern for the chance.

"The time spent in prison, these 13 months, have been hard…I have changed as a person and I have learned a lot. I am happy to have been given this chance by Bayern."

Hoeness added: “Breno is a member of the Bayern family who once had problems. Now there is a glimmer of hope and we want to give it to him.”

Breno will apparently work a five-hour-day with the club as an assistant to the under-23 team, and then will return to prison each evening. Breno is petitioning for early release in 2014.

Breno was jailed in 2011 after he did this to his home:

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Fortunately, his family was not in the house at the time and there were no injuries, but Breno was later convicted of arson.

10
Jun

Three Lebanese referees jailed for accepting sex in exchange for fixing a match

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Three Lebanese referees pleaded guilty to accepting sexual favors in exchange for fixing an April 3rd match between Singapore’s Tampines Rovers and India club East Bengal.

The three referees were pulled before the match began, and have been held in jail since April 4th.

The District court judge jailed assistant referees Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb for three months and deferred sentencing for head referee Ali Sabbagh.

From Channel News Asia:

Deputy public prosecutor Asoka Markandu described Ali Sabbagh as “the most culpable” among the three as he was the one approached by the syndicate and the one who persuaded the two linesmen to accept the sexual bribe.

The judge lashed out at the FIFA-accredited referees for bringing disrepute to the sport, saying they were probably the first international football match officials to be charged with corruption in Singapore.

"That alone, the fact that you are international officials, in my view, is already an aggravating factor," he said.

"The Singapore public has an interest in preserving football as a professional sport in Singapore. This is because it has social, recreational and economic value," he added.

Head referee Ali Sabbagh will have his sentence carried out on June 11th.

12
Jan

PSV visits Thai prison, plays friendly against inmates

When major European clubs go on international tour, you think of high-end planning; five-star hotels, city sightseeing and mixed in with low-key exhibitions against your occasional local pushovers.

This wasn’t the case for PSV Eindhoven earlier this week.

Two days after defeating Thai champions Muanthong United in a friendly during their Centennial Asian Tour, the Eredivisie side visited Bangkok’s notorious prison Klong Prem Central Prison, the same prison that hosts a World Cup tournament inside its walls due to the large foreign inmate population.

Dick Advocaat’s side were shown around the facility before taking time to play against some of the prison’s inmates. Players like Arsenal target Kevin Strootman and former Barcelona midfielder Mark van Bommel participated in the action.