Russian police have discovered a fake bomb attached to a photo of Brazil international forward Hulk at Zenit St. Petersburg's training base. The Russian top-flight club confirmed Friday the false device was found in a bag accompanied by the message, "Hulk out!", reports Xinhua.
"We are not denying the story but at the same time we are not going to comment," a club spokesperson said. Hulk has been the subject of controversy since signing for the club earlier this month on a reported salary of $6.5 million a year.
The deal drew public criticism from Zenit captain Igor Denisov and striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who were subsequently dropped to the B team after demanding new wage conditions. St. Petersburg is expected to be named by FIFA on Saturday as a host city for the 2018 World Cup.
Afghanistan international and Mumbai FC skipper Haroon Amiri told in.com that it was fortunate that Indian football had not been tainted in this manner so far.
IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI vice-President Arun Jaitley met Law Minister Kapil Sibal, demanding that a strong anti-fixing legislation be "enacted as soon as possible".
Calling the IPL spot-fixing scandal unfortunate, former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said betting should be legalised in the country to stop corruption in cricket.
India's under-19 cricket team will play a triangular series against Australia and New Zealand starting June 30 in Darwin.
N Srinivasan's position as BCCI chief has never been under threat until now.
In a bid to increase competition and give "better incentives" to the players, the All India Football Federation plans to add four more teams to the existing 14 in the I-League next season.
Victoria Azarenka is now a more focused two-time Grand Slam tournament winner and awaiting the clay courts at Roland Garros