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Ex Fifa vice president hands himself over to police

The former Fifa vice president Jack Warner turned himself over to police in Trinidad and Tobago, shortly after they issued an arrest warrant at the request of authorities in the US, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer indicted on corruption charges.

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner arrested. Credit: PA

Warner appeared in court, where a judge read 12 charges against him and then granted him $2.5 million bail on certain conditions, including that he surrender his passport and report to police twice a week. Warner did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear in court again on July 12.

The attorney general's office in Trinidad and Tobago said it had been working with the US Justice Department for about a year regarding the investigation of Warner, who was forced out of Fifa in 2011 over a bribery scandal.

Worcester back in the Premiership after pipping Bristol

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Worcester have secured a rapid-fire Aviva Premiership return after a thrilling climax to the Championship final second leg at Sixways.

Full-back Chris Pennell's try with just 25 seconds left, followed by a Ryan Lamb conversion with the game's final kick, secured a remarkable 30-30 draw and saw Warriors return to rugby union's top table with a 59-58 win on aggregate.

For Bristol, it was a case of play-off promotion agony for a fourth time since 2009, and they will remain in the Championship for at least another season as Worcester began wild celebrations to mark a Premiership reappearance just 12 months after they were relegated.


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Northampton Saints star Hartley to miss World Cup opener

Dylan Hartley. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley's World Cup hopes are hanging in the balance after he was hit with a four-week ban for headbutting an opponent.

The England hooker was cited for the clash with Saracens' Jamie George during last weekend's Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat.

The sanction means that he will now miss all of his country's World Cup warm-up games and won't be eligible to play in England's first World Cup game against Fiji on September 21 - if selected.


Nike: We are 'concerned by very serious allegations'

Nike has said that it 'strongly opposes any manipulation or bribery' after Fifa officials were accused of bribery and corruption over two decades.

Like fans everywhere we care passionately about the game and are concerned by the very serious allegations. Nike believes in ethical and fair play in both business and sport and strongly opposes any form of manipulation or bribery.

We have been cooperating, and will continue to cooperate, with the authorities.

– Nike spokesperson

Coca-Cola: 'Controversy tarnished the ideals of Fifa'

Coca-Cola has issued a statement saying that "Controversy has tarnished the ideals of Fifa'' after officials were among those arrested this morning.

This lengthy controversy has tarnished the mission and ideals of the FIFA World Cup and we have repeatedly expressed our concerns about these serious allegations.

We expect FIFA to continue to address these issues thoroughly. FIFA has stated that it is responding to all requests for information and we are confident it will continue to cooperate fully with the authorities.

– Coke spokesperson
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