$1.26M award for wiretap

Posted: September 04, 2012

INTER MILAN and Telecom Italia have reportedly been ordered to pay Christian Vieri 1 million euros ($1.26 million) in damages for spying on the player through phone taps.

The ANSA news agency and the Gazzetta dello Sport report that a Milan court made the decision Monday.

Vieri filed a lawsuit against his former club and Telecom for a combined 21 million euros ($26 million) in damages 5 years ago, after word leaked that they had spied on him to monitor his life off the pitch.

Vieri said that when details of the alleged spying became public in 2006, it damaged his playing career by causing him undue stress.

Vieri, who is now retired, played for Inter from 1999 to 2005.

In other soccer news:

* The English Football Association says Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been banned from the touchline for two matches and fined for pushing a match official after a disputed throw-in. The FA also fined Pardew 20,000 pounds ($31,800) after he accepted the charge of improper conduct.

Nikolai Tolstykh was elected president of the Russian soccer federation. Tolstykh, an executive director of the Russian Olympic Committee, defeated Sergei Pryadkin, the head of the Russian Premier League. He replaces Sergei Fursenko, who resigned in June after the national team was eliminated in the group stage of the European Championship.

* Egypt's state news agency says former national soccer coach Mahmoud el-Gouhari died of a brain hemorrhage. He was 74. El-Gouhari rose to fame when he coached Egypt to the 1990 World Cup and then in its victorious African Nations Cup campaign in 1998. He was dubbed the "football general" by Egypt's media because he fought in Egypt's 1973 war with Israel.

Sport Stops * 

UCLA says two of its freshman basketball recruits have not yet received final amateurism certification from the NCAA and is disputing what it calls "misleading and inaccurate public reports" regarding its incoming class. A Scout.com report says freshmen Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker are being investigated by the NCAA for potential basketball recruiting violations. Freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation involving alleged improper benefits he received in his recruitment from boosters of his AAU program. The report posted Sunday on Scout.com's website, which cites sources close to the situation, says the NCAA is looking into allegations of violations involving Anderson and Parker. It says sources have indicated another college basketball program turned in evidence of violations in the recruitments of Muhammad, Anderson and Parker.

Joaquin Rodriguez is in prime position to win the Spanish Vuelta after holding off Alberto Contador during the most demanding leg of the race. The mountainous 16th stage was won by Dario Cataldo, of Italy. Rodriguez extended his lead by 6 seconds over Contador in the 21-stage race. He now leads the 2008 champion by 28 seconds as he nears what would be his first Vuelta victory.

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