Sport Digest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2012, 3:24am

Uefa threatens 23 clubs over finances

Uefa showed it was serious about "Financial Fair Play" yesterday by threatening to withhold prize money from Europa League champions Atletico Madrid in this season's competition while it investigated the club. Atletico are the headline name among 23 clubs whose Uefa payments from this season's Champions or Europa League could be stopped because they had fallen behind in financial obligations. Uefa requires clubs to pay players' wages, transfer fees to other clubs and social taxes on time. Champions League side Malaga, Sporting Lisbon and Fenerbahce are also being investigated. Uefa said the clubs had until September 30 "to provide an updated situation". AP


Japan beat Iraq after Kagawa scare

Japan survived severe early pressure from Zico's Iraq to beat them 1-0 in Saitama yesterday, taking a significant step towards qualifying for the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil. Ryoichi Maeda steered in a point-blank header in the 25th minute for the Asian champions, who lost playmaker Shinji Kagawa to a back strain an hour before kick-off. "It's three points, we'll take it," Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. Kagawa, of Manchester United, said his back problem was not serious. In Tashkent, South Korea drew 2-2 with Uzbekistan. Reuters


UK Athletics coach set to go over medal count

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee is expected to resign from his position after the Team GB track and field squad failed to meet the Dutchman's London Olympics medal target. The announcement, which has yet to be confirmed by either the 54-year-old or UK Athletics, would bring to an end what has been regarded as a hugely successful Olympic and Paralympic era for Great Britain. Although Van Commenee's contract is thought to expire at the end of the year, he had been quoted as saying before the Games that he would stand down if the team could not achieve his target of eight medals, including at least one gold. GB won six track and field medals at the Games. Reuters