Alberto Contador probably won’t challenge an anti-doping rule that led to the loss of one of his three Tour de France titles because it would take several years, two people familiar with the situation said.
Juventus, AS Roma and Porto agreed to pay a combined 11.1 million euros ($14.6 million) to hire players from Club Deportivo Maldonado, a Uruguayan soccer team for which they never appeared, according to stock-market filings. England’s West Ham took a striker on loan.
FIFA logged seven transfer payments this year to second-tier Uruguayan soccer clubs for Brazilian players who never appeared for them, as the soccer ruling body studies whether to ban the tax-avoiding arrangements that date back to the 1990s.
Spaniards hit by the debt crisis can sideline their sorrows and watch the likes of Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez in their local soccer league. Broadcasters say they can’t finance that sort of therapy anymore.
Lionel Messi, the four-time world soccer player of the year, directed revenue from advertising deals through companies in the U.K. and Switzerland to evade 4.2 million euros ($5.6 million) in income tax, according to a complaint filed by a prosecutor in Barcelona.