The midfielder is apparently preparing to leave Dortmund. Fia President Jean Todt justifies himself after allegations of cover-up in the Ferrari affair. Zlatan Ibrahimovic fires change speculations.
Football, Borussia Dortmund: Former soccer world champion Mario Götze has a new team of consultants, but does not want to decide on his sporting future until a later date. Götze joins Reza Fazeli’s “International Soccer Management” agency with immediate effect. Among other things, he looks after the Bundesliga coaches Lucien Favre and Peter Bosz (Bayer Leverkusen) as well as national team player Emre Can.
Favre and Can are currently colleagues Götzes in Dortmund in Dortmund, but the winner of the 2014 World Cup final will probably leave BVB in the summer after his contract expires. “What the sporting future will bring will only be seen when a little normality has returned,” said Götze on Friday to the German Press Agency. However, at the current time he had “after intensive considerations” decided to reposition himself “in the sporting planning” of his career. “I deliberately took the time to take this step because it is an important course for me to set in the future, because I want to separate work from private life,” he said. What impressed him most about his new team of consultants was “their professional competence”.
Football, Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Zlatan Ibrahimovic took part in the training of the first division club Hammarby in his home country of Sweden on Thursday and fueled speculation about his future. The 38-year-old is still under contract with the renowned Italian club AC Milan, but apparently wants to part with his club at the end of the season. Ibrahimovic owns 25 percent of the shares in the Stockholm club Hammarby.
The star striker asked to be allowed to train with the club, Hammarby chairman Richard von Yxkull told SVT. Ibrahimovic had already left Italy in March because of the corona crisis. Sweden has responded to the pandemic with comparatively relaxed regulations. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, “Ibra” does not want to take the option to extend its contract with Milan for another year. The exceptional Swedish player, who played in Milan from 2010 to 2012 and won one of his four Italian titles with the Rossoneri, is said to be disappointed with the developments at Milan after the club separated from head of sport Zvonimir Boban, who brought Ibrahimovic back to Milan would have.
Motorsport, Formula 1: President Jean Todt of Fia, the world automotive association, has for the first time defended himself against the immense cover-up allegations about four weeks after the decision about the cheating accusations against Ferrari: “We have agreed to the confidential agreement, but we do not want to hide anything,” said the 74- AFP year-old: “On the contrary: we would be in favor of the entire agreement being disclosed.”
The Fia had announced about four weeks ago that it had officially completed its investigations against Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari team for a possibly illegal engine – but has largely kept the result since then. A confidential agreement is “not an exclusive practice of motorsport,” said Todt. There were doubts from competing teams about how Ferrari used their engine, the Frenchman said: “Our technicians also had doubts that were contested by Ferrari and we could not prove a violation of the rules with certainty and precisely.”
It was then possible to put the case in the hands of the court of appeal or to agree with Ferrari. An agreement with the team was chosen, which would result in considerable penalties for the Italian racing team. But Ferrari had been against disclosing the content of the agreement and they are now sticking to it. Led by the world champion team Mercedes, seven racing teams had sharply criticized the Fia due to the crude agreement and reserved “legal steps”. They called for “full and proper disclosure” of the investigation results “to ensure that our sport treats all competitors fairly and equally.”