FIFA has dismissed Burkina Faso’s protest that a key player for World Cup play-off opponent Algeria was ineligible.Algeria secured their place in next week’s 32-team World Cup draw in Brazil on away goals after Madjid Bougherra scored in the 1-0 second leg win in Bilda.Burkina Faso claimed that Alergian captain Bougherra should have been suspended for the second leg after picking up two yellow cards earlier in the competition.However, FIFA has ruled “no breach of the FIFA regulations has been committed” by Algerian officials and the “formal conditions to lodge a protest were not met.”World Cup regulations require eligibility protests during qualifying to be filed within one hour after matches.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – City Hall is losing two top managers – Assistant City Manager John DiMario and Public Safety Manager Ric Welch. DiMario had been with the city full-time since 1989. He grew up in La Mirada, began his career with the city as a part-time maintenance worker, and was hired full-time in 1989 as an administrator’s aide in the Community Resources Department. He became assistant city manager in 2001, taking charge of community development, including building, planning and redevelopment. His last day with the city was Friday. He said he made a “personal decision” to leave. City Manager Andrea Travis said DiMario told her he planned to pursue other, unspecified interests. “It’s time to move on,” DiMario said. “It’s been great in La Mirada,” he added. “I have fond memories of all the time I had there. There are great people there.” He said he plans to continue in government work and is currently looking for a job. Welch, whose last day with the city will be Friday, has found a new job as parks director for the Jurupa Community Services District in unincorporated Riverside. “It’s just a better offer,” said Welch, who lives in unincorporated Eastvale, near Riverside. “It’s closer to home. It’s in my area of expertise.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.
Inter Milan have joined Leicester City and Newcastle in the race to sign Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto.The 20-year-old has caught the eye of several clubs this season after netting six goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.Vietto only joined Villarreal from Argentine side Racing Club this summer, but European scouts have reportedly been impressed enough to persuade interested parties to bid in January.Leicester and Newcastle were said to be keen on Vietto during the summer transfer window, while the youngster also had offers from France.However, according to Sport Mediaset, Inter Milan are now preparing to swoop for Vietto in January.New boss Roberto Mancini has reportedly already identified his transfer targets, with the Argentinian at the top of his list. 1 Luciano Vietto