World Cup at a glance
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Soccer became the last of the Olympic sports to fully accept the World Anti-Doping Agency code. The FIFA Congress voted 199-2 on Thursday in favor of accepting the WADA code, with individual case management.
FIFA applied the minimum two-year ban for first-time offenders. However, David Will, chairman of FIFA's legal committee, outlined three exceptions:
When a player accused of doping can prove the substance was not intended to enhance performance, FIFA can reduce the sanction to a warning in a first offense, a two-year ban for a second offense and lifetime ban in case of repetition.
If an accused player can prove he bears no significant fault or negligence for ingesting a banned substance, then the basic penalties can be halved (one year for a first offense; lifetime ban reduced to eight years).
If an accused person can prove that he was not at fault or negligent, then there's no ban.
German captain Michael Ballack will miss today's World Cup opener against Costa Rica because of an injured calf. Ballack was hurt in last Friday's 3-0 warmup win over Colombia, in which he scored one goal. The team was given the weekend off after the game and Ballack spent the time with his family at home. He did not seek treatment until the team reassembled in Berlin on Monday. Ballack will be getting treatment "around the clock," coach Juergen Klinsmann said.
Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson will miss his team's opener against Trinidad and Tobago because of a mild concussion. Isaksson was hit in the face by midfielder Kim Kallstrom's hard shot during Wednesday's workout. In Saturday's Group B opener, Isaksson will be replaced by either Rami Shaaban or John Alvbage.
Czech midfielder Pavel Nedved did not finish his team's training with a possible knee injury after he collided with teammate David Rozehnal. Czech doctors worked on Nedved's left knee for 15 minutes and the Juventus star then spent the rest of the second training session for the Czechs slowly running on the side of the field. Nedved's prognosis was not known. The Czech Republic faces the United States in its first game on Monday.
Germany, without captain Michael Ballack, faces Costa Rica in the opening match of the 2006 World Cup in Munich. Poland plays Ecuador in the second game Friday.
"This team has been through a lot. At times, God puts you to the test. This is a difficult moment, but we are going to continue on and prove ourselves on Sunday."
-- Mexico midfielder Pavel Pardo after teammate and starting goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez returned to Mexico to be with his family following the sudden death of his father.
"Today, the world of soccer, or football, is shrinking. You have players from all these countries in this tournament that play for big clubs that are much more experienced, and they bring those experiences to their national teams. These teams are not intimidated like they were many years ago. So I think you're going to see this tournament, in 2006, like you did in 2002, that some of the big boys are going home early."
-- U.S. coach Bruce Arena.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.