Jonathan Trott came to England’s rescue today in the first test after hitting his second double century in Tests for England when England reached 491-5 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.
Sri Lanka initially scored 400 in the first innings and after rain had interrupted play on both days, England replied in fine fashion with Trott resuming on 125 after the morning session was effected by the rain. Trott put on 160 with county team-mate Ian Bell, who was left on 98 not out at the close of the play.
Alastair Cook was out early on only adding four runs to his overnight 129 while Kevin Pietersen made only three runs when he was caught lbw by the TV umpire following a referral.
Fifa have today suspended both executive committee members Mohamed Bin Hammam and Jack Warner after a meeting of its ethics committee on Sunday.
It has also been confirmed that Sepp Blatter will not face an enquiry, CFU officials Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester have also been suspended.
Football’s governing body will now open a full investigation into allegations that financial incentives were offered to members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
Petrus Damaseb, deputy chairman of the ethics committee, said of Bin Hammam and Warner: “We are satisfied that there is a case to be answered.”
However, Fifa insists that they are innocent until proven guilty.
Pep Guardiola has insisted that he intends to honour his contract at Barcelona, after watching his side take Manchester United apart in yesterday’s 3-1 victory in the Champions League final.
The Spaniard feels that his side are untouchable after watching his young side show the world how the game should be played.
It was suggested that Pep could leave the Catalans this summer after Johan Cryuff hinted that Guardiola had been worn down by the psychological strain of managing the Catalan giants, but last night Guardiola said;
“I have one year of the contract, yes.”
The Barcelona boss believed his side had put in one of their best performances to lift the trophy for the second time in three years.
“It is one of the best performances because sometimes you make for performances in important games but not important games like this one,” he said.
Guardiola also added; “So we are so happy to win, of course, but we are so, so happy to show to the world our way to play, to keep the ball, to try to attack in front of absolutely one of the best teams of the world,” he said.
Both Bin Hammam and Jack Warner face allegations of bribery. While Blatter is accused of knowing about the bribery.
He said: “I pray that my withdrawal will not be tied to the investigation held by the Fifa Ethics Committee as I will appear before the Ethics Committee to clear my name from the baseless allegations that have been made against me.
“I promise those who stood by me that I will walk with my head held high and will continue to fight for the good of the game.
“I would like to offer my thanks and appreciation to all Member Associations and individuals who supported me. I hope that they will not receive my decision with disappointment and frustration.
“I have a special thank you to my friend and colleague Jack Warner for his unlimited support. I am sorry to see that he has to suffer because of me, but I am promising him that I will be with him all the way through thick and thin.
“I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to restore Fifa’s reputation to what it should be – a protector of the game that has credibility through honesty, transparency and accountability.”
Bin Hammam added: “I made the decision to run for the Fifa presidency because I was and remain committed to change within Fifa.
“I set out my goals and ambitions clearly – to further the cause of democracy within Fifa – through a commitment to transparency and accountability; through a commitment to expand the number of officials and nations involved in decision-making processes.
“In addition to this, I wanted to spark a debate about change in Fifa. For the good of football, I wanted the future to be bright for our world’s governing body and for it to adapt to the ever-changing world we live in today.
“However, recent events have left me hurt and disappointed – on a professional and personal level.”