Mid-Day Ticker: PSG joins Beckham suitors, Bin Hammam denied and more

Mid-Day Ticker: PSG joins Beckham suitors, Bin Hammam denied and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: PSG joins Beckham suitors, Bin Hammam denied and more

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David Beckham has a few teams circling in the water for his services once his contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy expires at the end of this MLS season, and Paris-St. Germain is the latest to express an interest.

PSG's sporting director, Leonardo, who worked with Beckham when they were both at AC Milan, addressed the possibility of bringing him to France, saying that "the door is open" and that he "would always consider him." Money doesn't figure to be an issue given that PSG is run by Qatari-backed ownership.

Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham are other European teams that have already addressed a potential Beckham signing, although there's no guarantee that he bolts the United States altogether. Previous reports have suggested that the Galaxy have offered Beckham a one-year contract extension that would keep him in MLS through the 2012 season.

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

BIN HAMMAM APPEAL REJECTED

Former FIFA executive committee member Mohamed Bin Hammam had the appeal of his lifetime ban rejected by the world's governing body for the sport.

FIFA denied Bin Hammam's assertions that he was not guilty of bribery, and the one-time FIFA presidential candidate has elected to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to try and overturn the verdict.

Bin Hammam, the former president of the Asian Football Confederation, was initially found guilty of bribing Caribbean voters back in July.

SION FIGHTING FOR EUROPA PLACE

FC Sion won't go down without a fight.

The club, which had been prohibited from taking part in the UEFA Europa League after being found guilty of qualifying with ineligible players, claims to have won a court ruling that is in favor of the club being included in the tournament. Even more, Sion claims that Thursday's Group I games should be invalidated, because the club should be participating in the group instead of Celtic, which was awarded a place after Sion was ruled ineligible by UEFA.

According to The Guardian, UEFA's response to the new finding was, "We are aware of this development and we are considering it but we have no comment to make."

MARADONA FALLS IN UAE DEBUT

Diego Maradona's debut as coach of United Arab Emirates outfit Al Wasl was entertaining, but ended with the Argentine legend's side falling, 4-3, to defending league champion Al Jazira.

Al Wasl battled back from a 3-1 deficit to level the score only to concede a late go-ahead goal to Brazilian striker Bare.

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Can you see Beckham joining PSG? Do you think Bin Hammam will ever have a place in world soccer again? Think Sion has any case or chance of getting a place in the Europa League? What do you make of Maradona's debut?

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