November 19, 2007 / 1:18 PM / 12 years ago

Soccer-Roundup-Bulgaria, Romania discussing joint Euro 2020 bid

SOFIA, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Soccer news in brief from around the world:

* Balkan neighbours Bulgaria and Romania could table a joint bid to host the 2020 European Championship finals, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said.

“This is not a mirage, it’s completely possible,” BFU president Borislav Mihaylov was quoted as saying in Bulgarian newspaper 7 dni sport. “It’s not about an Olympic Games, it’s only a one-sport competition.”

“We must build four new stadiums and we can do it in the next 12 years.

* Nemanja Vidic could miss Manchester United’s Premier League game at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday after Serbia’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan in Belgrade was rescheduled for the same day after being twice snowed off over the weekend. However, if Serbia fail to beat group leaders Poland, or if Portugal take a point from Finland on Wednesday, the Kazakhstan tie will be count for little so Vidic, impressive at the heart of United’s defence this season, could be released.

* Juventus have been fined 20,000 euros after their fans unfurled a banner saying “Ibrahimovic a grubby gypsy” towards their former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a home game with Inter Milan on Nov. 4, the Italian league said.

A sports judge has ruled the banner, the words of which were repeated in chants, is discriminatory as it insults Ibrahimovic’s ethnic roots.

Juve fans had maintained the chant is because the Swede moves club a lot and not because his parents come from the former Yugoslavia.

* French fullback Willy Sagnol could make his comeback from a seven-month injury lay-off on Saturday, when Bayern Munich host VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Sagnol, 30, has not played for the Bayern first team since cartilage damage in April but he came through 90 minutes of a reserve match unscathed on Friday night.

“Playing on Saturday is a possibility,” Bayern’s assistant coach Michael Henke told the club’s Web site (www.fcbayern.de).

* Real Betis goalkeeper Toni Doblas will be out for up to five months after surgery on an injury sustained in a friendly last week. He completely dislocated his left ankle and severely damaged a ligament.

“It’s much more serious than we had expected,” doctor Santiago Perez Hidalgo told a news conference after the operation.

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