Jupp Heynckes yet to sign new deal with Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has indicated he is yet to pen a new deal with the defending Bundesliga champions.

Heynckes, 72, returned for his fourth spell in charge of Bayern in what was supposed to be a short-term deal that will expire at the end of the season after Paris Saint-Germain had inflicted a 3-0 Champions League defeat on Bayern, then still under Carlo Ancelotti’s leadership.

Besides lacklustre performances in Europe, Bayern also flopped domestically — they were third in the Bundesliga, trailing behind then leaders Borussia Dortmund by three points.

However, since the Bayern board sacked Ancelotti and appointed Heynckes, Bayern have won nine out of 11 matches in all competitions —  only dropping points against Borussia Monchengladbach, and drawing with RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal before advancing on penalties.

The Bavarians even top the league table by six points and have booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages, and the streak would have been cause for many to assume that Heynckes would be re-appointed on a permanent basis.

But despite the progress made under Heynckes he remains without an official contract with the club, though — as Heynckes puts it —  it was because he hasn’t found the opportunity to put pen to paper.

Speaking to fan club Rollwagerl 93 on Sunday, he said: “We don’t have a contract yet. Mr Dreesen [Bayern’s finance CEO] always urges me to come around to sign my contract. But I haven’t had time so far.”

Bayern would play Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League mid-week; though the fixture would be a largely inconsequential one as both teams had already made it into the knockout stages, Bayern could look to avenge their earlier humiliation and assert their European credentials while Paris looks to end the group stage with a 100% performance for the first time.

Homosexual fans warned against displaying affection at Russia World Cup

Gay rights activists march in Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg May 1, 2013, during their rally against a controversial law in the city that activists see as violating the rights of gays. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

LGBT fans will be warned against overt public displays of affection when they enter Russia to spectate the World Cup next summer.

FARE — formerly Football Against Racism in Europe and now a pressure group that campaigns for equality in football — will be producing a cautionary guide and dispersed to fans travelling to the tournament.

Piara Powar, executive director of Fare, said: “The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community. The same message is there for black and ethnic minority fans — do go to the World Cup but be cautious. If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so — that depends on which city they are in and the time of day.”

“The guide will also include some detailed explanations of, for example, the actual situation of the LGBT community in Russia. It is not a crime to be gay but there is a law against the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Issues relating to the LGBT community are not part of the public discourse. Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite hidden and underground.”

FARE has also appealed to FIFA officially on behalf of two fans’ groups from Britain and Germany to ask for permission to raise a rainbow flag inside stadiums during the World Cup, which begins in June next year. They have also suggest that the world governing body introduce a specific official rule whereby fans can be reprimanded under a specific charge of homophobia.

FARE’s appeals follows the court of arbitration for sport’s decision to cancel two fines imposed by FIFA on Mexico’s FA after their fans loudly chanted the Spanish word “puto” — widely known to be an anti-gay slur — during international matches. FIFA had to bring charges under general fan misbehaviour as opposed to specific homophobic abuse.

“Since the Brazil World Cup we have seen variations of that chant becoming a big thing in football,” said Powar. “There is no offence of homophobia in FIFA’s rules and we have made clear that there should be. It is critical there is a clear message about FIFA’s ability to act in these cases against the fans that are responsible.”

Romelu Lukaku could face retrospective ban for kicking out at player

Romelu Lukaku could be hit with a three-match ban that would rule him out the Manchester derby after appearing to have kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

Referee Neil Swarbrick, in charge of United’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, is due to submit his match report on Monday and after if wgucg the FA would review video footage of the incident.

The incident, which took happened at the Brighton penalty area in the second half when United hosted Brighton during the weekend, took place just moments before Ashley Young’s deflected winner for United and went unpunished at the time.

Video footage appears to show Lukaku aiming two kicks at Bong, the second of which looks to have made contact the Brighton defender.

In such incidents, the FA can look at the video and choose to charge the 24-year-old Belgian with violent conduct even if it is not mentioned in Swarbrick’s officiating report.

Should Lukaku be found guilty of the charge, it would rule him out of United’s next three domestic games — against Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday, against Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday and the first Manchester derby of the season against Manchester City the following weekend.

The latter case could prove to be a vital fixture as it features the two teams currently standing on the summit of the Premier League table.

Lukaku has scored 12 goals in 20 games since his summer switch from Everton but has just one in his last 10 appearances, and should he be suspended United would turn to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has made three substitute appearances since returning from a seven-month injury lay-off.