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CONMEBOL suspends officials for 'serious errors' in Argentina******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said Wednesday it suspended Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha and video assistant Esteban Ostojich for "serious errors" in Argentina's home World Cup qualifier against Brazil.。
The decision relates to an incident in which Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi struck Brazil forward Raphinha with an elbow to the face during the first half of Tuesday's match in San Juan, which ended in a goalless draw.。
The knock left Leeds United's Raphinha with a bloody wound in the mouth that required five stitches at halftime.。
In a video released by CONMEBOL on Wednesday, Ostojich is heard telling Cunha that he considered the foul a "yellow-card offense." Despite the recommendation, Cunha opted not to caution Otamendi, nor did he award a free kick against the Benfica center back.。
"The performance of the chief referee, Andres Ismael Cunha Soca Vargas, and the [video assistant referee], Esteban Daniel Ostojich Vega ... was technically analyzed by [the referees' committee], which concluded that they committed serious and manifest errors in their duty," read a CONMEBOL statement.。
It said that Otamendi had "put at risk the physical integrity" of the Leeds United player, adding that both match officials were suspended "indefinitely."
The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Wednesday night that it would send an official complaint to FIFA and request that Otamendi be banned.。
Brazil manager Tite told reporters after the match it was "inconceivable" that the referee chose not to take action after consulting the video assistant. Enditem。
Regional broadcasters cautioned over excessive entertainment******
BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Four regional broadcasters were summoned for an inquiry on Friday for airing excessive entertainment programs in their satellite TV services.
The broadcasters under question are the regional radio and TV stations of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hunan.
During the inquiry, the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the National Radio and Television Administration did acknowledge the contribution of the four regional broadcasters in promoting mainstream values and spreading positive energy in recent years.
However, the satellite channels of these four stations have flaws of streaming excessive entertainment materials and hyping entertainment stars to varying degrees, which must be resolutely rectified, according to a statement issued after the inquiry.
The central authorities asked the four stations to carry out comprehensive measures to improve their cultural and entertainment programs, maintain political consciousness, give priority to social benefits and vigorously promote core socialist values.
The stations should focus more on ordinary workers, and play a leading role in the transformation and development of provincial radio and television services, the statement added.
The broadcasters said they will earnestly implement the directives, comprehensively push forward rectifications, and speed up transformation. Enditem