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FIFA FACES THREATS OF VIOLENCE DURING U.S.-IRAN MATCH
Published June 18, 1998
FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that Iranian exile groups have threatened to disrupt the Iran-U.S. match on Sunday in Lyon, according to USA TODAY's Fred Coleman. Blatter refused to "comment on possible groups involved or actions contemplated," and he "expressed confidence" that French police could handle any problems (USA TODAY, 6/18). OTHER NOTES: In N.Y., Michael Starr writes that while ABC Sports is "happy" with its 3.1 average rating for three games, spokesperson Mark Mandel said that the U.S.'s Sunday game "could determine how the network fares for the rest of its World Cup coverage." In other news, Univision is more than doubling its ratings in the N.Y. market with its Cup coverage. Games in its 8:00-10:30am time-slot have averaged a 1.9 rating, up 90% from the 1.0 it averaged in May. Numbers in the 11:00am-1:30pm time slot have increased 75% to a 2.1. Nationally, Univision "measures its ratings in Hispanic households only, and thus far" has averaged a 9.7 rating through 13 matches (N.Y. POST, 6/18).