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  • Bundesliga Club Hannover 96 Tests Goal-Line Technology GoalRef

    Bundesliga club Hannover 96 has been the league's first club "to test the GoalRef goal-line technology," according to the SID. Hannover 96 replacement goaltender Markus Miller said, "I had the feeling that the ball was a little bit heavier. As a result it is flying straighter." With the GoalRef technology the referee "will receive a signal that indicates the ball crossed the goal line." This is made possible through a copper coil inside the ball. GoalRef, which was invented by the Frauenhofer Institut, "is one of the two goal-line technologies that was approved by FIFA." The other one is the Hawk Eye technology, used in tennis. Hawk Eye technology costs €250,000 ($322,000) to install, twice the cost of GoalRef (SID, 10/10).

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  • Wembley Sells Out 90,000 Seats For England's Match Against World's Worst Team

    A sell-out crowd of 90,000 fans will watch Friday's match between England and San Marino at London's Wembley Stadium, according to Simon Rice of the London INDEPENDENT. The World Cup qualifier will see Manager Roy Hodgson's side, ranked fifth in the world, take on a side ranked 207th by FIFA, making them the worst side in the world alongside Turks and Caicos Islands. The 90,000 at Wembley "can expect goals." England's only two games against the European minnows ended 6-0 and 7-1. Achieving a sell-out for the match is "all the more commendable" considering England's last match at Wembley against Ukraine had an attendance of 68,102 (INDEPENDENT, 10/10). The FA had described the match as "the one you can't afford to miss" following England's 1-1 draw with Ukraine last month, and lowered prices to £25 ($40) for some sections of the ground. San Marino Manager Giampaolo Mazza said that he hopes 2,000 will turn up to support the visitors, though this estimate "appears somewhat far-fetched as only 100 will travel with the team on their chartered flight" (TELEGRAPH, 10/10).

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  • Football Cheating Reduced By Polygraph Testing, Official Says

    Football match-fixing in Singapore has "been reduced by compulsory lie detector tests for players as the country tries to stop criminal syndicates infiltrating the game," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Lie detection tests were introduced to the players' code of conduct in Singapore's S-League in '01 after revelations that "several matches had been fixed." Singapore FA General Secretary Winston Lee told delegates at the Leaders in Football conference at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, “It is now compulsory for all players to go through polygraph tests.” The measures "haven’t stopped criminal groups from trying to influence" Singaporean games. Lee said, “Recently some foreigners flew into the country and offered a large sum of money to a goalkeeper. He reported this to our FA, and we had these people arrested, and they are now in jail in Singapore.” An umbrella organization for professional players, FIFPro, "questioned the efficacy of polygraph tests." FIFPro lawyer Wil van Megen said, "Experts say that people can cheat at these tests, that people can be influenced while taking these tests, that these tests can give the wrong results" (BLOOMBERG, 10/10).

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  • Serie A Club Genoa's Shirt Removal Antics Result In Fine And Ban

    The Serie A disciplinary committee club revealed that Genoa has been hit with a €30,000 ($38,691) fine and "seen striker Giuseppe Sculli banned for a month," according to the AFP. The sanctions stemmed from  incidents during the club's home league game against Siena last April when "hardline 'ultra' fans, having seen their side concede four goals," started to cause problems in the stands. Fans launched flares and "demanded the shirts off the Genoa players' backs" because they did not believe the players were worthy of wearing them. Sculli was the only player who did not give in to the demands. Sculli is known to be the grandson "of a notorious Calabrian mafia boss," and during the incident he went to the stands to negotiate the return of the players' shirts. League execs originally sought a €300,000 ($386,910) fine for Genoa and a ban of three months for Sculli. The prosecutor claimed Sculli had "known all along about the planned protests" (AFP, 10/9).

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  • Football Notes: Dutch Club Causes Row By Charging More For Man City Game

    Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax Amsterdam is "charging fans more" to watch Manchester City than it did at last week's match with Real Madrid. Man City fans are being asked "to shell out an eye-watering €80 ($103)" for the Oct. 24 match, which is €15 ($19) more than Real Madrid fans paid. Blues supporters believe that "the hike is part of a cynical ploy by their opponents to cash in with the thousands expected to make the trip across the North Sea" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 10/10). ... Italy's national police chief Antonio Manganelli has warned that "more football match-fixing is about to be revealed, with the country's favourite sport already reeling from scandal." Speaking alongside Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble at a meeting of foreign media, Manganelli said, "Some illicit behaviour has already been uncovered to remarkable effect" (AAP, 10/10).

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