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SBD Global/April 23, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Juventus Could Play Behind Closed Doors After Racist Abuse Of Fans

Juventus may be marching toward the title, but it risks "a ban" on its home stadium "after racist abuse was aimed at Milan’s players" in Sunday's 1-0 win. The Bianconeri "have already received several fines and warnings," so they "could be forced to play a match behind closed doors" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 4/21). ... A senior official at the Dutch FA (KNVB) said on Monday that the association "would team up with Indonesian youth and sports ministry and Indonesian FA (PSSI) in developing Indonesian football" (XINHUA, 4/22). ... FIFA President Sepp Blatter denied that he is backing UAE FA President Yousuf Al Serkal "for the Asian Football Confederation presidency." Al Serkal was quoted in reports on Sunday saying that "he had the support of the FIFA chief 10 days out from the AFC presidential election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia" (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 4/22). ... The South African national football team has "been handed a major World Cup boost" with FIFA formally deciding that the upcoming tie against the war-torn Central African Republic "must take place at a neutral venue" (SOWETAN LIVE, 4/19). ... Team officials said that South Korean football club Gyeongnam FC "will host Queens Park Rangers of the English Premier League in an exhibition game this summer" (KOREA HERALD, 4/22).
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