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SBD Global/May 16, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Barca Asked To Reconsider Celebrating With Alcohol

The images of Barcelona's celebration of its La Liga title have caused varied reactions, according to EL PERIODICO. On Wednesday, VP of drug dependence for Catalonia's Public Health Authority Joan Colom "asked the Spanish club to reflect and think over the presence of alcohol in its celebrations." Colom explained the importance of "the images shown during the celebrations." Colom: "I can understand that they are young people, under pressure during the season, but the road seemed to me a spectacle of low quality" (EL PERIODICO, 5/15). ... Barcelona will begin its '13-14 preseason campaign with a friendly at Poland July 20 (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 5/15). ... The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the award of a 3-0 win to Dynamo Moscow, imposed by the Football Union of Russia, after the game between Dynamo and Zenit was abandoned after Dynamo's goalkeeper was hit by a flare thrown by Zenit fans. The panel "also rejected Zenit's requests to sanction Dynamo Moscow" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 5/15). ... Fans of Brasileiro club Corinthians launched fireworks early Wednesday morning outside the hotel where Argentinian club Boca Juniors players and coaches are staying while preparing for Wednesday's Copa Libertadores match. The Corinthians fans launched the fireworks at 1:30am to prevent Boca Juniors from sleeping (OLE, 5/15).
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