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SBD Global/August 29, 2013/International Football
Football Notes: Platini Says FIFA Chief Bid Not Dependent On Blatter
Published August 29, 2013
UNFRIENDLY BORDER: A Switzerland-based player "was refused a visa by Russia to play for St. Gallen in a Europa League game on Thursday." St. Gallen midfielder Kristian Nushi, who moved to Switzerland 11 years ago but still holds a Kosovan passport, "will therefore miss the playoff second leg at Spartak Moscow." Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in '08 and "has been recognised by at least 100 countries including 23 of the European Union's 28 members, but not by Russia" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/28). ... Ecuadorean Interior Minister José Serrano announced on Tuesday that "police will be withdrawn from inside football stadiums because of fans' recent violent attacks on officers." Serrano added that "police officers will maintain their presence outside stadiums." The announcement comes after a Quito police officer was "injured after being attacked by fans during a Liga de Quito home game." The officer "was pushed into a 4m-deep pit last weekend" (AP, 8/27). ... Guatemalan first division footballer Fredy Thompson said that he "presented a series of petitions to the Guatemalan FA asking for measures to be taken against fan violence." Professional footballers from various Guatemalan clubs "protested Monday against violence in stadiums, including recent violence toward players." Wearing shirts that said, "No more violence," 90 players participated in the protest, "which also demanded better labor conditions." The demonstration took place in front of the GFA's headquarters (AP, 8/26). ... A pair of Liga MX games scheduled for this weekend in Mexico City have been rescheduled due to a "lack of sufficient security to safeguard the events." Cruz Azul's match against Querétaro, which was scheduled for Saturday, will be played on Monday. Pumas' game against América, which was scheduled for Sunday, has also been postponed, but "has not yet been rescheduled" (LA AFICION, 8/27).