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SBD Global/September 19, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Sports Minister Says Brazil Interested In Hosting Women's World Cup

Brazil has "expressed interest" in hosting the women’s World Cup as early as '19. Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said that he has "talked with" FIFA President Sepp Blatter about the idea. Rebelo: "I think other countries are interested in holding the event. We’ll have to look at the calendar. If we don’t get it for 2019, then we’ll have to look at another year (2023)" (AP, 9/17). ... Goal-line technology "will be used" for the first time during a Dutch professional league match between FC Utrecht and Roda JC Kerkrade on Saturday (XINHUA, 9/18). ... Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia coach Stoycho Mladenov said that he is "expecting a murder at the Bulgarska armia stadium." Mladenov revealed that his son, Stoycho Mladenov Jr., who is his assistant, "was attacked by a masked man." Mladenov: "A hooded man attacked him. He is known to the police. My son is safe because at that time there were people there. Things cannot continue like this. The atmosphere here is like a time bomb. It is going to be a murder here" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/18). ... Salamanca, Spain Mayor Alfonso Fernández Mañueco has asked the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to "modify its regulations if they do not adapt to the city's legal rulings." This was Salamanca's response after the RFEF "opposed a Salmanca club's inclusion in a national competition following UD Salamanca's disappearance." Mañueco said that "if the RFEF's regulations do not follow the law, they will have to change because they are subject to the laws and rules of the country" (EP, 9/18). ... Brazilian fourth-tier side Aparecidense masseur Romildo da Silva was suspended by a Brazilian sports tribunal for 24 games and fined "about $250" for his actions earlier in the month. During an Aparecidense match against Tupi, Silva "lurked from behind the net and entered the field when a Tupi player cleared the goalkeeper and appeared to have an open shot on goal." Silva "blocked two consecutive shots," allowing his team to advance to the quarterfinals. With the ruling, "Tupi replaces Aparecidense in the next round" (AP, 9/18). ... All '13 results of Australian second tier football club Southern Stars "have been annulled although the scandal-ridden club has been cleared to feature in what looms as the most bizarre game in state league history." The "depleted Stars host third-place Bentleigh Greens for no points on Sunday at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex after Football Federation Victoria cleared them to play the final round of the season despite five of their games alleged to have been fixed this season" (HERALD SUN, 9/19).
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