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SBD Global/October 7, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: Tottenham Seeks Explanation Regarding Possible Arrests For Use Of "Y" Word

EPL side Tottenham was on Friday "planning to hold talks with the Metropolitan Police after they were warned supporters could be arrested for using the 'Y' word during Sunday's match against West Ham." Tottenham was "seeking clarification" after Chief Superintendent Mick Johnson, the match commander for Sunday's game, said on Thursday that "any use of the 'Y' word could result in arrest" (London EVENING STANDARD, 10/4). ... Spanish Football League (LFP) President Javier Tebas indicated on Spanish TV show "Carrusel Deportivo" that the Oct. 26 La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid will take place at 6pm. The LFP was "choosing between 4pm and 6pm, but after Tebas's words, it was expected that 6pm would be confirmed as the game's start time on Monday" (AS, 10/6). ... A FIFA delegation "praised the level of preparation carried out" by Ras Al Khaimah, UAE for the upcoming U17 World Cup, which is scheduled for Oct. 17-Nov. 8 (WAM, 10/6). ... Gabon has submitted a bid to host the 32nd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, confirming "long-running rumours in the central African nation." The country "already possesses adequate infrastructure having hosted the 2012 edition with Equatorial Guinea" (SUPERSPORT, 10/3). ... Craig Reedie, "the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency," warned FIFA that "it will have to set up its own doping lab for the World Cup." Reedie labeled Brazil's anti-doping efforts "sad" (WORLD FOOTBALL INSIDER, 10/4).
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