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SBD Global/December 6, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: FA Opens Full Investigation Into Nottingham's Chalobah

The FA "has opened a full investigation" into claims League Championship Nottingham Forest midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah "was subjected to racist abuse" by a section of Millwall's home support on Tuesday (PA, 12/5). ... When more than 12,000 school children "were allowed to occupy the stands" behind both goals normally used by Serie A Juventus' "infamous Ultras, who had been banned for abusive chanting, the Italian giants must have hoped they were sending out the right message." How "unfortunate, then, that the replacement kids themselves hurled insults" toward visiting Udinese goalkeeper Zeljko Brkic, leading to the club receiving a token fine of €5,000 ($6,800) (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 12/5). ... The All Indonesia FA "will offer homeschooling" to national team players who want to continue their educations (JAKARTA GLOBE, 12/4). ... Mexico's Brazilian Embassy Representative Maria Cristina said that it is "expected that between 50,000 and 60,000 Mexican football fans will be able to travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, which will demand extra effort from the government, from documentation to potential legal issues." Cristina said that "a lot will depend on where the Mexican National Team chooses to make its headquarters, but added it will be important to inform Mexicans about the laws and regulations to observe in Brazil" (LA AFICION, 12/5).
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