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SBD Global/March 20, 2014/International Football

Football Notes: Ghana Budgets More Than $9 Million For 2014 World Cup

Ghana has approved a budgetary allocation of $9.6M for the Black Stars' participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A government statement said that an initial $4.1M has been set for the group stage, plus a further $5.5M in the event the team advances out of the first round (CAF). ... The J.League said that "an internal probe turned up no evidence to support suspicions that a recent match was fixed, as it wrestles with an embarrassing racism scandal." The J.League "launched an investigation earlier this month after a FIFA unit said it had noticed unusual online betting patterns in a March 8 game between Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Kawasaki Frontale" (AFP, 3/19).
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