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SBD Global/May 2, 2014/International Football

Football Notes: Barcelona To Honor Tito Vilanova With Commemorative Video, Shirts

Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium will on Saturday pay homage to former coach Tito Vilanova, who died last Friday at the age of 45. During the club's La Liga match against Getafe, Barcelona will honor Vilanova with a minute of silence and a video in his memory. The players will also wear shirts that say, "Tito, per sempre etern" ("Tito, forever eternal") (MARCA, 5/1). ... Thousands of football fans "could struggle to use the Internet at half of the World Cup stadiums in Brazil, a top government official said on Wednesday, underscoring the country's problems in preparing for the massive sporting event in June." Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo said that six of the 12 stadiums "have not yet inked deals to install Wi-Fi networks, leaving only mobile networks available, which may not be sufficient to supply fans' demand for data capacity during games." Bernardo: "Even if those stadiums sign deals now, it will be very difficult to offer good-quality service" (REUTERS, 5/1). ... League Championship side Wigan was fined £40,000 ($67,000) for breaching agent regulations. It "admitted a charge" in relation to the signing of Marc-Antoine Fortuné in July, with the conduct of the agent Willie McKay going against FA regulations. McKay has "had his overseas agent registration suspended for nine months", with the punishment "stayed for a period of two years" (PA, 4/30).
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