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SBD Global/August 15, 2014/International Football

Football Notes: Football Assocation Of Indonesia Signs Agreement With Sportradar

The FA of Indonesia (PSSI) signed an agreement with Sportradar. Under the agreement, Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System will provide the PSSI with intelligence about global betting on the Indonesia Super League and various other competitions until the end of '16 (Sportradar). ... UEFA "will reveal the 13 countries chosen to host Euro 2020" on Sept. 19 in Geneva. Nineteen countries "have put forward one city each to host the new Europe-wide format," the brainchild of UEFA President Michel Platini, to celebrate 60 years of the tournament that began in '60 (AFP, 8/14). ... La Liga side Valencia Manager Nuno Santo thinks that "clubs' dressing rooms should be open to TV cameras as they are in American sports." Some FA Cup games in England "have cameras in the changing rooms but it does not happen in the Premier League, La Liga or Champions League." Nuno: "I think eventually it will happen. It's part of the sport. It's part of the show. Why not? It will be a big challenge to all of us. There are no secrets in football" (BBC, 8/14). ... In a bid to awaken the "sleeping giant" of world football, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called India "another market" for the beautiful game and endorsed the upcoming franchise-based Indian Super League (PTI, 8/14). ... Russia's EMERCOM has begun preparations for the 2018 World Cup and said that "it will draw on the experiences of the Brazil World Cup, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2013 Kazan University Olympiade in its planning." More frequently known as the Russian Emergencies Ministry, "the government department is responsible for dealing with the aftermath of disasters, whether from terrorist attack or natural causes" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 8/14). ... World players union FIFPro has questioned whether "newly-elected" Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Carlo Tavecchio is "suitable to lead" the federation after his "allegedly racist comments about African players." FIFPro Dir Tony Higgins said, "The comments attributed to Mr. Tavecchio raise major concerns about his suitability to lead Italian football, one of the most important nations in world football" (REUTERS, 8/14).
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