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Dyke Says FA Will Not Bid For FIFA Events As Long As Blatter Is In Power

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 23 / 14

Sepp Blatter’s power over FIFA is like that of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, according to FA Chair Greg Dyke, who has called on football’s int'l governing body to introduce fixed terms of office for FIFA’s top execs and said the FA will not bid to host FIFA tournaments as long...

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Councilors Approve Equestrian Center

Councilors in the Scottish Borders "have approved in principle plans" for an equestrian center submitted by four-time Olympic Medalist Ian Stark, according to the BBC. He "wants to build" the new center at Greenhill Farm, south of Selkirk, Scotland. Planning officials "had recommended approval of th ...

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Maracanã Re-Opens To Glowing Reviews

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ManU To Get Part-Synthetic Surface

ManU will spend £800,000 ($1.2M) "ripping up the Old Trafford pitch this summer as they convert to a part-synthetic surface," according to the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. The stadium hosted a legends match between ManU and Real Madrid Sunday, and the playing surface "will be dug up on Monday." Pi ...

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StubHub, O2 Sign Ticket Partnership

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Former Brazil footballer Ronaldo admitted that Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã stadium was "not fully ready for Sunday's Brazil-England friendly." The match marked "the reopening of the iconic venue after almost three years of refurbishment work" costing more than $500M, "double the original budget ...

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Qatar 2022 Announces Stadium Managers

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee said Thursday that "Qatar has appointed the lead project manager and design consultant" for the first of its World Cup stadiums, according to Regan Doherty of REUTERS. Regional project management and consulting firm KEO Int'l has been appointed project manager, ...

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Olympic Stadium Remodeling Approved

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French Open Expansion Plans Under Fire

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Palace Must Spend Millions On Stadium

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N. Korea's Kim To Construct Ski Resort

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