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FIFA Threatening To Replace FFA Board As Congress Crisis Grows

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 06 / 23 / 17

Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop "does not expect FIFA to intervene in the administration of the local game," despite FFA's "looming failure to meet key deadlines for the transition to a more democratic membership," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. FIFA warned t...

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RB Leipzig Cleared For Champions League

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