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Injuries Could Force Chelsea Manager Mourinho To Rest Starters Sunday At Liverpool

04 / 24 / 14

EPL Chelsea Manager José Mourinho "threatened to protect Chelsea’s chances of reaching the Champions League final" by fielding a reserve team at Anfield on Sunday "in a dramatic move" that could all but hand Liverpool the Premier League title, according to Matt Hughes of the LONDON TIME...

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02/21/13
Insider: China Match-Fixing An 'Endemic'

The deputy editor-in-chief of a popular Chinese sports newspaper and a former professional footballer said that match-fixing and bribery "are endemic in Chinese football, primarily because of low player salaries and unchecked local government officials," according to Jonathan Kaiman of the London GU ...

Tags: International Football, China

02/21/13
UEFA To Consider Soviet League

UEFA would consider proposals to create a joint Russian-Ukrainian football league "if the national federations involved agree," according to R-SPORT. Leading Russian clubs and state-controlled gas company Gazprom, are "pushing for the creation of the Unified Football Championship for Russian and Ukr ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

02/21/13
Brazil Officials Seize Counterfeit Balls

Brazil's tax authorities said that 200,000 counterfeit footballs originating from China "have been seized at the Brazilian port of Santos," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. The balls included "imitations of the Jabulani model, the ball used at the 2010 World Cup, and the Cafusa, which will be ...

Tags: Brazil, International Football

02/21/13
Stockport County: No Money Issues

English fifth-tier football club Stockport County VP Spencer Fearn insists that "the future is bright despite rumours the club" had a £1.5M ($2.3M) debt, according to  Gavin Browne of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. With total losses of that scale in the last two years, the Hatters "have be ...

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02/21/13
Football Notes

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has ruled out the possibility of playing the Supercopa in China after a meeting at its headquarters in Madrid on Wednesday ( SPORT, 2/20 ). ... The Seleção will play Chile in a friendly on April 24. The game will be played at the Mineirã ...

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02/20/13
China Football Penalties 'Inadequate'

Penalties handed out on Monday by China's top football body to individuals and clubs involved in the country's largest match-fixing scandal "were slammed as inadequate by commentators," according to Tang Zhe of the CHINA DAILY. After a three-year investigation, the Chinese FA issued lifetime bans fo ...

Tags: International Football, China

02/20/13
Neil Lennon Looks To SFA For Help

Scottish Premier League Celtic Manager Neil Lennon insists he will not be "fobbed off by UEFA and will enlist the help" of the Scottish FA to fight his case against the Juventus grapplers, according to Craig Swan of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Lennon is "determined to get a response" from European fo ...

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02/19/13
CFA Bans Former Bosses, Players For Life

The Chinese football body on Monday "banned two former football chiefs for life and meted out heavy punishments on match-fixing clubs, concluding a three-year-long drive to clean up" Chinese football, according to Jianjie & Bing of XINHUA. Former Chinese football administration heads Xie Yalong ...

Tags: International Football, China

02/19/13
Police Believe Whyte Committed Crime

Police believe that "a crime was committed" during former club Owner Craig Whyte’s takeover of Scottish Third Division side Rangers, according to Keith McLeod of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Strathclyde officers "have been looking into the deal since June" and are close to "concluding their inve ...

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02/19/13
Report: SPL Ticket Prices Reamin High

Scottish Premier League football "is still the most expensive show in town at a time when even the game’s European rulers are slashing ticket prices," according to Jack Mathieson of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. UEFA has "cut the cost of the cheapest briefs for the Champions League final at Wembl ...

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