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SPFL Bows To Pressure, Switches Hearts Vs. Rangers Match To May 2

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 17 / 15

Scottish Professional Football League chiefs "have been forced into making a U-turn" -- putting Scottish Championship side Rangers’ clash with Heart of Midlothian back to the Saturday, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. League chiefs caused outcry Wednesday when they brought the fixtur...

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Schedule Change Angers La Liga Clubs

La Liga sides Valencia, Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano "have expressed indignation" with the Spanish Football League (LFP) over a schedule change to games that will be played March 2, according to AS. Originally, Valencia was scheduled to play Rayo Vallecano at noon, but the game has been moved to 9p ...

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CSKA Punished For Racist Abuse

Russian Premier League side CSKA Moscow will have to play its next European home match behind closed doors "after repeated racist behaviour" by its supporters, according to the BBC. In November, the club had part of its ground shut after Man City midfielder Yaya Toure "was subjected to racist chant ...

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Rio Faces Doping Lab Challenges

Swiss anti-doping lab chief Martial Saugy said Brazilian authorities face a "big challenge" to build a credible doping lab in time for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to Anna McIntosh of REUTERS. Saugy's lab is responsible for testing samples during this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazi ...

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Villarreal Vandal Could Face Jail Time

The person who threw a tear gas canister onto the field during Saturday's La Liga match between Villarreal and Celta Vigo "could face a prison sentence of three-to-six months or a fine of six-to-twelve months' salary," according to Edu Chova of EL MUNDO. If caught, the subject "also faces a ban fr ...

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Australia Tuning Out Curitiba Uncertainty

Australian national football team coach Ange Postecoglou has "no concerns with the uncertainty over the stadium for Australia's World Cup group match against Spain," which could be removed as a venue, according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The Arena da Baixada in Curitiba has falle ...

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Bulgarian Police Investigate Match-Fixing

The Bulgarian Football Union said that Bulgarian police "have begun an investigation into claims that fixers attempted to rig the result" of a domestic league football match this season, according to Angel Krasimirov of REUTERS. BFU Press Officer Pavel Kolev said, "A regional police department outsi ...

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FFA Extends A-League Licenses Until '34

A-League club owners will "now have more certainty regarding their investment in the game after Football Federation Australia agreed to extend the length of the nine club licences" until '34, according to Ray Gatt of THE AUSTRALIAN. The FFA made the decision after "prolonged consultation with the ow ...

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Qatar World Cup Worker Deaths Revealed

A report will reveal this week that more than 400 Nepalese migrant workers "have died on Qatar's building sites as the Gulf state prepares to host the World Cup in 2022," according to Jamie Doward of the London GUARDIAN. The "grim statistic" comes from the Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee, "a r ...

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FIFA Approves World Cup Water Breaks

FIFA has accepted Italy coach Cesare Prandelli’s proposal "to introduce ‘water breaks’ in exceptionally hot weather" at this year's World Cup in Brazil, according to FOOTBALL ITALIA. Prandelli "had pushed for this safeguard to be put in place, particularly when playing in the Amazo ...

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Club Suspensions Message To 'Clean Up'

Hong Kong FA CEO Mark Sutcliffe said that the move to suspend Happy Valley and Tuen Mun from the First Division is a strong message that the HKFA is serious about "cleaning up" the sport as it looks towards a new professional era, according to Alvin Sallay of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. The clubs ...

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