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FIFA President Blatter Says Stadium Closures Are 'Excessive' Punishment For Racism

04 / 18 / 14

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed punishing fans' racist behavior by closing stadiums is "extremely dubious" and "unduly excessive," according to the PA. Blatter said that sporting sanctions such as points deductions that "cause real hurt to" clubs are a better punishment than closing part or...

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EPL Clubs Spent $190M In January

An analysis by the Deloitte Sports Business Group revealed that Premier League clubs spent around £120M ($190M) in the January transfer window. The figure is double the total amount spent in Jan. '12 (£60M), but far shor  of the record level of £225M in Jan. '11. Deloitte Spor ...

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Shanghai Shenhua Still Claim Drogba

Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua declared on Wednesday that "it was shocked" by Didier Drogba's transfer to Turkish club Galatasaray, "and will appeal to FIFA to protect the club's interests," according to Tang Zhe of the CHINA DAILY. Shenhua said in an announcement posted on its website t ...

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Brazil Announces Switzerland Friendly

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has announced the national team will play Switzerland in a friendly on Aug. 14 at St. Jakob Park in Basel, Switzerland ( CBF ). FOLHA DE S. PAULO noted the friendly will be played after the Confederations Cup, which will take place from June 13-30 in Brazil ...

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UEFA Fines Lazio For Crowd Disturbance

Serie A side Lazio has been fined €140,000 ($189,900) and was handed a ban that could see it play its next UEFA club competition match behind closed doors for the behavior of its fans during Europa League matches against Tottenham and Maribor. Lazio was fined  €50,000 ($67,800) for th ...

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Football Notes

The Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank revealed that it "has awarded each player in the UAE National football team, who won the Gulf Cup in Bahrain earlier this month, with a first-class ticket to any destination in the world on Etihad Airways" ( GULF NEWS, 1/30 ). ... Senegal will play its next World Cup foo ...

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Magazine Claims Qatar Bought World Cup

Paris magazine France Football published a 15-page report titled "Qatargate" where it accuses the Middle Eastern country of buying the 2022 World Cup, according to Paul Kennedy of SOCCER AMERICA. The accusations "aren't exactly revelatory but they are numerous." Below are some highlights of the Fr ...

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Arsenal To Play Indonesia In Friendly

Arsenal will play a preseason friendly against the Indonesia national team in Jakarta "despite FIFA’s continued threat to ban the Southeast Asian team," according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. The match will take place on July 14 at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, with the club "also planning ...

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Indian Football League Scrapped

An Indian professional football league -- run along the same lines of the franchise-based Indian Premier League cricket tournament -- "has been scrapped due to logistical problems," according to ESPN. The tournament "was set to feature a cast of veteran players" including former Chelsea & AC Mil ...

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Israel President Demands Racism Probe

Israel President Shimon Peres "has called on the country's football authorities to clamp down on racism after Beitar Jerusalem fans protested against the club's intention to sign two Muslim players," according to Harriet Sherwood of the London GUARDIAN. Peres wrote to the Israel FA on Tuesday: "Raci ...

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UEFA To Market Women's Football

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