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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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UEFA President Michel Platini said that the organization has "no other choice" than to accept the Gibraltar FA into its ranks as a member with full voting rights because the Court of Arbitration for Sport has said that they must. Platini said, "We're obliged to include Gibraltar because that is what ...

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ManU To Play Aussie Friendly

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UEFA To Support CIS Football League

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Eritrean National Football Team Defects

Officials said Wednesday that the "missing" Eritrean national football team "has applied for asylum in Uganda rather than return home," according to the AFP. Uganda's Junior Minister for Refugees Musa Ecweru said, "The 18 members have told us their country is not safe for them once they return, and ...

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Beckham Weighs MLS Ownership Offers

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EPL Releases Agents' Fees Paid By Clubs

Man City spent more on agent fees that any other Premier League club, according to figures released by the league detailing payments to agents between Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 30, 2012. During this period £77.003,130 ($124M) was spent by the 20 Premier League clubs on agents. Defending champion Man ...

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FIFA'S Goal-Line Technology Goes Live

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UEFA Won't Expand To 64-Team League

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West Ham Close To Olympic Stadium Deal

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