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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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SPL Debts Increase

The Scottish Premier League has gone from a profit of £2M ($3.2M) to a loss of £11.9M ($19.2M) and Rangers’ drop into the Third Division is "set to make matters worse," according to Hugh Keevins of the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The latest annual financial review of the SPL, carrie ...

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12/05/12
Corinthians Fans Damage Airport

Close to 15,000 fans of Brasileiro club Corinthians were at São Paulo's Guarulhos Int'l Airport to cheer the squad as it left for the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, according to GLOBO ESPORTE. However, the party ended in "confusion with the military police" and airport security. According to a ...

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12/04/12
Dortmund Boss Attacks EPL Owners

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12/04/12
A-League Offering Beckham Big Bucks

David Beckham "could cost as much as A$200,000 ($208,000) a game, but his price tag has not deterred three A-League clubs from ramping up their bids to sign the superstar on a 10-match guest stint," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Perth Glory, Central Coast Mariners and Melb ...

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12/04/12
SPL Clubs Agree On League Reform Plans

Scottish Premier League clubs have "unanimously" backed the league's plans for a reform, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The SPL proposal "suggests two top-flight divisions of 12 teams, effectively an SPL 1 and SPL 2." That plan "was backed by all 12 SPL sides" at a meeting at Hampden Park M ...

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12/04/12
Mourinho To Leave Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach José Mourinho "will not continue on the Real Madrid bench next season even if the club wins the Champions League," according to Miguel Serrano of MARCA. Relations between Mourinho and Real Madrid President Florentino Pérez "have broken down completely and are now prac ...

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TV Rights Aid Brazil's Football Clubs

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