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Burzaco Provides Third Day Of Testimony In FIFA Corruption Trial

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 20 / 17

Alejandro Burzaco, the U.S. government's first witness in the FIFA corruption trial, appeared for a third day in federal court in N.Y. on Thursday, following the suicide of a former associate in Argentina whom he implicated in his testimony earlier last week, according to Rebecca Ruiz of the N.Y. TI...

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Blatter Says He Feels 'Abandoned'

Banned FIFA President Sepp Blatter said that he feels "abandoned" by the global football body and will "now focus on clearing his name," according to Joshua Franklin of REUTERS. FIFA's watchdog last week banned Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini for eight years for ethics violations. Bot ...

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CONCACAF Accused Of Violating Statutes

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FIFA: Russia 2018 Ahead Of Schedule

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Chinese Teams Raid Korean Clubs For Talent

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Football Notes

Spain's top sports court dismissed Real Madrid's appeal against its exclusion from the Copa Del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, Denis Cheryshev, in a game against Cádiz on Dec. 2. The Administrative Court of Sport said it had "analyzed all the parties' arguments" and ruled to "d ...

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Eva Causes Football Match Postponements

Boxing Day's football schedule was "hit by the weather as heavy rain from Storm Eva in the north of England and in Scotland caused a raft of postponements," according to the London GUARDIAN. The Championship fixture between Blackburn and Middlesbrough "has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch ...

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FIFA Presents Reform Package

FIFA "presented the detailed reforms it will ask members to adopt in February at a special congress that seeks to restore its reputation and elect a new leader," according to Shields & Homewood of REUTERS. The reforms "include limiting the number of terms top officials can serve, following the b ...

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Platini Cannot Go Straight To CAS

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Dutch FA Orders Audit, Investigation

The Dutch FA (KNVB) on Tuesday "will submit itself to an ethical investigation by FIFA and ordered an independent forensic audit into its unsuccessful joint bid with Belgium to host the 2018 World Cup finals, following newspaper allegations of bribery," according to Mark Gleeson of REUTERS. The KNVB ...

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