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

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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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The Russian FA's decision to order Spartak Moscow to "play two games behind closed doors" will end up costing the team $1.4M. The ban was combined with a further $18,500 cash fine for "crowd trouble during a Russian Cup game at Shinnik Yaroslavl last week." The game was stopped for half an hour as " ...

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11/08/13
FA Closes Video Evidence Loophole

The FA "has closed the disciplinary loophole that saw Chelsea's Fernando Torres escape action despite being caught on video scratching a rival player," according to the PA. Starting Nov. 22, the FA "will be able to charge players even if match officials have seen part of the incident." The new ...

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11/08/13
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EPL Everton Manager Roberto Martinez "has backed calls to stop managers making decisions on players with concussion," according to the BBC. Martinez said, "If there is a strong view from the medical side that a concussed player should come off we should look into it and make a rule. I don't think it ...

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11/08/13
Iran President OKs Major Football Events

Iranian President Hassaan Rouhani said that "Iran is fully prepared to host major international football tournaments," according to Shervin Gilani of the TEHRAN TIMES. In a meeting with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Tehran on Wednesday, "Rouhani discussed the future of Iranian football and its ...

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11/08/13
Real Madrid Has Most Followers In Spain

The results of a poll of Spanish citizens regarding the sports world shows that "Real Madrid has the leading fan base, while Barcelona is leader in shirt sales," according to the EFE. A study carried out by the Association for the Investigation of Communication Media (AIMC) tallied "more than 10,000 ...

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The Caribbean Football Trust Ltd. said on Wednesday that a professional Caribbean football league, dubbed Major League Football, is expected to launch in Sept. '15 "with the aim of developing young players and growing the game in the region." The CFTL said that "the league would featu ...

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11/07/13
Blatter Wants To Axe Cup Qualifyiers

FIFA President Sepp Blatter "wants to get rid of World Cup qualifying playoff ties in future, saying it is a hard way for teams to miss out on the finals," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Twenty teams, plus hosts Brazil, have qualified for next year's tournament via round-robin groups, but t ...

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Greek Authorities Raid EPO Headquarters

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