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Words To Live By: Quotes Of The Year, Part One

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 12 / 22 / 14

No matter how the criminals may justify their actions, there is no justification for crimes committed against civilians, especially against women and children. -- Russian President Vladimir Putin , after suicide bombers killed more than 30 people in Volgograd. I am the master of my socia...

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06/30/14
German Players To Get $410K For Title

The German Football Federation (DFB) will pay a bonus of €300,000 ($410,000) "to each of the 23 players should the team win the World Cup title," according to the DPA. DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said, "We would like to pay out the bonus." The DFB would pay a total of €6.9M ($9.4M) "i ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

06/30/14
Franz Beckenbauer's FIFA Ban Lifted

FIFA lifted former exec committee member Franz Beckenbauer’s ban from all football-related activity for "failing to help an investigation of alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes," according to the AP. FIFA imposed the 90-day ban on June 13 "at the request of the ethics prose ...

Tags: International Football

06/30/14
Spain's Exit Costing Numerous Businesses

Before the World Cup began, "two beverage companies had agreed with José Luis Sosa Días, who manufactures flags in Madrid, to purchase 6,000 flags decorated with their logos from him for every round that La Roja advanced in the tournament," according to Juan Fernández of EL PERI ...

Tags: Europe, International Football

06/30/14
Ghana President Sacks Sports Minister

Ghana President John Mahama "has removed the minister of sport and his deputy from their positions in the wake of the country’s poor performance in the World Cup," according to the London GUARDIAN. Mahama gave no reason for the order, "but it comes after the team finished bottom of Group G, fa ...

Tags: International Football, Africa, Brazil

06/30/14
World Cup Notes

Members of Greece's World Cup squad, which played Costa Rica in the first round of the knockout stage on Sunday, sent a letter to Greek PM Antonis Samaras "rejecting bonuses for their historic streak." In "exchange, they are asking for a training facility to be built for the different categories of ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/27/14
FIFA Hands Suárez Four-Month Ban

Uruguay's Luis Suárez has been handed a record nine-game int'l ban and a four-month football ban after FIFA "found him guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini, making the sanction the biggest ever World Cup suspension in history," according to Jack de Menezes of the London INDEPENDE ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/27/14
FIFA Investigating Neymar's Underwear

Brazilian news site UOL.com reported FIFA is investigating Brazilian player Neymar "for displaying prohibited underwear during his country's 4-1 win over Cameroon on Monday," according to Troy Machir of SPORTING NEWS. Part of Neymar's Speedo undergarments "were exposed during the customary post-mat ...

Tags: Brazil, International Football

06/27/14
Two Ghana Players Sent Home From WC

The Ghana FA announced that Ghana midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng "have been suspended indefinitely from the national team and sent home from the World Cup in Brazil for disciplinary reasons," according to the London TELEGRAPH. The association claimed the decision to suspend Munt ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/27/14
World Cup Notes

Honduras national team coach Luis Fernando Suarez "has quit his job following his team's 3-0 loss to Switzerland at the World Cup." Wednesday's result "left Honduras winless in its three matches and eliminated from the tournament" ( AP, 6/25 ). ... U.S. and German football fans "faced flooded stre ...

Tags: International Football

06/26/14
FIFA Launches Investigation Into Suárez

Uruguay striker Luis Suárez "faces being sent home from the World Cup in disgrace" after FIFA charged the Liverpool striker with biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini, according to Bonnici, Cue, Barrett & Hawkey of the LONDON TIMES. Suárez could receive a ban of up to 24 int'l mat ...

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