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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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Scottish FA Backs '22 Winter World Cup

Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan admits that "he would be reluctant to see Scotland players participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in the height of summer," according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Regan said, "I think our preferred position would be that we would not want our players to be playing ...

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09/24/13
Brazil To Outsource Anti-Doping Process

Brazil "has struck a deal with Swiss authorities to outsource part of the anti-doping program at next year's FIFA World Cup," according to XINHUA. The Lausanne anti-doping laboratory "will analyze blood samples and create biological passports" -- an independent blood profile of tested athletes ...

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09/24/13
El Salvador Bans 14 For Life

El Salvador's football federation has "banned 14 national-team players for life for their role in alleged match-fixing," including games against the U.S. and Mexico, according to ESPN. Among those banned Friday from all football activities were goalkeepers Miguel Montes and Dagoberto Portillo, Chris ...

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09/24/13
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09/23/13
Qatar World Cup Bid 'Political'

Responding to the assertion of FIFA President Sepp Blatter that the Qatar 2022 World Cup was a "political" choice by European voters, UEFA President Michel Platini has confirmed that "political and economic influences" were a factor, according to Owen Gibson of the London GUARDIAN. Blatter said ...

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09/23/13
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La Liga "has confirmed that attendances during the first four gameweeks of the season were up 5.2%." The 998,456 spectators "surpassed the 949,035 who attended during the same period last season" ( MARCA, 9/21 ). ... Spanish Football League (LFP) President Javier Tebas "will try to strengthen the ...

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09/20/13
UEFA Backs Winter World Cup

The prospect of a winter World Cup in '22 "took a step forward after European football chiefs agreed a summer event could not be played in Qatar," according to Phil McNulty of the BBC. UEFA's 54 member associations "backed the switch at a meeting in Croatia." FIFA VP Jim Boyce said, "The W ...

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Clubs Risk Breaking UEFA Financial Rules

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