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SPFL Bows To Pressure, Switches Hearts Vs. Rangers Match To May 2

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 17 / 15

Scottish Professional Football League chiefs "have been forced into making a U-turn" -- putting Scottish Championship side Rangers’ clash with Heart of Midlothian back to the Saturday, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. League chiefs caused outcry Wednesday when they brought the fixtur...

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Qatar Stadium Workers Earn $0.76 An Hour

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07/31/14
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The Premier League will use vanishing spray this season. EPL CEO Richard Scudamore said, "At the Premier League we are open to developments that enhance the competition and it was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that vanishing spray benefited referees, players, and all of those ...

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07/30/14
ISL Banking On Former European Players

French football player Robert Pires and Spanish footballer Joan Capdevila "will add a modicum of star quality" to the new franchise-based Indian Super League but critics believe that "the presence of such European veterans is unlikely to help develop the sport in the country," according to REUTERS. ...

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07/30/14
Liga MX Breaks Attendance Record

The second matchday of Liga MX's Apertura season "was historic in the short life of Liga MX's two-season format after drawing the greatest stadium attendance since the new structure was born two years ago," according to LA AFICION. The matchday held last weekend attracted 270,641 fans to nine stadiu ...

Tags: North America, International Football

07/30/14
AFC Distributes Anti Match-Fixing Booklet

A pamphlet highlighting the "3Rs" -- recognize, reject and report -- "is the latest tool to be distributed by the Asian Football Confederation as part of its ongoing fight against match-fixing in the region," according to Sudipto Ganguly of REUTERS. The AFC said that it "would distribute the pocket- ...

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07/30/14
Qatar WC Workers Wait A Year To Be Paid

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07/30/14
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07/29/14
FIFA To Investigate FIGC VP's Comments

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