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Holyrood Committee Backs Repeal Of Scotland's Offensive Behaviour Act

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 19 / 18

A move to "overturn a controversial law" aimed at tackling sectarian behavior at football "has been backed by a Holyrood committee," according to Laura Paterson of the LONDON TIMES. A "slim majority" on the justice committee supported Labour MSP James Kelly’s bill to repeal the Offensive ...

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Germany coach Joachim Löw urged " an open mind " on European Club Association Chair and Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's idea of " cutting the international breaks in a domestic season to two and making them longer." Rummenigge said that the move would "enable national team coache ...

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02/20/17
CONCACAF To Discuss Joint WC Bid

CONCACAF will discuss a possible joint bid for the 2026 World Cup, according to Simon Evans of REUTERS. President Victor Montagliani said on Thursday that a "planned wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would not present an obstacle to co-hosting the event." Montagliani said that CONCACAF would "e ...

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02/20/17
Eighteen Cities Want To Host Euro Matches

The German FA (DFB) confirmed on Friday that 18 cities and stadiums "expressed interest in hosting Euro 2024 matches by the noon deadline that it had set for them to do so," according to DW. The cities are: Berlin (Olympiastadion), Bremen (Weserstadion), Dortmund (Signal Iduna Park), Dresden (DDV-S ...

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02/20/17
Infantino Calls Summit Of African FAs

FIFA President Gianni Infantino will meet more than 50 presidents of African FAs in an "unprecedented summit in Johannesburg this week," according to Mark Gleeson of REUTERS. Each of the continent’s 54 member countries has been invited to a day-long exec summit with Infantino, "called to discu ...

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02/20/17
Football Notes

The FA "has vowed to overhaul its disciplinary sanctions amid concern about lenient punishments" after Man City was fined "just" £35,000 ($43,500) and warned about its future conduct for "breaching anti-doping rules." The club was charged by the FA last month after "failing on three o ...

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02/17/17
Clattenburg Leaves EPL For Saudi Arabia

Mark Clattenburg is "quitting his job as a Premier League official to become Saudi Arabia's new head of referees," according to the BBC. The 41-year-old is "widely considered to be one of the best referees in football" and took charge of the Euro 2016 final, the Champions League final and the FA Cup ...

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02/17/17
Links To Dementia To Be Examined

UEFA has "commissioned a research project that will examine the links between dementia and playing football," according to the BBC. Tentative research published earlier this week "suggested repeated headers during a player's career may be linked to long-term brain damage." The FA said th ...

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02/17/17
FIFA To Encourage Co-Hosting In '26

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02/17/17
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Football Federation Australia said that "there are no plans to hand over full control of the A-League to the clubs in the near future," but the organization confirmed it is "committed to looking at ways to take the national competition forward." There was "confusion" on Wednesday after a new ...

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02/16/17
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