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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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06/19/14
World Cup Notes

Real Madrid has released a statement "denying President Florentino Pérez had any involvement in Qatar's bid to host the World Cup" in '22. French magazine France Football alleged that Pérez and Real "were involved in secret meetings that would see Qatar get the World Cup." Real Madri ...

Tags: International Football

06/18/14
Under Armour's WC Strategy Examined

Under Armour has just "two players" in the FIFA World Cup -- Cameroon’s Benoit Assou-Ekotta and Mexico’s Alfredo Talavera, according to Kyle Stock of BUSINESS WEEK. Under Armour "is not in attack mode when it comes to the beautiful game." For a company that "has made a lot of noise about ...

Tags: International Football

06/18/14
FIFA: Empty Seats Due To No-Shows

FIFA said that the empty seats visible at some stadiums in the World Cup's opening 14 matches "are due to fans who have bought tickets but have not turned up for the games rather than corporate clients not using them," according to Mike Collett of REUTERS. FIFA's official figures show that 701,710 o ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/18/14
Platini Warms Up To Goal-Line Tech

UEFA President Michel Platini "has completed his conversion from goal-line technology opponent to advocate after agreeing to push for it to be used at the European Championship," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Platini, who said as recently as '12 that "you will never convince me on ...

Tags: International Football, Europe

06/18/14
Müller Criticized For Head-Butt Reaction

Portugal defender Pepe faces a three-match ban for head-butting German striker Thomas Müller, but Müller "has also come under fire over his theatrical reaction," according to the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Real Madrid’s Pepe, "not amused by what he felt was a case of cheesy acting," ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/18/14
Spanish Execs Accused Of Aiding Qatar

French magazine France Football reported that an "alliance with Spain 'was one of the foundations' that allowed Qatar to obtain the support of various Latin American nations and win the right to host the 2022 World Cup," according to AS. The alleged alliance "implicated former Barcelona President Sa ...

Tags: Europe, Middle East, International Football

06/18/14
World Cup Notes

An explosion "tore through a venue in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup football match on Tuesday," a police official said, declining to give further details. Several pickup trucks "carrying bodies arrived at the nearby General Sani Abacha Specialis ...

Tags: International Football

06/17/14
FIFA Changes Goal-Line Decision Replays

FIFA "will change the guidelines on showing goalline technology replays at the World Cup to avoid the confusion which followed an incident in the match between France and Honduras," according to the PA. The replays on TV and in the stadium in Porto Alegre provided by the GoalControl system initially ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/17/14
World Cup Sees Spotty Attendance

The World Cup is "becoming known for its empty seats rather than teeming crowds," according to Tom Peck of the London INDEPENDENT. FIFA and local World Cup organizers on Saturday night were "under growing pressure to explain why almost all the early matches -- bar the opener between Brazil and Croat ...

Tags: International Football, Brazil

06/17/14
World Cup Notes

U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said that gay football players at the World Cup in Brazil "should declare their sexuality to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world." She said, "I encourage players, sports people to declare their sexual orientation without fear" ( REUTERS, ...

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