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Vélez Sarsfield President Raúl Gámez Says Argentina Losing Battle With Hooligans

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 21 / 15

The president of one of Argentina’s top clubs said that a "culture of football hooliganism has become entrenched in Argentina and there is no political will to eradicate it as there was in England," according to Rex Gowar of REUTERS. The violence of barras bravas, hooligan gangs, "is a stain o...

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Nigerian Football Bombing Kills 40

A police officer and a nurse said that a bombing at a football pitch in Nigeria's restive northeast "killed at least 40 people on Sunday in an area previously attacked by Boko Haram Islamists," according to the AFP. The blast "hit the town of Mubi in Adamawa state." An officer in Mubi who requested ...

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Qatar World Cup Rocked By Allegations

The "secret payments" that helped Qatar win the 2022 World Cup bid have been revealed "in a bombshell cache of millions of documents," according to Calvert & Blake of the SUNDAY TIMES. The files "expose how Qatar’s astonishing victory" in the race to secure the right to host the 2022 tourn ...

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FIFA Report On Match-Fixing Casts Shadow

Football referee Ibrahim Chaibou walked into a bank "carrying a bag filled with as much as $100,000 in $100 bills," according to Hill & Longman of the N.Y. TIMES. Later that night in May '10, Chaibou "refereed an exhibition match between South Africa and Guatemala in preparation for the World Cu ...

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GoalControl Looks Beyond World Cup

This year's World Cup will be the first when "goal-line technology" will be used, years after the concept was introduced to sports such as cricket, rugby and tennis, according to Harro Ten Wolde of REUTERS. GoalControl, which costs €100,000-€170,000 ($136,000-$231,200) a year, "makes use ...

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Football Notes

England’s World Cup team arrived in Miami on Sunday for a week of training and a pair of games at Sun Life Stadium. Manager Roy Hodgson "has banned agents from the training camp to avoid distractions." Hodgson: "When we’re together, it’s England and purely England and we’re n ...

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Blatter Won't Sanction Israel

FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Tuesday "ruled out punitive action" against Israel’s FA "after meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders to try and end a bitter dispute," according to the AFP. Blatter: "I separate politics and sport. I don’t know on what items the FIFA Congress should take ...

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Football League Draws Up 'B' League Plan

The Football League "is to present an alternative proposal" to FA Chair Greg Dyke’s "controversial League Three plan that would incorporate Premier League B teams in an expanded Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to include a group stage," according to Henry Winter of the London TELEGRAPH. Dyke "a ...

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Osasuna Fined For Collapsed Railing

The Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) Competition Committee has fined Osasuna, which will compete in the Spanish second division next season, €6,000 ($8,160) for an incident during the club's La Liga game against Real Betis on May 18, according to EFE. That match was halted for 35 minutes af ...

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Ukrainian Owner On The Run

Ukrainian oligarch Sergei Kurchenko, the owner of football club Metalist Kharkiv, promised to continue to finance the squad. However, it is not clear how he is going to do it with an int'l arrest warrant out for him. "I guarantee that I will continue to finance the club and I won't abandon it, even ...

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Havelange: WC Budget Spent Or Stolen

Brazil World Cup Organizing Committee Member Joana Havelange has "sparked controversy by telling protesters angry over the tournament budget that the money had already been spent or stolen," according to the AFP. Reacting to the wave of protests over the more than $11B being spent on the event, Have ...

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