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FIFA President Blatter Says Stadium Closures Are 'Excessive' Punishment For Racism

04 / 18 / 14

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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Russian Football Plan Requires $6.9B

Russian football chiefs have concluded that "developing Russian domestic football" through '20 will require $6.9B in funding, according to R-SPORT. With its plan named "Development Strategy for football in the Russian Federation through 2020," the Russian Football Union is seeking to develop the spo ...

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