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Murray Is Unlikely To Renew Sponsorship Deal With Adidas, Industry Sources Say

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 01 / 14

Sources inside the equipment industry said that Andy Murray's long-standing sponsorship deal with adidas "is unlikely to be renewed at the end of the season," according to Sim Briggs of the London TELEGRAPH. The Scottish player is going "in search of one last big kit deal to cover the final five yea...

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10/18/13
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The Italian Football Federation "has adjusted the rules on racist and ‘territorial’ discrimination, taking into account how many fans are behind the abuse." While ''territorial discrimination'' will continue to be punished on a par with racist abuse, the sanctions imposed on clubs "will ...

Tags: International Football

10/17/13
England Prepares For World Cup Trip

FA General Secretary Alex Horne has confirmed that England "will be based in Rio de Janeiro for next summer's World Cup finals," according to Graeme Bailey of SKY SPORTS. After securing its place at the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Poland at Wembley on Tuesday, the FA is "wasting no time ...

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10/17/13
Brazil Officials Tracking Gang

Brazilian authorities said that they "are tracking a criminal gang that’s threatening to target next year’s World Cup although security officials say an attack is unlikely," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Sao Paulo’s secretariat for security said in an emailed statement tha ...

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10/17/13
A-League Considering Full-Time Referees

The A-League is moving toward "appointing full-time referees for next season, in answer to the recurring criticism that the officials have failed to keep pace with the competition's rising standards," according to Tom Smithies of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. A "major review of the A-League's refereei ...

Tags: Australia, International Football

10/17/13
FIFPro Wants To Limit Transfer Window

World football players' union FIFPro President Philippe Piat said Tuesday that "football clubs should not be allowed to transfer more than one or two players during the January window," according to Julien Pretot of REUTERS. Piat said, "I'm a bit radical so I would say that we should not h ...

Tags: International Football

10/17/13
Fans Pledge $32,000 To Kettering

A 141-year-old English football club "may have been saved from closure thanks in part to the generosity of fans from as far afield as Iceland and Vietnam," according to David Owen of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. A "winding-up order" facing Southern League side Kettering Town, "an eighth-tier club with a l ...

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10/17/13
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Tags: International Football

10/16/13
German Broadcasters Detained In Qatar

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10/15/13
Anarchists Promise To Disrupt World Cup

Brazilian anarchists who form part of the global anti-capitalist movement have "pledged to target next year's World Cup," according to James Hider of the LONDON TIMES. The group said that the event "is an extravagant waste of money in a country where millions live in poverty." A member of the Black ...

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