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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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UEFA Could End German Ref's Season

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Bates Faces FA Disrepute Charge

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Man Pleads Not Guilty In Sex Bribes Case

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SPL Delay Steams Celtic Fans

The Scottish Premier League came under fire Monday after it "suddenly delayed" announcing the post-split fixtures "because Police and broadcasters were unable to come to an agreement over matches," according to Phil Gordon of the LONDON TIMES. The league was expected to make the announcement on the ...

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Businessman Charged In Ref Sex Case

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Putin Limits Sick Pay After Zenit Scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin has "signed into law a measure limiting incapacity benefit" after a scandal in which injured footballers drained half of St. Petersburg’s social insurance budget, according to R-SPORT. The social security system "pays out benefits corresponding to a percentage ...

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FIFA Back S. Africa Match-Fixing Inquiry

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Panel: FFP Rules Vital To Sport's Health

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