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Volume 6 No. 196
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They Said It: Quotes Of The Year, Part III

It may all come down to how much money 21st Century Fox is willing to pay.
-- European media analyst Claudio Aspesi, on whether Rupert Murdoch's proposed summer football tournament will prove successful.

I will definitely be going to Germany. I just hope I will be coming back.
-- F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, on attending Sunday's German GP despite the fact that prosecutors there have charged him with bribery and he faces a 10-year jail term if convicted.

Whether it is the United States, Mexico or Canada … ultimately it doesn’t matter which country in CONCACAF hosts it. We’ve made it very clear that 2026 must belong to us.
-- CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb, on his goal of North America hosting the 2026 World Cup.

For the large part, we are being met with understanding, but it is very stressful for us and in many regards painful.
-- Sauber F1 Founder Peter Sauber, on the financial distress that has the team on the brink of collapse.

It's amazing -- all the technology available to man at the moment but we can't get a cricket ball that works at

-- Nine cricket Exec Producer Brad McNamara, on the main holdup to the network airing night cricket matches.

For us this is not about business -- it's all about branding. ... So we're ready to make some sacrifice and put up with the losses.
-- Singha Int'l Sports Marketing Dir Jaturon Himathon-gkom, on the brewery spending nearly $13M to bring ManU and Chelsea to Thailand.

You can cool down the stadiums but you can't cool down the whole country.
-- FIFA President Sepp Blatter, on why he will ask the governing body's exec committee to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter.

We are a football club, not a business.
-- ManU Exec Vice-Chair Ed Woodward on the club's consideration to put the phrase "Football Club" back on its badge.

This team consists of tall, good-looking young girls, and that's the last thing this country needs.
-- Popular Libyan TV preacher Salim Jabar, calling for the country to disband its women's football team, which has had to practice with armed guards because of threats from fundamentalists.

One year on from London's Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are defying the skeptics who prophesied a herd of white elephants.
-- London Mayor Boris Johnson, after announcing more than $100M worth of London Legacy Development Corp. projects, including a roof for Olympic Stadium and an indoor ski facility in Stratford.

Glorifying death is never clever, just plain stupid.
-- Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore, on club fans in Bangkok who carried a banner poking fun at the '58 plane crash in which several ManU players were killed.

What is certain is that, if this tax were to be applied in the terms presented, it would be the death of football in France -- let us be clear about that.
-- French Football League President Frederic Thiriez, on the impact France's proposed 75% tax on millionaires would have on the sport.

The only important thing is to make the right decisions.
-- Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger on the EPL installing goal-line technology in the league's 20 venues for the '13-14 season.

It's dead. There's no atmosphere.
-- Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Sanchez on the atmosphere at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium Monday for the third day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

It is obvious that this tournament is the home of the greatest party in sport so I wanted to get in on the fun.
-- Actor Gerard Butler, on buying a stake in Caribbean Premier League franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.

Personally I can't believe soccer was silly enough to say no to us. They should have at least let us in the door and put a price on the table.
-- Penrith Panthers Group CEO Warren Wilson, after A-League CEO David Gallop rejected an offer from the group for the Western Sydney Wanderers.

We will never again incur debts for the sake of on-field success.
-- Borussia Dortmund Managing Dir Hans-Joachim Watzke, after the club reported the highest profit ever for a Bundesliga club.

I have asked them nicely when I met them three months ago, but there are still those who just refuse to do so.
-- Malaysian Youth & Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, on threatening state FAs with sanctions if they don't set up integrity committees.

Our aim is not to make a barrier -- or iron curtain -- between the KHL and the NHL.
-- KHL President Aleksandr Medvedev, on the Russian-based league's desire to attract top players from from the NHL.

Let us, this great universal orchestra, the IOC, play together in harmony for a bright future of the Olympic movement.
-- Germany's Thomas Bach following his election as IOC president.

If the position I'm taking -- which is that we need a lot more information -- is rocking the boat, then I'm going to be rocking the boat.
-- U.S. FIFA official Sunil Gulati, on calling for the organization to delay its vote to move the '22 Qatar World Cup to winter.

Why should I step aside? I am not disqualified and neither can you push me out.
-- BCCI President N. Srinivasan, after his son-in-law, Chennai Super Kings Owner Gurunath Meiyappan, was suspended for alleged match-fixing.

As far as Scotland are concerned, we would quite happily play the World Cup in the North Pole on Christmas Day if we were part of the qualification.
-- Scottish FA CEO Stewart Regan, commenting that the league would support the '22 World Cup being moved to the winter.

It astonishes me that the media is obsessed with Qatar in nine years' time and does not seem very bothered about the World Cup in 2014.
-- FIFPro Secretary General Theo van Seggelen, claiming that football has more pressing problems than a winter World Cup in Qatar.

Lionel was 15 years at the time; he didn’t have anything to do with this.
-- Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge, on tax evasion charges he and his son will face in a Spanish court.