League Championship side Nottingham Forest announced the sacking of Manager BILLY DAVIES with Former Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United Manager NEIL WARNOCK "set to be installed as his replacement." Warnock "apparently met with Forest's owners on Sunday," a day after its 5-0 loss to close rivals Derby (PA, 3/24). ... The two women co-opted on to the FIFA exec committee last year "seem certain to stay on for another year." This summer's FIFA Congress "will be asked to extend the mandates" of MOYA DODD of Australia and SONIA BIEN-AIME of the Turks and Caicos Islands "in order to maintain female representation at the organisation's top table" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 3/24).
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Italian pop singer GIANNI MORANDI said that "he will resign his position" as honorary president at Serie A side Bologna, once it is assured its league status. The club has "entered a period of uncertainty," amid fan protests against President ALBANO GUARALDI. In support of Guaraldi, Morandi has released a statement declaring that "he will leave his position held since 2010, in protest against the fans’ behaviour" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 3/24). ... U.S. Ambassador to Japan CAROLINE KENNEDY "will throw out the ceremonial pitch for the season opener at Tokyo Dome on Friday" when Nippon Professional Baseball club Yomiuri Giants plays the Hanshin Tigers (KYODO, 3/24).
Reuters' KAROLOS GROHMANN: "Some clubs were confident top two #Bundesliga leagues would vote in favour of goalline technology but more Romantics out there than thought"
London Evening Standard's MIHIR BOSE: "So the FA have had to make amends for the Gibbs farce. Something that could never have happened if football accepted television."
Real Madrid player ÁLVARO ARBEOLA: "Pues la misma historia de siempre, no?" ("So the same story as always, no?")
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