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Volume 7 No. 149

International Football

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin will run unopposed for re-election as head of European football's governing body in February's vote, according to Simon Evans of REUTERS. UEFA announced the nominations for its leading positions after the deadline closed on Wednesday and there was "no challenger to the incumbent." Ceferin, a 51-year-old lawyer from Slovenia, was elected UEFA President in '16. Hungarian Sandor Csanyi is also set for re-election, as he is unopposed for the FIFA VP position from Europe. There will, however, be a contest for the FIFA VP role that represents the four British associations, with FA Chair Greg Clarke up against Irish FA President David Martin. The vote will be held on Feb. 7 (REUTERS, 11/8).

FAST-TRACKING VAR: The BBC's Richard Conway reported video assistant referees "could be introduced into the latter stages of this season's Champions League." UEFA announced in September that VAR will be "phased in" from '19. However, UEFA has been "discussing fast-tracking VAR for a number of weeks." Fears of "high-profile, game-changing mistakes in the biggest games," coupled with the perception that VAR was a success at the World Cup, have "prompted leading officials into a rethink" (BBC, 11/8).

In September, ticket packages for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 went on sale, and since then, 45,000 packages have been sold (150,000 tickets). The tournament will take place across nine host cities in France and each has reported brisk ticket sales. Lyon, which will host the semifinals (July 2-3) and the final (July 7), has already sold all of its packages for the three matches, more than 22,000 (69,000 tickets) (FIFA). 

The Kenyan Football Federation (FKF) condemned a Confederation of African Football decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea to the Women's Africa Cup of Nations. The FKF said that it is "profoundly astonished" by the move, which represents "a great injustice," and plans an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (BBC, 11/8).

Eredivisie side Ajax tied Benfica in a Champions League match "marred by violence in the stands." Police and supporters "clashed" in the away end at the Estadio da Luz (BBC, 11/8).