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  • New FIFA ethics chief won't be pushed around

    By Katharina Bart and Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Younger than some professional footballers, Swiss attorney Cornel Borbely is at first sight an unlikely choice as the man to step into Michael Garcia's shoes and try to keep corruption out of FIFA. A disillusioned Garcia, the former U.S.…

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  • Qatar says ready for summer or winter World Cup

    By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - Qatar will be ready to deliver a World Cup no matter when it is played, the Gulf state's 2022 organizing committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi assured on Thursday. With FIFA set to vote March 19 on a recommendation for a World Cup staged over the cooler months of…

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  • SAfrica: FIFA not acting decisively on match-fixing claims

    The South African sports minister has accused FIFA of being ''very inefficient'' and not acting decisively on match-fixing investigations. In an interview with The Associated Press, Fikile Mbalula criticized the failure of football's governing body to complete an investigation into whether 2010…

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  • Guinea disagrees with FIFA over moving African Cup to June

    Guinea sports minister Domani Dore has contradicted FIFA by saying the 2023 African Cup of Nations cannot be moved back to June to accommodate the re-scheduled 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dore said there was no chance the African championship can be played in the middle of the year because it was…

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  • Russian soccer official says country must tackle racism

    The general secretary of Russian Football Union says the organization needs to crack down on the ''virus'' of racism ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup. Anatoly Vorobyov tells The Associated Press that ''unfortunately not everything is going smoothly'' with Russia's fight against soccer racism…

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  • Dutch candidate for FIFA presidency wants more transparency

    The Dutch candidate for the FIFA presidency said Monday he wants to boost the number of teams at the World Cup to 40 and give guaranteed berths to host nations and defending champions. Royal Netherlands Football Association Chairman Michael van Praag also said FIFA should send more money to…

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  • Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there ''must be some sanctions'' if the extremism is not eradicated. ''I am aware of the report,'' Blatter told The Associated Press. ''We are…

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  • A look at some discriminatory incidents in Russian football

    A look at some of the incidents highlighted in the report from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for European football's governing body UEFA. London-based Fare says Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture…

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  • Russian soccer stadiums a throwback to 1980s England

    Watching a football match in Russia often carries echoes of the grim era of hooliganism in 1980s Britain. There are crumbling stadiums, sparse crowds, clashes between hardcore fans and police, and despite a recent ban, often a pervasive smell of cigarette smoke. Also, as shown Friday in a report…

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  • Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

    Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press. Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases…

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  • Afghans revel in first cricket World Cup win; celebratory gunfire wounds six

    By Hamid Shalizi KABUL (Reuters) - Ecstatic Afghans danced in the streets and fired rifles into the air on Thursday to celebrate their national cricket team's first win in their maiden World Cup, a much-needed piece of good news for the country mired in war with Taliban insurgents. Six people…

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  • Valcke: No FIFA compensation to clubs for 2022 date switch

    The fallout from FIFA's desire to play the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022 was felt in Europe and Africa on Wednesday. FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke rejected calls to compensate wealthy European clubs for disruption to their seasons, and refused to apologize for a November-December…

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  • African Cup moved to June 2023 by World Cup date switch

    The 2023 African Cup of Nations in Guinea will move from January to June because of FIFA's plan to switch the 2022 World Cup dates to November-December, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday. Valcke said the switch was a concession to clubs who don't want to lose their African…

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  • No club compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup: FIFA

    By Amena Bakr DOHA (Reuters) - FIFA flexed its muscles again on Wednesday when it announced that clubs will not get any compensation for losing players and suffering domestic disruption due to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar. A day after a FIFA task force angered Europe's clubs by recommending a…

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  • Australia's Bresciano quits internationals

    Veteran Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano has called time on his international career after celebrating the Socceroos' Asian Cup triumph on home soil last month. The 35-year-old, who scored 13 goals in 84 'A' internationals, represented Australia in three consecutive World Cup finals campaigns…

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  • FIFA closes on dates for taboo-breaking World Cup in Qatar

    Seven years before the 2022 tournament kicks off in the wealthy emirate, FIFA recommended a break with soccer tradition on Tuesday - moving its marquee tournament to November and December instead of the usual June-July time slot. A FIFA task force meeting in Doha agreed that playing in the cooler…

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  • FIFA's D'Hooghe cleared in ethics investigation

    (Reuters) - FIFA executive committee member Michel D'Hooghe has been cleared of any wrongdoing by an ethics committee investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA said its ethics committee's judgment chamber had found that "there is insufficient evidence to suggest…

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  • FIFA recommends shorter November-December World Cup for Qatar 2022

    By Amena Bakr DOHA (Reuters) - FIFA has recommended that Qatar hosts a shorter World Cup in 2022 staged over the cooler months of November and December in a move sure to set world soccer's governing body on a collision course with the major European leagues. Asian Football Confederation head…

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