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Dec 15, 2012

Goal-line technology here to stay, says FIFA president

TOKYO (Reuters) – After unsuccessful tests of goal-line technology in 2005 and 2007, FIFA promised on Saturday that future World Cups would be free of any more shocking Frank Lampard moments.

Soccer’s world governing body are using two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, at the Club World Cup in Japan, with one of them to be used at next year’s Confederations Cup.

Dec 15, 2012

Soccer-Goal-line technology here to stay, says FIFA president

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – After unsuccessful tests of goal-line technology in 2005 and 2007, FIFA promised on Saturday that future World Cups would be free of any more shocking Frank Lampard moments.

Soccer’s world governing body are using two systems, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, at the Club World Cup in Japan, with one of them to be used at next year’s Confederations Cup.

Dec 15, 2012

Racism social not football problem, says Blatter

TOKYO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes that completely ridding soccer of racism will be impossible while it remains a problem in society as a whole.

Blatter said on Saturday that he would speak to UEFA boss Michel Platini over the level of fine dished out to Serbia for incidents at an Under-21 match against England in October.

Dec 15, 2012

Soccer-Racism social not football problem, says Blatter

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes that completely ridding soccer of racism will be impossible while it remains a problem in society as a whole.

Blatter said on Saturday that he would speak to UEFA boss Michel Platini over the level of fine dished out to Serbia for incidents at an Under-21 match against England in October.

Dec 15, 2012

Indonesia escapes ban as festive FIFA extend deadline

TOKYO (Reuters) – FIFA have given Indonesia’s crisis-hit soccer federation one final chance to put its chaotic house in order, “gifting” it a three-month extension, or face suspension.

Indonesia dodged a ban after emergency talks involving soccer’s world governing body and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) officials, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Dec 15, 2012

Soccer-Indonesia escapes ban as festive FIFA extend deadline

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – FIFA have given Indonesia’s crisis-hit soccer federation one final chance to put its chaotic house in order, “gifting” it a three-month extension, or face suspension.

Indonesia dodged a ban after emergency talks involving soccer’s world governing body and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) officials, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Saturday.

Dec 14, 2012

Unified Chelsea continue to improve under Benitez

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – After taking four games to register a victory under Rafael Benitez, the Chelsea squad appears to be warming to the Spaniard’s meticulous methods with a run of three consecutive wins.

By racking up 12 goals in the process, five of them scored by a resurgent Fernando Torres, Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Monterrey at the Club World Cup on Thursday provided the latest evidence of a marked progression under their interim manager.

Dec 14, 2012

Soccer-Unified Chelsea continue to improve under Benitez

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 14 (Reuters) – After taking four games to register a victory under Rafael Benitez, the Chelsea squad appears to be warming to the Spaniard’s meticulous methods with a run of three consecutive wins.

By racking up 12 goals in the process, five of them scored by a resurgent Fernando Torres, Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Monterrey at the Club World Cup on Thursday provided the latest evidence of a marked progression under their interim manager.

Dec 13, 2012

Lampard says this could be his last season at Chelsea

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Chelsea’s veteran midfielder Frank Lampard wants to play on for two or three more years but says this campaign could be his last at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old England international’s contract comes to an end this season and talks have yet to take place on a new deal.

Dec 13, 2012

Soccer-Lampard says this could be his last season at Chelsea

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s veteran midfielder Frank Lampard wants to play on for two or three more years but says this campaign could be his last at Stamford Bridge.

The 34-year-old England international’s contract comes to an end this season and talks have yet to take place on a new deal.