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Nov 9, 2015

Russia faces ban from athletics for widespread doping offences

GENEVA (Reuters) – An international anti-doping commission recommended on Monday that Russia’s Athletics Federation be banned from international competition over widespread doping offences, a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team excluded from next year’s Rio Olympics.

Russian sports minister Vitlay Mutko said there was no evidence for the accusations against the Federation.

Nov 9, 2015

Reactions to anti-doping commission report

GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) – An international anti-doping commission recommended on Monday that the Russian Athletics Federation be banned from the sport over widespread doping offences, a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team banished from Olympic competition.

Here are quotes from the announcement and reaction.

Dick Pound, former head of World Anti-Doping Agency and author of review:

“It’s worse than we thought, it has the effect of factually affecting the results on the field and play and athletes, both in Russia and abroad, are suffering as a result. It maybe a residue of the old Soviet system…they must stop it and make a new start.”

Nov 1, 2015

Fiorentina turn on style to join Inter at the top

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Fiorentina hit four goals before halftime, including a cheeky backheel by Gonzalo Rodriguez and a Panenka-style penalty from Khouma Babacar, to beat Frosinone 4-1 and join Inter Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday.

Napoli dropped two points behind the leading pair and missed out on a sixth successive league win after squandering numerous chances in a 0-0 draw at Genoa, one of three goalless games among the five played on Sunday.

Nov 1, 2015

Soccer-Fiorentina turn on style to join Inter at the top

Nov 1 (Reuters) – Fiorentina hit four goals before halftime, including a cheeky backheel by Gonzalo Rodriguez and a Panenka-style penalty from Khouma Babacar, to beat Frosinone 4-1 and join Inter Milan at the top of Serie A on Sunday.

Napoli dropped two points behind the leading pair and missed out on a sixth successive league win after squandering numerous chances in a 0-0 draw at Genoa, one of three goalless games among the five played on Sunday.

Oct 30, 2015

Presidential candidate Champagne wants a more humble FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne wants soccer’s crisis-hit government body to be less formal and more humble in the future.

FIFA has been buffeted by scandals that have seen both outgoing president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini, previously considered the favorite to take over, both suspended for 90 days.

Oct 30, 2015

Soccer-Presidential candidate Champagne wants a more humble FIFA

ZURICH, Oct 30 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne wants soccer’s crisis-hit government body to be less formal and more humble in the future.

FIFA has been buffeted by scandals that have seen both outgoing president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini, previously considered the favourite to take over, both suspended for 90 days.

Oct 30, 2015

Africans losing life savings to agents: charity

AARHUS, Denmark (Reuters) – African families are handing their life savings to false agents who promise their sons a career with a European club but instead leave them abandoned on the street, says a charity which deals with the problem.

Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international who heads the Culture Foot Solidaire group, also warned that Africa is awash with ramshackle, unlicensed soccer academies which exist primarily to prepare children for a move abroad.

Oct 30, 2015

Soccer-Africans losing life savings to agents-charity

AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 30 (Reuters) – African families are handing their life savings to false agents who promise their sons a career with a European club but instead leave them abandoned on the street, says a charity which deals with the problem.

Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, a former Cameroon international who heads the Culture Foot Solidaire group, also warned that Africa is awash with ramshackle, unlicensed soccer academies which exist primarily to prepare children for a move abroad.

Oct 29, 2015

Danish FA supports Greenland’s bid to join UEFA, FIFA

AARHUS, Denmark (Reuters) – Denmark’s football association (DBU) supports Greenland’s bid to become a member of FIFA and wants to help develop the sport on the territory which still has no proper pitches.

Greenland, which like the Faroe Islands is part of the Kingdom of Denmark and has wide autonomy, has had a football association since 1971 and has long hoped to become a member of the international football community.

Oct 29, 2015

Soccer-Danish FA supports Greenland’s bid to join UEFA, FIFA

AARHUS, Denmark, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Denmark’s football association (DBU) supports Greenland’s bid to become a member of FIFA and wants to help develop the sport on the territory which still has no proper pitches.

Greenland, which like the Faroe Islands is part of the Kingdom of Denmark and has wide autonomy, has had a football association since 1971 and has long hoped to become a member of the international football community.