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Oct 30, 2014

April/May best for 2022 World Cup, say European clubs

BERNE (Reuters) – Playing the 2022 World Cup in April and May would be the “best solution” for the tournament and would have the least impact on the football calendar, according to the association representing European clubs (ECA).

ECA said that, provided matches kick off in the evening, the heat in Qatar would be “less extreme than the temperature experienced in some previous World Cups (i.e. Mexico 1986, USA 1994, Brazil 2014)”.

Oct 30, 2014

Soccer-April/May best for 2022 World Cup, say European clubs

BERNE, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Playing the 2022 World Cup in April and May would be the “best solution” for the tournament and would have the least impact on the football calendar, according to the association representing European clubs (ECA).

ECA said that, provided matches kick off in the evening, the heat in Qatar would be “less extreme than the temperature experienced in some previous World Cups (i.e. Mexico 1986, USA 1994, Brazil 2014)”.

Oct 29, 2014

Men’s World Cup could be played on artificial turf, says Valcke

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has dismissed allegations of gender discrimination over the decision to play the women’s World Cup on artificial turf, saying the surface could also be used for the men’s tournament in the future.

“It could well be that sooner rather than later the men’s World Cup will also be played on artificial pitches,” he said in an interview on FIFA’s own website (www.fifa.com).

Oct 29, 2014

Soccer-Men’s World Cup could be played on artificial turf, says Valcke

BERNE, Oct 29 (Reuters) – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has dismissed allegations of gender discrimination over the decision to play the women’s World Cup on artificial turf, saying the surface could also be used for the men’s tournament in the future.

“It could well be that sooner rather than later the men’s World Cup will also be played on artificial pitches,” he said in an interview on FIFA’s own website (www.fifa.com).

Oct 28, 2014

Germany dominate controversial Ballon d’Or list

BERNE (Reuters) – Germany dominated the FIFA Player of the Year shortlist, with six nominees among the 23 candidates announced on Tuesday, while the 10-man coaching shortlist was full of anomalies and controversy.

Juergen Klinsmann was included among the coaches after leading United States to the last 16 of the World Cup but Jorge Luis Pinto and Jose Pekerman, who took Costa Rica and Colombia respectively to the quarter-finals, were overlooked.

Oct 28, 2014

Soccer-Germany dominate controversial Ballon d’Or list

BERNE, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Germany dominated the FIFA Player of the Year shortlist, with six nominees among the 23 candidates announced on Tuesday, while the 10-man coaching shortlist was full of anomalies and controversy.

Juergen Klinsmann was included among the coaches after leading United States to the last 16 of the World Cup but Jorge Luis Pinto and Jose Pekerman, who took Costa Rica and Colombia respectively to the quarter-finals, were overlooked.

Oct 24, 2014

Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

BERNE (Reuters) – Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl on the pitch, but also had three points deducted, UEFA said on Friday.

Serbia have also been ordered to play their next two home games in Group I behind closed doors, while both teams have been fined 100,000 euros (78,912.2 British pounds) following the chaotic scenes at the match in Belgrade, European soccer’s governing body added.

Oct 24, 2014

Soccer-Serbia get walkover v Albania, three points deducted

BERNE, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania for last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier, abandoned following a brawl on the pitch, but also had three points deducted, UEFA said on Friday.

Serbia have also been ordered to play their next two home games in Group I behind closed doors, while both teams have been fined 100,000 euros (126,410 US dollar) following the chaotic scenes at the match in Belgrade, European soccer’s governing body added.

Oct 22, 2014

Peace declared between Platini, Hayatou

BERNE (Reuters) – Peace has been declared between UEFA president Michel Platini and his African counterpart Issa Hayatou after the Frenchman reacted angrily to suggestions that he had interfered in the affairs of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF claimed in a statement on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the African Nations Cup, due to be played in Morocco in January and told him to stay out of their business.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Peace declared between Platini, Hayatou

BERNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Peace has been declared between UEFA president Michel Platini and his African counterpart Issa Hayatou after the Frenchman reacted angrily to suggestions that he had interfered in the affairs of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF claimed in a statement on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the African Nations Cup, due to be played in Morocco in January and told him to stay out of their business.