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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.

Oct 22, 2014

Furious Platini hits out at ‘insulting’ CAF allegations

BERNE (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has reacted angrily to a suggestion that he is interfering in the affairs of African football and denied calling for the continent’s Nations Cup to be postponed because of the Ebola crisis.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had claimed in a statement issued on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the tournament, due to be played in Morocco in January.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Furious Platini hits out at “insulting” CAF allegations

BERNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has reacted angrily to a suggestion that he is interfering in the affairs of African football and denied calling for the continent’s Nations Cup to be postponed because of the Ebola crisis.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had claimed in a statement issued on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the tournament, due to be played in Morocco in January.

Oct 20, 2014

Galatasaray, Basel fined over crowd trouble

BERNE (Reuters) – Galatasaray have been fined 50,000 euros (39,593 pounds) and ordered to pay Arsenal for damages after their fans set off fireworks and caused trouble at their Champions League in London this month, UEFA said on Monday.

FC Basel, Feyenoord and Standard Liege have also been fined over trouble at recent European club matches, while Andorra and Wales have been sanctioned over a pitch invasion during their Euro 2016 qualifier in September.

Oct 20, 2014

Soccer-Galatasaray, Basel fined over crowd trouble

BERNE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Galatasaray have been fined 50,000 euros ($63,930) and ordered to pay Arsenal for damages after their fans set off fireworks and caused trouble at their Champions League in London this month, UEFA said on Monday.

FC Basel, Feyenoord and Standard Liege have also been fined over trouble at recent European club matches, while Andorra and Wales have been sanctioned over a pitch invasion during their Euro 2016 qualifier in September.

Oct 20, 2014

Nepal implementing ‘corrective measures’, says FIFA

BERNE (Reuters) – Nepal’s football association (ANFA) is implementing “corrective measures” amid allegations from its own senior officials about embezzlement of funds, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.

FIFA said the Nepalese FA had been the subject of an “unsatisfactory” external audit in 2012, when “unappropriated cash movements” were identified, and was also targeted by an ethics committee investigation in 2013.