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Aug 9, 2014

Blatter wants his critics to stand for president

ULRICHEN Switzerland (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wants his detractors to stand up and take him on in a FIFA presidential election rather than just criticise him, the FIFA president said on Saturday.

“If I were not criticised, I would not have any value,” the Swiss, who is in his fourth mandate after first being elected in 1998, told reporters. “People who say I should not be a candidate or I should not get elected, they can take the risk to be in an election. I took the risk in 1998.”

Aug 9, 2014

Soccer-Blatter wants his critics to stand for president

ULRICHEN, Switzerland, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter wants his detractors to stand up and take him on in a FIFA presidential election rather than just criticise him, the FIFA president said on Saturday.

“If I were not criticised, I would not have any value,” the Swiss, who is in his fourth mandate after first being elected in 1998, told reporters. “People who say I should not be a candidate or I should not get elected, they can take the risk to be in an election. I took the risk in 1998.”

Aug 8, 2014

Napoli face Bilbao in Champions League playoff round

NYON Switzerland (Reuters) – Napoli, bidding to reach the Champions League group stage for the third time and the second in a row, were handed a daunting tie against Athletic Bilbao in the draw for the playoff round on Friday.

Arsenal, hoping to qualify for the 17th consecutive season, must face Turkey’s Besiktas and twice former champions Porto were also handed a difficult draw as they were paired against Lille, with the French club at home the first leg.

Aug 8, 2014

Celtic back in Champions League after Warsaw thrown out

NYON Switzerland (Reuters) – Legia Warsaw were thrown out of the Champions League by UEFA on Friday after fielding an ineligible player during the second leg of their qualifying tie against Celtic on Wednesday.

Unregistered defender Bartosz Bereszynski came on as a substitute with three minutes remaining in Legia’s 2-0 win which sealed a 6-1 aggregate victory.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Celtic back in Champions League after Warsaw thrown out

NYON, Switzerland Aug 8 (Reuters) – Legia Warsaw were thrown out of the Champions League by UEFA on Friday after fielding an ineligible player during the second leg of their qualifying tie against Celtic on Wednesday.

Unregistered defender Bartosz Bereszynski came on as a substitute with three minutes remaining in Legia’s 2-0 win which sealed a 6-1 aggregate victory.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-FIFPro calls for Suarez ban reduction as appeal takes place

LAUSANNE, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro called for Luis Suarez’s ban for biting to be reduced on Friday as the Uruguay and Barcelona forward’s appeal was taking place at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

FIFPro said that the ban was excessive and that Suarez had been “trialled and vilified in public” for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during their World Cup match in June.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Napoli face Bilbao in Champions League playoff round

NYON, Switzerland, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Napoli, bidding to reach the Champions League group stage for the third time and the second in a row, were handed a daunting tie against Athletic Bilbao in the draw for the playoff round on Friday.

Arsenal, hoping to qualify for the 17th consecutive season, must face Turkey’s Besiktas and twice former champions Porto were also handed a difficult draw as they were paired against Lille, with the French club at home the first leg.

Aug 8, 2014

CAS start appeal into Suarez biting ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, (Reuters) – By Brian Homewood

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began its hearing on Friday into Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match.

Suarez, wearing a checked shirt, brushed aside photographers and refused to make any comment as he arrived by taxi at the CAS headquarters in a Lausanne suburb.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-CAS start appeal into Suarez biting ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began its hearing on Friday into Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match.

Suarez, wearing a checked shirt, brushed aside photographers and refused to make any comment as he arrived by taxi at the CAS headquarters in a Lausanne suburb.

Aug 7, 2014

Italy’s pressing issues overshadowed by ‘banana eaters’ row

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Italy’s dismal World Cup performance has added to the already depressing scenario of Serie A decline, falling attendances, racism, match-fixing and a failure to find new talent.

Yet, with an Italian federation (FIGC) presidential election looming on Monday, those pressing issues have been sidelined by the racism row involving Carlo Tavecchio, one of the two candidates for the position vacated by Giancarlo Abete.