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Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-Union says soccer scandals show players need more say

BERNE, June 2 (Reuters) – Players should be given more of a voice in how soccer is run to prevent “scandal after scandal,” the world players’ union said on Monday in the wake of accusations bribes were paid to win Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

The international game has been rocked by a British Sunday newspaper’s report that around $5 million was paid to officials in return for votes for Qatar’s successful bid.

May 31, 2014

Algeria sweep aside Armenia in festive atmosphere

SION Switzerland (Reuters) – Algeria belied their status as World Cup outsiders blasting three first-half goals on their way to a comprehensive 3-1 win over Armenia in a festive atmosphere in Sion on Saturday.

Around 12,000 drum-banging, chanting Algerian fans turned the tiny Tourbillon in the usually sleepy Swiss Alpine town into a cauldron, appearing to unnerve their opponents in the first half.

May 31, 2014

Soccer-Algeria sweep aside Armenia in festive atmosphere

SION, Switzerland, May 31 (Reuters) – Algeria belied their status as World Cup outsiders blasting three first-half goals on their way to a comprehensive 3-1 win over Armenia in a festive atmosphere in Sion on Saturday.

Around 12,000 drum-banging, chanting Algerian fans turned the tiny Tourbillon in the usually sleepy Swiss Alpine town into a cauldron, appearing to unnerve their opponents in the first half.

May 30, 2014

Drmic gives Swiss late win over defiant Jamaica

LUCERNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Switzerland substitute Josip Drmic atoned for an astonishing miss by scoring a late goal to give the World Cup qualifiers a 1-0 victory over battling Jamaica in a friendly on Friday.

Drmic missed an open goal from two meters but made amends in the 84th minute when he ran on to Blerim Dzemaili’s pass, cut inside his marker and fired past goalkeeper Andre Blake.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-Drmic gives Swiss late win over defiant Jamaica

LUCERNE, Switzerland, May 30 (Reuters) – Switzerland substitute Josip Drmic atoned for an astonishing miss by scoring a late goal to give the World Cup qualifiers a 1-0 victory over battling Jamaica in a friendly on Friday.

Drmic missed an open goal from two metres but made amends in the 84th minute when he ran on to Blerim Dzemaili’s pass, cut inside his marker and fired past goalkeeper Andre Blake.

May 30, 2014

Match-fixing ‘major problem’ in Greece, says survey

BERNE (Reuters) – Match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece where 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey said they had been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.

The survey, conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, said it was also a major problem in Italy, although the number of cases that have been exposed may have been a sign of willingness to tackle the problem.

May 30, 2014

Match-fixing in soccer a “major problem” in Greece, says survey

BERNE (Reuters) – Match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece where 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey said they had been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.

The survey, conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, said it was also a major problem in Italy, although the number of cases that have been exposed may have been a sign of willingness to tackle the problem.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-Match-fixing “major problem” in Greece, says survey

BERNE, May 30 (Reuters) – Match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece where 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey said they had been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.

The survey, conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, said it was also a major problem in Italy, although the number of cases that have been exposed may have been a sign of willingness to tackle the problem.

May 27, 2014

Match-fixing not a major problem, says Europol

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Match-fixing is not a major problem in European soccer despite recent high-profile cases, Europol said on Tuesday. The anti-crime agency has signed a co-operation agreement with the sport’s European governing body UEFA to deal with the issue Of fixing.

“I still don’t think it’s a major problem in European football, not from what I see,” Rob Wainwright, director of the European anti-crime agency, told reporters at UEFA headquarters.

May 27, 2014

Soccer-Match-fixing not a major problem, says Europol

NYON, Switzerland, May 27 (Reuters) – Match-fixing is not a major problem in European soccer despite recent high-profile cases, Europol said on Tuesday.

The anti-crime agency has signed a co-operation agreement with the sport’s European governing body UEFA to deal with the issue Of fixing.