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Oct 17, 2014

Full publication of Garcia report impossible – FIFA judge

BERNE (Reuters) – The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.

Eckert is still studying the report produced by his counterpart Michael Garcia into whether there was corruption in the process which led to the 2018 tournament being awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, and expects to issue a statement on his findings by mid-November.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-Full publication of Garcia report impossible – FIFA judge

BERNE, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.

Eckert is still studying the report produced by his counterpart Michael Garcia into whether there was corruption in the process which led to the 2018 tournament being awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, and expects to issue a statement on his findings by mid-November.

Oct 8, 2014

Preview – Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

BERNE (Reuters) – Europe is preparing for UEFA’s first full-blown “week of football” as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing – although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.

UEFA has heralded the new setup as “great news for football fans” but there is risk that the six solid days of international football could end up making it like background music in a shopping centre, always being played somewhere but with nobody really paying much attention.

Oct 8, 2014

Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

BERNE (Reuters) – Europe is preparing for UEFA’s first full-blown “week of football” as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing – although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.

UEFA has heralded the new setup as “great news for football fans” but there is risk that the six solid days of international football could end up making it like background music in a shopping centre, always being played somewhere but with nobody really paying much attention.

Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

BERNE, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Europe is preparing for UEFA’s first full-blown “week of football” as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing – although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.

UEFA has heralded the new setup as “great news for football fans” but there is risk that the six solid days of international football could end up making it like background music in a shopping centre, always being played somewhere but with nobody really paying much attention.

Oct 7, 2014

Italian FA chief barred from UEFA over ‘banana’ comment

BERNE (Reuters) – Italian federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from the next UEFA Congress and from holding any position with European soccer’s governing body for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August.

UEFA said its disciplinary and ethics panel had also ordered the 71-year-old to organise racism awareness event in Italy.

Oct 7, 2014

Soccer-Italian FA chief barred from UEFA over ‘banana’ comment

BERNE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Italian federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from the next UEFA Congress and from holding any position with European soccer’s governing body for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August.

UEFA said its disciplinary and ethics panel had also ordered the 71-year-old to organise racism awareness event in Italy.

Oct 3, 2014

Champagne fights for the “uncertainty of the result”

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne fears that soccer’s unpredictability, central to its pulling power, is under threat as the game’s top players are concentrated at a few rich clubs based in a handful of prosperous countries.

Although FIFA has been dominated by corruption scandals and controversy over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Champagne said that unequal distribution of resources was the “central issue” facing soccer’s governing body today.

Oct 3, 2014

Soccer-Champagne fights for the ‘uncertainty of the result’

ZURICH, Oct 3 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne fears that soccer’s unpredictability, central to its pulling power, is under threat as the game’s top players are concentrated at a few rich clubs based in a handful of prosperous countries.

Although FIFA has been dominated by corruption scandals and controversy over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Champagne said that unequal distribution of resources was the “central issue” facing soccer’s governing body today.

Oct 2, 2014

Perfect Juve, Roma primed for early Serie A showdown

MILAN (Reuters) – Serie A favourites Juventus and AS Roma, both enjoying a 100 percent record after five league matches of the season, clash on Sunday in a match which, even at such an early stage, could be hugely significant in the title race.

The possible presence of veteran Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo on one side and his Roma counterpart Francesco Totti on the other could add even greater spice to the meeting of last season’s champions and runners-up (Sunday 1600 GMT).