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Apr 2, 2014

Soccer-Barca get transfer ban for breaching rules on minors

BERNE, April 2 (Reuters) – Barcelona have been given a transfer ban for two consecutive windows and fined 450,000 Swiss francs ($509,400) for breaching rules on the international transfer of foreign under-18 players, FIFA said on Wednesday.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) was fined 500,000 Swiss francs after soccer’s world governing body found it had also breached rules on the transfer of minors, FIFA added in a statement.

Mar 27, 2014

World Cup referees told to focus on protecting players

ZURICH (Reuters) – Protecting players from heavy tackles will be the priority for referees at this year’s World Cup in Brazil rather than other contentious issues such as diving, handball and the triple punishment.

Football is generally considered to have become much less violent on the pitch in the last few years and the game’s governing body FIFA said during a training week for World Cup referees on Thursday that it wanted to keep it that way.

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-World Cup referees told to focus on protecting players

ZURICH, March 27 (Reuters) – Protecting players from heavy tackles will be the priority for referees at this year’s World Cup in Brazil rather than other contentious issues such as diving, handball and the triple punishment.

Football is generally considered to have become much less violent on the pitch in the last few years and the game’s governing body FIFA said during a training week for World Cup referees on Thursday that it wanted to keep it that way.

Mar 25, 2014

FIFA must stop quibbling over Qatar workers

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA needs to stop ducking its responsibility in relation to the labor rights situation in 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar and start looking for solutions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

“We are still hearing protestations about the level to which FIFA is responsible but this is missing the point,” James Lynch, Amnesty’s researcher for migrant workers in the Gulf, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Mar 25, 2014

Soccer-FIFA must stop quibbling over Qatar workers

ZURICH, March 25 (Reuters) – FIFA needs to stop ducking its responsibility in relation to the labour rights situation in 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar and start looking for solutions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

“We are still hearing protestations about the level to which FIFA is responsible but this is missing the point,” James Lynch, Amnesty’s researcher for migrant workers in the Gulf, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Mar 24, 2014

Juventus wear and tear starting to show

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Serie A leaders Juventus are already showing the strains of a long season and things are only going to get tougher with at least eight matches looming in the next 30 days.

Weary and irritable, Juve were a far cry from January’s polished outfit as they scrambled a 1-0 win at bottom club Catania on Sunday.

Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Juventus wear and tear starting to show

March 24 (Reuters) – Serie A leaders Juventus are already showing the strains of a long season and things are only going to get tougher with at least eight matches looming in the next 30 days.

Weary and irritable, Juve were a far cry from January’s polished outfit as they scrambled a 1-0 win at bottom club Catania on Sunday.

Mar 21, 2014

FIFA says impasse resolved over Corinthians stadium

ZURICH (Reuters) – A financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium has been resolved, FIFA said on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body also denied media reports that 800 flights could be re-routed or cancelled during the month-long tournament in Brazil due to airspace restrictions near airports in the host cities.

Mar 21, 2014

Soccer-FIFA says impasse resolved over Corinthians stadium

ZURICH, March 21 (Reuters) – A financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium has been resolved, FIFA said on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body also denied media reports that 800 flights could be re-routed or cancelled during the month-long tournament in Brazil due to airspace restrictions near airports in the host cities.

Mar 15, 2014

Soccer-Relentless Bayern go 50 league games unbeaten

March 15 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich completed their 50th Bundesliga match without defeat when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday to extend their lead to an almost embarrassing 23 points.

The imperious Bavarians, who have won their last 17 league games, need two more wins to wrap up the title and could even clinch it next week, with eight matches to spare, if they beat Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 both fail to win.