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Apr 1, 2015

Italian game no longer reliant on tycoons – chief

TURIN (Reuters) – Italian football is no longer dependent on the whims of tycoons who have traditionally controlled the country’s biggest clubs, the head of the football federation (FIGC) told Reuters in an interview.

Carlo Tavecchio said that Italian football, whose credibility has been rocked by match-fixing scandals, hooliganism, falling attendances and financial problems, was now a safe place to invest.

Apr 1, 2015

Soccer-Italian game no longer reliant on tycoons – chief

TURIN, April 1 (Reuters) – Italian football is no longer dependent on the whims of tycoons who have traditionally controlled the country’s biggest clubs, the head of the football federation (FIGC) told Reuters in an interview.

Carlo Tavecchio said that Italian football, whose credibility has been rocked by match-fixing scandals, hooliganism, falling attendances and financial problems, was now a safe place to invest.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. concede another late goal in Swiss draw

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Valentin Stocker netted a late leveler as United States continued their recent habit of conceding late goals and were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Tuesday.

Brek Shea rifled home a free kick at the end of the first half to give Juergen Klinsmann’s team a deserved lead but they were pegged back by with 10 minutes left after poor defending.

Mar 31, 2015

Soccer-U.S. concede another late goal in Swiss draw

ZURICH, March 31 (Reuters) – Switzerland’s Valentin Stocker netted a late leveller as United States continued their recent habit of conceding late goals and were held to a 1-1 draw in a friendly on Tuesday.

Brek Shea rifled home a free kick at the end of the first half to give Juergen Klinsmann’s team a deserved lead but they were pegged back by with 10 minutes left after poor defending.

Mar 30, 2015

Conte banishes any suggestion of quitting

TURIN (Reuters) – Antonio Conte banished any idea that he was quitting as Italy coach on Monday and said that there was nothing wrong with hard work, in an apparent reply to suggestions he was overworking his players.

Conte was in emotional mood as he returned to the Juventus stadium, where he won three Serie A titles in as many seasons as coach, for an Italy training session ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against England.

Mar 30, 2015

Soccer-Conte banishes any suggestion of quitting

TURIN, March 30 (Reuters) – Antonio Conte banished any idea that he was quitting as Italy coach on Monday and said that there was nothing wrong with hard work, in an apparent reply to suggestions he was overworking his players.

Conte was in emotional mood as he returned to the Juventus stadium, where he won three Serie A titles in as many seasons as coach, for an Italy training session ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against England.

Mar 27, 2015

Pechstein ruling threatens sport’s arbitration system, says CAS

BERNE (Reuters) – A German court decision to allow a lawsuit from speed skater Claudia Pechstein related to her doping ban could upset the entire sporting disciplinary system, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Friday.

CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, said that if other countries followed suit, it could lead to a situation where athletes were able compete in some countries and not others, threatening the credibility of sport in general.

Mar 27, 2015

Doping-Pechstein ruling threatens sport’s arbitration system, says CAS

BERNE, March 27 (Reuters) – A German court decision to allow a lawsuit from speed skater Claudia Pechstein related to her doping ban could upset the entire sporting disciplinary system, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Friday.

CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, said that if other countries followed suit, it could lead to a situation where athletes were able compete in some countries and not others, threatening the credibility of sport in general.

Mar 24, 2015

Platini re-elected as Blatter sits through criticism

VIENNA (Reuters) – Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a third term as UEFA president at the annual Congress on Tuesday, proudly proclaiming European football’s governing body to be “the best”.

Sepp Blatter sat through the day-long proceedings as a guest and had to endure some stinging criticism from his challengers for the FIFA presidency who were invited to make presentations to delegates.

Mar 24, 2015

Soccer-Platini re-elected as Blatter sits through criticism

VIENNA, March 24 (Reuters) – Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a third term as UEFA president at the annual Congress on Tuesday, proudly proclaiming European soccer’s governing body to be “the best”.

Sepp Blatter sat through the day-long proceedings as a guest and had to endure some stinging criticism from his challengers for the FIFA presidency who were invited to make presentations to delegates.