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Nov 18, 2014

Soccer-Joyless Brazil chalk up another friendly win

VIENNA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Brazil chalked up their sixth straight win, all in friendlies, since the World Cup when they beat Austria 2-1 on Tuesday in a joyless performance marred by tactical fouls and a negative approach.

A stunning late strike by Roberto Firmino, his first for his country, won the match for Brazil, although Austria were the more enterprising team and could easily have gone in with a halftime lead.

Nov 17, 2014

Thiago Silva gets firm response from Dunga over captaincy

VIENNA (Reuters) – Brazil coach Dunga gave a predictably firm response on Monday to Thiago Silva’s complaints that nobody had told the defender he was no longer captain of the side.

Silva captained Brazil at this year’s World Cup, when he was praised for holding together a shaky back four, but was left out of the team for last week’s friendly in Turkey and could also start on the bench away to Austria on Tuesday.

Nov 17, 2014

Soccer-Thiago Silva gets firm response from Dunga over captaincy

VIENNA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Brazil coach Dunga gave a predictably firm response on Monday to Thiago Silva’s complaints that nobody had told the defender he was no longer captain of the side.

Silva captained Brazil at this year’s World Cup, when he was praised for holding together a shaky back four, but was left out of the team for last week’s friendly in Turkey and could also start on the bench away to Austria on Tuesday.

Nov 14, 2014

FIFA faces renewed calls to publish Garcia report

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA faced growing pressure to publish the full report of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments on Friday amid uncertainty over where the tortuous process would head next.

FIFA was plunged into chaos on Thursday when its ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said in a statement there were no grounds to reopen the controversial bidding process which led to Russia being given the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 finals.

Nov 14, 2014

FIFA has ‘no influence’ over ethics committee reports

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA has no influence over reports produced by its Ethics Committee, soccer’s world governing body said on Friday amid criticism of the findings of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cup hosting.

“The ethics committee is independent from FIFA and contains two separate chambers that mirror the system of justice in many countries with an investigatory chamber independent from the adjudicatory chamber,” FIFA said in a statement.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-FIFA faces renewed calls to publish Garcia report

BERNE, Nov 14 (Reuters) – FIFA faced growing pressure to publish the full report of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments on Friday amid uncertainty over where the tortuous process would head next.

FIFA was plunged into chaos on Thursday when its ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said in a statement there were no grounds to reopen the controversial bidding process which led to Russia being given the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 finals.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-FIFA has “no influence” over ethics committee reports

BERNE, Nov 14 (Reuters) – FIFA has no influence over reports produced by its Ethics Committee, soccer’s world governing body said on Friday amid criticism of the findings of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 World Cup hosting.

“The ethics committee is independent from FIFA and contains two separate chambers that mirror the system of justice in many countries with an investigatory chamber independent from the adjudicatory chamber,” FIFA said in a statement.

Nov 13, 2014

FIFA in limbo after latest twist in World Cup saga

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA appeared to be in limbo on Thursday as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticized by its own investigator while the soccer world watched on in a mixture of bewilderment and anger.

The dramatic twist led to further calls for the investigation’s 430-page report to be published in full, rather than the 42-page statement which was made public on Thursday.

Nov 13, 2014

Soccer-FIFA in limbo after latest twist in World Cup saga

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – FIFA appeared to be in limbo on Thursday as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator while the soccer world watched on in a mixture of bewilderment and anger.

The dramatic twist led to further calls for the investigation’s 430-page report to be published in full, rather than the 42-page statement which was made public on Thursday.

Nov 13, 2014

Soccer-England’s 2018 World Cup bid criticised in ethics report

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – England was criticised by a FIFA ethics report on Thursday for over-indulging former powerbroker Jack Warner in its attempt to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

England’s bid team helped an acquaintance of Warner find part-time employment in the United Kingdom and spent $55,000 to sponsor a gala event in his native Trinidad and Tobago in its attempts to win Warner’s favour, the report said.