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Feb 18, 2015

Porto hold Basel amid controversy over disallowed goal

BERNE (Reuters) – Porto hit back with a late Danilo penalty to hold FC Basel 1-1 in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie on Wednesday which featured a goal controversially disallowed after a long delay and consultation.

Derlis Gonzalez gave the Swiss champions an 11th minute lead but Danilo replied in the 79th minute, calmly scoring following a handball by veteran Argentine defender Walter Samuel.

Feb 17, 2015

Soccer-Stepping-stone clubs Basel and Porto clash

ZURICH, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Basel’s Champions League tie against Porto on Wednesday pits two clubs who have mastered the art of nurturing the talent of little-known footballers and selling them on to Europe’s top teams.

Unable to compete with the financial power of the biggest clubs, both have instead been happy to accept a role as stepping-stones for players hoping to make their way to one of the leading five leagues.

Feb 16, 2015

Preview: Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes

BERNE (Reuters) – The Champions League will have an air of familiarity about it when it resumes this week with 11 of the clubs who reached the last 16 stage a year ago involved again.

To add to the sense of deja vu, three of the ties will be repeats from last season’s knockout stages with holders Real Madrid facing Schalke, Manchester City playing Barcelona and Paris St Germain taking on Chelsea.

Feb 16, 2015

Soccer-Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes

BERNE, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The Champions League will have an air of familiarity about it when it resumes this week with 11 of the clubs who reached the last 16 stage a year ago involved again.

To add to the sense of deja vu, three of the ties will be repeats from last season’s knockout stages with holders Real Madrid facing Schalke, Manchester City playing Barcelona and Paris St Germain taking on Chelsea.

Feb 10, 2015

Interview: FIFA reformers to keep plugging away – ‘New FIFA Now’ head

ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – The pressure group campaigning for reform of FIFA has uncovered a reluctance within football to publicly back the organisation even though many support its motives, one of its founding members has told Reuters.

Jaimie Fuller, an Australian businessman who previously led the “Change Cycling Now” lobby group following a series of doping scandals, said there was a reticence to speak out against world soccer’s ruling body.

Feb 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFPro decision to take legal action is regrettable, say clubs

BERNE, Feb 3 (Reuters) – European clubs have said a decision by the world players’ union FIFPro to break off talks over the reform of the transfer system is regrettable and disrespectful.

FIFPro said on Friday that negotiations had ground to a halt after representatives from the European clubs and leagues rejected demands to protect players who were not paid on time, or had their contracts unjustly terminated.

Feb 2, 2015

Champagne out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his candidacy, saying that national associations feared “reprisals” if they supported him.

Champagne said in a statement that he had won the backing of only three national associations for his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, rather than the minimum of five stipulated in the rules.

Feb 2, 2015

Soccer-Champagne out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his candidacy, saying that national associations feared “reprisals” if they supported him.

Champagne said in a statement that he had won the backing of only three national associations for his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, rather than the minimum of five stipulated in the rules.

Jan 30, 2015

FIFPro to take legal action over rights for unpaid players

ZURICH (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro has said it will take legal action to ensure players who are not paid on time are free to look for a new club.

FIFPro said on Friday that negotiations to reform the transfer system ground to a halt last week after representatives from the European clubs and leagues rejected demands to protect players who were not paid on time or had their contracts unjustly terminated.

Jan 27, 2015

Talks over transfer system stall after FIFPro demands rejected

BERNE (Reuters) – Talks aimed at reforming football’s transfer system have broken down after European clubs and leagues refused to accept proposals to protect unpaid players, the players union FIFPro said Tuesday.

The negotiations, which opened last March, have come to a standstill and FIFPro has called an extraordinary meeting of its Europe division in Athens on Wednesday to discuss the issue.