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Sep 10, 2014

Soccer-Platini criticises FIFA over discrimination tolerance

ROME, Sept 10 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini had a dig at soccer’s world governing body FIFA on Wednesday, saying it had failed to show zero tolerance towards discrimination at the World Cup.

“It’s all well and good to create committees and task forces but you will get nowhere without infrastructure and… rules,” the Frenchman said as he opened an anti-discrimination conference in Rome.

Sep 10, 2014

Great start for Italy’s Conte despite familiar problems

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s new coach Antonio Conte could not be happier with the ways things have gone in his first two games in charge although the usual problems have been rumbling away in the background.

Conte’s first two games have produced two wins, both with convincing performances, and suggested that Italy do have some good young players after all.

Sep 10, 2014

Soccer-Great start for Italy’s Conte despite familiar problems

ROME, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Italy’s new coach Antonio Conte could not be happier with the ways things have gone in his first two games in charge although the usual problems have been rumbling away in the background.

Conte’s first two games have produced two wins, both with convincing performances, and suggested that Italy do have some good young players after all.

Sep 9, 2014

European clubs refuse to rule out summer World Cup in 2022

GENEVA (Reuters) – European football clubs have refused to rule out a summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022, saying they want to be given “strong, decisive” reasons before accepting a decision to move it to a different time of year.

The European Clubs’ Association (ECA) contradicted FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s view that a summer tournament was off the agenda, pointing out that cooling technology for stadiums and pitches had been an integral part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the competition.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-European clubs refuse to rule out summer World Cup in 2022

GENEVA, Sept 9 (Reuters) – European soccer clubs have refused to rule out a summer World Cup in Qatar in 2022, saying they want to be given “strong, decisive” reasons before accepting a decision to move it to a different time of year.

The European Clubs’ Association (ECA) contradicted FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s view that a summer tournament was off the agenda, pointing out that cooling technology for stadiums and pitches had been an integral part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the competition.

Sep 8, 2014

Welbeck’s shin sets up England win in Switzerland

BASEL (Reuters) – Danny Welbeck’s shin made the difference as England won 2-0 away to Switzerland in an evenly-balanced Euro 2016 qualifier, giving new Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic a losing start on Monday.

Welbeck met Raheem Stirling’s low cross in his stride and the ball flew into the net off his shin after Wayne Rooney broke up a Swiss move in midfield in the 58th minute.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-Welbeck’s shin sets up England win in Switzerland

BASEL, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Danny Welbeck’s shin made the difference as England won 2-0 away to Switzerland in an evenly-balanced Euro 2016 qualifier, giving new Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic a losing start on Monday.

Welbeck met Raheem Stirling’s low cross in his stride and the ball flew into the net off his shin after Wayne Rooney broke up a Swiss move in midfield in the 58th minute.

Sep 8, 2014

FIFA puts January World Cup back on agenda for 2022

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA have revived the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in January and February after president Sepp Blatter previously ruled out the idea last year.

Three possible time slots were discussed for the tournament as a FIFA task force, set up specifically to decide once and for all when it should take place, met for the first time at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body on Monday.

Sep 8, 2014

Soccer-FIFA puts January World Cup back on agenda for 2022

BERNE, Sept 8 (Reuters) – FIFA have revived the possibility of staging the 2022 World Cup in January and February after president Sepp Blatter previously ruled out the idea last year.

Three possible time slots were discussed for the tournament as a FIFA task force, set up specifically to decide once and for all when it should take place, met for the first time at the headquarters of soccer’s governing body on Monday.

Sep 5, 2014

FIFA completes probe into 2018, 2022 World Cup hosting

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA ethics committee investigator Michael Garcia has completed his probe into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, and handed in a 350-page report.

The report, which has not been made public, will be submitted to the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, headed by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, to decide on whether any wrongdoing was committed, soccer’s governing body said on Friday.