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Mar 6, 2015

Soccer-Blatter calls on Iran to allow women into stadiums

ZURICH, March 6 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has asked Iran to end its ban on women watching football matches, describing the situation as intolerable.

“When I travelled to Iran in November 2013, I was not only confronted with huge popular enthusiasm from football but also a law forbidding women from attending football matches,” he wrote in FIFA’s weekly magazine.

Mar 5, 2015

New FIFA ethics chief won’t be pushed around

ZURICH (Reuters) – Younger than some professional footballers, Swiss attorney Cornel Borbely is at first sight an unlikely choice as the man to step into Michael Garcia’s shoes and try to keep corruption out of FIFA.

A disillusioned Garcia, the former U.S. attorney with a long track record in complicated, international, high profile cases, resigned in December, saying he felt he was no longer making progress and that football’s governing body “lacked leadership.”

Mar 5, 2015

Soccer-New FIFA ethics chief won’t be pushed around

ZURICH, March 5 (Reuters) – Younger than some professional footballers, Swiss attorney Cornel Borbely is at first sight an unlikely choice as the man to step into Michael Garcia’s shoes and try to keep corruption out of FIFA.

A disillusioned Garcia, the former U.S. attorney with a long track record in complicated, international, high profile cases, resigned in December, saying he felt he was no longer making progress and that soccer’s governing body “lacked leadership.”

Feb 26, 2015

Serbian player threatened at gun point after penalty miss – FIFPro

BERNE (Reuters) – A player with Serbian top flight club Novi Pazar was threatened by the team’s own supporters at gunpoint after missing a penalty, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Thursday.

Describing the incident as “a new low in Serbian professional football”, FIFPro said that Novi Pazar’s Zarko Udovicic sent his penalty over the crossbar in the 85th minute of last Saturday’s game against FK Rad.

Feb 26, 2015

Soccer-Serbian player threatened at gun point after penalty miss – FIFPro

BERNE, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A player with Serbian top flight club Novi Pazar was threatened by the team’s own supporters at gunpoint after missing a penalty, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Thursday.

Describing the incident as “a new low in Serbian professional football”, FIFPro said that Novi Pazar’s Zarko Udovicic sent his penalty over the crossbar in the 85th minute of last Saturday’s game against FK Rad.

Feb 25, 2015

Tevez drops tantrums to find new lease of life at Juventus

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Italian football has become something of a refuge for players who have fallen out of favour in other European leagues or are reaching the twilight of their careers.

Players such as Kaka, Mario Balotelli, Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole, Nemanja Vidic, Fernando Torres, Rafael Marquez and Javier Saviola have all moved to Serie A in the last two years, to either revive their careers or squeeze a few more years out of them.

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Tevez drops tantrums to find new lease of life at Juventus

TURIN, Italy, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Italian football has become something of a refuge for players who have fallen out of favour in other European leagues or are reaching the twilight of their careers.

Players such as Kaka, Mario Balotelli, Patrice Evra, Ashley Cole, Nemanja Vidic, Fernando Torres, Rafael Marquez and Javier Saviola have all moved to Serie A in the last two years, to either revive their careers or squeeze a few more years out of them.

Feb 24, 2015

Champions League a different reality for Juventus

TURIN (Reuters) – Not for the first time this season, Juventus found the Champions League a very different proposition to Serie A where they have become used to having it all their own way.

After working hard for a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, coach Massimiliano Allegri recognised they had to drastically alter their style from domestic football where many home games are almost too easy.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Champions League a different reality for Juventus

TURIN, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Not for the first time this season, Juventus found the Champions League a very different proposition to Serie A where they have become used to having it all their own way.

After working hard for a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, coach Massimiliano Allegri recognised they had to drastically alter their style from domestic football where many home games are almost too easy.

Feb 24, 2015

Juve overcome Chiellini blunder to edge Dortmund

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus overcame a blunder by defender Giorgio Chiellini and a first-half injury to playmaker Andrea Pirlo to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in a fast and furious Champions League tie on Tuesday.

Carlos Tevez tapped in from close range to give the Serie A champions a 13th minute lead, only for a slip by Chiellini five minutes later to let in Marco Reus for a clinically-taken equaliser.