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Nov 12, 2014

Soccer-Iceland take centre stage in Euro qualifiers

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Surprise packages Iceland, Northern Ireland and Slovakia will all attempt to chalk up their fourth straight wins in the wildly unpredictable Euro 2016 qualifiers which resume over the weekend.

Iceland, who have scored eight goals without conceding in Group A, travel to Plzen, the home of Pilsner beer, hoping to add to add the Czech Republic to their list of scalps after their improbable wins over Turkey, Latvia and Netherlands.

Nov 10, 2014

Volleyball – FIVB calls for release of jailed Iranian protestor

BERNE (Reuters) – Volleyball’s governing body (FIVB) has called for the release of an imprisoned Iranian-British woman who took part in a demonstration at a match in Tehran against a ban on females attending some men’s sporting events.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was sentenced to a year in jail on Nov. 2 for spreading anti-state propaganda, Iranian media said, after being arrested for demanding that women be allowed to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy in June.

Nov 10, 2014

FIVB calls for release of jailed Iranian protestor

BERNE (Reuters) – Volleyball’s governing body (FIVB) has called for the release of an imprisoned Iranian-British woman who took part in a demonstration at a match in Tehran against a ban on females attending some men’s sporting events.

Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was sentenced to a year in jail on Nov. 2 for spreading anti-state propaganda, Iranian media said, after being arrested for demanding that women be allowed to watch a volleyball match between Iran and Italy in June.

Nov 6, 2014

FIFPro wants unpaid players to be released after 30 days

ZURICH (Reuters) – Footballers should be released from their contracts as soon as they have gone 30 days without being paid, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Thursday.

“FIFPro is negotiating a change to the regulations that would see a club sanctioned and a player entitled to terminate his contract and be free to seek employment elsewhere after 30 days of non-payment,” FIFPro said in a statement.

Nov 6, 2014

Soccer-FIFPro wants unpaid players to be released after 30 days

ZURICH, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Footballers should be released from their contracts as soon as they have gone 30 days without being paid, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Thursday.

“FIFPro is negotiating a change to the regulations that would see a club sanctioned and a player entitled to terminate his contract and be free to seek employment elsewhere after 30 days of non-payment,” FIFPro said in a statement.

Nov 5, 2014

FIFA bars Italian FA chief over ‘banana’ comment

BERNE (Reuters) – Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from holding any position with world governing body FIFA for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA has already imposed a similar sanction on the 71-year-old and the FIFA decision announced on Wednesday was another embarrassment for the FIGC, whose own investigation had cleared Tavecchio of any wrongdoing.

Nov 5, 2014

Soccer-FIFA bars Italian FA chief over ‘banana’ comment

BERNE, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from holding any position with world governing body FIFA for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August.

European soccer’s governing body UEFA has already imposed a similar sanction on the 71-year-old and the FIFA decision announced on Wednesday was another embarrassment for the FIGC, whose own investigation had cleared Tavecchio of any wrongdoing.

Nov 4, 2014

Nepal FA president steps aside as FIFA probes allegations

BERNE (Reuters) – Nepal football association (ANFA) president Ganesh Thapa has temporarily stepped aside while FIFA’s ethics committee investigates allegations of financial irregularities made by two of his own vice-presidents, FIFA said on Tuesday.

“Ganesh Thapa… has agreed not to participate in any football-related activity at national and international level for a period of 120 days while the FIFA ethics committee completes its review of claims involving alleged misconduct by ANFA officials,” FIFA said in a statement.

Nov 4, 2014

Soccer-Nepal FA president steps aside as FIFA probes allegations

BERNE, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Nepal football association (ANFA) president Ganesh Thapa has temporarily stepped aside while FIFA’s ethics committee investigates allegations of financial irregularities made by two of his own vice-presidents, FIFA said on Tuesday.

“Ganesh Thapa… has agreed not to participate in any football-related activity at national and international level for a period of 120 days while the FIFA ethics committee completes its review of claims involving alleged misconduct by ANFA officials,” FIFA said in a statement.

Nov 3, 2014

Nigeria escape FIFA suspension

BERNE (Reuters) – African Nations Cup champions Nigeria have escaped suspension from international football for the second time in two months.

Football’s governing body FIFA said on Monday the threat was lifted after a court case against the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) elections held on Sept. 30 was withdrawn.