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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.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria escape FIFA suspension

BERNE, Nov 3 (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.

Nov 3, 2014

Pirlo finally getting into full flow for Juventus

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo is finally getting into his elegant stride for Juventus, just in time for the match which is likely to determine whether or not they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

After successive 1-0 defeats away to Atletico Madrid and Olympiakos in Group A, Serie A leaders Juve host the Greek side on Tuesday knowing another slip-up could lead to a second successive group stage elimination.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-Pirlo finally getting into full flow for Juventus

Nov 3 (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo is finally getting into his elegant stride for Juventus, just in time for the match which is likely to determine whether or not they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

After successive 1-0 defeats away to Atletico Madrid and Olympiakos in Group A, Serie A leaders Juve host the Greek side on Tuesday knowing another slipup could lead to a second successive group stage elimination.

Oct 30, 2014

April/May best for 2022 World Cup, say European clubs

BERNE (Reuters) – Playing the 2022 World Cup in April and May would be the “best solution” for the tournament and would have the least impact on the football calendar, according to the association representing European clubs (ECA).

ECA said that, provided matches kick off in the evening, the heat in Qatar would be “less extreme than the temperature experienced in some previous World Cups (i.e. Mexico 1986, USA 1994, Brazil 2014)”.