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Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-Sierra Leone FA president battles on against the odds

ZURICH, March 12 (Reuters) – In 18 months as president of the Sierra Leone football association (SLFA), Isha Johansen has seen the sport thrown into disarray by the Ebola virus, the national team shunned and has herself nearly been ousted by in-fighting.

Undeterred, the resilient 50-year-old, one of only two women among the world’s 209 national association presidents, vows to battle on.

Mar 12, 2015

UEFA concerned about players’ behaviour, triple punishment

LONDON (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA are increasingly concerned about players’ behaviour and have reiterated their dissatisfaction with the so-called triple punishment rule following Wednesday’s Champions League games.

The triple punishment, where a player concedes a penalty, is sent off for denying a clear scoring chance and serves an automatic suspension, came under the spotlight again on Wednesday in Bayern Munich’s 7-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-UEFA concerned about players’ behaviour, triple punishment

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA are increasingly concerned about players’ behaviour and have reiterated their dissatisfaction with the so-called triple punishment rule following Wednesday’s Champions League games.

The triple punishment, where a player concedes a penalty, is sent off for denying a clear scoring chance and serves an automatic suspension, came under the spotlight again on Wednesday in Bayern Munich’s 7-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

Mar 6, 2015

Blatter calls on Iran to allow women into stadiums

ZURICH (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 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.