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Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-FIFPro slams “dangerous” playing conditions in Club Cup match

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 16 (Reuters) – FIFPro has slammed what they described as “dangerous” playing conditions in Saturday’s Club World Cup quarter-final between Western Sydney Wanderers and Cruz Azul in Rabat.

The world players’ union also demanded an explanation from soccer’s governing body FIFA, the competition organisers, as to why the match went ahead on a waterlogged pitch.

Dec 16, 2014

FIFA rejects Garcia appeal against Eckert statement

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s appeal against the statement issued by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process has been ruled inadmissible.

FIFA also said on Tuesday there were no grounds for opening disciplinary proceedings against Eckert following complaints from whistleblowers who gave evidence to the investigation that their evidence had been revealed.

Dec 16, 2014

Soccer-FIFA rejects Garcia appeal against Eckert statement

ZURICH, Dec 16 (Reuters) – ZURICH, Dec 16 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s appeal against the statement issued by ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert on his investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process has been ruled inadmissible.

FIFA also said on Tuesday there were no grounds for opening disciplinary proceedings against Eckert following complaints from whistleblowers who gave evidence to the investigation that their evidence had been revealed.

Dec 10, 2014

Innovative Basel make light of financial gulf

BERNE (Reuters) – FC Basel’s Champions League elimination of Liverpool on Tuesday was all the more remarkable given the financial gulf between the two clubs.

While Liverpool raked in 97.54 million pounds in Premier League broadcast revenue last season, their conquerors earned just 1.58 million pounds from Swiss League television rights.

Dec 10, 2014

Soccer-Innovative Basel make light of financial gulf

BERNE, Dec 10 (Reuters) – FC Basel’s Champions League elimination of Liverpool on Tuesday was all the more remarkable given the financial gulf between the two clubs.

While Liverpool raked in 97.54 million pounds (152.97 million dollars) in Premier League broadcast revenue last season, their conquerors earned just (2.48 million dollars) from Swiss League television rights.

Dec 9, 2014

Club Cup highlights gulf between Europe and the rest

ZURICH (Reuters) – The Club World Cup is billed by FIFA as “biggest club title of all” yet this month’s tournament in Morocco is more likely to serve as a reminder of the chasm that separates domestic football in Europe from the rest of the world.

It is difficult to envisage anything other than a win for Real Madrid in the tournament which, bizarrely, has been thrown under a cloud by players at Asian champions Western Sydney Wanderers threatening a boycott over a pay dispute.

Dec 9, 2014

Soccer-Club Cup highlights gulf between Europe and the rest

ZURICH, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The Club World Cup is billed by FIFA as “biggest club title of all” yet this month’s tournament in Morocco is more likely to serve as a reminder of the chasm that separates domestic football in Europe from the rest of the world.

It is difficult to envisage anything other than a win for Real Madrid in the tournament which, bizarrely, has been thrown under a cloud by players at Asian champions Western Sydney Wanderers threatening a boycott over a pay dispute.

Dec 8, 2014

Late drama in store after predictable group stage

BERNE (Reuters) – Five knockout stage places are up for grabs in the Champions League this week, offering enough late drama to stop the final round of group matches from turning into a damp squib.

Eleven teams are already through from a group stage which has produced too many one-sided matches for comfort.

Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-Late drama in store after predictable group stage

BERNE, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Five knockout stage places are up for grabs in the Champions League this week, offering enough late drama to stop the final round of group matches from turning into a damp squib.

Eleven teams are already through from a group stage which has produced too many one-sided matches for comfort.

Dec 5, 2014

Revived Benfica still dreaming of Champions League glory

ZURICH (Reuters) – It is generally accepted in European football that winning the Champions League nowadays is beyond the means of any team from outside the so-called Big Five leagues.

Benfica would beg to differ, however, and last season’s Portuguese treble winners believe that, with a bit of luck and the right draw, they could have what it takes to have a crack at the title in the next few years.