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Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-FIFA best in world for ethics, says president Blatter

ZURICH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Soccer’s governing body FIFA has an exemplary ethics set-up unmatched by any other sports organisation, its president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

“Since the reforms, we have had an exemplary organisation in ethics… we have two chambers… with independent chairmen,” Blatter told the World Summit for Ethics in Sports.

Sep 19, 2014

Only four people have seen FIFA probe report, says judge

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, responsible for deciding whether there was corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said only four people have seen the report following an investigation into the decisions.

Eckert, who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, said he hoped to finish his work by the end of October or early November, adding that he understood the case was “urgent”.

Sep 19, 2014

Soccer-Only four people have seen FIFA probe report, says judge

ZURICH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, responsible for deciding whether there was corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, said only four people have seen the report following an investigation into the decisions.

Eckert, who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, said he hoped to finish his work by the end of October or early November, adding that he understood the case was “urgent”.

Sep 18, 2014

UEFA rules doctors must decide in cases of concussion

NYON Switzerland (Reuters) – Referees will stop matches for up to three minutes and the team doctor will decide if a player can continue in cases of concussion under new procedures to be used in European competitions, UEFA said on Thursday.

Secretary general Gianni Infantino said the procedures, approved by the executive committee of European soccer’s governing body, would be introduced immediately.

Sep 18, 2014

Soccer-UEFA rules doctors must decide in cases of concussion

NYON, Switzerland, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Referees will stop matches for up to three minutes and the team doctor will decide if a player can continue in cases of concussion under new procedures to be used in European competitions, UEFA said on Thursday.

Secretary general Gianni Infantino said the procedures, approved by the executive committee of European soccer’s governing body, would be introduced immediately.

Sep 17, 2014

Juventus need shake-up to be a formidable force in Europe

TURIN Italy (Reuters) – Juventus are likely to need a shake-up at some point this season if they are to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League this season. New coach Massimiliano Allegri has so far left well alone after inheriting a team which won three successive Serie A titles under his predecessor Antonio Conte, who is now in charge of the Italian national side.

Greeted with suspicion and even hostility by Juventus fans when he was appointed in July, the former AC Milan coach is treading carefully as he finds his way at his new club.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Juventus need shake-up to be a formidable force in Europe

TURIN, Italy, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Juventus are likely to need a shake-up at some point this season if they are to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League this season.

New coach Massimiliano Allegri has so far left well alone after inheriting a team which won three successive Serie A titles under his predecessor Antonio Conte, who is now in charge of the Italian national side.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Tevez ends five-year wait to give Juve winning start

TURIN, Italy, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Carlos Tevez scored his first Champions League goals for more than five years to give patchy Juventus a 2-0 win over stubborn debutants Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.

The feisty Argentine, who played for Manchester United when he last scored in the competition in 2009 and had endured 14 Champions League games without netting since, broke his duck after playing an exquisite one-two with Kwadwo Asamaoh just before the hour and then curled in a free kick at the end.

Sep 16, 2014

Tevez breaks Champions League drought with Juve win double

TURIN (Reuters) – Carlos Tevez scored his first Champions League goals for more than five years to give Juventus a 2-0 win over stubborn debutants Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.

The feisty Argentine flicked the ball to Kwado Asamoah in the penalty area and then ran on to the Ghanaian’s back-heeled pass to slot the ball past Robin Olsen in the 59th minute.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Tevez breaks Champions League drought with Juve win double

TURIN, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Carlos Tevez scored his first Champions League goals for more than five years to give Juventus a 2-0 win over stubborn debutants Malmo in Group A on Tuesday.

The feisty Argentine flicked the ball to Kwado Asamoah in the penalty area and then ran on to the Ghanaian’s back-heeled pass to slot the ball past Robin Olsen in the 59th minute.