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Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-World Cup hospitality packages blocked amid scalping probe

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) – Three companies have had their World Cup corporate hospitality packages blocked and another firm has had theirs cancelled as Brazilian police investigate VIP ticket scalping.

Match Hospitality, a Swiss agency which holds exclusive rights to the World Cup hospitality programme, said it cancelled all packages purchased by Atlanta Sportif after their CEO, Lamine Fofana, was among 11 people arrested last week on suspicion of leading a scalping ring.

Jul 7, 2014

Nishimura, Velasco on shortlist for World Cup final

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Japan’s Yuichi Nishimura and Spain’s Carlos Velasco, responsible for two of the most criticized refereeing performances of the World Cup, have been put on the short list for the final, FIFA said on Monday.

Soccer’s governing body said both officials were among 15 teams of referees and linesman who had been asked to stay on for the semi-finals and final

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Nishimura, Velasco on shortlist for World Cup final

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) – Japan’s Yuichi Nishimura and Spain’s Carlos Velasco, responsible for two of the most criticised refereeing performances of the World Cup, have been put on the short list for the final, FIFA said on Monday.

Soccer’s governing body said both officials were among 15 teams of referees and linesman who had been asked to stay on for the semi-finals and final

Jul 7, 2014

FIFA denies referees told to avoid yellow cards

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA has rejected a German newspaper allegation that World Cup referees have been instructed to hold off from showing yellow cards to players.

Tabloid newspaper Bild reported on Monday that there was a “secret arrangement” to limit the number of cards and referees who did not adhere to the accord would not be selected for further games at the tournament.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-FIFA denies referees told to avoid yellow cards

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) – FIFA has rejected a German newspaper allegation that World Cup referees have been instructed to hold off from showing yellow cards to players.

Tabloid newspaper Bild reported on Monday that there was a “secret arrangement” to limit the number of cards and referees who did not adhere to the accord would not be selected for further games at the tournament.

Jul 7, 2014

Not much football to look forward to in Brasilia

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brasilia has been one of the focal points of the World Cup but there will not be much football for the country’s capital to look forward when the tournament leaves town following the third place match on Saturday.

When the Brazilian championship re-starts later this month, the federal district will be represented by just one team, Brasiliense, playing in the regionalized fourth division.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Not much football to look forward to in Brasilia

BRASILIA, July 7 (Reuters) – Brasilia has been one of the focal points of the World Cup but there will not be much football for the country’s capital to look forward when the tournament leaves town following the third place match on Saturday.

When the Brazilian championship re-starts later this month, the federal district will be represented by just one team, Brasiliense, playing in the regionalised fourth division.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Higuain breaks duck with pivotal goal for Argentina

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – Gonzalo Higuain broke his scoring duck at the World Cup on Saturday and his early goal was pivotal for Argentina as it allowed them to dictate their quarter-final against Belgium on Saturday.

Higuain came into the tournament following an ankle injury at Napoli and had seemed to be struggling to find his touch until his brilliantly-taken volley, the only goal of the game, sunk the Belgians in the eighth minute.

Jul 5, 2014

Messi like water in the desert for Argentina, says Sabella

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Messi failed to score and even squandered a clear scoring chance in stoppage time as the South Americans did the bare minimum to reach the last four for the first time since 1990.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Messi like water in the desert for Argentina, says Sabella

BRASILIA, July 5 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is like water in the desert, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella said after his team beat Belgium 1-0 to reach the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday.

Messi failed to score and even squandered a clear scoring chance in stoppage time as the South Americans did the bare minimum to reach the last four for the first time since 1990.