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Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Peace declared between Platini, Hayatou

BERNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Peace has been declared between UEFA president Michel Platini and his African counterpart Issa Hayatou after the Frenchman reacted angrily to suggestions that he had interfered in the affairs of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

CAF claimed in a statement on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the African Nations Cup, due to be played in Morocco in January and told him to stay out of their business.

Oct 22, 2014

Furious Platini hits out at ‘insulting’ CAF allegations

BERNE (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has reacted angrily to a suggestion that he is interfering in the affairs of African football and denied calling for the continent’s Nations Cup to be postponed because of the Ebola crisis.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had claimed in a statement issued on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the tournament, due to be played in Morocco in January.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Furious Platini hits out at “insulting” CAF allegations

BERNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has reacted angrily to a suggestion that he is interfering in the affairs of African football and denied calling for the continent’s Nations Cup to be postponed because of the Ebola crisis.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had claimed in a statement issued on Tuesday that Platini had suggested calling off the tournament, due to be played in Morocco in January.

Oct 20, 2014

Galatasaray, Basel fined over crowd trouble

BERNE (Reuters) – Galatasaray have been fined 50,000 euros (39,593 pounds) and ordered to pay Arsenal for damages after their fans set off fireworks and caused trouble at their Champions League in London this month, UEFA said on Monday.

FC Basel, Feyenoord and Standard Liege have also been fined over trouble at recent European club matches, while Andorra and Wales have been sanctioned over a pitch invasion during their Euro 2016 qualifier in September.

Oct 20, 2014

Soccer-Galatasaray, Basel fined over crowd trouble

BERNE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Galatasaray have been fined 50,000 euros ($63,930) and ordered to pay Arsenal for damages after their fans set off fireworks and caused trouble at their Champions League in London this month, UEFA said on Monday.

FC Basel, Feyenoord and Standard Liege have also been fined over trouble at recent European club matches, while Andorra and Wales have been sanctioned over a pitch invasion during their Euro 2016 qualifier in September.

Oct 20, 2014

Nepal implementing ‘corrective measures’, says FIFA

BERNE (Reuters) – Nepal’s football association (ANFA) is implementing “corrective measures” amid allegations from its own senior officials about embezzlement of funds, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.

FIFA said the Nepalese FA had been the subject of an “unsatisfactory” external audit in 2012, when “unappropriated cash movements” were identified, and was also targeted by an ethics committee investigation in 2013.

Oct 20, 2014

Soccer-Nepal implementing “corrective measures”, says FIFA

BERNE, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Nepal’s football association (ANFA) is implementing “corrective measures” amid allegations from its own senior officials about embezzlement of funds, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Monday.

FIFA said the Nepalese FA had been the subject of an “unsatisfactory” external audit in 2012, when “unappropriated cash movements” were identified, and was also targeted by an ethics committee investigation in 2013.

Oct 17, 2014

Full publication of Garcia report impossible – FIFA judge

BERNE (Reuters) – The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.

Eckert is still studying the report produced by his counterpart Michael Garcia into whether there was corruption in the process which led to the 2018 tournament being awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, and expects to issue a statement on his findings by mid-November.

Oct 17, 2014

Soccer-Full publication of Garcia report impossible – FIFA judge

BERNE, Oct 17 (Reuters) – The report into the turbulent bidding process for the rights to host the next two World Cups cannot be made fully public for legal reasons, though excerpts of it may be, FIFA’s ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert said on Friday.

Eckert is still studying the report produced by his counterpart Michael Garcia into whether there was corruption in the process which led to the 2018 tournament being awarded to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, and expects to issue a statement on his findings by mid-November.

Oct 8, 2014

Preview – Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

BERNE (Reuters) – Europe is preparing for UEFA’s first full-blown “week of football” as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing – although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.

UEFA has heralded the new setup as “great news for football fans” but there is risk that the six solid days of international football could end up making it like background music in a shopping centre, always being played somewhere but with nobody really paying much attention.