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Feb 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFPro decision to take legal action is regrettable, say clubs

BERNE, Feb 3 (Reuters) – European clubs have said a decision by the world players’ union FIFPro to break off talks over the reform of the transfer system is regrettable and disrespectful.

FIFPro said on Friday that negotiations had ground to a halt after representatives from the European clubs and leagues rejected demands to protect players who were not paid on time, or had their contracts unjustly terminated.

Feb 2, 2015

Champagne out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his candidacy, saying that national associations feared “reprisals” if they supported him.

Champagne said in a statement that he had won the backing of only three national associations for his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, rather than the minimum of five stipulated in the rules.

Feb 2, 2015

Soccer-Champagne out of FIFA presidential race

BERNE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne is out of the race after failing to win sufficient backing for his candidacy, saying that national associations feared “reprisals” if they supported him.

Champagne said in a statement that he had won the backing of only three national associations for his bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, rather than the minimum of five stipulated in the rules.

Jan 30, 2015

FIFPro to take legal action over rights for unpaid players

ZURICH (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro has said it will take legal action to ensure players who are not paid on time are free to look for a new club.

FIFPro said on Friday that negotiations to reform the transfer system ground to a halt last week after representatives from the European clubs and leagues rejected demands to protect players who were not paid on time or had their contracts unjustly terminated.

Jan 27, 2015

Talks over transfer system stall after FIFPro demands rejected

BERNE (Reuters) – Talks aimed at reforming football’s transfer system have broken down after European clubs and leagues refused to accept proposals to protect unpaid players, the players union FIFPro said Tuesday.

The negotiations, which opened last March, have come to a standstill and FIFPro has called an extraordinary meeting of its Europe division in Athens on Wednesday to discuss the issue.

Jan 26, 2015

Dutchman Van Praag to bid for FIFA presidency

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Dutch FA president Michael van Praag is to stand as a candidate for the presidency of world soccer body FIFA, his association said.

“Michael van Praag is a candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of FIFA,” said a statement. “On Tuesday, Praag sends his official candidacy with the required five letters from associations who support his candidacy to FIFA headquarters in Zurich,” it added.

Jan 13, 2015

Ronaldo wins another Ballon d’Or award

BERNE (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday and said he wanted to become “one of the greatest players of all time.”

The Real Madrid forward polled more than double the number of votes as his bitter rival Lionel Messi who only just edged Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into third place.

Jan 12, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

ZURICH, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, his bitter rival, and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the annual poll run jointly by soccer’s governing body and France Football magazine.

Jan 12, 2015

Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

ZURICH (Reuters) – Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, his bitter rival, and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the annual poll run jointly by soccer’s governing body and France Football magazine.

Jan 8, 2015

Serbia and Albania appeal to CAS over UEFA sanctions

BERNE (Reuters) – Serbia and Albania have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the sanctions imposed on them following their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, the sporting tribunal said on Thursday.

Serbia were awarded a 3-0 walkover win following the stormy match in Belgrade but were also docked three points and ordered to play their next two home games in the competition behind closed doors.