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Aug 8, 2014

CAS start appeal into Suarez biting ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, (Reuters) – By Brian Homewood

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began its hearing on Friday into Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match.

Suarez, wearing a checked shirt, brushed aside photographers and refused to make any comment as he arrived by taxi at the CAS headquarters in a Lausanne suburb.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-CAS start appeal into Suarez biting ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug 8 (Reuters) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began its hearing on Friday into Uruguay forward Luis Suarez’s appeal against his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match.

Suarez, wearing a checked shirt, brushed aside photographers and refused to make any comment as he arrived by taxi at the CAS headquarters in a Lausanne suburb.

Aug 7, 2014

Italy’s pressing issues overshadowed by ‘banana eaters’ row

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Italy’s dismal World Cup performance has added to the already depressing scenario of Serie A decline, falling attendances, racism, match-fixing and a failure to find new talent.

Yet, with an Italian federation (FIGC) presidential election looming on Monday, those pressing issues have been sidelined by the racism row involving Carlo Tavecchio, one of the two candidates for the position vacated by Giancarlo Abete.

Aug 7, 2014

Soccer-Italy’s pressing issues overshadowed by ‘banana eaters’ row

Aug 7 (Reuters) – Italy’s dismal World Cup performance has added to the already depressing scenario of Serie A decline, falling attendances, racism, match-fixing and a failure to find new talent.

Yet, with an Italian federation (FIGC) presidential election looming on Monday, those pressing issues have been sidelined by the racism row involving Carlo Tavecchio, one of the two candidates for the position vacated by Giancarlo Abete.

Aug 6, 2014

Champions League – Ba hat-trick fires Besiktas, Celtic humbled

BERNE (Reuters) – A Demba Ba hat-trick sent Besiktas into the Champions League playoff round at the expense of former winners Feyenoord and past champions Celtic were humiliated 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw on Wednesday.

Ludogorets Razgrad went through on away goals after a dramatic 2-2 draw at 10-man Partizan Belgrade and Zenit St Petersburg scored three second-half goals to end a brave challenge from AEL Limassol

Aug 6, 2014

Soccer-Ba hat-trick fires Besiktas, Celtic humbled

BERNE, Aug 6 (Reuters) – A Demba Ba hat-trick sent Besiktas into the Champions League playoff round at the expense of former winners Feyenoord and past champions Celtic were humiliated 6-1 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw on Wednesday.

Ludogorets Razgrad went through on away goals after a dramatic 2-2 draw at 10-man Partizan Belgrade and Zenit St Petersburg scored three second-half goals to end a brave challenge from AEL Limassol

Jul 30, 2014

Soccer-Zenit lose in Cyprus, Salzburg upset by nine-man Qarabag

BERNE, July 30 (Reuters) – Zenit St Petersburg slumped to a 1-0 defeat at AEL Limassol and Azerbaijan’s Qarabag pulled off an even bigger upset when they beat Salzburg 2-1 despite finishing with nine men in the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday.

Legia Warsaw missed two penalties but still managed to thrash ten-man Celtic 4-1 in another of the third qualifying round, first leg ties.

Jul 9, 2014

Germany debacle the culmination of long Brazil decline

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) РGermany’s astonishing demolition of Brazil was the brutal culmination of a long, slow decline for the five-times world champions whose production line of world-class players seems to have ground to a halt.

Brazil have not had a player in the top three of the world player of the year award since Kaka won the prize in 2007 and their highest-placed player for 2013 was Neymar, who came fifth.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Germany debacle the culmination of long Brazil decline

July 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s astonishing demolition of Brazil was the brutal culmination of a long, slow decline for the five-times world champions whose production line of world-class players seems to have ground to a halt.

Brazil have not had a player in the top three of the world player of the year award since Kaka won the prize in 2007 and their highest-placed player for 2013 was Neymar, who came fifth.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria suspended by FIFA over government interference

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 9 (Reuters) – Nigeria was suspended from international football on Wednesday because of government interference, FIFA said in a statement.

World soccer’s ruling body sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (FFF) last week expressing its concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings preventing its President from running the African country’s soccer affairs.