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Jun 30, 2015

Soccer-Cardiff to host 2017 Champions League final

NYON, Switzerland, June 30 (Reuters) – The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the 2017 Champions League final, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday.

The Friends Arena in Stockholm will be the venue for the 2017 Europa League final.

Jun 29, 2015

UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

PRAGUE (Reuters) – UEFA has softened its break-even ‘Financial Fair Play (FFP)’ regulations in an attempt to encourage investment in European club soccer and move from “austerity to sustainable growth”.

General secretary Gianni Infantino said FFP, implemented in 2012, had succeeded in curbing potential ruinous excessive spending by teams desperate for success and it was now time to encourage investors who may have been inhibited by the rules.

Jun 29, 2015

Soccer-UEFA softening break-even rule to attract investors

PRAGUE, June 29 (Reuters) – UEFA has softened its break-even ‘Financial Fair Play (FFP)’ regulations in an attempt to encourage investment in European club football and move from “austerity to sustainable growth”.

General secretary Gianni Infantino said FFP, implemented in 2012, had succeeded in curbing potential ruinous excessive spending by teams desperate for success and it was now time to encourage investors who may have been inhibited by the rules.

Jun 29, 2015

Match-fixers using sponsorship to infiltrate clubs

ZURICH (Reuters) – The threat posed by match-fixers to soccer is as strong as ever with criminals now using club sponsorship as a way of increasing their influence, FIFA’s head of security Ralf Mutschke told Reuters in an interview.

Mutschke said he was sad at Interpol’s decision to end a “unique collaboration” with world soccer’s governing body, although it had not broken his resolve to protect the sport.

Jun 29, 2015

Soccer-Match-fixers using sponsorship to infiltrate clubs

ZURICH, June 29 (Reuters) – The threat posed by match-fixers to soccer is as strong as ever with criminals now using club sponsorship as a way of increasing their influence, FIFA’s head of security Ralf Mutschke told Reuters in an interview.

Mutschke said he was sad at Interpol’s decision to end a “unique collaboration” with world soccer’s governing body, although it had not broken his resolve to protect the sport.

Jun 23, 2015

UEFA break-even rule referred to Court of Justice

ZURICH (Reuters) – A legal complaint against UEFA’s break-even rule ‘Financial Fair Play (FFP)’ has been referred to the European Court of Justice (EJ), the lawyers who brought the case said on Tuesday.

The EJ will be asked if FFP “violates the following EU fundamental freedoms: free competition, free movement of capital and freedom to invest, free movement of workers and free movement of services,” said Jean-Louis Dupont and Martin Hissel in a statement.

Jun 23, 2015

Soccer-UEFA break-even rule referred to Court of Justice

ZURICH, June 23 (Reuters) – A legal complaint against UEFA’s break-even rule ‘Financial Fair Play (FFP)’ has been referred to the European Court of Justice (EJ), the lawyers who brought the case said on Tuesday.

The EJ will be asked if FFP “violates the following EU fundamental freedoms: free competition, free movement of capital and freedom to invest, free movement of workers and free movement of services,” said Jean-Louis Dupont and Martin Hissel in a statement.

Jun 16, 2015

Nobel snub likely to be painful for Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken plenty of blows over the last few weeks, but the snub delivered by the Nobel Peace Center may be painful for a man who gives the impression that he wants to be seen as a statesman.

Blatter, immensely proud of being the first FIFA president to take the World Cup to Africa when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, has long harbored lofty ambitions about soccer contributing to world peace and social harmony.

Jun 16, 2015

Analysis – Nobel snub likely to be painful for Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken plenty of blows over the last few weeks, but the snub delivered by the Nobel Peace Centre may be painful for a man who gives the impression that he wants to be seen as a statesman.

Blatter, immensely proud of being the first FIFA president to take the World Cup to Africa when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, has long harboured lofty ambitions about football contributing to world peace and social harmony.

Jun 16, 2015

Soccer-Nobel snub likely to be painful for Blatter

ZURICH, June 16 (Reuters) – Beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken plenty of blows over the last few weeks, but the snub delivered by the Nobel Peace Center may be painful for a man who gives the impression that he wants to be seen as a statesman.

Blatter, immensely proud of being the first FIFA president to take the World Cup to Africa when South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, has long harboured lofty ambitions about football contributing to world peace and social harmony.