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Mar 27, 2014

No rush for technology after referee gaffe – Premier League chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The case of mistaken identity which produced an embarrassing gaffe in the Premier League last weekend should not necessitate a rush to embrace technology to counter controversial refereeing calls, English league football’s top executive said on Thursday.

But a discussion on introducing refereeing aids to help resolve matters of a “factual nature” should be held, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore told Reuters in an interview at the start of a promotional visit to South Africa.

Mar 27, 2014

Soccer-No rush for technology after referee gaffe – Premier League chief

JOHANNESBURG, March 27 (Reuters) – The case of mistaken identity which produced an embarrassing gaffe in the Premier League last weekend should not necessitate a rush to embrace technology to counter controversial refereeing calls, English league football’s top executive said on Thursday.

But a discussion on introducing refereeing aids to help resolve matters of a “factual nature” should be held, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore told Reuters in an interview at the start of a promotional visit to South Africa.

Mar 7, 2014

No commission into match fixing says SA government

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South African president Jacob Zuma has decided not to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of match fixing involving the national team ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa’s presidency issued a statement on Friday confirming the investigation will be done by world football body FIFA instead.

Mar 7, 2014

Soccer-No commission into match fixing says SA government

CAPE TOWN, March 7 (Reuters) – South African president Jacob Zuma has decided not to appoint a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of match fixing involving the national team ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

South Africa’s presidency issued a statement on Friday confirming the investigation will be done by world soccer body FIFA instead.

Mar 6, 2014

African World Cup dreams still out of focus

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Contrasting fortunes for Africa’s World Cup representatives in their midweek internationals still leave up in the air the chances of the continent producing credible performances in the finals later this year.

Algeria were the only one of the five Brazil-bound teams to win on Wednesday but Ivory Coast came from 2-0 down to hold highly fancied Belgium away while Nigeria drew with Mexico in the United States.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-African World Cup dreams still out of focus

JOHANNESBURG, March 6 (Reuters) – Contrasting fortunes for Africa’s World Cup representatives in their midweek internationals still leave up in the air the chances of the continent producing credible performances in the finals later this year.

Algeria were the only one of the five Brazil-bound teams to win on Wednesday but Ivory Coast came from 2-0 down to hold highly fancied Belgium away while Nigeria drew with Mexico in the United States.

Mar 6, 2014

Fernandinho hopes to have played himself into World Cup place

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Just days after walking up the steps at Wembley to collect a League Cup winners’ medal, Fernandinho hopes to have played himself into a World Cup place with a commanding performance for Brazil on Wednesday.

A last gasp opportunity to convince Luiz Felipe Scolari of his worth was capped by a striking goal, blasted home from some 25 metres out as Brazil beat South Africa 5-0 in Johannesburg in a World Cup warm-up international.

Mar 6, 2014

Soccer-Fernandinho hopes to have played himself into World Cup place

JOHANNESBURG, March 6 (Reuters) – Just days after walking up the steps at Wembley to collect a League Cup winners’ medal, Fernandinho hopes to have played himself into a World Cup place with a commanding performance for Brazil on Wednesday.

A last gasp opportunity to convince Luiz Felipe Scolari of his worth was capped by a striking goal, blasted home from some 25 metres out as Brazil beat South Africa 5-0 in Johannesburg in a World Cup warm-up international.

Mar 5, 2014

Neymar hat-trick as five-star Brazil cruise

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Neymar scored a hat-trick as Brazil crushed hosts South Africa 5-0 in a friendly at the venue of the 2010 World Cup final on Wednesday.

The Barcelona striker took his tally for his country to 30 after Brazil, who changed their strip at halftime from their traditional yellow and white colors to an all-blue kit, took the lead through Oscar after 10 minutes at Soccer City.

Mar 5, 2014

Soccer-Neymar hat-trick as five-star Brazil cruise

JOHANNESBURG, March 5 (Reuters) – Neymar scored a hat-trick as Brazil crushed hosts South Africa 5-0 in a friendly at the venue of the 2010 World Cup final on Wednesday.

The Barcelona striker took his tally for his country to 30 after Brazil, who changed their strip at halftime from their traditional yellow and white colours to an all-blue kit, took the lead through Oscar after 10 minutes at Soccer City.