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Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Away goals rule has become outdated, says Blatter

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The away goals rule used for settling the outcome of two-legged knockout ties has “fallen behind the times” and needs rethinking according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The method under which the team that scores the most goals away from home wins the tie was introduced in the mid-1960s.

Oct 9, 2014

Infantino defends ‘Week of Football’ and Euro 2016 format

LONDON (Reuters) – The much-criticised 24-team format for Euro 2016 and its new “Week of Football” qualifying competition has added a new dynamic to the international football calendar, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Infantino defended both innovations saying that television audiences and revenue around the world would be boosted by the changes while the first round of matches had already produced some surprises.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-Infantino defends “Week of Football” and Euro 2016 format

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The much-criticised 24-team format for Euro 2016 and its new “Week of Football” qualifying competition has added a new dynamic to the international football calendar, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Infantino defended both innovations saying that television audiences and revenue around the world would be boosted by the changes while the first round of matches had already produced some surprises.

Oct 9, 2014

UEFA unlikely to support overseas Premier League matches

LONDON (Reuters) – Any ideas England’s Premier League might have of playing matches overseas would be unlikely to get any backing from UEFA, a top official of European soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.

UEFA failed to support the idea when it was first mooted six years ago, and Gianni Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport Summit that he did not think UEFA would change its stance on the issue.

Oct 9, 2014

Soccer-UEFA unlikely to support overseas Premier League matches

LONDON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Any ideas England’s Premier League might have of playing matches overseas would be unlikely to get any backing from UEFA, a top official of European soccer’s governing body said on Thursday.

UEFA failed to support the idea when it was first mooted six years ago, and Gianni Infantino, UEFA’s general secretary, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport Summit that he did not think UEFA would change its stance on the issue.

Oct 8, 2014

England could play away from Wembley if FA secure NFL deal

LONDON (Reuters) – England could play matches in different towns and cities around the country again from 2018 if the English FA secures an NFL franchise based at Wembley Stadium.

If they do, it would mean that some England internationals could be moved around the country as they were between 2000 and 2007 while Wembley was rebuilt after the original stadium was demolished.

Oct 8, 2014

Bundesliga would never consider playing overseas says CEO

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bundesliga would never consider playing matches overseas like the Premier League because it would not want to alienate fans who watch their teams “through rain and shine,” chief executive Christian Seifert said on Wednesday.

Seifert told delegates at the Leaders in Sport Summit at Chelsea’s stadium they would never have a “35th” game overseas — similar to the Premier League’s infamous “39th” which is back on the agenda after seemingly being ditched six years ago.

Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Bundesliga would never consider playing overseas says CEO

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Bundesliga would never consider playing matches overseas like the Premier League because it would not want to alienate fans who watch their teams “through rain and shine,” chief executive Christian Seifert said on Wednesday.

Seifert told delegates at the Leaders in Sport Summit at Chelsea’s stadium they would never have a “35th” game overseas — similar to the Premier League’s infamous “39th” which is back on the agenda after seemingly being ditched six years ago.

Oct 8, 2014

Winter Olympics may have to move for 2022 World Cup – ECA

LONDON (Reuters) – The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European soccer clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said on Wednesday.

Gandini, vice-chairman of the European Club Association of Europe’s top 200-plus clubs and Director of Sport at AC Milan, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport summit at Stamford Bridge that the World Cup should take precedence over the Winter Games.

Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Winter Olympics may have to move for 2022 World Cup – ECA

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European soccer clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said on Wednesday.

Gandini, vice-chairman of the European Club Association of Europe’s top 200-plus clubs and Director of Sport at AC Milan, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport summit at Stamford Bridge that the World Cup should take precedence over the Winter Games.