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Feb 26, 2015

Soccer-Law-makers consider fourth sub and end to triple sanction

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Football’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), will consider allowing a fourth substitution in extra time as well as ending the controversial so-called “triple punishment” this weekend.

IFAB, which consists of the four British associations and four from world governing body FIFA, will also hear reports on the use of sin-bins in experimental youth matches and discuss changes to the laws governing handball, but they are not up for inclusion on the statute books.

Feb 26, 2015

City and Arsenal failures undermine Premier League’s boasts

LONDON (Reuters) – The Premier League can attract mega riches from global broadcasters but first Manchester City and now Arsenal have proved to be poor ambassadors for the self-proclaimed best league in the world in the Champions League this week.

Richard Scudamore, the league’s chief executive, complained the loudest when plans for a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 were announced on Tuesday claiming the ‘integrity’ of his competition would be harmed by a mid-season break.

Feb 26, 2015

Soccer-City and Arsenal failures undermine Premier League’s boasts

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The Premier League can attract mega riches from global broadcasters but first Manchester City and now Arsenal have proved to be poor ambassadors for the self-proclaimed best league in the world in the Champions League this week.

Richard Scudamore, the league’s chief executive, complained the loudest when plans for a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 were announced on Tuesday claiming the ‘integrity’ of his competition would be harmed by a mid-season break.

Feb 25, 2015

We lost our nerve and deserved defeat, says distraught Wenger

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could hardly conceal his despair when he said his team lost their nerve, were not mentally sharp enough and got the result they deserved after losing 3-1 to AS Monaco in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

Wenger, 65, who managed Monaco for seven years at the start of his coaching career, watched his former club take a grip on the tie after s win which should prove to be enough to see them reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

Feb 25, 2015

Monaco heap more Champions League agony on Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday, heaping more Champions League agony on Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal boss Wenger, a former manager at Monaco, is now facing elimination at this stage of the competition for the fifth straight season after the shattering home defeat.

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-We lost our nerve and deserved defeat, says distraught Wenger

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could hardly conceal his despair when he said his team lost their nerve, were not mentally sharp enough and got the result they deserved after losing 3-1 to AS Monaco in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

Wenger, 65, who managed Monaco for seven years at the start of his coaching career, watched his former club take a grip on the tie after s win which should prove to be enough to see them reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Monaco heap more Champions League agony on Arsenal

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday, heaping more Champions League agony on Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal boss Wenger, a former manager at Monaco, is now facing elimination at this stage of the competition for the fifth straight season after the shattering home defeat.

Feb 25, 2015

Resilient Monaco stun Arsenal with 3-1 away win

LONDON (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday and take a stranglehold on the tie.

French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes when he crashed in a long range shot that took a deflection off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, leaving goalkeeper David Ospina helpless.

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Resilient Monaco stun Arsenal with 3-1 away win

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday and take a stranglehold on the tie.

French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes when he crashed in a long range shot that took a deflection off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, leaving goalkeeper David Ospina helpless.

Feb 24, 2015

November/December the best World Cup option, even for Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – The FIFA Task Force set up to recommend the best time of year to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were always in an impossible position, from the moment they sat down to consider the options.

But Tuesday’s recommendation to stage it over November and December is probably the best option for all — even though Europe’s major clubs disagree.