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Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-’World Cup is over for me’, says Beckenbauer

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 14 (Reuters) – Franz Beckenbauer will skip the World Cup in Brazil after the former West Germany captain and coach was banned by FIFA for 90 days for allegedly refusing to co-operate with an investigation into World Cup bidding.

FIFA confirmed on Saturday that Beckenbauer is banned from attending any match at any level for the next 90 days, even in a private capacity. He will, however, be allowed to continue as a television pundit from a studio in Germany.

Jun 12, 2014

Neymar double gives Brazil dramatic opening win

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s poster boy Neymar scored twice and the outstanding Oscar added a late third as the hosts came from behind for a dramatic 3-1 victory over Croatia in a thrilling World Cup opening match on Thursday.

But the 71st-minute penalty from Neymar that tipped the Group A game Brazil’s way seemed a soft one after Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura harshly ruled that Croatia skipper Dejan Lovren had fouled Fred who appeared to throw himself to the ground.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Neymar double gives Brazil dramatic opening win

SAO PAULO, June 12 (Reuters) – Brazil’s poster boy Neymar scored twice and the outstanding Oscar added a late third as the hosts came from behind for a dramatic 3-1 victory over Croatia in a thrilling World Cup opening match on Thursday.

But the 71st-minute penalty from Neymar that tipped the Group A game Brazil’s way seemed a soft one after Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura harshly ruled that Croatia skipper Dejan Lovren had fouled Fred who appeared to throw himself to the ground.

Jun 12, 2014

FIFA chief Blatter ready to run again despite opposition

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election despite criticism the game and organization have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.

World soccer’s governing body is reeling after allegations in Britain’s Sunday Times that a former top FIFA representative made payments to officials as part of a campaign to win support for Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Blatter catches FIFA by surprise with TV review proposal

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter caught world soccer’s ruling body by surprise on Wednesday when he proposed a new television review system that would go well beyond the goal-line technology already being used in some countries.

In his closing address to FIFA’s annual Congress in Sao Paulo on the eve of the World Cup, the 78-year-old Swiss suggested that a manager or coach could be allowed to challenge up to two refereeing decisions in a game.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter catches FIFA by surprise with TV review proposal

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter caught world soccer’s ruling body by surprise on Wednesday when he proposed a new television review system that would go well beyond the goal-line technology already being used in some countries.

In his closing address to FIFA’s annual Congress in Sao Paulo on the eve of the World Cup, the 78-year-old Swiss suggested that a manager or coach could be allowed to challenge up to two refereeing decisions in a game.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-FIFA chief Blatter ready to run again despite opposition

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he would run for re-election despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.

World soccer’s governing body is reeling after allegations in Britain’s Sunday Times that a former top FIFA representative made payments to officials as part of a campaign to win support for Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter says ready to run for FIFA re-election

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday all but confirmed he will run for re-election at the helm of world soccer’s ruling body, despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by allegations of corruption during his long reign.

“My mission is not finished,” he told officials from FIFA’s 209 member associations at the close of the annual Congress, held in Sao Paulo on the eve of the opening game of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel rules for Palestine footballers

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and delegates at the FIFA Congress called on the Israeli government on Wednesday to fully commit to FIFA’s plans to ease restrictions on movement for Palestinian footballers.

“I call on the Israeli government to facilitate this movement and I go so far as to say its co-operation is crucial,” Blatter told delegates who roundly applauded him.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Blatter calls on Israel to ease travel rules for Palestine footballers

SAO PAULO, June 11 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and delegates at the FIFA Congress called on the Israeli government on Wednesday to fully commit to FIFA’s plans to ease restrictions on movement for Palestinian footballers.

“I call on the Israeli government to facilitate this movement and I go so far as to say its co-operation is crucial,” Blatter told delegates who roundly applauded him.