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Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-Middle East investment boosts European shirt revenue

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Middle East investment is swelling the coffers of Europe’s top soccer clubs whose income from shirt sponsorship has soared to over 687 million euros ($777.75 million) this season — 20 percent up on 2013-14, according to analysts Repucom.

The German-based global strategy company says in their European Football Jersey Report that companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe’s top six leagues.

Feb 22, 2015

Spurs’ late equaliser should not have stood – Allardyce

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s 96th minute equaliser by Harry Kane in a 2-2 home draw against West Ham United on Sunday should not have stood but the referee was not brave enough to disallow it, said visiting manager Sam Allardyce.

With four minutes and 48 seconds of five additional minutes having been played, and Spurs trailing 2-1, they were awarded a penalty when Kane was felled by Alex Song.

Feb 22, 2015

Soccer-Spurs’ late equaliser should not have stood – Allardyce

LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s 96th minute equaliser by Harry Kane in a 2-2 home draw against West Ham United on Sunday should not have stood but the referee was not brave enough to disallow it, said visiting manager Sam Allardyce.

With four minutes and 48 seconds of five additional minutes having been played, and Spurs trailing 2-1, they were awarded a penalty when Kane was felled by Alex Song.

Feb 19, 2015

Figo proposes World Cup expansion if elected FIFA head

LONDON (Reuters) – Luis Figo proposed an increase from 32 to “40 or 48″ teams at the World Cup finals as part of his FIFA presidential manifesto launched at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The former Portugal international, 42, wants a greater percentage of FIFA’s income spent on grassroots development and also proposed sin-bins and reverting to the old offside rule interpretation.

Feb 19, 2015

Soccer-Figo proposes World Cup expansion if elected FIFA head

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Luis Figo proposed an increase from 32 to “40 or 48″ teams at the World Cup finals as part of his FIFA presidential manifesto launched at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The former Portugal international, 42, wants a greater percentage of FIFA’s income spent on grassroots development and also proposed sin-bins and reverting to the old offside rule interpretation.

Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-Paris prosecutors probe ‘racist’ Chelsea fans

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The Paris prosecutor’s office has
started an investigation to find the Chelsea fans responsible
for chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” as
they stopped a black man boarding a Paris train on Tuesday.

The incident was captured on video by another passenger on
the platform at the Richelieu-Drouot metro station before
Chelsea played Paris St Germain in a Champions League match at
the Parc des Princes in the French capital.

Feb 18, 2015

FIFA, UEFA join Chelsea in condemning racist incident

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA have joined Chelsea in condemning an incident captured on video in the Paris metro, showing Chelsea fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting “we’re racist”.

The video was filmed before Chelsea’s Champions League match against French champions Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening.

Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-FIFA, UEFA join Chelsea in condemning racist incident

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA have joined Chelsea in condemning an incident captured on video in the Paris metro, showing Chelsea fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting “we’re racist”.

The video was filmed before Chelsea’s Champions League match against French champions Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening.

Feb 18, 2015

Glory and more awaits Europa League winners

LONDON (Reuters) – The race to become the first club to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League hots up on Thursday when Europe’s secondary competition restarts with 32 teams chasing glory in Warsaw in May.

UEFA’s decision to reward the winners with a place in at least the playoffs for next season’s Champions League should spice up the knockout stage, which includes the eight teams who have dropped down from Europe’s top tier.

Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-Glory and more awaits Europa League winners

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The race to become the first club to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League hots up on Thursday when Europe’s secondary competition restarts with 32 teams chasing glory in Warsaw in May.

UEFA’s decision to reward the winners with a place in at least the playoffs for next season’s Champions League should spice up the knockout stage, which includes the eight teams who have dropped down from Europe’s top tier.