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Sep 10, 2014

Soccer-United will never abandon their youth policy says Giggs

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Manchester United may have sold homegrown Danny Welbeck and spent over 150 million pounds ($241.88 million) on imports but they will never abandon their policy of giving youngsters a chance, Ryan Giggs said on Wednesday.

Assistant manager Giggs, who joined as a 14-year-old, made his debut aged 17 and retired as a player last season at 40 after nearly 1,000 matches, said they were proud of the youth system that “separates United from other clubs.”

Sep 10, 2014

Soccer: Up to 80 countries a year hit by match-fixing – Interpol

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Between 60 and 80 countries have reported allegations of match-fixing for each of the last three years, the head of the Interpol-FIFA initiative set up to fight the crime said on Wednesday.

John Abbott, who is also leading Interpol’s and FIFA’s fight against irregular betting, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that far tougher legislation is needed worldwide to fight the crime.

Sep 10, 2014

Up to 80 countries a year hit by match-fixing – Interpol

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Between 60 and 80 countries have reported allegations of match-fixing for each of the last three years, the head of the Interpol-FIFA initiative set up to fight the crime said on Wednesday.

John Abbott, who is also leading Interpol’s and FIFA’s fight against irregular betting, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that far tougher legislation is needed worldwide to fight the crime.

Sep 9, 2014

Qatar confident of being exonerated in Garcia report

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – The Qatari organisers for the 2022 World Cup are confident they will be exonerated in the independent investigation into the bidding process for the finals, one of their senior officials said on Tuesday.

Communications chief Nasser Al Khater told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention: “We’ve always been confident of our position in the way we carried ourselves during the bidding stage.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-Qatar confident of being exonerated in Garcia report

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The Qatari organisers for the 2022 World Cup are confident they will be exonerated in the independent investigation into the bidding process for the finals, one of their senior officials said on Tuesday.

Communications chief Nasser Al Khater told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention: “We’ve always been confident of our position in the way we carried ourselves during the bidding stage.

Sep 9, 2014

FIFA medical officer wants strict new rules on concussion

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – Referees will be instructed to stop a match immediately for three minutes when a player is suspected of being concussed, if a proposal from FIFA’s chief medical officer is accepted.

Michel D’Hooghe, the chairman of FIFA’s medical committee and a UEFA executive committee member, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention on Tuesday that he will put his proposal before the European governing body at their executive committee meeting on Sept.18 and to FIFA’s executive on Sept.25.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-FIFA medical officer wants strict new rules on concussion

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Referees will be instructed to stop a match immediately for three minutes when a player is suspected of being concussed, if a proposal from FIFA’s chief medical officer is accepted.

Michel D’Hooghe, the chairman of FIFA’s medical committee and a UEFA executive committee member, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention on Tuesday that he will put his proposal before the European governing body at their executive committee meeting on Sept.18 and to FIFA’s executive on Sept.25.

Sep 9, 2014

Dein and Reid call for introduction of English winter break

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – The English Premier League should introduce a winter break as soon as possible and not wait until any change is forced on it by the expected winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the league’s ambassador David Dein said on Tuesday.

Dein, a former vice-chairman of both Arsenal and the English FA who is still highly active in the game, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that he had long advocated the break which, he felt, would reduce injuries and stress in the second half of the season.

Sep 9, 2014

Soccer-Dein and Reid call for introduction of English winter break

MANCHESTER, England, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The English Premier League should introduce a winter break as soon as possible and not wait until any change is forced on it by the expected winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the league’s ambassador David Dein said on Tuesday.

Dein, a former vice-chairman of both Arsenal and the English FA who is still highly active in the game, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that he had long advocated the break which, he felt, would reduce injuries and stress in the second half of the season.

Sep 9, 2014

CONCACAF president Webb calls for FIFA overhaul

MANCHESTER England (Reuters) – FIFA needs an overhaul at the highest level including changes to the way its governing executive committee is elected to become a fairer reflection of today’s global football landscape, FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb said on Tuesday.

Webb, 49, the president of the CONCACAF confederation which represents North and Central America and the Caribbean, told delegates at the Soccerex Global Convention that the world was changing and FIFA needed to reflect those changes after years of having its image tarnished by one scandal after another.