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Jun 27, 2014

Uruguay coach hits out at FIFA over Suarez ban

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez accused FIFA of an indiscriminate use of power by imposing an “excessive” punishment on striker Luis Suarez and he said he would resign from positions he holds within world soccer’s governing body.

FIFA had made a “scapegoat” of Suarez and had “punished him with excessive severity” but the forward will have the full support of the Uruguayan football authorities, Tabarez told reporters on Friday.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Uruguay coach hits out at FIFA over Suarez ban

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez accused FIFA of an indiscriminate use of power by imposing an “excessive” punishment on striker Luis Suarez and he said he would resign from positions he holds within world soccer’s governing body.

FIFA had made a “scapegoat” of Suarez and had “punished him with excessive severity” but the forward will have the full support of the Uruguayan football authorities, Tabarez told reporters on Friday.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA delighted with World Cup ‘fever’ sweeping U.S.

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The World Cup “fever” sweeping the United States has surprised even soccer’s governing body which is celebrating record viewing numbers in one of the markets it has long tried to crack, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Friday.

“TV ratings in different countries are far higher than in 2010, not just in the normal football countries but also the USA where we reached a level which is just unique,” Valcke told reporters.

Jun 27, 2014

Ghana cash row must never happen again says Valcke

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA will take steps to ensure that the pay dispute which disrupted Ghana’s World Cup preparations will not be allowed to happen at future tournaments, Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general said on Friday.

Ghana’s players missed training in Brasilia on Tuesday before their final Group G match against Portugal on Thursday because of the row over fees.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA delighted with World Cup ‘fever’ sweeping U.S.

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – The World Cup “fever” sweeping the United States has surprised even soccer’s governing body which is celebrating record viewing numbers in one of the markets it has long tried to crack, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Friday.

“TV ratings in different countries are far higher than in 2010, not just in the normal football countries but also the USA where we reached a level which is just unique,” Valcke told reporters.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Ghana cash row must never happen again says Valcke

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – FIFA will take steps to ensure that the pay dispute which disrupted Ghana’s World Cup preparations will not be allowed to happen at future tournaments, Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s secretary general said on Friday.

Ghana’s players missed training in Brasilia on Tuesday before their final Group G match against Portugal on Thursday because of the row over fees.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA’s Valcke says Suarez needs treatment

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who has been kicked out of the World Cup for biting an opponent, needs treatment to overcome his disciplinary problems, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said on Friday.

“He should go for a treatment,” Valcke said when asked by reporters about the Suarez case. “I don’t know if it exists but he should do something by himself because it’s definitely wrong.”

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA’s Valcke says Suarez needs treatment

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who has been kicked out of the World Cup for biting an opponent, needs treatment to overcome his disciplinary problems, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said on Friday.

“He should go for a treatment,” Valcke said when asked by reporters about the Suarez case. “I don’t know if it exists but he should do something by himself because it’s definitely wrong.”

Jun 27, 2014

World Cup over for Suarez after record ban for biting

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was hit with the longest ban imposed at a World Cup on Thursday as FIFA threw the book at one of soccer’s most talented but controversial players for biting an opponent.

Suarez was suspended from all football-related activity for four months by the sport’s world governing body which also ruled he could not play in Uruguay’s next nine competitive games, immediately ending his involvement in the World Cup in Brazil.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-World Cup over for Suarez after record ban for biting

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26 (Reuters) – Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was hit with the longest ban imposed at a World Cup on Thursday as FIFA threw the book at one of soccer’s most talented but controversial players for biting an opponent.

Suarez was suspended from all football-related activity for four months by the sport’s world governing body which also ruled he could not play in Uruguay’s next nine competitive games, immediately ending his involvement in the World Cup in Brazil.