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Sep 16, 2014

QPR bank on Premier League survival as expulsion threat looms

LONDON (Reuters) – Losing 4-0 to Manchester United was bad enough for Queens Park Rangers but if the worst comes to the worst they could find themselves playing at minor clubs like Southport, Forest Green Rovers or Dover Athletic next year.

Instead of having to deal with British record signing Angel Di Maria in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford in the Premier League, QPR could be playing in front of a few hundred fans on tiny grounds in football’s backwaters.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-QPR bank on Premier League survival as expulsion threat looms

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Losing 4-0 to Manchester United was bad enough for Queens Park Rangers but if the worst comes to the worst they could find themselves playing at minor clubs like Southport, Forest Green Rovers or Dover Athletic next year.

Instead of having to deal with British record signing Angel Di Maria in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford in the Premier League, QPR could be playing in front of a few hundred fans on tiny grounds in football’s backwaters.

Sep 16, 2014

Chelsea, Costa set to heap more misery on Schalke

LONDON (Reuters) – The good news for Schalke 04′s defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is nursing a slight hamstring injury.

The bad news is that even without being fully fit he has scored seven goals in his opening four matches for his new club since his 32 million pounds transfer from Atletico Madrid.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea, Costa set to heap more misery on Schalke

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The good news for Schalke 04′s defenders as they prepare to face Chelsea in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday is that striker Diego Costa is nursing a slight hamstring injury.

The bad news is that even without being fully fit he has scored seven goals in his opening four matches for his new club since his 32.0 million pounds ($52.03 million) transfer from Atletico Madrid.

Sep 10, 2014

Manchester United will never abandon their youth policy, says Giggs

MANCHESTER England (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

United will never abandon their youth policy says Giggs

MANCHESTER England (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-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.