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Jun 26, 2014

FIFA get it absolutely right with Suarez ban

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA has been vilified for making so many bad decisions for so long that if soccer’s world governing body had got it wrong over Uruguay striker Luis Suarez its tarnished image could have been damaged beyond repair.

It is no exaggeration to suggest FIFA would have become a global laughing stock if it had allowed Suarez to escape with a minor punishment – or one perceived to be too lenient – after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-FIFA get it absolutely right with Suarez ban

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26 (Reuters) – FIFA has been vilified for making so many bad decisions for so long that if soccer’s world governing body had got it wrong over Uruguay striker Luis Suarez its tarnished image could have been damaged beyond repair.

It is no exaggeration to suggest FIFA would have become a global laughing stock if it had allowed Suarez to escape with a minor punishment – or one perceived to be too lenient – after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder at the World Cup on Tuesday.

Jun 26, 2014

Uruguay’s Suarez banned for nine matches – FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was banned for nine matches by FIFA on Thursday after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez was also suspended from any football-related activity for four months and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (65,255.81 pounds).

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Uruguay’s Suarez banned for nine matches – FIFA

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26 (Reuters) – Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was banned for nine matches by FIFA on Thursday after being found guilty of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Suarez was also suspended from any football-related activity for four months and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($111,000).

Jun 25, 2014

Stalemate raises new doubts about French strength in depth

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps gave players who missed their opening two games the chance to shine on Wednesday but they failed to do that in a 0-0 draw against 10-man Ecuador who went out of the World Cup.

France held all the aces, especially after Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia was harshly sent off early in the second half for a clumsy but not malicious marginally studs-up tackle on Lucas Digne.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Stalemate raises new doubts about French strength in depth

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps gave players who missed their opening two games the chance to shine on Wednesday but they failed to do that in a 0-0 draw against 10-man Ecuador who went out of the World Cup.

France held all the aces, especially after Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia was harshly sent off early in the second half for a clumsy but not malicious marginally studs-up tackle on Lucas Digne.

Jun 25, 2014

Suarez and Uruguay sweat ahead of FIFA ruling on bite

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Luis Suarez and his Uruguay team mates faced an anxious wait on Wednesday as soccer’s governing body FIFA decided whether to expel him from the World Cup for biting an opponent in a match against Italy.

The incident in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over the Europeans in Natal on Tuesday has brought the ugly side of the game to the fore, marring a tournament that has been widely praised for its attacking football and major upsets.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Suarez and Uruguay sweat ahead of FIFA ruling on bite

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – Luis Suarez and his Uruguay team mates faced an anxious wait on Wednesday as soccer’s governing body FIFA decided whether to expel him from the World Cup for biting an opponent in a match against Italy.

The incident in Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over the Europeans in Natal on Tuesday has brought the ugly side of the game to the fore, marring a tournament that has been widely praised for its attacking football and major upsets.

Jun 25, 2014

Kuipers summons ghost of Thomas, without same dire result

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Dutch official Bjorn Kuipers summoned up the refereeing ghost of Welshman Clive Thomas when he blew his whistle for time just seconds before Karim Benzema smashed the ball home for what looked like another French goal against Switzerland on Friday.

Thomas, now 78 and long retired after a controversial career in the 1960s and 1970s, is best remembered for blowing the final whistle during a World Cup match between Sweden and Brazil in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1978 while the ball was in flight from a corner.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Kuipers summons ghost of Thomas, without same dire result

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – Dutch official Bjorn Kuipers summoned up the refereeing ghost of Welshman Clive Thomas when he blew his whistle for time just seconds before Karim Benzema smashed the ball home for what looked like another French goal against Switzerland on Friday.

Thomas, now 78 and long retired after a controversial career in the 1960s and 1970s, is best remembered for blowing the final whistle during a World Cup match between Sweden and Brazil in Mar del Plata, Argentina in 1978 while the ball was in flight from a corner.