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Mar 26, 2014

UEFA to back Nations League, more match-fixing sanctions

ASTANA (Reuters) – UEFA are expected to announce the introduction of a new Nations League for national teams from 2018 and tougher, Europe-wide sanctions against match fixing at their Congress on Thursday.

The annual meeting of the 54 member associations will almost certainly endorse both proposals when they vote in the snowy capital of the central Asian country of Kazakhstan.

Mar 26, 2014

Soccer-UEFA to back Nations League, more match-fixing sanctions

ASTANA, March 26 (Reuters) – UEFA are expected to announce the introduction of a new Nations League for national teams from 2018 and tougher, Europe-wide sanctions against match fixing at their Congress on Thursday.

The annual meeting of the 54 member associations will almost certainly endorse both proposals when they vote in the snowy capital of the central Asian country of Kazakhstan.

Mar 25, 2014

FIFA reformists halt plan to derail corruption investigation

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA’s self-acclaimed transparent reform process headed by New York lawyer Michael Garcia came within hours of being sabotaged from within the organization last week, Reuters has learned.

The position of Garcia himself and his role as the head of the Independent Ethics Commission looking into alleged corruption surrounding the voting procedure for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and the 2011 FIFA presidential election, came under threat from a number of senior FIFA power-brokers.

Mar 25, 2014

Soccer-FIFA reformists halt plan to derail corruption investigation

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – FIFA’s self-acclaimed transparent reform process headed by New York lawyer Michael Garcia came within hours of being sabotaged from within the organisation last week, Reuters has learned.

The position of Garcia himself and his role as the head of the Independent Ethics Commission looking into alleged corruption surrounding the voting procedure for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and the 2011 FIFA presidential election, came under threat from a number of senior FIFA power-brokers.

Mar 24, 2014

Wenger urges shattered team to respond in the right way

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger promised the club’s stunned supporters they would do everything they could to “respond in the right way” to Saturday’s 6-0 defeat at Chelsea when they play Swansea City at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Wenger, who only spoke to TV reporters at Stamford Bridge and did not hold his routine pre-match news conference before a game, sent out his message in an email to supporters and later expanded on his thoughts in a written statement to the media.

Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Wenger urges shattered team to respond in the right way

LONDON, March 24 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger promised the club’s stunned supporters they would do everything they could to “respond in the right way” to Saturday’s 6-0 defeat at Chelsea when they play Swansea City at the Emirates on Tuesday.

Wenger, who only spoke to TV reporters at Stamford Bridge and did not hold his routine pre-match news conference before a game, sent out his message in an email to supporters and later expanded on his thoughts in a written statement to the media.

Mar 24, 2014

Sigurdsson winner caps superb Spurs fightback, Stoke crush Villa

LONDON (Reuters) – Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage-time winner after Christian Eriksen’s double as Tottenham Hotspur hit back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sigurdsson converted Denmark midfielder Eriksen’s layoff to keep alive Spurs lingering hopes of a top-four finish.

Mar 23, 2014

Soccer-Sigurdsson winner caps superb Spurs fightback, Stoke crush Villa

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage time winner after Christian Eriksen’s double as Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sigurdsson converted Denmark midfielder Eriksen’s layoff to keep alive Spurs lingering hopes of a top four finish. They are fifth on 56 points, six behind fourth-placed Arsenal having played one more match.

Mar 23, 2014

Sigurdsson winner caps superb Spurs fightback

LONDON (Reuters) – Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage time winner after Christian Eriksen’s double as Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sigurdsson converted Denmark midfielder Eriksen’s layoff to keep alive Spurs lingering hopes of a top four finish. They are fifth on 56 points, six behind fourth-placed Arsenal having played one more match.

Mar 23, 2014

Soccer-Sigurdsson winner caps superb Spurs fightback

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a stoppage time winner after Christian Eriksen’s double as Tottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Sigurdsson converted Denmark midfielder Eriksen’s layoff to keep alive Spurs lingering hopes of a top four finish. They are fifth on 56 points, six behind fourth-placed Arsenal having played one more match.