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Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-UEFA plays down Blatter’s Euro 2016 technology remarks

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 (Reuters) – UEFA is still considering using goal-line technology at Euro 2016 in France but its introduction is not the “done deal” FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed it was, according to a UEFA statement on Saturday.

Blatter, in a filmed interview for the official FIFA website (www.fifa.com) released on Friday, said UEFA president Michel Platini had told him goal-line technology (GLT) will be introduced for the European Championship.

Jun 28, 2014

Goal-line technology to be used at Euro 2016 – Blatter

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini will introduce goal-line technology at the 2016 European Championship in France, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Platini, the former France midfielder and national coach, has been a staunch opponent of the system in his seven years as UEFA chief.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA defends Suarez biting ban that many call excessive

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA defended the harsh punishment it handed down to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during the World Cup, despite complaints on Friday from his coach, politicians and even the man he bit that the record penalty was excessive.

The 27-year-old striker was expelled from this year’s tournament in Brazil and banned from international soccer for nine competitive games – the longest ever suspension handed out at a World Cup.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA defends Suarez biting ban that many call excessive

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – FIFA defended the harsh punishment it handed down to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting an opponent during the World Cup, despite complaints on Friday from his coach, politicians and even the man he bit that the record penalty was excessive.

The 27-year-old striker was expelled from this year’s tournament in Brazil and banned from international soccer for nine competitive games – the longest ever suspension handed out at a World Cup.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Goal-line technology to be used at Euro 2016 – Blatter

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 27 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini will introduce goal-line technology at the 2016 European Championship in France, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday.

Platini, the former France midfielder and national coach, has been a staunch opponent of the system in his seven years as UEFA chief.

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.