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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.

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).