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Dec 6, 2014

Popovic banned for two games, Saudi spitter gets eight

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation dished out a two-game suspension to their coach of the year, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic on Saturday, while also confirming an eight-match ban for their player of the year Nasser Al Shamrani.

Popovic’s penalty was for “offensive behaviour” at the end of an ill-tempered quarter-final win over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Chinese side also receiving eight punishments relating to the August fixtures.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Popovic banned for two games, Saudi spitter gets eight

SINGAPORE, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Asian Football Confederation dished out a two-game suspension to their coach of the year, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic on Saturday, while also confirming an eight-match ban for their player of the year Nasser Al Shamrani.

Popovic’s penalty was for “offensive behaviour” at the end of an ill-tempered quarter-final win over defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, with the Chinese side also receiving eight punishments relating to the August fixtures.

Dec 2, 2014

North Korea hopes soccer school will unearth next Messi

MANILA (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Dec 2, 2014

North Korea hopes football school will unearth next Messi

MANILA (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Dec 2, 2014

Soccer-North Korea hopes soccer school will unearth next Messi

MANILA, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Argentine captain Lionel Messi is the most popular player among students at the Pyongyang International Football School, a fledgling facility North Korean officials hope will unearth a talent like the Barcelona great.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was the driving force behind the school, which opened in June last year, according to the country’s Asian Football Confederation official Han Un Gyong.

Dec 1, 2014

People are tired of Qatar allegations, say bid team

MANILA (Reuters) – The public are growing tired of hearing about allegations of wrongdoing against Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid, according to organizers, with the Gulf state more interested in improving worker’s rights than publishing Michael Garcia’s report.

The 42-page summary of the ethics investigator’s inquiry into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup earlier this month has posed more questions than answers, and failed to quell the push for the vote for both tournaments to be restaged.

Dec 1, 2014

Soccer-People are tired of Qatar allegations, say bid team

MANILA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The public are growing tired of hearing about allegations of wrongdoing against Qatar’s winning 2022 World Cup bid, according to organisers, with the Gulf state more interested in improving worker’s rights than publishing Michael Garcia’s report.

The 42-page summary of the ethics investigator’s inquiry into the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup earlier this month has posed more questions than answers, and failed to quell the push for the vote for both tournaments to be restaged.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Saudi spitter named AFC player of the year

MANILA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Saudi striker Nasser Al Shamrani, who faces an eight-game ban for spitting and head butting an opponent in the final of the Asian Champions League earlier this month, was controversially named AFC Player of the Year on Sunday.

Al Shamrani pipped Qatari playmaker Khalfan Ibrahim and United Arab Emirates defender Ismail Ahmed to the prize after scoring 10 goals in the AFC Champions League campaign this term.

Nov 30, 2014

Palestine FA head wants FIFA to give Israel ‘red card’

MANILA (Reuters) – Palestine Football Association president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them “the red card” after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation’s offices last week.

Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederation’s National Team of the Year award on Sunday, said three armoured cars turned up at his offices and that he notified FIFA President Sepp Blatter of the incident.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Palestine FA head wants FIFA to give Israel “red card”

MANILA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Palestine Football Association president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them “the red card” after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation’s offices last week.

Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederation’s National Team of the Year award on Sunday, said three armoured cars turned up at his offices and that he notified FIFA President Sepp Blatter of the incident.