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Nov 29, 2014

Soccer -AFC head wants part publication of Garcia report; backs Qatar

MANILA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Asian soccer chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said any non confidential aspects of the report into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups should be made public as he defended Qatar and FIFA in the wake of criticism.

FIFA has been heavily criticised following a report by U.S. attorney Michael Garcia into alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.

Nov 29, 2014

AFC behind Blatter despite Prince Ali bid reports

MANILA (Reuters) – Asian soccer head Shaikh Salman bin Al Khalifa reiterated his confederation’s support for Sepp Blatter in next year’s FIFA presidential elections despite reports that Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein may run for soccer’s top job.

The Jordanian royal, FIFA vice president and a member of the AFC’s executive committee, was considering a bid to run against Blatter and Jerome Champagne after receiving support from UEFA president Michel Platini, British media reported this week.

Nov 29, 2014

Saudi spitter Al Shamrani says reaction was ‘normal’

MANILA (Reuters) – Al Hilal striker Nasser Al Shamrani said it was a normal reaction to spit at Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic at the end of the AFC Champions League final earlier this month after claiming to be verbally abused by the Australian.

The Saudi Arabia striker, one of three players short-listed for the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Player of the Year Award, could be clearly seen spitting in the direction of the substitute after his side lost 1-0 on aggregate to the Australians.

Nov 29, 2014

Soccer-Saudi spitter Al Shamrani says reaction was ‘normal’

MANILA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Al Hilal striker Nasser Al Shamrani said it was a normal reaction to spit at Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic at the end of the AFC Champions League final earlier this month after claiming to be verbally abused by the Australian.

The Saudi Arabia striker, one of three players short-listed for the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Player of the Year Award, could be clearly seen spitting in the direction of the substitute after his side lost 1-0 on aggregate to the Australians.

Nov 29, 2014

Soccer-AFC behind Blatter despite Prince Ali bid reports

MANILA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Asian soccer head Shaikh Salman bin Al Khalifa reiterated his confederation’s support for Sepp Blatter in next year’s FIFA presidential elections despite reports that Jordanian Prince Ali bin Al Hussein may run for soccer’s top job.

The Jordanian royal, FIFA vice president and a member of the AFC’s executive committee, was considering a bid to run against Blatter and Jerome Champagne after receiving support from UEFA president Michel Platini, British media reported this week.

Nov 26, 2014

Thais burst through to last four, Singapore hold off Myanmar

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Tournament favourites Thailand booked a spot in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup after edging Malaysia 3-2 following a lengthy weather delay on Wednesday, while co-hosts Singapore kick-started their campaign with a nervy 4-2 win over Myanmar.

Heavy rain and lightning delayed kick-off on the artificial turf at the Jalan Besar Stadium for two-and-a-half hours before the Thais were able to record their second win of the eight-team tournament thanks to a 90th minute winner by substitute striker Adisak Kraisorn.

Nov 26, 2014

Soccer-Thais burst through to last four, Singapore hold off Myanmar

SINGAPORE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Tournament favourites Thailand booked a spot in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup after edging Malaysia 3-2 following a lengthy weather delay on Wednesday, while co-hosts Singapore kick-started their campaign with a nervy 4-2 win over Myanmar.

Heavy rain and lightning delayed kick-off on the artificial turf at the Jalan Besar Stadium for two-and-a-half hours before the Thais were able to record their second win of the eight-team tournament thanks to a 90th minute winner by substitute striker Adisak Kraisorn.

Nov 23, 2014

Singapore backtracks on plan to limit players over 30

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Organisers of Singapore’s domestic soccer league have completed an embarrassing U-turn on plans to limit the number of players aged over 30 from competing for clubs in the S.League after several complaints of ageism.

S.League bosses announced earlier this month that the 10 clubs competing in next year’s campaign would only be allowed to register five players aged 30 and above with at least three required to be 25 or under in their 22-man squads.

Nov 23, 2014

Soccer-Singapore backtracks on plan to limit players over 30

SINGAPORE, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Organisers of Singapore’s domestic soccer league have completed an embarrassing U-turn on plans to limit the number of players aged over 30 from competing for clubs in the S.League after several complaints of ageism.

S.League bosses announced earlier this month that the 10 clubs competing in next year’s campaign would only be allowed to register five players aged 30 and above with at least three required to be 25 or under in their 22-man squads.

Nov 22, 2014

Singapore confident of Suzuki title, matchfixing worry lurks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s embattled coach Bernd Stange was adamant his side had all the ingredients to win another Suzuki Cup title as authorities ramped up efforts to keep the long standing threat of match-fixing at bay.

The defending champions get their campaign underway on Sunday against favourites Thailand in the first of three tricky Group B matches, with old rivals Malaysia and Myanmar, under the guidance of former coach Raddy Avramovic, to follow.