Football

Anti-racism group hold meetings to try to challenge prejudices before Russia 2018

By Paul Osborne

The NEVER AGAIN Association pledges to help the MFL clear up racism in Russian footballOctober 10 - Anti-racist group "NEVER AGAIN", has entered into cooperation with the Inter-ethnic Football League in Moscow to try to help combat racism and discrimination in Russia, in the build up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Huge demand for 2014 World Cup tickets

By Paul Osborne

More than six million requests for tickets were made for the 2014 World CupOctober 10 - More than six million requests for tickets were made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup during the first application process that ended today, it was claimed.

Iraq to withdraw from Gulf Cup of Nations in protest at host city switch

By Nick Butler

Iraq celebrate winning the 2007 Asian Cup in happier times than todays boycott announcementOctober 9 - Iraq has announced its withdrawal from the 2014-2015 Gulf Cup of Nations in protest to the decision to move the tournament away from the original host city choice of Basra.

ICSS appointed by Spanish League to help tackle match fixing

By Gary Anderson

October 9 - President of the LFP Javier Tebas (left) and Mohammed Hanzab President of the ICSS shake hands on the new partnership at the Leaders in Football Conference in LondonIn light of ongoing match fixing allegations in Spain, the country's top two leagues have announced a new partnership agreement with the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to help tackle the problem and ensure the integrity of the game in the country.

Sri Lankan Fernando given life ban by FIFA

By Paul Osborne

Vernon Manilal Fernando has been given a life ban by FIFAOctober 9 - Former Sri Lankan football chief Vernon Manilal Fernando has been given a life time ban from football by world governing body FIFA after an appeal on a previous eight year ban was dismissed.

WADA "aware of importance of swift solution" for World Cup drug testing programme

By David Owen

A solution could still be found to ensure that the doping control laboratory in Rio de Janeiro is re-opened in time for the 2014 FIFA World CupOctober 8 - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has hinted there may yet be time for the Rio de Janeiro doping control laboratory to win back its accreditation in time for it to handle samples collected at next year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA approves extra breaks to help players keep their cool

By David Owen

Cooling breaks will be used during next year's World Cup in Brazil if temperatures reach a certain levelOctober 7 - High-profile matches at next year's World Cup tournament in Brazil may effectively be played over four periods rather than two, following FIFA's endorsement of additional "cooling" breaks to protect the health of players.

Exclusive: Blatter plans joint approach to Brazil with IOC over drug testing lab

By David Owen

Sepp Blatter is planning to join forces with the International Olympic Committee to try to solve a problem over the doping lab in Rio de JaneiroOctober 6 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is aiming to join forces with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to urge the Brazilian Government to do its utmost to ensure the country's new doping control facility is operational, and duly accredited, before next year's World Cup, insidethegames has learnt.

No decision on Qatar until after 2014 World Cup, reveals Blatter

By Paul Osborne

FIFA President Sepp Blatter today announced a Commission would be set-up to investigate whether to move the Qatar 2022 World Cup to the winterOctober 4 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced today that a commission has been set-up to look into alternate dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, although no decision will be made until after next year's tournament in Brazil. 
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