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  • UEFA confirms new Champions League seeding system 2 days ago

    Nyon: UEFA has published Champions League regulations for next season confirming a seeding change to reward national league winners. Top-seeded teams in eight groups will be the defending Champions League winner plus titleholders in the seven highest-ranked countries. If the Champions League winner also wins its national title, then the eighth top-seeded...
  • Change at top of FIFA is 'important' for football, says Michel Platini March 16, 2015

    Nyon: UEFA President Michel Platini says change at FIFA is "important for football." Platini, a FIFA vice president, says it needs "new ideas, a new program" as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29. UEFA supports all three Blatter opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo...
  • West Ham striker Carlton Cole fined $30,000 over tweet March 13, 2015

    London: The English Football Association has fined West Ham striker Carlton Cole 20,000 pounds ($30,000) for an offensive tweet. Cole was also warned about his future conduct over the Twitter exchange with a Tottenham supporter after West Ham's 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane last month. Cole replied with expletives after being...
  • Spain out of top 10 in FIFA rankings for 1st time since 2007 March 12, 2015

    Barcelona: Spain's fall from the top of the soccer rankings took an even more humbling turn on Thursday when the team dropped out of the top 10. The Spanish spent almost six full years at No. 1, winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. But the...
  • Financial fair play question mark over Roberto Mancini's transfer plans March 10, 2015

    Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini would like to sign Yaya Toure but has admitted that UEFA's financial fair play rules have left a question mark over his plans for next season. Mancini said he had given the squad a new mentality since taking over in November for his second stint at...
  • West Bromwich's Chris Brunt charged for verbally abusing officials March 10, 2015

    West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been charged by the Football Association with verbally abusing match officials following the FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday. "It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words...
  • Clubs to get no compensation for a 2022 winter World Cup : FIFA February 25, 2015

    Soccer clubs will not be offered compensation for losing players to a 2022 winter World Cup in Qatar, FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke told reporters on Wednesday. The proposed dates for the event, over November and December, are set to be ratified by FIFA next month. They would cause a disruption...
  • FIFA task force recommends shorter Nov-Dec World Cup for Qatar 2022 February 24, 2015

    Doha: The FIFA task force looking into dates for the Qatar World Cup has recommended a shorter tournament to be staged in November and December 2022, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters on Tuesday. Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa said all options would be reviewed at the FIFA...
  • Louis van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge February 11, 2015

    London: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied a Football Association misconduct charge relating to comments he made following last month's FA Cup draw with Cambridge United, the governing body said on Tuesday. "Louis van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge in relation to media comments and requests personal hearing, date...
  • English FA charges Jose Mourinho for implying bias by referee January 8, 2015

    London: The English Football Association has charged Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho with misconduct for claiming referees are influenced by a "campaign" against the club. Mourinho made the comments after a 1-1 draw at Southampton on December 28, when Cesc Fabregas was booked for simulation rather than being awarded a penalty. The FA...
  • Mario Balotelli banned for 1 match for social media post December 18, 2014

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The FA on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the "aggravated breach" of its discrimination rules. Balotelli...
  • Mario Balotelli charged by FA for instagram message December 5, 2014

    Mario Balotelli was charged by the English Football Association on Friday for posting a message on a social media site that was criticized for being racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around...
  • FIFA to release statement on World Cup probe November 13, 2014

    Zurcih: FIFA says its ethics committee chairman will release a statement on Thursday on the investigation into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. FIFA says ethics chief Hans-Joachim Eckert will issue a statement at 0900 GMT following an investigation by prosecutor Michael Garcia into the process that led...
  • Rio Ferdinand suspended for three games for Twitter comment October 30, 2014

    Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined 25,000 pounds ($40,030) after he was found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association (FA) for an "abusive" comment he made on Twitter. The 35-year-old was also ordered to attend an education programme as part of the...
  • Rio Ferdinand charged by FA over Twitter comment October 14, 2014

    London: Former England centre back Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the Football Association for misconduct following a comment he made on Twitter. "It is alleged the comment posted on his twitter account was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper," the governing body said in a statement. "It is further alleged...
  • Injured Lionel Messi ruled out of friendly against Germany September 1, 2014

    Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Wednesday's international friendly against World Cup winners Germany with a rightleg injury. The Argentine Football Association said Monday that Messi will be held out of the game as a "precaution." The match in Dusseldorf is a chance for Argentina to avenge a 10 loss to...
  • Carlo Tavecchio elected as Italian FA president August 12, 2014

    Rome: Despite allegations of racism marring his electoral campaign, Carlo Tavecchio was elected the new president of the Italian football federation on Monday. Tavecchio beat Demetrio Albertini in the race to replace Giancarlo Abete, with the 71yearold earning 63.63 percent of the votes in the third round of balloting. Albertini received...
  • Argentine football president Julio Grondona dies July 31, 2014

    Buenos Aires: Julio Grondona, the longtime head of the Argentine Football Association, has died. He was 82. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the South American football confederation, CONMEBOL. Grondona, a powerful ally of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, had been hospitalized earlier on Wednesday. Local media reported that he died hours...
  • England captain Steven Gerrard announces international retirement July 21, 2014

    England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, the Football Association said on Monday. The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 20 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. "I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and it is...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay football chief seeks to retain coach Tabarez June 24, 2014

    Montevideo: Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Wilmar Valdez said he favoured extending the national team's coach Oscar Tabarez's contract post the FIFA World Cup. "I am speaking on my own behalf. If it were up to me, the process should continue as it has until now," Valdez said on Monday, reports...
  • English FA imposes worldwide betting ban on players May 21, 2014

    All professional players in English soccer will be banned from betting on matches anywhere in the world, the Football Association said on Wednesday. The ruling, which will come into force from Aug. 1, was ratified at the governing body's Annual General Meeting and covers players from the Premier League down to...
  • Football Association proposes English Premier League B teams May 8, 2014

    An FA commission wants to use the blueprint of the Spanish and German football leagues and allow Premier League clubs to enter B teams in lower divisions in a bid to improve the England national side, it said on Thursday. The Football Association is proposing a major overhaul of English soccer...
  • Luis Suarez named England's Footballer of the Year May 5, 2014

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA) on Monday, completing an award double after taking the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) accolade last month. The 27yearold Uruguayan finished ahead of teammate Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure of Manchester City in the poll. The...
  • English FA proposes total ban on betting April 9, 2014

    The FA has proposed a complete ban on anyone involved in England's top eight tiers from betting on any soccer match or competition anywhere in the world, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Participants are currently blocked by Rule E8(b) from betting on a match or competition they have been...
  • Seven more English league players arrested for match-fixing April 4, 2014

    London: Another seven players from league clubs in northwest England have been arrested for allegedly fixing football matches. The BBC cited the National Crime Agency as saying that the seven footballers are aged between 18 and 30. It added that six other men originally arrested in December on suspicion of involvement...
  • Synthetic pitches to be allowed in FA Cup next season March 24, 2014

    London: Synthetic pitches will be allowed in every round of the FA Cup from next season, the English Football Association announced on Monday. Current rules bar the use of so-called 3G (third generation) surfaces after the first round. FA general secretary Alex Horne said the rule change had been recommended by...
  • Sol Campbell calls FA 'racist' after England captaincy snub March 2, 2014

    Former England defender Sol Campbell believes he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white, according to extracts from his new biography that is being serialised by The Sunday Times newspaper. Campbell, 39, who was born in east London to Jamaican parents, claimed the...
  • Nicolas Anelka denies FA racism charge over gesture January 24, 2014

    London: West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka will face an English Football Association disciplinary hearing after formally denying a racism charge for celebrating a goal with a gesture deemed antiSemitic. Anelka repeatedly has insisted that his use of the gesture, which is known in France as a "quenelle" and has been...
  • Hull owner will walk away if Tigers name not sanctioned January 14, 2014

    London: The owner of Hull City says he will quit if the English Football Association does not allow him to change the club's name to Hull Tigers. Assem Allam wants to drop "City" from the 109yearold name and rebrand his Premier League club, but the idea has been met by fierce...
  • Manchester United manager David Moyes charged with misconduct by FA January 10, 2014

    London: Manchester United manager David Moyes has been charged with misconduct by the English Football Association for his comments about match officials after a loss to Sunderland in the League Cup. Following the 21 defeat in the first leg of the semifinals on Tuesday, Moyes criticised referee Andre Marriner and his...