#ASEDEYHOT – INFANTINO’S ADRICAN POLITCKING PUTS HIM AND FIFA’S OLD WAYS BACK INTO FOCUS

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FIFA president Gianni Infantino is reported to be under fresh scrutiny over potential ethics breaches – at a particularly sensitive time. The highly respected German news magazine Der Spiegel  claimed at the weekend that Infantino is once again under review, this time for influencing the outcome of last month’s African presidential election that…

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#ASEDEYHOT – FRANCE OPEN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO AWARD OF 2018 AND 2022 WORLD CUPS

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France has become the third country after the United States and Switzerland to investigate the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.   France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime, has reportedly questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in connection with their probe…

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#ASEDEYHOT – FIFA AND RUSSIANS SAY PRESS ARE FREE TO REPORT CONFED CUP WITHOUT ‘ANY RESTRICTIONS’

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FIFA has rejected German accusations that it is restricting press freedom during this summer’s Confederations Cup in Russia, the traditional World Cup warm-up tournament. FIFA insists media representatives will be able to “work freely on the venues and in the surrounding areas without any restrictions,” in a joint statement with…

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#ASEDEYHOT – QATAR CUTS SPENDING TO BRING IN 2022 WORLD CUP FOR $8-10BN

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Qatar has agreed to heavily slash its budget for hosting the 2022 World Cup and is pressing ahead with eight stadiums, according to organising chief Hassan Al Thawadi. Al-Thawadi told CNN Money the original budget had been reduced by between 40% and 50%.   “We wanted to ensure there is financial…

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#ASEDEYHOT – CONFEDERATIONS CUP TICKETS UNSOLD AS RUSSIAN BROADCASTERS RELUCTANT TO JOIN THE PARTY

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With 71 days left until the kick-off of the 2017 Confederations Cup, less than a third of the event’s tickets have been sold. The domestic TV rights for the tournament and the World Cup finals also remain problematic. On Wednesday FIFA concluded the first-come, first-served sales phase for the Confederations…

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#ASEDEYHOT – MOROCCO 2026 WORLD CUP BID LOOKS DOOMED AS FIFA REGS RULE OUT EURO PARTNERS

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Any attempt by Morocco to link up with Spain and Portugal in a bid to stage the 2026 World Cup seems destined to fall foul of FIFA’s strict hosting regulations. For several weeks, speculation has been rife that Morocco, which has failed four times to try and land the tournament,…

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#ASEDEYHOT – MARADONA MUDDLE. FIFA LEFT IN DARK OVER AMBASSADORIAL TANTRUM

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FIFA say they have received no official confirmation from Diego Maradona since he threatened last week to quit his ambassadorial role. FIFA say their last official contact with the Argentine World Cup icon was when he took part in the draw for the Under 20 World Cup in South Korea on…

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#ASEDEYHOT – HICHAM EL AMRANI RESIGNS AS CAF SECRETARY GENERAL

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The Confederation of African Football’s secretary general Hicham El Amrani resigned on Sunday, just over a week after elections swept long-standing president Issa Hayatou from power. El Amrani, in a letter to African football associations, said he would be departing on Monday, but gave no reason for his decision. The…

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#ASEDEYHOT – £780 FOR A PAIR OF UNSCALPED TICKETS TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

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Champions League final tickets are on sale and will set buyers back £390 for a Category 1 seat at the Cardiff venue on June 3. Bayern Munich fans who protested at the price of Arsenal away tickets, will be apoplectic at the cost if their team reaches the final. UEFA…

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#ASEDEYHOT – MERAM PULLS OUT OF IRAQ WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS FEARING TRAVEL BAN WOULD PREVENT RETURN TO US

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Iraq wants United States-born striker Justin Meram to rethink his decision not to join up with the squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia. The Columbus Crew midfielder has turned down an international call-up due to fears over complications from the United States’ latest travel ban. Meram was…

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#ASEDEYHOT – BERAHINO: I HAVE REGRETS

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Stoke’s new signing Saido Berahino admits he has regrets about his time at West Brom and how he handled his transfer. Saido Berahino speaks more.

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#ASEDEYHOT – MARACANA TO LIGHT UP AGAIN AS BILLS ARE SETTLED

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The legendary Maracana stadium is expected to get its electricity switched back on after managers Odebrecht agreed on Friday to pay much of the outstanding bill. The stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games, was plunged into darkness…

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#ASEDEYHOT – COUTINHO: LIVERPOOL FEELS LIKE HOME

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After signing a new deal this week, Philippe Coutinho has spoken to LFC TV to thank Liverpool’s fans for making him feel part of a family after he signed a new five year deal. Philippe Coutinho on Soccer Parole.

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#ASEDEYHOT – EURO 2016 PROVIDED €1.2BN BOOST TO FRENCH ECONOMY, SAYS REPORT

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A report into the economic impact of the UEFA EURO 2016 championships in France found that despite terror fears and high security levels, fans turning up to watch the tournament injected more than €1.2 billion into the French economy.  The report, undertaken jointly by the Limoges-based Centre for Sports Law…

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#ASEDEYHOT – IT ‘S A HUGE HONOUR TO BE MAN UNITED ALL-TIME GOALSCORER – WAYNE ROONEY

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Wayne Rooney says it’s a huge honour to eclipse Sir Bobby Charlton’s record and become Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer. Wayne Rooney on Soccer Parole.

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