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CAF puts Nations Cup club deal at risk by provoking row over Platini comments

NYON/CAIRO: The African football confederations risks provoking Europe into barring its players from the Nations Cup after a war of words between respective presidents Issa Hayatou and Michel Platini. Platini is demanding an apology after CAF criticised him for comments on the staging of the ...
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FA to start search for new general secretary as Horne prepares for exit

LONDON: Alex Horne is to step down as general secretary of the Football Association in January after 11 years. Horne, 42, joined the FA as finance director in February 2004 and was managing director of Wembley Stadium, overseeing its completion and opening. He become chief ...
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Kompany turns on UEFA over ‘closed doors’ punishment for racist fans

MOSCOW: Sometimes Michel Platini must feel he cannot win. For years UEFA was criticised for turning a blind eye to racist behaviour by fans and even players. Now Vincent Kompany has criticised the use of a closed door punisnments after Manchester City’s 2:2 Champions League ...
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Nidhal Selmi . . . Tunisian international who abandoned sport for war

Football caught again in a fatal crossfire between Islamic rivals

JAMES M DORSEY: A successful footballer near the peak of his career, 22-year Nidhal Selmi died last week a foreign fighter for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. His death followed that of Tunisian handball goalkeeper Ahmed ...
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Chelsea need new ceo as Gourlay steps out

LONDON: Chelsea ceo Roy Gourley is stepping down after 10 years in a surprise administrive change at Stamford Bridge. Gourlay is leaving to pursue “new business opportunities” and Chelsea have said that chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia will cover his role until a ...
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Glasgow: 2015 World Gymnastics

ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL 2015 WORLD GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS   Yet another of the world’s most prestigious sporting events is set to come to Glasgow, Scotland in exactly one year’s time, when the magnificent SSE Hydro will play host to the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships.   To mark ...
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AIBA bans Croat boxer Loncar for life for attack on referee

LAUSANNE: The International Boxing Association executive committee bureau has provisionally suspended Croatian boxer Vido Loncar for his entire life from involvement in boxing, as well as his coaches who were ringside in the 81kg category contest between Loncar and Lithuanian Baniulis Algirdas at the EUBC ...
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Pistorius sentenced to five years in jail for killing girlfriend

PRETORIA: Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide for the shooting of his former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The former Paralympic athlete was also given three years in jail, wholly suspended for five years, for firearm charges. Before announcing the ...
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Swiss and Ukraine triumph at Baku 2015 mountain bike test event

  BAKU: The Baku 2015 European Games Mountain Bike test event was hailed a resounding success as Switzerland’s Martin Fanger and Ukraine’s Iana Belomoina claimed victory.   Fanger, 26, won the men’s race in a time of 1:37.52 with a dominating performance to finish first ahead ...
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