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New CAF president Ahmad encourages Morocco to push ahead with 2026 World Cup bid

CAIRO: The newly-elected president of the Confederation of African Football has thrown his weight behind a prospective Moroccan bid for the 2026 World Cup. Ahmad Ahmad made the comments during a visit to the North African country. The Madagascan official was this month elected as ...
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Coutinho, Neymar and Marcelo strike as Brazil lead way into World Cup fnals

SAO PAULO: Olympic champions Brazil squad became the first team to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia after a decisive 3-0 win over Paraguay in Sao Paulo. An eighth successive won lifted the five-times world champions on to 33 points from 14 matches ...
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Video referee proves a winner twice over for Spain against France

PARIS: A video referee made two decisive interventions as Spain beat France 2-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France. France thought they had the lead just after the break when Antoine Griezmann headed home but referee Felix Zwayer called on assistance from his video ...
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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge . . . says all his clubs are content

Rummenigge says football talk of Champions League cash chasm is just ‘fake news’

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has leaped to the defence of UEFA over the controversial realignment of the Champions League because fears of an increasing imbalance in club wealth was ‘fake news’. Rummenigge was speaking in his capacity as chair of the European Club ...
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Upset in women’s football as Haenni and Cruz Blanco join FIFA exodus

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Gianni Infantino’s strategy to purge FIFA of anyone who wielded authority under disgraced presidential predecessor Sepp Blatter has extended to women’s football with the departures of Tatjana Haenni and Mayi Cruz Blanco. The manner in which two of the most visible and ...
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Russian banker is voted in as new president of Tennis Europe

LAUSANNE:  The chairman of Russian financial services company Vnesheconombank has been elected as the country’s first President of Tennis Europe. Vladimir Dmitriev won the position by a margin of nine votes over Finland’s Matti Virtanen at the body’s annual general meeting in Sochi, Russia. Previous ...
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Paris 2024 already a winner after bid promises earn sustainability prize

PARIS: The weird and wonderful nature of the world of Olympic bidding has been underlined by the award to the 2024 Paris campaign of a sustainability award. The ISO 20121 certification is an internationally-recognised standard handed out to event organisers that are able to guarantee ...
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Fredericks decides to step aside from IAAF Council role over Rio allegations

MONTE CARLO: Frankie Fredericks, former multiple Olympic and world championship medallist, has stepped down temporarily from the council of the world athletics federation pending an ethics investigation. IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe, in Uganda for the World Cross Country Championships, said: “I have spoken to ...
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