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Top clubs hold fire as UEFA edges towards deal on Champions League reforms

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Europe’ leading clubs have kept their powder dry in setting out, once more, their policy vis-a-vis an expansion of UEFA’s continental club tournaments from 2024 A series of increasingly aggressive exchanges have marked the past month with the European Club Association pursuing ...
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Clarke takes over as new Scotland boss in time for Euro 2020 qualifiers

GLASGOW: Steve Clarke has been appointed as the new Scotland manager. The 55-year-old, who guided Kilmarnock to a third-placed finish in the Premiership this season, replaces Alex McLeish, who stepped down from the role in April. The Scottish Football Association said in a statement it ...
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Guinea banned from U-17 World Cup after CAF punishes age group cheating

ZURICH: Guinea have been expelled from this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup as well as the next two such African championships for fielding two overage players in the recent qualifiers. Aboubacar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane Keita were lined up in Guinea’s U-17 qualifier against Senegal ...
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan . . . one-man political football

Euro venue test for UEFA after Arsenal omit Mkhitaryan from Europa final squad

KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTING —- Questions are inevitable about the suitability of Baku in Azerbaijan as one of the Euro 2020 venues after the country’s stand-off with neighbouring Armenia drove Arsenal to omit Henrikh Mkhitaryan from their squad for the Europa League Final there on May 29. ...
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BeIN executive faces French corruption charges over Qatar bid for World Athletics Championships

PARIS: The general director of Qatari broadcasting giant beIN has been indicted in France reportedly over bribery allegations concerning the Gulf state’s bid to host the the World Athletics Championships. Yousef Al-Obaidly is a close associate of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, the chairman of beIN Media Group ...
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IOC: Executive board recommends boxing stays in Tokyo 2020 Games

LAUSANNE: Boxing is set to maintain its place in the 2020 Olympics schedule in Tokyou but recognition of the international association AIBA by the International Olympic Committee should be suspended. This recommendation was put forward today by the IOC executive board to the IOC SEssion ...
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FIFA U-20 WORLD CUP POLAND 2019:

THURSDAY – Gp A: Tahiti v Senegal (Lublin), Poland v Colombia (Lodz). Gp B: Mexico v Italy (Gdynia), Japan v Ecuador (Bydgoszcz) #############


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Finals action starts tomorrow in Poland without holders England

WARSAW: The football stars of tomorrow face up over the next month in Poland in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The tournament was the brainchild of the world federation under the presidency of Brazilian Joao Havelange and has been staged every two years since the ...
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Boniek: We could see a new Messi, Kane, Ronaldo or Lewandowski

WARSAW: Polish federation president Zbigniew Boniek, one of the country’s greatest players, is eager to see new stars being ‘born’ over the next month in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Boniek set out his hopes for the finals in an interview with FIFA.com. Q: Are ...
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Match-fix warning delivered to stars of the future on eve of finals

WARSAW: With 18 participating teams having now arrived in Poland for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, FIFA is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of integrity matters by holding individual team-specific presentations ahead of Thursday’s kick-off. Through interactive sessions, all team delegations will be briefed ...
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