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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:39 pm

In South America this weekend, the UEFA Euro qualifying matches are taking place. The teams to watch are posted in the FIFA schedule:
http://www.fifa.com/world-match-centre/uefaeuroqualifiers/matches/calendar.html
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby southernfry on Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:47 pm

What caused the violence wasn't immediately clear. Security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to journalists, said Zamalek fans tried to force their way into the match without tickets, sparking clashes.

Zamalek fans, known as "White Knights," posted on their group's official Facebook page that the violence began because authorities only opened one narrow, barbed-wire door to let them in. They said that sparked pushing and shoving that later saw police officers fire tear gas and birdshot.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/riot-in-eg ... -1.2949685


Reading between the lines time.

I would not be surprised if non ticket fans tried to force their way in, and that the authorities may have had one opening. Soccer is a dangerous game, not for the players, but for the fans. So many dying time after time. They know trouble could happen so why don't they prepare before hand? How could they only have one entrance for the number of people that would attend?

If the gate is the issue, some heads should roll over the idea that they ignored the fact one door is not enough. If they were trying for control, they really blew it with that idea. It's a no brainer, that many fans and one entrance is not going to end well.

Fans with no tickets forcing their way in is another issue and should have had more crowd control when they seem to know it will happen.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby up-down on Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:52 pm

British police are investigating a second allegation of racism involving Chelsea fans, after a complaint that men returning from this week's Champions League match in Paris chanted racist slogans at London's St Pancras station.

The incident happened on Wednesday evening, the day after Chelsea played Paris St Germain, British Transport Police said. "(We) are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a number of men, believed to be Chelsea supporters returning from Paris by train, shouted racist chants at St Pancras station," they said in a statement.

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The lowest of the low and they show it over and over again. They should be banned from all soccer games even Chelsea's and if they identify all of these low lifes they should be charged. Just glad no one was physically hurt by their actions. Drunk or not, they need to pay for their disgusting behavior.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby fishandchips on Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:19 pm

The Canadian Women's FIFA event starts this week!

http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/matches/index.html
(Saturday June 6 is the date of the first match-Ciel)

However, the FIFA scandal at headquarters about corruption in the sport still had Mr. Blatter facing a vote challenging his post and ability to continue heading the organization this past weekend. Blatter still won enough votes for his challenger to withdraw.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby southernfry on Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:05 pm

From CBC Sports comes this small notice that will shake FIFA to it's core as it should. They need an overhaul from top to bottom and this guy finally got the hint that he should go. Why didn't it happen before he was re-elected days ago is the big question. His butt is in the fire along with those facing so many charges that the majority of fans have been waiting years to see. So much corruption, it will take a miracle worker to put FIFA back on track.

Sepp Blatter announced today he will step down as FIFA's president.

The decision comes just a few days after Blatter, 79, was elected to a fifth term as the head of soccer's world governing body despite ongoing criminal investigations into corruption with the organization.


As for the rest of the FIFA Drama -

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/sport ... .html?_r=0

Federal authorities believe that Sepp Blatter’s top lieutenant at FIFA made $10 million in bank transactions that are central elements of the bribery scandal engulfing international soccer, United States officials and others briefed on the case said Monday. The revelation puts the money trail closer to Mr. Blatter, FIFA’s president, than had been previously known.

Jérôme Valcke, the soccer organization’s secretary general, is the unidentified “high-ranking FIFA official” who prosecutors say transferred $10 million in 2008 from FIFA to accounts controlled by another soccer official, Jack Warner, the officials said. The payment is a key piece of last week’s indictment accusing Mr. Warner of taking a bribe in exchange for helping South Africa secure the right to host the 2010 World Cup.


http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/01/opinions/ ... re-coming/


With her stunning assault on FIFA last week, Loretta Lynch became a global rock star, a rare accomplishment for a U.S. attorney general. The indictment and arrest of so many of soccer's governing cardinals gathered in Switzerland, and the sweeping charges of corruption against the sport's ruling regime, seemed a quintessentially American -- Wilsonian, even -- move to make the world safe for clean sportsmanship.

As often happens when the word goes out that the Yanks are coming, people around the world greeted the news with a combination of grudging admiration and shame. The Feds' energetic move, after all, stood in vivid contrast to the usual fatalism with which people in many other countries accept rampant corruption in the management of sports and in a global governing body in which more than 200 nations have equal say.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:11 pm

I don't understand why the vote happened considering how long some of the concerns have been around. It would have been more effective for Mr. Blatter to have stepped down earlier.

Well, tomorrow, women's soccer in Canada will be keeping fans diverted from the FIFA troubles. First match is between Canada and China at 6pm EST. A pre-game program precedes the match at 5pm EST. TSN.ca will be live-streaming the game!
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby alohasand on Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:30 pm

What, CielOnTap, no soccer scores! Come on-I'll get them posted. Finding link and now you see them...

http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/matches/index.html

Four games are on today-Germany is playing against Norway right now.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:13 pm

The FIFA games bring excitement and some mayhem. A spectator on the field and a national coach both out of hand at the China-New Zealand women's World Cup game: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/fifa-women-s-world-cup-spectator-runs-on-field-china-coach-ejected-1.3114967
At one point a spectator got onto the field and was chased by security during the game. Meanwhile, China's coach was ejected from the match by the referee after taking issue with a call.


Nigeria's team also had to deal with with a teammate's conduct during a game: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/fifa-women-s-world-cup-nigeria-s-ugo-njoku-suspended-3-games-1.3113305
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby no1home on Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:50 am

Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, the former France great who had been favoured to take over as FIFA leader, were both suspended for 90 days Thursday, plunging soccer's governing body deeper into crisis. Blatter and Platini were suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in the wake of a Swiss criminal investigation. The decision seemingly ends Platini's bid to succeed Blatter as FIFA president in the emergency election in February.


http://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/fifa-suspe ... -1.2600686


Geez, it took them long enough. These 2 and some others should have been kicked out long ago, yet their lawyers say the allegations are false. Typical line even for the guilty and these 2 are, FIFA is so corrupt that they take crookedness to an all new level.
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Re: Soccer/Football (Footy) Section

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:04 pm

Soccer fans, check your country's sports providers for the schedule covering the FIFA U17 games in Chile.

Canadian fans, you want to watch TSN tonight for the day's matches. http://www.tsn.ca/2015-fifa-men-s-u-17-world-cup-schedule-1.357895

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