World Football

SAfrica changes game venue to honor slain captain

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:17:03 -0400

SAfrica changes game venue to honor slain captainJOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan says the country has been allowed to move its next African Cup of Nations qualifier to the hometown of slain national team captain Senzo Meyiwa as a tribute.

Former Real Madrid forward Raul joins New York Cosmos

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:12:35 -0400

Al-Sadd's Raul of Spain reacts during the Emir Cup final soccer match against Al-Sailiya at Khalifa stadium in DohaNEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul has joined New York Cosmos for the 2015 season on a "multi-year" contract pending a medical, the North American Soccer League (NASL) club said on Thursday. As part of the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, Raul, 37, will also become a technical adviser for the club's youth academy, which he will take over on a full time basis when he retires from playing, Cosmos said on their website (www.nycosmos.com). ...

Michel's PK lifts FC Dallas over Vancouver 2-1

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:07:58 -0400

Michel's PK lifts FC Dallas over Vancouver 2-1FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Michel scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute and FC Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Wednesday night to advance in the MLS Cup playoffs.

Soccer-Belgian club allows Meyiwa's team mate to attend funeral

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:54:15 -0400

(updates with new developments) * Belgian club allows player to go home for funeral * Meyiwa funeral moved to bigger venue * All weekend football cancelled in South Africa By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Belgian club Oostende has allowed South Africa international midfielder Andile Jali to fly home to attend the weekend funeral of national soccer team captain Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot dead by burglars on Sunday. Jali will miss Saturday's match between Oostende and struggling Waasland-Beveren after being given permission to attend the funeral of his former Orlando Pirates team mate.

Soccer-Rio faces fight to get back into QPR side, says Redknapp

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:53:23 -0400

By Mike Collett LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand, banned for three games after being found guilty of misconduct by the English FA for an "abusive" Twitter comment, faces a battle to get back into the first team, according to manager Harry Redknapp. Ferdinand, 35, who has made an indifferent start at QPR following his move from Manchester United, was also fined 25,000 pounds ($40,000) and ordered to attend an education programme as part of the punishment handed down following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing. Redknapp, speaking to reporters on Thursday before QPR face Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday, said he had not seen the FA's report and could not comment on it, or whether the club would appeal the ruling. Ferdinand missed QPR's match against Liverpool on Oct. 19 -- a game in which they played far better than they had been with him in the team, despite losing 3-2.

Bayern Munich hosts Dortmund in Bundesliga

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:48:29 -0400

Bayern Munich hosts Dortmund in BundesligaIn the past few years, showdowns between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund were the highlight matches of the Bundesliga seasons. Dortmund usually came out on top, even if Bayern claimed the title at the end. This season, it is another Borussia, the one from Moenchengladbach, which is turning into Bayern's closest challenger, holding the defending champions to a 0-0 draw last week. Dortmund, on the other hand, is languishing near the bottom following a terrible start.

PSG back on Marseille's heels in French league

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:48:31 -0400

PSG back on Marseille's heels in French leagueMarcelo Bielsa's team first saw its eight-match winning streak in the league come to an end with a 1-0 defeat in Lyon before Philipp Hosiner's late strike helped Rennes to a 2-1 victory in their League Cup match on Wednesday. Another stumble from Marseille could benefit defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, which has cut its deficit to four points and appears to cope well with the absence of injured striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. PSG travels to Lorient on Saturday. Here are some things to know about this weekend's games: --- IBRAHIMOVIC PLAYING DOWN BALLON D'OR CHANCES Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been included among the 23 nominees for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award but the PSG striker does not believe he has a chance to win it after missing the World Cup.

FIFA launches campaign to combat match-fixing

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:19:03 -0400

FIFA, international players' union FIFPro and Interpol have launched a campaign to combat match-fixing. The aim of the campaign, launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo, is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing, to provide positive role models for players and to educate them on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to fix matches. To start the campaign, the three organizations are releasing a DVD produced by Interpol that provides players with information they need to help fight match-fixing. The DVD features soccer players like Frank Lampard, Sone Aluko and Kolo Toure.

United looks to end poor run in Manchester derbies

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:40:02 -0400

United looks to end poor run in Manchester derbiesThe Manchester derby was a fixture that filled the blue half of the city with dread during United's glory years under Alex Ferguson. Now, it's United fans who are starting to fear the worst when one of English football's biggest matches comes around. City is looking for a sixth win in its last seven Premier League games against United when the fierce rivals meet at Etihad Stadium on Sunday. City beat United 4-1 and 3-0 last season and dished out United's heaviest ever Premier League loss in 2011, a 6-1 thrashing at Old Trafford.

FIFA: Men's World Cup could be on artificial turf

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:42:05 -0400

FIFA: Men's World Cup could be on artificial turfThe men's World Cup could be played ''sooner rather than later'' on artificial turf, FIFA said Wednesday in the latest defense of its decision not to stage the 2015 women's tournament in Canada on grass. ''It would be very difficult to ensure solid natural-grass pitches at all venues,'' Valcke said in an interview with FIFA's website. ''This is not a question of money, or of differences between men's and women's events, but it is a matter of the natural conditions in Canada: we want to guarantee consistent top-level playing conditions for all 24 teams during the event.'' Valcke pointed to the FIFA rules permitting any tournament to be played on artificial grass if it is of the ''highest quality'' and used at every venue. FIFA turf consultant Eric Harrison said the severe Canadian winter made artificial turf more suitable to that climate.

Soccer-Real begin King's Cup defence with win at Cornella

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:01:54 -0400

* Varane double sets Real on the way to 4-1 win * Sevilla thrash second-division Sabadell 6-1 (Adds Sevilla result) BARCELONA, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Raphael Varane converted two corners as a second-string Real Madrid began the defence of their King's Cup crown with a 4-1 victory against third-tier part-timers Cornella on Wednesday. Despite the glaring mismatch, Barcelona-based Cornella, whose players include a dentist and a school teacher, were not overawed by the occasion and after Varane nodded Real in front from a James Rodriguez corner in the 10th minute, burly striker Oscar Munoz levelled in the 20th with a fierce strike. France centre back Varane made it 2-1 from Isco's corner in the 36th minute and Javier Hernandez struck eight minutes into the second half before substitute Marcelo rifled home the rebound from an Isco effort 15 minutes from time.

Soccer-Serie A top scorers

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:54:54 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the Serie A on Wednesday 7 Jose Callejon (Napoli) 6 Keisuke Honda (AC Milan) Carlos Tevez (Juventus) 5 Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) Filip Djordjevic (Lazio) Antonio Cassano (Parma) Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) 4 Mattia Destro (AS Roma) Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) Marco Sau (Cagliari) Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina) Alessandro Matri (Genoa) Pablo Osvaldo (Inter Milan) Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli) Manolo Gabbiadini (Sampdoria) Fabio Quagliarella (Torino) 3 Jeremy Menez (AC Milan) Danilo Avelar (Cagliari) Manuel Pucciarelli (Empoli) Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli) Mauricio ...

Soccer-Spanish King's Cup last 32 results

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:50:43 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Spanish King's Cup Last 32 first leg matches on Wednesday Last 32Wednesday, October 29, first legCE Sabadell (II) - Sevilla 1-6 (halftime: 0-2) UE Cornella (III) - Real Madrid 1-4 (halftime: 1-2)

Soccer-Dutch Cup 3rd round results

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:29:14 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Dutch Cup 3rd Round matches on Wednesday 3rd RoundWednesday, October 29Go Ahead Eagles Deventer - Twente Enschede 0-0 (halftime: 0-0, 90 mins: 0-0, penalty shootout: 4-5) Twente Enschede win 5-4 on penalties. ...

Soccer-Serie A results and standings

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:16:25 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Serie A matches on Wednesday Wednesday, October 29AS Roma 2 Cesena 0 Atalanta Bergamo 1 Napoli 1 Cagliari 1 AC Milan 1 Fiorentina 3 Udinese 0 Genoa 1 Juventus 0 Inter Milan 1 Sampdoria 0 Palermo 1 Chievo Verona 0 Torino 1 Parma 0 Tuesday, October 28Sassuolo 3 Empoli 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Juventus 9 7 1 1 16 4 22 2 AS Roma 9 7 1 1 16 4 22 -------------------------3 AC Milan 9 4 4 1 18 12 16 -------------------------4 Sampdoria 9 4 4 1 9 5 16 5 Udinese 9 5 1 3 11 9 16 -------------------------6 Lazio 8 5 0 3 15 8 15 ...

Soccer-Belgian championship results and standings

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:28:53 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Belgian championship matches on Wednesday Wednesday, October 29Ghent 4 Waasland-Beveren 1 Cercle Bruges 0 Standard Liege 1 Kortrijk 2 Anderlecht 3 Lokeren 5 Charleroi 2 Oostende 4 Westerlo 0 Tuesday, October 28Mechelen 1 Zulte Waregem 1 Racing Genk 3 Lierse 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Anderlecht 13 7 5 1 22 14 26 2 Ghent 13 6 5 2 22 13 23 3 Lokeren 13 6 4 3 23 17 22 4 Racing Genk 13 5 7 1 18 12 22 5 Club Bruges 12 5 6 1 24 13 21 6 Westerlo 13 5 5 3 24 24 20 -------------------------7 Mechelen 13 5 3 5 21 19 18 8 Oostende 13 5 3 5 19 ...

Soccer-German Cup 2nd round results

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:23:43 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the German Cup 2nd Round matches on Wednesday 2nd RoundWednesday, October 29Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-2 (halftime: 0-1) Hamburg SV - Bayern Munich 1-3 (halftime: 0-2) Hoffenheim - FSV Frankfurt (II) 5-1 (halftime: 2-0) VfL Wolfsburg - 1. FC Heidenheim (II) 4-1 (halftime: 2-1) 1. FC Magdeburg (IV) - Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 (halftime: 1-1, 90 mins: 1-1, penalty shootout: 4-5) Bayer Leverkusen win 5-4 on penalties. ...

Judicial agents spied on Navas' personal records

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:05:39 -0400

Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department says 24 of its own agents are being investigated after a database was wrongly used to access personal information about Real Madrid and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Francisco Segura, head of the department, said Wednesday there was no justification for their actions as his agents only have authority to access the ''information platform'' during an investigation. Navas guided Costa Rica to the quarterfinals of this year's World Cup, the first time the tiny Central American country had advanced that far.

Soccer-Israeli championship results and standings

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:36:57 -0400

Oct 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Israeli championship matches on Wednesday Wednesday, October 29HapoelRa'anana 0 Hapoel Akko 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 5 Ashdod 2 Tuesday, October 28Hapoel Beer Sheva 2 Maccabi Haifa 0 Bnei Sakhnin 1 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 4 Hapoel Haifa 0 Maccabi Petah Tikva 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 6 5 1 0 13 2 16 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 5 0 1 19 7 15 3 Hapoel Beer Sheva 6 4 2 0 14 5 14 4 Beitar Jerusalem 5 2 3 0 6 3 9 5 HapoelRa'anana 6 2 1 3 9 8 7 6 Hapoel Tel Aviv 5 2 1 2 5 6 7 -------------------------7 Maccabi Petah ...

Soccer-Ferdinand suspended for three games for Twitter comment

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:32:59 -0400

(Adds quotes, details) LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand has been suspended for three matches and fined 25,000 pounds ($40,030) after he was found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association (FA) for an "abusive" comment he made on Twitter. The 35-year-old was also ordered to attend an education programme as part of the punishment handed down following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

FA bans Rio Ferdinand for 3 matches over tweet

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:19:16 -0400

The English Football Association has banned Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand for three games over a tweet containing a derogatory reference to women. The FA found that Ferdinand's comment was ''abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper'' that included a ''reference to gender.'' An independent FA commission imposed the ban on Wednesday and also fined Ferdinand 25,000 pounds ($40,300). The FA says Ferdinand has also been ''warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an education program'' within four months. Ferdinand, who joined QPR in the summer after being released by Manchester United, is a member of a high-profile FA commission looking at how to improve English football.

Soccer-Cardiff reign my PhD, says committed Tan

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:42:36 -0400

By Anshuman Daga and Saeed Azhar SINGAPORE, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An educational four-year reign as owner of English second-tier club Cardiff City has been akin to graduating with a PhD in soccer management, Malaysian Vincent Tan told Reuters on Wednesday. I have to turn it around and I believe given time, I can turn it around," he said of Cardiff. "I look upon Cardiff as my PhD in football management. I think I can run and manage a football club very well." Billionaire Tan, who has an estimated worth of $1.3 billion according to Forbes magazine, took over in 2010 and led Welsh club Cardiff to the top division of English football for the first time in 51 years in 2013.

Soccer-Thai media giants eye Bolton takeover -- reports

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:11:38 -0400

* Bolton valued at 40 million pounds * English club denies talks held (Adds Bolton comments) BANGKOK, Oct 29 (Reuters) - A Thai consortium are in talks over a 40 million pounds ($64.5 million) takeover of English second tier strugglers Bolton Wanderers after being approached by the cash-strapped club, local media reported on Wednesday. Bolton, however, denied they had been in sale discussions with anyone from Thailand. BEC-Tero, an entertainment conglomerate that runs television and radio stations in south east Asia as well as concerts and sports events, and local sports media giant Siam Sport Syndicate have joined hands for the bid, said the Nation newspaper. Bolton finished sixth in the Premier League in 2005 and qualified for European competition but have fallen on hard times of late and now find themselves in 22nd place in the 24-team second flight with huge debts.

Soccer-Balotelli goal may "finally" open Liverpool floodgates

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:48:42 -0400

By Sam Holden LONDON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - After going six weeks without a goal Mario Balotelli was mightily relieved to "finally" regain his scoring touch against Swansea City and save Liverpool from a League Cup fourth-round exit. The Italy striker, who had previously netted once in 11 appearances for the Anfield club, came off the bench to equalise with four minutes remaining at Anfield on Tuesday night. The goal helped Liverpool turn the tide and Dejan Lovren grabbed a stoppage-time winner to secure a 2-1 victory and a place in the quarter-finals. Balotelli is now hoping his strike against Swansea will prompt a change of fortune, having cut an increasingly frustrated figure during a series of brooding performances since his 16 million pounds ($25.79 million) move from AC Milan in the close season.

Former Sweden midfielder Klas Ingesson dies at 46

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:41:50 -0400

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Klas Ingesson, a former Sweden midfielder who played at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, has died. He was 46.

Soccer-Al-Hilal offered bumper payday for Asian title triumph

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:41:28 -0400

A Saudi prince has offered Al-Hilal players and team officials a bonus of $26,000 each if they can beat Australian club Western Sydney Wanderers and win the Asian Champions League this weekend. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who is worth $21.5 billion according to Forbes, made the offer of 100,000 Riyals (about $26,650) a man in a tweet just before last Saturday's first leg kicked off. Fourteen Wanderers fans have travelled from Australia for the match. According to the prince's website (www.alwaleed.com.sa), the Al-Hilal players received bonuses of 20,000 Riyals for reaching the ACL quarter-finals and another of 40,000 Riyals for winning the first leg of their ACL semi-final against Al Ain 3-0.

Canadian organization responds to lawyers' letter

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:31:44 -0400

The Canadian Soccer Association is denying allegations that it targeted players involved in a legal challenge to the use of artificial turf at next summer's Women's World Cup. ''No such threats were made and any suggestion that Canadian Soccer Association officials engaged in any wrongdoing is completely baseless,'' the association said in a statement Tuesday. In a letter Monday to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the lawyers said ''the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and FIFA - aided by national federations - have threatened reprisals against a coalition of the world's best female soccer players for bringing this sex discrimination action.'' The women asked the tribunal for a cease-and-desist order. The players allege that Mexican international Teresa Noyola and French internationals Camille Abily and Elise Bussaglia had been threatened with reprisals.

Timbers MF Valeri to have left knee surgery

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:48:12 -0400

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Soccer-Balotelli inspires Liverpool, Chelsea tame Shrews

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:05:27 -0400

* Italian leads Liverpool to comeback victory * Drogba scores as Chelsea defeat Shrewsbury * West Brom beaten by second tier Bournemouth (Adds details, quotes) By Toby Davis LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Mario Balotelli enjoyed a rare moment of ecstasy in a Liverpool shirt by inspiring a 2-1 win over Swansea City in the League Cup on Tuesday while Chelsea had to call for reinforcements to see off Shrewsbury Town. On a night when Premier League West Bromwich Albion were dumped out by second tier Bournemouth, both Liverpool and Chelsea flirted with danger before reaching the quarter-finals.

Blatter reveals 2018 World Cup logo

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:30:15 -0400

Blatter reveals 2018 World Cup logoFIFA President Sepp Blatter has revealed the logo for the 2018 World Cup in Russia - with the help of a crew of cosmonauts. The logo depicts the World Cup trophy in red and blue, colors from the Russian flag, with gold trim. Unveiling the logo on a Russian state TV talk show, Blatter said the logo would show Russia's ''heart and spirit.'' It was then presented over video link by a crew of three Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station. ''Seeing the football World Cup in our country was a dream for all of us,'' cosmonaut Elena Serova said.

Soccer-English League Cup 4th round results

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:42:43 -0400

Oct 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the English League Cup 4th Round matches on Tuesday 4th RoundTuesday, October 28AFC Bournemouth (II) - West Bromwich Albion 2-1 (halftime: 0-0) Milton Keynes Dons (III) - Sheffield United (III) 1-2 (halftime: 0-0) Shrewsbury Town (IV) - Chelsea 1-2 (halftime: 0-0) Still being played (GMT): 4th RoundTuesday, October 28Liverpool v Swansea City (2000) Fulham (II) v Derby County (II) (2000) Next Fixtures (GMT): 4th RoundWednesday, October 29Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion (II) (1945) Manchester City v Newcastle United (1945) Stoke City v ...

Sounders sign Martins to multi-year extension

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:28:44 -0400

Sounders sign Martins to multi-year extensionThe Seattle Sounders announced a multi-year contract extension Tuesday for forward Obafemi Martins with the striker coming off an MVP-caliber regular season. Terms of the deal were not announced by the club, but Martins said after practice Tuesday that he was excited to stay with Seattle and hoped to play with the Sounders for ''three years as the contract says.'' According to the Major League Soccer Players' Union, Martins made slightly more than $1.75 million in guaranteed compensation this past season with Seattle as a designated player. Martins is among the favorites for league MVP after scoring a franchise-record 17 goals and adding 13 assists as Seattle finished with the best record in the league and won the Supporters' Shield for the first time in club history.

Putin says World Cup security won't be 'intrusive'

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:51:52 -0400

Putin says World Cup security won't be 'intrusive'Security at the 2018 World Cup ''must be effective but not intrusive,'' Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

Whitecaps FC-FC Dallas Preview

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:46:11 -0400

After an intense and often heated season series, it's fitting the Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas are meeting for the right to advance in the Western Conference playoffs. Looking for a fifth straight shutout, the surging Whitecaps try for their first road victory over Dallas in Wednesday night's one-game elimination match. A total of 31 fouls were committed during Vancouver's 2-0 home win Oct. 4, after which Dallas coach Oscar Pareja was caught on tape shoving Whitecaps assistant Martyn Pert in the chest. Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted also appeared to exchange words with Dallas striker Blas Perez in the match.

FIFA says Russia, Ukraine could meet at World Cup

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:37:13 -0400

FIFA says Russia, Ukraine could meet at World CupMOSCOW (AP) -- FIFA says it has not decided to keep Russia and Ukraine apart in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, despite reports to the contrary.

South Africa: Soccer star to be buried Saturday

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:33:00 -0400

South Africa: Soccer star to be buried SaturdaySouth African police on Tuesday released facial images of two suspects who are wanted for the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, the national soccer team captain. Meyiwa, a goalkeeper for South Africa and club team Orlando Pirates, will be buried on Saturday in his home town of Umlazi on the country's east coast, his club said. His death in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg led to an outpouring of dismay and anger in South Africa, which has a high murder rate. The South African police offered a reward of nearly $23,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Meyiwa's killers.

Russia, Ukraine might be kept apart in 2018: FIFA

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:49:55 -0400

Russian soldiers watch Ukrainian servicemen play soccer at Belbek airport in the Crimea regionBy Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine might be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries do not improve, FIFA said on Tuesday. However, FIFA denied a comment attributed to President Sepp Blatter, who was quoted by the R-Sport agency as saying "you can be sure about this" in reply to a question about whether the two countries would be kept apart. "The President did not say that they would be kept apart or that such a decision has been made. ...

Soccer-Russia, Ukraine might be kept apart in 2018 - FIFA

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:38:36 -0400

(updates with FIFA statement denying Blatter quote) By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine might be put into different groups at the 2018 World Cup finals if the Ukrainians qualify and relations between the two countries do not improve, FIFA said on Tuesday. It seems (there was) a translation mistake," said FIFA in a statement to Reuters. "What the FIFA president actually said was that, in any qualifying campaign, the aim is always to avoid problems as was done in the past between teams where high tensions can be anticipated.

Putin says needs effective, yet subtle World Cup security

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:30:13 -0400

FIFA President Blatter talks with Russia's President Putin during a meeting in MoscowBy Alexei Anishchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday security at the 2018 World Cup would be "effective but not intrusive", underlining to his security chiefs the need for subtle measures that will not scare off fans. At a meeting of Russian and FIFA officials, Putin won support from FIFA president Sepp Blatter for Russia's staging of the soccer championship despite calls by some Western officials to move it elsewhere because of Moscow's role in Ukraine. ...

FIFA monitoring Ebola, Club World Cup goes ahead

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:50:14 -0400

Preparations for the Club World Cup in Morocco in December are continuing and there is currently no Ebola threat to cause it to be canceled or postponed, FIFA said Tuesday. ''Should the situation change we will be in touch with the participating clubs accordingly,'' FIFA said. The world soccer body said it is in contact with Moroccan authorities and is ''constantly updating its position'' with regard to Ebola on the advice of the World Health Organization. Morocco has no reported cases of the deadly virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in West Africa, almost all in the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.