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Former Cyprus FA official welcomes UEFA lawsuit

Posted Saturday, October 30, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP)—A former Cypriot Football Association official who alleges the 2012 European Championship was corruptly awarded to Poland and Ukraine said on Friday that he will use a UEFA defamation lawsuit against him to prove his claims. Spyros Marangos said the legal action will give him a chance to prove allegations that four UEFA officials took bribes of more than ?10 million (...Full Story »

UEFA awards Italy 3-0 win over Serbia for violence

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by

NYON, Switzerland (AP)—The Italian Football Federation says UEFA has awarded it a 3-0 win over Serbia because rioting fans forced their European Championship qualifier to be abandoned on Oct. 7. UEFA also ordered Serbia to lock its fans out of one home qualifier. The penalty could be increased to two games if there is more crowd trouble during the next two years. Italy will be ordered to...Full Story »

SFA backs ref after he overturned Celtic penalty

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP)—The Scottish Football Association has ruled that a referee was correct to overturn a penalty decision on the advice of a linesman who has since quit. The SFA says that referee Dougie McDonald changed his mind on the award of a penalty to Celtic in an Oct. 17 Scottish Premier League match against Dundee United because “he immediately realized that he may have m...Full Story »

FIFA to go ahead with 2018 and 2022 WCup votes

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer ZURICH (AP)—FIFA will go ahead with voting on bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups despite its probe into alleged bribery and collusion. FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Friday that the Dec. 2 balloting will proceed as scheduled, but acknowledged that it may have been a mistake to combine the two World Cups into one bidding process. “I am not con...Full Story »

Theo Walcott is desperate for Arsenal to go on and win the Carling Cup

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by theguardian.com

Theo Walcott has scored six goals for Arsenal already this season. Theo Walcott is intent on winning this season's Carling Cup to end Arsenal's trophy drought and he would take great issue with anybody who branded the competition as "Mickey Mouse". Arsène Wenger has been among the managers to treat the domestic game's secondary cup tournament as an opportunity to blood fringe players and...Full Story »

Maradona joins thousands at Kirchner funeral

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—Diego Maradona was among thousands who paid respects Thursday to former president Nestor Kirchner as his body lay in state at Argentina’s presidential palace. Maradona, who coached Argentina four months ago in the World Cup, gave a long embrace to Kirchner’s widow—Argentina President Cristina Fernandez—and placed his hand on Kirchner...Full Story »

Athletic wins 1-0 at upset specialist Alcorcon

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AP)—Athletic Bilbao avoided the perils of upset specialist Alcorcon with a 1-0 victory Thursday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey matchup. Carlos Gurpegui sent Markel Susaeta’s 55th-minute pass past goalkeeper Raul Moreno from long-range for a valuable away goal in the fourth-round tie. Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil f… AP - Oct 3, 5:08 pm EDT  Real Madrid's Cri...Full Story »

Beckham believes Real will win Spanish league

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

MADRID (AFP) - David Beckham predicted Thursday that his former club Real Madrid will win La Liga this season during an interview with Spanish television where he also praised Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho. "As much as I respect Barcelona and think it?s a great club, my heart is always with Real Madrid," the former England captain told Antena 3 in Los Angeles where he currently plays for the L...Full Story »

Sampdoria Star Antonio Cassano Could Face Disciplinary Action After Skipping Event

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by

Sampdoria striker Antonio Cassano could face disciplinary action from the club after skipping out on a celebration, according to La Repubblica. The Italian international would not participate in the 'Silver Goal' celebration of club De Paoli of Lavagna and upset president Riccardo Garrone, resulting in an argument during training on Tuesday. On Thursday, the players and the president had a mee...Full Story »

Napoli Captain Paolo Cannavaro: We Have To Win Against Brescia For Diego Maradona

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 by YAHOO Sport

Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro says the Partenopei must pick up maximum points against Brescia in their Serie A clash on Sunday in order to celebrate the 50th birthday of Diego Maradona in proper style. The former Argentina international won two Scudetti with the club and is regarded as a hero by the Neapolitans. Maradona celebrates his birthday this weekend and Cannavaro wants to win to add to...Full Story »

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