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Lawyer calls on FIFA to amend transfer rules to allow free movement of players

FIFA HouseBy Mark Baber
August 28 – Players who cancel their contracts and move to a new club are frequently being caught up paperwork that prevents them actually playing for their new club while they wait for an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) to be issued. Delays can be long as national association refuse to deliver the ITC on the instructions of the former club, creating difficulties in registering the player with his new club and thus impeding his right to play.

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US law suit calls for a 'knock out' rule covering headers in youth football

heading the ballAugust 29 - An unusual lawsuit has been filed against FIFA from a group of parents and players in the United States concerned about how football's world governing body handles concussion treatment.

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FIFA hands match-fixing probe back to Ghana but keeps watching brief

Kwesi NyantakyiBy Andrew Warshaw
August 27 - FIFA appears to have cleared the head of the Ghanaian Football Association of match-fixing allegations following reports in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph and the Channel Four television station. The ruling is a huge boost for GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi (pictured) who is reported to be considering legal action as a result of the claims that emerged during the World Cup and sparked an inquiry by the investigatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee.

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Barca spending spree over as FIFA enforces transfer ban

barca flagBy Andrew Warshaw
August 20 - Barcelona have been ordered not to make any more signings after this summer until January, 2016, following a decision by FIFA's appeal committee to re-impose their double transfer window ban for allegedly hoarding under-age players.

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Age is just a number. Refs should be able to whistle longer, says Blatter

ref whistlingAugust 20 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes international referees are being forced retire too early under the current rules, especially when there is no age restriction for players or coaches.

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Garcia and Eckert on cast list for FIFA-hosted ethics summit next month

Michale Garcia left and Joachim EckertBy Andrew Warshaw
August 20 - FIFA is to host the first ever conference on ethical sports leadership in conjunction with the Brussels-based World Forum for Ethics in Business.

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Blatter puts faith in technology and renews call for video challenges

Sepp Blatter11By Andrew Warshaw
August 18 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has renewed his call for managers to each be allowed two tennis-style challenges against contentious officiating decisions during matches. Blatter first made his surprise suggestion during FIFA's annual congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in June, raising eyebrows among delegates since he had hitherto been opposed to any video aids other than goal-line technology.

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Suarez has to bite the ban bullet, but is back to football 'activity'

Luis Suarez 5August 15 – Luis Suarez is back in the stadium, can return to training, can carry out promotional commitments with his club and sponsors, but he can't pull on his new Barcelona shirt and play in official competitive matches until he has served the initial ban handed out by FIFA for "committing an act of assault" in the match against Italy at the FIFA World Cup.

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Bullish Blatter challenges his critics to take the risks and run for presidency

Sepp Blatter11By Mark Baber
August 11 - FIFA president Sepp Blatter called upon his critics to take him on for FIFA's presidency in next year's elections. Though almost immediately followed this up by saying he was not officially announcing he would be a candidate, yet.

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