Mutko wary on sanctions but calls for politics to stay out of sport

Vitaly Mutko5By Paul Nicholson
September 19 - Russia's minister of sports Vitaly Mutko (pictured) has responded to European politicians' calls for sports sanctions saying that nothing can be ruled out but that sports and politics should be kept separate.

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More timebomb than timepiece. FIFA calls in CBF watch gifts

timebombBy Andrew Warshaw
September 18 - Just as FIFA hosts a landmark summit on ethics in sport, fresh details have emerged that a raft of high-ranking officials were offered expensive watches at the World Cup.

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Speculation mounts over Euro 2020 winners and losers as nations gather for vote

Euro trophyBy Andrew Warshaw in Geneva
September 18 - Nineteen hopeful countries will learn on Friday which 13 of them have been selected by UEFA to stage the one-off pan-European finals in 2020.

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Palestine, Iraq, South and North Korea and Indonesia riding high at Asian Games

17th asiadBy Mark Baber
September 18- Palestine, Iraq, South and North Korea and Indonesia men's teams have all won both their opening matches at the Asian Games guaranteeing places in the round of 16 (bar a miracle in Iraq's case) and, organisers hope, ensuring better ticket sales.

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Greek second division postponed indefinitely

iraklis 390 3110By Mark Baber
September 18- The start of the second division of Greece's Football League is being postponed indefinitely due to the financial difficulties faced by most of the clubs involved, it was on Wednesday.

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Nizhny Novgorod greenlighted to build new stadium for 2018

Nizhiny Novgorod stadiumSeptember 18 - Nizhny Novgorod has received the go-ahead to build a new stadium for the 2018 World Cup, according to the city's governor Valery Shantsev. Russia's Ministry of Sports is expected to sign a contract for the build with construction firm Stroitransgaz before the end of October.

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National coaches give cold shoulder to political boycott of 2018 World Cup

Vicente del BosqueBy Andrew Warshaw
September 18 - National team coaches from Europe have played down the likelihood of a boycott of the 2018 World Cup as a penalty for Russia's incursion into Ukraine. Meeting in St Petersburg for a technical study of the Brazil World Cup, the coaches of UEFA's 54 member nations are reported to have been lukewarm over the idea of a boycott that has the support of a raft of European diplomats.

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Dyke says UEFA has no 'credible' alternative to Blatter

Greg Dyke FASeptember 18 - English FA chairman Greg Dyke says it is highly unlikely UEFA will put up a candidate to take on Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency next year now that their main man, Michel Platini, has decided not to run.

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European sports ministers sign new pact to beef up fight against match-fixing

matchfixingBy Andrew Warshaw
September 18 - Sports ministers from across Europe will convene in Switzerland today to sign a landmark agreement in an attempt to reduce match-fixing.

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