Bad luck of the Irish as Windsor Park close to breaking point

Windsor ParkApril 17 - The Irish Football Association has been advised to demolish a damaged stand at the national stadium following a preliminary structural report.

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Greek government steps in tackle football violence, but so does FIFA and UEFA

Greek Super League violenceBy Andrew Warshaw
April 17 - The Greek authorities are on a collision with FIFA and EUFA over plans to tackle violence in domestic sport, with the two bodies warning the country could be thrown out of international football because of government interference.

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Bodies call for co-operation and tougher laws in battle against match-fixing

matchfixingApril 17 - As the scourge of global match-fixing shows little sign of diminishing, fresh calls have been made for governments to introduce legislation that recognises it as a global crime.

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Perth Glory surrenders in row over salary cap breach

Perth Glory fansBy Mark Baber
April 17 - A-League club Perth Glory have given up their fight against Football Federation Australia (FFA) sanctions, admitting their guilt in breaching the salary cap regulations and accepting a $269,000 fine and relegation to seventh spot in the home-and-away season - losing their place in the A-League finals.

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Gloves off, CONCACAF federations show their election colours

concacaf logo3By Paul Nicholson in the Bahamas
April 16 – If there was any lingering confusion as to where the CONCACAF federation votes were heading, in bulk, at the May election for FIFA president, no-one was left in any doubt after an extraordinary show of support from the floor for Sepp Blatter at the confederation's congress in the Bahamas today.

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Webb powers up CONCACAF with new goals and World Cup target

Webb5By Paul Nicholson in the Bahamas
April 16 – CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb used his opening remarks at the confederation's congress in the Bahamas to acknowledge the progress they have made as a group but to reset their goals for the next stages of reform and building.

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Blatter holds court and backs CONCACAF for 4th World Cup berth

Webb and BlatterBy Paul Nicholson in the Bahamas
July 16 - Speaking at the opening of the CONCACAF Congress in the Bahamas today (Thursday) FIFA president Sepp Blatter told his audience of national federations their confederation should have four automatic places at the FIFA World Cup.

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Belgium finalise plans for 8-team women's Super League

BeNe league actionBy Samindra Kunti
April 17 - Next season the women's Super League will replace the BeNe League in Belgium. Eight teams will compete in the newly designed league format with the champions crowned after play-offs.

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Brazil change top officials with Del Nero replacing Marin

Marco Polo Del NeroApril 17 - Marco Polo Del Nero has officially succeeded Jose Maria Marin as the president of the CBF, the Brazilian Football Confederation.

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