Chelsea plug in to Wipro's 'commando force' to boost its digital outreach globally

Chelsea and WiproBy Mark Baber
September 4 - Chelsea has unveiled Wipro, the Bangalore, India-based multi-national global information technology company, as the club's new official digital and IT partner. Last week Manchester United announced a similar digital partnership with another Indian technology company, HCL Technologies.

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Sensitive China-Hong Kong qualifier ends peacefully

hong-kong-football-fans-hold-banners-during-a-fifa-qualifier-matchSeptember 4 - Hundreds of paramilitary and riot police were deployed in and around the stadium in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Thursday as China and Hong Kong squared off for a politically sensitive World Cup qualifier.

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Carrard insists "important steps" made to FIFA reform but no detail yet

FIFA-headquartersBy Andrew Warshaw
September 4 - Anyone who thought the eagerly anticipated first meeting of FIFA's much-trumpeted Reform body would result in ground-breaking advances will be disappointed but its leader insists "important steps" have been taken in the way world football's governing body is run.

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AFC pleads innocence in wake of Chung election blast

chung-mong-joon-fifa-fifa-presidential-race 3331099By Andrew Warshaw
September 4 - The Asian Football Confederation has been quick to respond to accusations by FIFA presidential candidate Chung Mong-joon that it is guilty of "electoral fraud" in the race to succeed Sepp Blatter.

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Arsenal open gap on Chelsea in Twitter table, West Ham get vocal

September 4 - The last week has seen another boost in Twitter followers to Premier League clubs with a growth of 210,392 across all clubs compared to 196,493 the week before.

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CBF look to new markets for Brazilian football brand

Brazil shirtBy Samindra Kunti
September 4 - The Brazilian Football Confederation CBF want to open up new markets and have targeted Russia, Iran, Nigeria and Morocco, notwithstanding an institutional crisis at home.

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Organised crime has moved into club ownership. Surgical solutions needed

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 00.08.39By Paul Nicholson at the FITS Forum in Geneva
September 4 – There is an urgent need for regulation to make football clubs identify who their owners are, including beneficial owners - the real owners hiding behind shell companies or nominees, said Nicola Bonucci, director legal of the OECD.

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Sport autonomy: we'll respect your special status but you will respect our laws

Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 00.10.33By Paul Nicholson in Geneva
September 4 – Has sport, and football in particular, lost its self-proclaimed special status right of self-governance, free from government influence and prevailing national laws? Three political grandees speaking at the FITS Forum in Geneva were of the consensus that autonomy for sport was a principal that needs to respected. But within their accepted perameters.

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Bayern hold out helping hands to welcome migrants to Germany

Refugees welcomeBy Tom Parsons
September 3 - Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are to set up a camp for refugees coming into Germany and will donate €1 million towards refugee projects in the country.

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