UEFA Emergency Panel decision de-escalates Crimean club controversy

uefa flagBy Mark Baber
August 26 - On Friday, UEFA's Emergency Panel issued a statement saying that "any football matches played by Crimean clubs organised under the auspices of the Russian Football Union will not be recognised by UEFA." The decision has been welcomed as a wise one by Russian football authorities.

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Simeone has ban doubled after protesting over head-case incident

simeone protestAugust 26 - Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been handed an eight-match ban for his antics during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against rivals Real.

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Broadcast rights row threatens Russian TV coverage of Euros

TV cameraAugust 26 – A row has broken out with Russia over the cost of the TV rights to broadcast the EURO 2016 qualifiers and finals, forcing sports minister Vitaly Mutko to step in and seek a solution.

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Italian FA says Tavecchio's 'banana-eater' comments were OK, no racism case to answer

Carlo TavecchioBy Andrew Warshaw
August 26 - In a move that seems likely to cause considerable consternation, the Italian football federation (FIGC) has ruled that its new president Carlo Tavecchio has no case to answer over allegedly racist comments he made during the recent election campaign.

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Algerian FA suspends all football following Ebosse death

Algerian FA logoBy Andrew Warshaw
August 26 - The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) has postponed next weekend's league fixtures following the death of Albert Ebosse, the 24-year-old Cameroon striker who was hit by a missile thrown from the crowd during a recent league game.

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Valerenga set sights on €80m new stadium complex

Valerenga fansBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
August 26 - Municipal authorities in Oslo have approved a plan to build a new stadium for Valerenga. The new facility will allow the Norwegian side to move from Ullevaal, the country's national stadium, where it currently plays its home matches.

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FC Aktobe unveils new stadium as Kazakhstan aims to build its football base

FC AktobeBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
August 25 - FC Aktobe has unveiled plans to build a new stadium with a seating capacity of 32,000. The Kazakh club says the construction of a new sports facility will be supported by the country's government as parts of efforts to promote football. The side's current stadium has a capacity of some 13,500 seats.

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Lippi banned from dugout for protest after Guangzhou have two sent off

Lippi protestAugust 25 - Marcello Lippi, Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning coach now in charge of China's Guangzhou Evergrande, has been suspended for one game for confronting the referee during an AFC Champions League match.

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Algerian fans pelt team with rocks, killing Cameroonian Ebosse

Albert Ebosse BodjongoBy Andrew Warshaw
August 25 - World football has been shocked by the death of a 24-year-old Cameroon footballer struck by a missile thrown from the terraces at a league match in Algeria. Albert Ebosse Bodjongo (pictured), the Algerian league's top scorer last season with 17 goals, was hit on the head by what appeared to be a piece of concrete.

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