FIFA closes Garcia era with promise to publish redacted report, but no revote

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent, in Marrakesh
December 19 - It led to the resignation of its author and involved months and months of chaos and confusion. But FIFA finally agreed today to publish what Sepp Blatter described as the "famous" Michael Garcia report into possible corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.

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Garcia report to be published, no grounds to strip Russia or Qatar

Sepp Blatter 16By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 19 – FIFA will publish the investigative report by its former chief investigator Michael Garcia into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that were awarded to Russia and Qatar. But president Sepp Blatter said there will be no revote.

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Sparta Prague to modernise stadium, boost retail space revenue

Sparta PragueBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
December 19 - Daniel Kretinsky, the owner of Sparta Prague, has unveiled plans to modernise the Czech club's stadium to boost its retail space and revenue. Under the proposal, the project would begin in the spring of 2016.

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2014 AFF final pitches Tigers against Elephants in Kuala Lumpur

Suzuki Cup 2014December 19 - The 10th edition of the ASEAN Football Championship, known as the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, comes to its climax on Saturday as Malaysia meet Thailand in Kuala Lumpur in the second leg of the final, looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

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Aguirre to lead Japan at Asian Cup, despite Spanish match-fixing probe

Javier AguirreDecember 19 - Japan will stick with coach Javier Aguirre for next month's Asian Cup in Australia, despite the Mexican being involved in Spain's burgeoning match-fixing scandal.

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Breaking news: FIFA to publish Garcia report after current investigations end

fifa3By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 19 – FIFA will officially announce later today that it will publish the investigative report by its former chief investigator Michael Garcia into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that were awarded to Russia and Qatar.

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Dietmar Hopp given go-ahead to take majority stake in 1899 Hoffenheim

Dietmar HoppBy Mark Baber
December 19 - The Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) has given the go-ahead for SAP-founder Dietmar Hopp to take a majority stake in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - the village club he brought from lower league obscurity to Bundesliga glory - with effect from 1 July 2015.

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Rangers put Llambias in charge as cost cuts and crisis loans come under scrutiny

RangersDecember 19 – The on-going turmoil at Scottish giant Rangers has taken another ownership twist with board member Derek Llambias appointed at the club's new chief executive.

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Levski Sofia budget 75% of income for wages but will fail FFP rules

todor batkovBy Alexander Krassimirov
December 19 - The owner of the Bulgaria's Levski Sofia Todor Batkov (pictured) has announced that the club's budget for next year will amount to BGN 8 million (€4 million), BGN 6 million of which will be spent on club salaries - players and officials.

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