Puma keeps faith with Italians and renew, Tavecchio tackles Juve's €443m claim

Puma and ItalyBy Mark Baber
April 1 - PUMA and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have renewed their partnership, whilst FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio, central to the racism scandals plaguing Italian football, focuses on the need for Juventus to drop their €443 million civil suit.

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Bulgarian clubs now wait in battle to meet UEFA licensing criteria

BFUnionBy Alexander Krassimirov
April 1 - Bulgaria's two most successful clubs, CSKA Sofia and Levski Sofia, just managed to beat the deadline to file their paperwork to obtain a license for European club tournaments. CSKA and Levski are plagued by deep financial problems which have threatened their eligibility for a license.

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UEFA and FIFPro team up for EC complaint to keep TPO 'slavery' banned

Gianni Infantino4By Andrew Warshaw
April 1 - UEFA and the international players' union FIFPro have joined forces to try and re-inforce Fifa's forthcoming worldwide ban on third party ownership. The two bodies are filing an official complaint with the European Commission about the practise in order to strengthen stopping outside investors partially owning transfer rights.

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Ruch Chorzow lines up new stadium as club battles relegation

Ruch Chorzow stadium designBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
April 1 - The municipal authorities of Poland's Chorzow have unveiled plans to launch construction works on a new stadium for local club Ruch Chorzow in early 2017. In the first phase of the project, the facility will be fitted with a capacity of at least 4,500 seats.

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FIFA puts Hawk-Eye on the goal-line for Women's World Cup

Hawk-EyeBy Andrew Warshaw
April 1 - FIFA has confirmed that British-based camera-based company Hawk-Eye will provide goal-line technology for the Women's World Cup in Canada in June - the first time the system has been employed for the tournament.

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Palestine's Jabal wins dispute with Israel's Hapoel Haifa and player Ali Khatib

Ali KhatibBy Andrew Warshaw
April 1 - In an unprecedented off-the-field success for Palestinian football over its Israeli neighbour, FIFA has ordered Israeli premier league club Hapoel Haifa and their former player, Ali Khatib, to compensate Palestinian side Jabal al-Mukabbar after Khatib broke his contract with them.

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GB Olympic flame of hope dies as plug pulled on Rio

No team GBBy David Owen
April 1 – The all too brief experiment with fielding men's and women's Great Britain Olympic football teams is over. Barely a few weeks after signalling its desire to continue sending teams to the Olympics, the Football Association (FA) has been obliged to backtrack and to formally withdraw its proposal.

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European clubs win two places at UEFA's top table

Rummenigge and PlatiniApril 1 - European club representatives will join the top table of UEFA in a major breakthrough in terms of the way European football is governed. Two European Club Association officials will sit on UEFA's executive committee meeting as "co-opted" members with full voting rights to follow, to be implemented at next year's UEFA Congress.

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TEAM extends exclusive UEFA club rights in 9-year deal

uefa flagMarch 31 - UEFA has renewed its exclusive marketing deal with TEAM Marketing for a further six seasons from the end of the 2014/15 season. It has an option to extend for a further three years if it meets performance criteria.

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