European football taking off in India

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By David Owen

June 17 – Television viewership of the early stages of 2012 European Championships suggests that football may be gaining popularity in one of the few parts of the world it has still to conquer: India.

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Croatia receive first formal charge of racism at Euro 2012

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By Andrew Warshaw in Warsaw

June 16 – In its clearest message to date of zero tolerance when it comes to discrimination, UEFA made its first formal charges of racism at Euro 2012 today, opening a case against the Croatian Football Association after receiving reports that fans made monkey chants directed at Manchester City’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

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Premier League sells three-year live TV rights package for record £3 billion

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By Andrew Warshaw

June 13 – The financial might of top-flight English football reached new heights today when the Premier League announced it had sold its next three-year live television broadcast package in the United Kingdom to BSkyB and BT for a staggering £3.018 billion ($4.7 billion/€3.7 billion) – a £1.254 billion ($1.95 billion/€1.55 billion) increase on the current deal.

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