Collina shuns goalline technology over Platini’s AAR theory

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By Andrew Warshaw at the Leaders in Football Conference in London

October 6 – Pierluigi Collina, widely regarded as the world’s most respected referee until his retirement six years ago, insists there is no need for goalline technology in football and that the use of two Additional Assistant Referees (AAR) is more than sufficient to deal with controversial incidents.

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Rooney’s father and uncle arrested in SPL betting scam

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By Emily Goddard and David Gold

October 6 – Wayne Rooney’s father (pictured) and uncle were among nine men, which included Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings, held by police this morning following a series of arrests carried out across Liverpool and Glasgow over allegations of suspicious betting activity during a Scottish Premier League (SPL) match, before being bailed.

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Drop pointless judicial review, Robertson urges Spurs

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By Andrew Warshaw at the Leaders in Football Conference in London

October 6 – Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson today urged Tottenham Hotspur one last time to drop their “pointless” bid for a judicial review  into their failed bid to move to the Olympic stadium after next year’s Games, warning that no further deal would be on the table to help redevelop their own ground.

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“The week of football” to come into play in 2014

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By Andrew Warshaw at the Leaders in Football Conference in London

October 5 – International qualifiers, both for the European Championship and the World Cup, will be played across six days between Thursdays and Tuesdays from 2014 to maximise television coverage and broadcast income, as well as stopping other sports taking precedence, UEFA announced today.

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Grondona apologises for contemptuous attack on FA

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By Andrew Warshaw at the Leaders in Football Conference in London

October 5 – Argentina’s senior FIFA vice President Julio Grondona has officially apologised for his scathing attack on the way England are perceived the corridors of world football, English FA chairman David Bernstein revealed today.

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FIFA reform is “laughable”, sneers Anson

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By David Gold

October 5 – The chief executive of England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, Andy Anson, has mocked FIFA’s response to a string of corruption allegations this year and says that he does not have faith in their ability to reform themselves.

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