A-League fans pepper-sprayed by New South Wales police

Western Sydney WanderersBy Mark Baber
April 27 - Western Sydney Wanderers' last home game of the season on Saturday was marred by controversy as police, including members of 'Strike Force Raptor', a specialised force designed to carry out operatives against gangs engaging in criminal activity, reacted to a flare being lit by entering the 'active support area' and using OC (pepper) spray, leading to a 14-year old boy being hospitalised for 7 hours.

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Blatter heads for AFC talking 'school of life' and 'social equality'

April 27 - Asian football chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa may have suffered an untimely blow over fresh revelations about his general secretary Dato' Alex Soosay but it seems clear the claims have not affected FIFA president Sepp Blatter's opinion of the AFC or its leader.

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AFC cover-up allegations casts shadow over upcoming Bahrain Congress

Alex SoosayBy Andrew Warshaw
April 27 - Asian football has been rocked by fresh revelations that threaten to take the shine off Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa being re-elected unopposed as president of his confederation this week.

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AFC scraps pre-Congress exco as power players line up for FIFA seats

Sheikh AhmedBy Andrew Warshaw
April 24 - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), poised for a series of crucial election ballots, has scrapped its executive committee meeting scheduled for the eve of its 47-member Congress in Bahrain on April 30.

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Eleven fans sentenced to death in 2012 Port Said retrial

Port Said protestBy Mark Baber
April 20 - Eleven fans were sentenced to death on Sunday over the February 2012 Port Said stadium riot which left 74 people dead and more than 500 injured. The sentences have been referred to Egypt's grand mufti whose opinion is required before any execution can take place.

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Indonesian football under threat as government steps in to suspend FA

Indonesia Super league logoApril 20 - In a further escalation of a dispute that seems certain to once again incur the wrath of FIFA, the Indonesian government has suspended the activities of the country's national association.

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Perth Glory surrenders in row over salary cap breach

Perth Glory fansBy Mark Baber
April 17 - A-League club Perth Glory have given up their fight against Football Federation Australia (FFA) sanctions, admitting their guilt in breaching the salary cap regulations and accepting a $269,000 fine and relegation to seventh spot in the home-and-away season - losing their place in the A-League finals.

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Pakistan chaos as vicious power struggle mars elections

Pakistan fansBy Mark Baber
April 17 - The Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) is the latest football governing body to see vicious infighting, with allegations of corruption, attempts to disqualify potential electoral opponents, threats of legal action and attempts by the incumbent to lever FIFA's power against potential rivals, prior to this Friday's Punjabi Football Association (PFA) elections.

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Chinese whispers: could AC Milan sale be crowdsourced to 500,000+ buyers?

AC Milan in ChinaBy Mark Baber
April 13: A report by the Chinese Xinhua news agency, quoting the vice-president of the Italy-China Chamber of Commerce, has ignited a new bout of media speculation about the future ownership of Italy's AC Milan.

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