Sheikh Ahmad forecasts new era of harmony, at last, for AFC

Sheikh AhmadBy David Owen
July 21 - The President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is hoping that next year's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Presidential election will usher in a period of much-needed harmony in the region's football affairs. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the former OPEC chairman who has become one of world sport's foremost power brokers, said he thought the 2015 election "will found the unity of Asia".

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Interpol World Cup raids arrest 1,400 and seize $12m across Asia

Seized moneyBy Paul Nicholson
July 21 – Interpol are claiming a major success in the battle against illegal betting rings in Asia with a six-week World Cup operation carrying out more than 1,000 raids, 1,400 arrests and the seizure of $12 million.

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Aussie court fines third Brit for match-fixing down under

Victorian Premier League logoJuly 18 - An Australian court has sanctioned a third British footballer for his part in a match-fixing racket that rigged games in the semi-professional league in the state of Victoria.

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Etihad add Melbourne FC to sponsor portfolio in 5-year deal

melbourne city and etihad logosJuly 7 - Etihad Airways has expanded its Australian football presence, sponsoring Hyundai A-League side Melbourne City FC in a five-year deal that will see the airline branding on the club's shirts.

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CAS dismisses Thai appeal against Makudi re-election

Worawi Makudi4By Mark Baber
July 3 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by Virach Chanpanich against the decision taken on 17 October 2013 by the Football Association of Thailand to elect the controversial Worawi Makudi as its President.

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Chinese betting war escalates as insurers get in on the World Cup act

China sports lotteryJune 27 - The Chinese are finding ways to use the 2014 FIFA World cup to circumvent local gambling laws. In general gambling is illegal in China, but in instances where the proceeds are donated to charity, exceptions are allowed. Alibaba and Tencent Holdings, two of China's dominant Internet companies, have linked up with provincial lottery centres so as to allow betting on world cup matches.

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Macau police smash illegal World Cup betting ring uncovering one £3m bet

moneyBy Mark Baber
June 23 - Macau police claim to have smashed two illegal gambling rings, arresting 26 people in separate hotel raids and seizing cash and other evidence. The raids uncovered evidence of HK$5 billion in illegal bets on World Cup football matches in a week - including a single HK$40 million (£3 million) bet on one World Cup match.

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Report details depth and aggression of Israeli interference in Palestinian football

Palestine flag in crowdBy Paul Nicholson
June 23 – Human rights group Nonviolence International has released the full report written in conjunction with the Palestinian FA into the abuses and disruption by Israeli authorities of footballers and football in the Palestinian occupied territories.

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China's beers target young market with online delivery and World Cup promos

Harbin World Cup promoBy Mark Baber
June 18 - Chinese beer industry, and particularly Tsingtao Brewery and Anheuser-Busch InBev owned Harbin Beer are using World Cup to boost market share, especially amongst the younger demographic.

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