LFP shows leniency with sanctions on players caught betting on matches

football bettingBy Mark Baber
July 30 - The Disciplinary Committee of the French Professional League (LFP) last Thursday imposed sanctions on some of the 87 first and second division players who were caught out after the files of the LFP were compared to lists of those betting on league games. The low-key announcement saw the toughest penalties imposed being three match suspended suspensions and fines of €1,500.

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Tebas banks on top players to drive up value of La Liga globally

Javier TebasBy Andrew Warshaw
July 30 - With the European pre-season spending spree in full swing despite the apparent advent of financial fair play, the president of La Liga in Spain has made it clear his country is prepared to out-muscle the Premier League when it comes to financial clout.

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City partner WSFF to open channels to more female participation

MCWFC and WSFFJuly 29 - Manchester City Women's Football Club (MCWFC) have partnered with Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) to launch a scheme aimed at getting more women and girls involved in sport.

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Borussia Dortmund seeks new cash to boost Bayern challenge

Dortmund fansBy Mark Baber
July 29 - Borussia Dortmund (BVB), main challengers to Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga, are looking to take on another two major investors as strategic partners to sharpen their challenge to the Bavarian dominance.

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Too old, too white and too male, says FA chief Dyke

Greg Dyke3July 28 - English FA chairman Greg Dyke, speaking via video message to members of the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct via video message at their annual Supporters Summit, described his own organisation as being too old, too male and too white and that it was time for change.

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Italian FA presidential candidate slips on skin of 'banana eater' comment

Carlo TavecchioJuly 28 - FIFA has asked the Italian FA (FIGC) to investigate comments made by Italian Football Federation vice-President Carlo Tavecchio (pictured) described African players as "banana-eaters".

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Transfer reform talks underway with fees top of agenda

moneyBy Mark Baber
July 28 - FIFPro the international player union, has revealed talks are now taking place to achieve regulation of transfer prices. Pricing is a key issue within the reform of a transfer system that FIFPro believes is long overdue.

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Fortuna expands east with Slavia Prague sponsorship

Slavia Prague fansBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
July 28 – Czech club Slavia Prague has secured betting operator Fortuna as its new shirt sponsor in a three-year deal.

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Brit politico puts boot into Russia 2018, but FIFA maintains line

Nick CleggBy Paul Nicholson
July 25 – The first leading British politician to call for Russia to be stripped of the hosting rights to the 2018 World Cup, following the downing of the Malaysian airliner in the Ukraine, was made by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (pictured) yesterday and, perhaps not surprisingly, it was in an interview with Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times newspaper.

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