Van Praag moves up at UEFA; is Platini preparing way for a run at FIFA job?

Michael van praag5By Andrew Warshaw
July 3 - Buried in the various decisions taken by UEFA's executive committee this week were two potentially significant appointments that went largely unreported.

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Zahavi steps in with €8.5m cash and Chelsea 'links' to save Belgium's Mouscron

Royal Mouscron-PeruwelzBy Samindra Kunti
July 3 - Chelsea and super agent Pini Zahavi have saved Belgian top flight club Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz from its financial perils by investing a reported €8.5 million in the club to buy 90% of the shares.

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Spain incurs UEFA scorn with backing for TPO slave-trading

Javier TebasJuly 3 - UEFA have taken a second swipe at the Spanish league - this time over third-party ownership (TPO).

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Match-changing decisions put Women World Cup refs on the spot

canada 2015 logo2By Andrew Warshaw
July 3 - The Women's World Cup may have become an established part of the FIFA calendar since it was launched in 1991 and truly came of age when the Americans won on home soil eight years later.

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Bastia fury over debt 'lies' as owner says club will stay in Ligue 1

bastiaBy Mark Baber
July 2 - With France's Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG) having declared that Corsican club Sporting Club de Bastia should be relegated to League 2 on financial grounds, irrespective of having finished 12th in the Ligue 1 last season, the club today reacted angrily to reports the sale of Ryad Boudebouz would be insufficient to see the decision reversed.

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MasterCard renew with Champions League for further 3 years

mastercard2By Mark Baber
July 2 - The UEFA sponsorship train continues to roll as MasterCard announced a three year extension of its high-profile and long-standing sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League.

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Big score, but no problem? Paide put 31 past Raudteetoolised

Pic courtesy of www.rumodispo.comJuly 2 - No-one is suggesting any shenanigans or rigging by Asian syndicates but yet another football scoreline in Estonia has raised eyebrows.

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Where Blatter could be talk of the Toon

Walking FootballBy Paul Nicholson
July 2 – If Sepp Blatter is looking for something to do when he finally hands in his FIFA presidential mandate we think we may have found just the activity in England's Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Romanian federation boss stands himself down amid corruption probe

Gheorghe ChivorchianBy Mark Baber
July 2 - Gheorghe Chivorchian (pictured), the general secretary of the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) has suspended himself from his position after prosecutors charged him with abusing his position and forging documents when he was chairman of club side Poli Timisoara.

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