Beitar Jerusalem ordered to end racist ban on Arab players

Guy LeviBy Mark Baber
April 21 - The Israeli Equal Employment Opportunities Commission has demanded that Beitar Jerusalem retract statements the team's coach made against Arab players joining the team in a move which highlights the failure of the Israeli Football Federation (IFA) to eliminate racist and apartheid practices within its own leagues, just five weeks before FIFA's annual conference and the debate on the motion to suspend the IFA over its racist policies towards Palestinians.

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CSKA Ultras step up abuse and force players to strip off shirts

apostol popovBy Alexander Krassimirov
April 21 - CSKA Sofia Ultras have taken extreme measures after the team suffered loss. Yesterday CSKA lost to Lokomotiv Sofia and after the game the fans summoned the players to one of the stands of Bulgarska armia stadium.

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UEFA will back Israel against Palestinian suspension demands, says IFA

Ofer EiniBy Andrew Warshaw
April 21 - UEFA president Michel Platini has promised Israel he will do everything he can to stave off a Palestinian bid to suspend them from FIFA, according to Israeli media reports.

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Real and Barca thump Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea in Euro Twitter league

twitter logoBy Paul Nicholson
April 20 - Real Madrid and Barcelona are not just giants on the pitch, they are social media monsters off it. The two Spanish clubs head Insideworldfootball's European club ranking in terms of followers, with the English Premier League's Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea in 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively.

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Leeds Utd row ignites after six players fail to travel for league match

Leeds UnitedApril 20 - Iconic English club Leeds United, back in the news for all the wrong reasons, insist that six players who suddenly withdrew ahead of Saturday's defeat at Charlton were injured.

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Russia commits to investing in sports facilities in Crimea

Crimean flagsApril 20 - Russian authorities are to build two new sports centres in Crimea in the latest move to cement their influence in the annexed peninsula where UEFA have already barred Russian-administered teams from competing in their competitions or the Russian domestic league.

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Bad luck of the Irish as Windsor Park close to breaking point

Windsor ParkApril 17 - The Irish Football Association has been advised to demolish a damaged stand at the national stadium following a preliminary structural report.

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Greek government steps in tackle football violence, but so does FIFA and UEFA

Greek Super League violenceBy Andrew Warshaw
April 17 - The Greek authorities are on a collision with FIFA and EUFA over plans to tackle violence in domestic sport, with the two bodies warning the country could be thrown out of international football because of government interference.

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Belgium finalise plans for 8-team women's Super League

BeNe league actionBy Samindra Kunti
April 17 - Next season the women's Super League will replace the BeNe League in Belgium. Eight teams will compete in the newly designed league format with the champions crowned after play-offs.

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