FIFA chiefs gather in Brazil for key round of meetings…and a World Cup draw

World Cup draw

By Andrew Warshaw
December 2 – Brazil’s troubled build-up for next year’s World Cup – stadium delays and accidents, safety concerns, street protests – takes centre stage again this week but there are  a number of other pressing global issues facing FIFA’s chiefs as they head to Salvador, Brazil, for a series of meetings ahead of Friday’s eagerly anticipated draw for the 32-team 2014 World Cup finals.

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Africa’s World Cup qualifiers unchanged as Tunisia and Burkina Faso lose appeals

Tunisia vs Cameroon

November 29 – Tunisia are the latest African country to have their attempt to reach the World Cup finals through the back door quashed by FIFA. Invoking the ineligible player argument has become almost de rigueur in Africa, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Tunisia claimed Cameroon fielded two in their recent World Cup qualifying playoff won by the Indomitable Lions on a 4-1 aggregate.

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FIFA turns down Ukraine and Peru appeals with tough warnings

Ukraine fans

By Paul Nicholson
November 28 – FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee has turned down appeals from both Ukraine and Peru who were sanctioned for racial abuse and crowd disturbances. They will now have to serve the original penalties imposed and both will start their next World Cup qualifying games for the 2018 tournament behind closed doors.

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