Eli Guttman named as Israeli team coach

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By David Gold

January 4 – Eli Guttman (pictured) has been announced as the new Israeli national team coach, replacing Frenchman Luis Fern├índez, who left after a disappointing Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

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FC Sion docked 36 points by SFV following FIFA row

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By Andrew Warshaw

December 30 – The escalating dispute between the rebel Swiss club FC Sion and FIFA reached another pivotal milestone today when the Swiss Football Association (SFV) sensationally docked the club 36 points for fielding ineligible players, thereby seemingly avoiding a ban from international competition.

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Phone call settles French race row

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By David Gold

December 22 – It may have been with a phone call rather than a handshake, but Auxerre midfielder Kamel Chafni and French assistant referee Johann Perruaux have done as FIFA President Sepp Blatter advised, and settled a race row between themselves after a league game.

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