Robertson calls for “tough sanctions” on Serbia for alleged racism

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By Andrew Warshaw

October 18 – British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has written to UEFA President Michel Platini demanding “tough sanctions” against Serbia following allegations of provocation and racial abuse meted out to England players and officials during Tuesday’s (October 16) ill-tempered under-21 international.

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AC Milan denies Qatari investment talk

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By Tom Degun

October 15 – Italian giants AC Milan have been forced to deny reports that they plan to sell stakes in the club to the Qatar sovereign wealth fund as speculation continues to grow over Silvio Berlusconi’s ownership of the club.

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Agnelli wades in to Terry racism row

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By Andrew Warshaw at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge in London

October 10 – One of Italy’s most influential football officials, Juventus President Andrea Agnelli, waded into the John Terry racism row today by saying he didn’t understand why the former England captain had to face two separate hearings.

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FA opens £105 million centre of excellence

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By Andrew Warshaw

October 9 – After years of delays, postponements and foot-dragging, English football’s new £105 million ($170,000/€130,000) centre of excellence was finally opened today with the aim of revolutionising the game from grassroots to national level.

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