English FA backs London 2018 Gay Games bid

English FA

By Mark Baber
July 16 – The English Football Association has announced its backing for London’s bid to host the 2018 Gay Games. A team from the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is currently carrying out an inspection of London’s facilities,

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Drogba and Eboué put weight behind Istanbul Olympic bid

drogba and eboue

By David Owen
July 12 – Last week Buenos Aires won the right to host the 2018 Youth Olympics with a little help from Lionel Messi, who was given a prominent place in a promotional video shown to International Olympic Committee (IOC) members before the decisive vote. Now Istanbul is attempting to harness the power of football to help its bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Racing Santander issue match fixing denial but Tebas unconvinced

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By Gareth Messenger
July 12 – Racing Santander have denied an allegation their 3-0 home win against Hercules on the final day of the second-division season was fixed and said they will co-operate fully with a probe by Spanish and European football authorities. Despite their victory on June 8, Santander were relegated to the third tier of Spanish football making it their second consecutive relegation.

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Italian clubs face match fixing sanctions as court date looms

lazio and genoa

By Andrew Warshaw
July 11 – Lazio and Genoa face starting next season in Serie A with a points deduction as a result of the latest revelations in Italy’s match-fixing scandals. The two top-flight clubs, plus Lecce, face sanctions as do eight players accused of “sporting fraud” by the Italian football federation, allegedly involving sums of up to €500,000 in bribes.

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