Monthly Archives: September 2014

CSKA Moscow hit with stadium ban for Champions League match against Bayern

Playing five-times winners Bayern Munich in the Champions League should have been one of the highlights of CSKA Moscow’s season but unfortunately for the Russian champions, they will have to play the Group E contest behind closed doors.

CSKA have been ordered to play Tuesday’s match in an empty arena by European soccer’s governing body UEFA following the poor behaviour of their fans against Viktoria Plzen last December. Continue reading

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Yuniesky Gourriel: Canada in a pocket

(Sept. 26) – With a batting average of .321, Yuniesky Gourriel returned to Cuba from his stint in the Capitales de Québec, a team in the CanAm Independent League. The opportunity to play in Canada was a result of the flexibility in hiring provided by Cuba’s new baseball policy.

Shortly after the start of the 54th National Baseball Series, the Industriales’ centerfielder appeared happy to return to his Cuban homeland after proving his worth in Canada in the previous two months. Continue reading

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UEFA adopts code of conduct on match-fixing. Ha ha ha.

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One essential fact is missing from the following report from Play the Game: the need to adopt a code on match-fixing necessarily arises from the fact that professional football matches in Europe – and only in Europe – have been and are being fixed.

(Sept. 19) – A code of conduct on match-fixing, setting out principles for safeguarding the integrity of football has been approved by the UEFA Executive Committee after consultations with a number of stakeholders including the professional footballers’ federation.

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U.S Air Force war games over Irish air space, disrupts major sport event

Two F-16s flying over peaceful Dublin on a quiet Saturday afternoon

Two F-16s flying over peaceful Dublin on a quiet Saturday afternoon

Croke Park is the central stadium of the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association / Cumann Lúthchleas Gael), which is Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting associations in the world today.

The event which was grossly disturbed by the US Air Force was the football match between Penn State v/s UCF played on the 30th of August. Continue reading

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UEFA fines clubs when fans fly Palestinian flags

But militaristic flypasts of U.S. jets are just kosher. ANNIE ROBBINS* on European football’s double standards.

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