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Get out the way Ref! | 6 Match Ban for Sasho

After the penalty was called, referee Stefan Spasov went to spot the ball but Sasho had other ideas when he delivered a brutal hockey-style check to the ref sending him to the ground:

The check earned Sasho a six-game suspension from the Bulgarian Football Union and a fine of $1,500.

The incident happened in a professional Bulgarian soccer match between Cherno More Varna and Lavski Sofia playing for the Bulgarian cup.

UEFA Introduce a new look Euro 2020 Competition


The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged across the continent after today’s UEFA Executive Committee decision to hold the event in various major cities throughout Europe.


The UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament will be staged in various major cities throughout Europe, following a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting in Lausanne on Thursday.

The decision to stage a “EURO for Europe”, rather than a tournament in one or two host countries, follows an initial idea revealed by the UEFA President Michel Platini in June. UEFA has consulted its member national associations about the proposal in the intervening period, and has received an extremely positive response, which has prompted Thursday’s innovative move. The decision, which was not supported by Şenes Erzik, means that the UEFA National Team Competitions Committee will now take responsibility to review the matter further in order to report to a future UEFA Executive Committee meeting.

Among the other decisions taken, the committee decided that the ownership of football players by third parties should be prohibited as a matter of principle. Consequently, world football’s governing body FIFA will be requested to issue relevant worldwide regulations prohibiting third-party ownership of players. UEFA, through its Professional Football Strategy Council (PFSC), would also be ready to implement a regulatory framework to ban third-party ownership arrangements in UEFA competitions, should FIFA not take the appropriate steps. In that case, a transitional period of three to four seasons would apply.

UEFA is continuing to be actively involved in the fight against match-fixing and corruption in football. Accordingly, the Executive Committee expressed its support for the introduction of sporting fraud as a criminal offence in national legislations throughout Europe.

The committee approved the use of additional assistant referees at next summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship final round in Israel. Two additional assistant referees – who stand on each goal line and watch in particular for penalty-area incidents – are already being deployed in this season’s UEFA club competitions, following a decision in July by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to incorporate additional assistants into the Laws of the Game.

Tbilisi will play host to the 2013 UEFA Futsal Cup finals in April 2013. In addition, the committee approved the name of UEFA’s new youth competition for clubs, which will begin from the 2013/14 season – the UEFA Youth League. The trophy will be named after UEFA’s honorary president Lennart Johansson.

The committee decided that the 2013/14 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament will be staged in England from 26 November to 8 December 2013, with the qualifying rounds to be played in the summer and autumn of 2013. The final tournament counts as the European qualifying competition for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will take place in Costa Rica in March/April 2014, and not in autumn after the UEFA women’s U17 finals, which are normally held in June and/or July.

UEFA has prolonged its arrangement with long-term partner TEAM for the marketing of commercial rights including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup initially for three additional seasons and, subject to performance, for an additional three-year term thereafter. As part of the new agreement, TEAM has appointed Michael van Praag, a UEFA Executive Committee member, and David Taylor, the CEO of UEFA Events SA, to its board.

Astana, Kazakhstan, and Vienna, Austria, were chosen by the Executive Committee as the respective venues for the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Ordinary Congresses. The XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress will take place in London on 24 May 2013.

The first Executive Committee meeting of 2013 is scheduled for 25 January at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Two Of the Best from abroad | Great Goals | Football

Bernabeu keeper looks glad he wasn’t between the sticks for this effort.


Top notch effort from the Dutch international.

Andres Iniesta Appeals to save Albacete from extinction | Spanish Football

(Reuters) – Barcelona and Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta has written an open letter asking for people to invest money to help save his boyhood club Albacete from extinction.

Iniesta and his family are the third-tier club’s majority shareholders and he said they were doing everything they could to stop Albacete folding but needed more outside investment.

“Using this letter I would like to encourage everyone who has been connected with this club, former players, fans, companies and institutions to take part in the third phase of the capital increase so that we can safeguard our historic club,” he wrote.

“The country is going through a very difficult economic situation and we will only resolve this situation if all of us who can make an effort.”

Albacete, who have had a couple of stints in Spain’s top flight, are the latest club to suffer financially as the economic crisis gripping Spain dents revenue from ticket sales and sponsorship.

Is this the worst dive ever ? | Alen Halilovic | Dinamo Zagreb

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Joey Barton Talks With Funny French Accent After Debut For Marseille | Football

QPR loanee Joey Barton finally made his league debut for French outfit Marseille on Sunday, helping his side move level on points with leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the process.

Barton wasted little time in picking up his first caution in French football, as the QPR midfielder was booked after 22 minutes for a strong challenge on Florent Balmont.
But the Englishman settled well into the match, and so too did Marseille.
Balmont was red-carded before the break after chopping down Valbuena when the Frenchman was through on Landreau’s goal

Very bizarrely though during a post match press conference when answering questions from the local press he talked with a weird French accent.

“Steve MaClaren eat your heart out…,” Barton quipped on Twitter, referencing former England boss Steve McClaren’s use of a Dutch accent after he took over at FC Twente for the first time in 2008.

He added: “In my defence, it is very difficult to do a press conference in Scouse for a room full of French journalists.”

“The alternative is to speak like a ‘Allo Allo!’ character which is choose. Its simply a case of you had to be there. #youstupidwomen!

“I am christening this new language Bartonese. Steeeeevvvveeee would be proud!”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Scary Death Stare | Officials

The last person anyone would want to be on the receiving end of a death-stare from is surely the PSG striker, but the fourth official was willing to push his luck – twice – in his determination to stop Ibrahimovic from taking a refreshing gulp of water.

The bizarre incident aside, it was a good afternoon for the Swedish international, who bagged two goals and two assists in PSG’s 4-0 trouncing of Troyes.


Dynamo Goalkeeper Suffers Firecracker Injury | Female Fan

Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Anton Shunin was hospitalized with burns to his cornea after an explosive device was allegedly thrown onto the field by a fan of Zenit St. Petersburg. The Press Association notes that Shunin reported problems with both his vision and hearing after the device exploded in his face.

According to news outlet RT, police are searching for a female Zenit fan who allegedly hid the firecrackers in her body and smuggled them into the stadium. In addition to video showing a woman throwing the device, an unnamed law enforcement official said that dozens of condoms were found in the ladies’ room and are often used to stow flares inside the vagina or anus.

While Dynamo notes the violence was carried out by a fan of its opponent, Zenit points out Dynamo’s responsibility as the home team for both selling tickets and screening fans entering the stadium.

“At the moment there is no evidence that the violation was committed by Zenit fans,” Zenit’s statement reads. “The away team, which under the rules is not responsible for the safety of fans and participants of the match, cannot be sanctioned for it.”


Zinedine Zidane’s Son scores a screamer | Real Madrid Youth

Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo (number 10) scored a screamer for Real Madrid’s youth side at the weekend. Not to be outdone, team-mate Pablo Iglesias then went and hit a wonder-strike from the half-way line. Courtesy Of

Enzo Zidane trained for the first time with the first team of Real Madrid in Valdebebas Sports City. Zinedine’s son is 16 years old and plays for Real Madrid C in the youth squads of the white club when he has played in all ranks.

Mourinho welcomed Enzo Zidane before the start of training and was well embraced by peers, especially by youth players as Morata and Alex Fernandez, who also attended the training session, and his father, director of the first team who was in Valdebebas.

Enzo Zidane performed the same exercises as the rest of the squad in the open part of the training. The young player has not made ​​a decision on whether to play for the national teams of Spain or France.

It would be impossible for Ajax to keep him ! | Ronald de Boer

Ajax coach Ronald de Boer has suggested that it would be impossible to keep star midfielder Christian Eriksen if a big money offer arrived.

“Eriksen is only 20, but already seems older than he is. He has so much talent and of course it is difficult to keep him,” He told TalkSport 

“I think he is a player for Madrid or Barcelona but I think one more year at Ajax wouldn’t hurt him. Although that’s difficult – I can’t predict next year he will be at us.

“It would be great to have him in the team but if a team comes along and puts a big bag of money it would be impossible for Ajax to keep him.”



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