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FIFA Ethics Committee proceeds With Mohamed Bin Hammam Case


On 4 December 2012, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Michael J. Garcia, who is also the head of the investigation conducted by the Ethics Committee into Mohamed bin Hammam, notified Bin Hammam of the completion of the investigation and informed him that the final report, together with the investigation files, would be submitted to the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee for examination. On the same day, all of the documents were sent by Garcia to the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert.

Together with the final report and all of the investigation files, Garcia requested the imposition of provisional measures against Bin Hammam in accordance with the first sentence of art. 83 par. 1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE). Garcia stated that the request was not based on the necessity to protect an ongoing investigation, but rather that it was necessary because, given the extraordinarily complex nature and the considerable scope of the present case, it appeared highly unlikely that a decision on the relevant issues may be taken early enough within the meaning of article 83 par. 1 of the FCE. Given the seriousness of the violations of the FCE as alleged in the final report, Garcia said in his letter to the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber that it was imperative that Bin Hammam remained banned from football during the pendency of any decision on these charges.

On 6 December, having examined the final report and investigation files, Eckert deemed that the final report was complete and decided to proceed with adjudicatory proceedings in this case, in accordance with art. 69 par. 4 of the FCE. At the same time, Eckert established a deadline for Bin Hammam to respond.

Based on the report, the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber has decided to provisionally ban Bin Hammam given that a breach of the FCE appears to have been committed and that a decision on the main substance of the case may not be taken early enough.



Football: FIFA suspends South Korean player over Olympic political gesture

SEOUL: FIFA has suspended a South Korean player for two international matches over a post-match political gesture at the London Olympics, the South’s football body said Monday.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee has also slapped a fine of 3,500 Swiss francs ($3,781) on Park Jong-Woo following his actions, which relate to an island dispute with Japan, the Korean Football Association (KFA) said.

The association itself was warned for failure to properly instruct players on rules of conduct.

“We’ve decided to humbly accept FIFA’s decision after consultations with Park Jong-Woo,” the KFA said in a statement.

The 23-year-old midfielder was excluded from the awards ceremony for his country’s bronze win in August after he held up a sign reading “Dokdo is our land” while celebrating the Korean team’s 2-0 victory over Japan.

The Seoul-controlled islands, known as Dokdo in Korea and Takeshima in Japan, are the subject of a decades-old territorial dispute.

The incident came hours after South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak paid a surprise visit to the disputed islands, angering Japan.

Park insisted he took the sign from a fan in the crowd after the match and it was not pre-planned.

FIFA ruled that his action was not premeditated but deserved punishment for “displaying unsporting behaviour”, Yonhap news agency said.

International Olympic Committee officials said Park breached rules against political demonstrations at the Games.

The player has not yet received his bronze medal, but South Korean officials say he will qualify for a pension paid to Olympic medallists.

adidas Cafusa launched at Brazil 2013 draw




The name and design of the Official Match Ball for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 was unveiled on Saturday at the Draw in Sao Paulo. This is only the second time that a specifically-designed ball has been launched for the so-called ‘Festival of Champions’.

The Cafusa name combines three symbols which are at the core of Brazilian culture – carnival, football and samba. Together with the vibrant colour scheme, the ball is a true reflection of the Brazilian national identity, with a particular focus on the southern cross constellation represented in the Brazilian flag.


“Unveiling the Official Ball of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 is a big moment for us” said Rodrigo Messias, Director of the Project 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. “Brazilians are passionate about football and we wanted to deliver an inspirational ball for this competition. We are very pleased with the adidas Cafusa, the final product has strong Brazilian elements in place throughout the design.”

To showcase the new football to all Brazilians there will be an exhibition of ten giant balls, each two metres in diameter, which will travel across the country until the end of June 2013. The balls will begin their journey in Rio de Janeiro before heading on to the other Host Cities of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 – Recife, Fortaleza, Salvador, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte.

The adidas Cafusa will make its on pitch debut at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012, which takes place between 6 and 16 December.

2014 World Cup Armadillo Mascot Officially named Fuleco | FIFA


SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazilians have voted to name the 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco.

FIFA says more than 1.7 million people in Brazil took part in the vote to select the name for the armadillo. The other options were Zuzeco and Amijubi.

Fuleco comes from the Portuguese words “futebol” (football) and “ecologia” (ecology). FIFA says it “seamlessly represents the way in which the FIFA World Cup can combine the two to encourage people to behave in an environmentally friendly way.”

Soccer’s governing body said Sunday that Fuleco received 48 percent of the vote, while 31 percent went for Zuzeco and 21 percent for Amijubi.

David Bernstein Open To Recording Ideas | FA | Clattenburg

Premier League referee Clattenburg has been accused by Chelsea of using ‘inappropriate language’ towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel during the match against Manchester United last weekend, something the official vehemently denies.

David Bernstein t told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “The referee is miked up with the assistant referees and the fourth official so they are all aware of the comments and the dialogue that takes place, but it’s not recorded.

“In order for that to happen, the referees’ organisation – the Professional Game Match Officials Board – which is controlled by the FA, Premier League and Football League, would have to recommend that way forward.

“Then it would need to go before (world governing body) FIFA or IFAB (the rule-making body of FIFA) to be approved.

“The process would be quite long and meticulous. One of the great things about IFAB is that it doesn’t jump to make changes too quickly.

“(But) given what’s happened recently, we should have an open mind about it and it should definitely be looked at.”

Hackett, the former general manager of Premier League referees, believes it is now time for on-pitch conversations to be recorded, and would even be in favour of a system which relayed the audio to spectators.

He told The Observer: “The FA are members of IFAB, so could bring forward a proposal to permit the recording of the conversations between players and officials during a game.

“I would have no problem with fans having the ability to purchase a ‘Ref!Link’ to listen in to what the match officials are saying.

“I would like to see a referee-coach at the ground able to listen in to the team of officials.

“And given what has happened in the last few days and, with no knee-jerk reaction, I would like to conversations between the match officials for the full duration of the game recorded.”

Former referee Graham Poll believes the only way Mark Clattenburg could emerge from the current controversy around him “untarnished” would be if Chelsea were to say that their accusation that he used “inappropriate language” towards John Obi Mikel was mistaken.

The only way that anything positive could come of this for Mark would be if Chelsea Football Club accepted that they were mistaken and then he could come out untarnished,” Poll told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“Even if the FA said ’case not proven’, it’s got to have a detrimental effect on his career.”

Former referee George Courtney believes that there is “absolutely” no way that Clattenburg did what he has been accused of.

“I don’t believe it for one moment, absolutely not,” Courtney told Sportsweek.

“I’ve known this guy for 20 years, I’ve watched him progress through to the Football League and the Premier League. He’s an excellent referee.

“There was a lot of pressure on Mark following the (Fernando) Torres sending-off, I could see the players were really having a go at him and he kept his composure.

“I’ve got no idea what happened after the game but I’d be very, very surprised and staggered if there was any kind of racist slur.

“There is a sterile period of 30 minutes after full-time where people are not allowed to enter the referee’s dressing room, but half an hour is not long enough for people to calm down.

“In view of the alleged problem, perhaps if Chelsea had given it a day or so then there would have been a different reaction.”

Poll called on the game’s governing bodies to offer practical support to Clattenburg.

“Something should be done so referees are not left isolated,” he said.

“(Colleagues) can support you but they can’t help, they can’t take action or make a difference.

“A difference needs to be made, whether we record all the words, not necessarily for public consumption, but for the protection of referees.

“The minimum that should happen is that (conversations are) taped.


World Cup 2018 Stadium Relocation,Relocation


The World Cup 2018 stadium in the Russian city of Samara is to be built on a different site to the one visited by FIFA officials before FIFA approved the city to host the tournament, the local government said Friday.

Samara is one of 11 host cities after three others were dropped in September.

A $29 million tender to design the stadium posted on a state contracting website states that the 45,000-seater stadium will be near the airport rather than on the island the FIFA delegation visited.

The price has increased to around $430 million, which is $100 million more than regional deputy governor Alexander Nefedov said last month, and more than double the figure of $180 million widely mentioned in Russian media in late 2010, after Russia was awarded the tournament.

The original site had been variously criticised for being far from city transport links and hotel accommodation, ruining a river view and requiring port traffic to be rerouted.

A tender to design the arena there was canceled by regional governor Nikolai Merkushin in July, after the visit, when he said the cost estimates were not transparent.

The new site is near a major highway and the city airport.

Most of the host cities are far ahead of Samara in their preparations, with construction work well under way on new stadiums in and St. Petersburg, while building has even started in the little known city of Saransk.

Via  (R-Sport)

Ballon d’Or 2012 – The shortlist [FIFA]

Previous Winners during the last 5 years.

2011 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2010 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2009 – Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
2008 – Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
2007 – Kaka (AC Milan)

Ballon d’Or 2012: Short-list Nominations

Sergio Agüero (Argentina), Xabi Alonso (Spain), Mario Balotelli (Italy), Karim Benzema (France), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Sergio Busquets (Spain), Iker Casillas (Spain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Côte d’Ivoire), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andrés Iniesta (Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Mesut Özil (Germany), Gerard Piqué (Spain), Andrea Pirlo (Italy),
Sergio Ramos (Spain), Wayne Rooney (England), Yaya Touré (Côte d’Ivoire), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Xavi (Spain).


Fifa World Coach of the Year 2012;

Vicente del Bosque (Spain/Spain national team), Roberto Di Matteo (Italy/Chelsea), Sir Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United), Pep Guardiola (Spain/Barcelona former coach),
Jupp Heynckes (Germany/Bayern München), Jürgen Klopp (Germany/Borussia Dortmund), Joachim Löw (Germany/Germany national team), Roberto Mancini (Italy/Manchester City), José Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid), Cesare Prandelli (Italy/Italy national team).


GoalRef and Hawk-Eye Get FIFA All Clear



GoalRef and Hawk-Eye have both signed installation agreements with FIFA taking another step forward to Goal Line technology.

“Between October 2011 and June 2012, both companies passed a series of extensive laboratory and field tests, tests in simulated match situations, as well as tests in live matches,” said FIFA in a statement.

“This milestone in the goal-line technology process, which began in 2011, means that the two companies now have official authorisation to install their respective goal-line technology systems worldwide.”

FIFA said both systems still had to pass tests in stadiums where they had been installed before they could be used for official matches.

“Once a system has been installed in a stadium, the system undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality.

“This is carried out by an independent test institute and the results of this so-called ‘final installation test’ must be successful.

“Only a positive final installation test qualifies a system to be used in official matches.”

Both systems will be used during the Club World Cup in Japan in December.



Soccerex Global Convention 2012

Over 4,500 of football’s senior decision makers will gather for the 17th edition of the World’s leading football business event.

The event will be held 24-28 November 2012 in the spiritual home of football, Brazil.

The Convention is an unrivalled event, the only truly global event for the football industry and having been held every year since 1995, it has a history of being a proven business success for participants with the average delegate organising 17 meetings, collecting 120 business cards and leaving with 28 prospective deals.

Check out who you can meet at Soccerex  Link

Twitter’s Humorous take on England’s Warsaw Washout


Whilst Roy and the boys were left pondering the fiasco in the Warsaw stadium last night millions of us were left with time on our hands as the Fifa officials were deciding what to do with the ball.

For some of us the drama was too much ”

Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker
Please postpone it now. Enough is enough! Why can’t I bring myself to change channels?

Whilst Roy insisted on proving his point !


Some fans got bored and took to the pitch !

Phil McNulty ‏@philmcnulty
Pitch invader escapes a steward who – rather predictably – goes flying in the water. Invader then does a Tom Daley. It’s that sort of night.

Roy and the boys just didnt know what to do ?


Well the social media world just got on with it a and for some of us provided some much needed humour with the game of ” Rain related footballers”

Stan Collymore ‏@StanCollymore
One for the hacks(you can have this one) W A R S A W L O G G E D @talkSPORT

Matt Dickinson ‏@DickinsonTimes
Stewart Drowning, Rain Rooney. Over to you to finish the Water Farce! England XI….

PF ‏@Taxiforwoody
@DickinsonTimes Jermain Deflow
Retweeted by Matt Dickinson

Adam Cottier ‏@Adam_Cottier
@Taxiforwoody @DickinsonTimes Tom Puddlestone


Karl Kerman ‏@khk1975
@Taxiforwoody @dickinsontimes or rain Rooney

Stuart Telfer ‏@Stu1211

@Taxiforwoody @dickinsontimes Leighton Thames.


Matt Dickinson ‏@DickinsonTimes
Really poor!!! RT @Ian_Cox_101: @DickinsonTimes joe carp

Danny West ‏@silencekid85
@DickinsonTimes Leighton Raines…


Matt Dickinson ‏@DickinsonTimes
Stewart Drowning, Rain Rooney. Over to you to finish the Water Farce! England XI….

Paul Boyle ‏@PaBo8267
@DickinsonTimes Leighton Drains


simon crabtree ‏@CrabbersTweet
I’m told the officials in Poland can’t make an announcement until the end of Great British Bake Off…

Karthi Gnanasegaram ‏@KarthiSport
ITV must be desperate for this game to happen tonight…it’s their Live Emmerdale tomorrow so won’t get any pre-match build up time.


Henry Winter ‏@henrywinter
Warsaw DJ on form….now playing Coldplay’s “Every teardrop is a waterfall”

Alec Stewart ‏@StewieCricket
Roy Hodgson to make two team changes if the game starts tonight. Tom Daley and Rebecca Adlington to play up front in place of Defoe & Rooney


Owen Gibson ‏@owen_g
Lee Dixon wishing he was back on MOTD, Gareth Southgate wishing he was back at the FA, Adrian Chiles thinking even Daybreak wasn’t this bad

Alec Stewart ‏@StewieCricket
If this was a cricket match in Poland we’d have started on time and played through the light drizzle!



As an act of mercy, ITV will point the cameras at the pitch the remaining 75 mins of this broadcast so we can watch the grass grow instead


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