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UEFA chief Ceferin says VAR could be used in Champions League by 2019

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Milan (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Wednesday that the video assistant referee (VAR) system could be introduced to the Champions League by the 2019-2020 season.

Slovenian Ceferin has taken a cautious approach to the use of VAR despite it being used in the Italian and German leagues this season.

UEFA chief Ceferin says VAR could be used in Champions League by 2019

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Milan (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Wednesday that the video assistant referee (VAR) system could be introduced to the Champions League by the 2019-2020 season.

Slovenian Ceferin has taken a cautious approach to the use of VAR despite it being used in the Italian and German leagues this season.

PSG to fall foul of UEFA’s FFP investigation – report

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Paris (France) (AFP) – Free-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain are set to face UEFA sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to a report by the British Financial Times on Wednesday that claims PSG “overstated” sponsorship contracts to the tune of 200 million euros.

PSG to fall foul of UEFA’s FFP investigation – report

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Paris (France) (AFP) – Free-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain are set to face UEFA sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to a report by the British Financial Times on Wednesday that claims PSG “overstated” sponsorship contracts to the tune of 200 million euros.

PSG to fall foul of UEFA’s FFP investigation: report

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Free-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain are set to face UEFA sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to a report by the Financial Times on Wednesday that claims PSG “overstated” sponsorship contracts to the tune of 200 million euros.

PSG to fall foul of UEFA’s FFP investigation: report

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London (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Free-spending French giants Paris Saint-Germain are set to face UEFA sanctions for breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP), according to a report by the Financial Times on Wednesday that claims PSG “overstated” sponsorship contracts to the tune of 200 million euros.

UEFA to probe Guardiola, Liverpool

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Lausanne (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s current torrid time as Manchester City manager took a further turn for the worse Wednesday with news that UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings into his “improper conduct”.

Guardiola was dismissed from the field of play after a half-time tirade at the referee in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

Liverpool risk UEFA action over Man City bus attack

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool are facing the prospect of disciplinary action by European football authorities following an attack on Manchester City’s team bus before their Champions League quarter-final.

Missiles were thrown at the bus as it arrived for Wednesday’s first leg at Anfield, which hosts Liverpool won 3-0.

UEFA introduce fourth extra-time sub for next season

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Lausanne (AFP) – Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution in Champions League and Europa League matches that go to extra-time from next season, UEFA announced on Tuesday amid other changes.

The fourth sub rule would be available in knockout-stage games and will also be applied by FIFA at this year’s World Cup in Russia, having previously been used for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

UEFA introduce fourth extra-time sub for next season

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Lausanne (AFP) – Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution in Champions League and Europa League matches that go to extra-time from next season, UEFA announced on Tuesday amid other changes.

The fourth sub rule would be available in knockout-stage games and will also be applied by FIFA at this year’s World Cup in Russia, having previously been used for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Lyon facing possible European ban after UEFA charges

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Paris (AFP) – Lyon could be banned from all European competition after UEFA on Monday charged the French club over incidents at last week’s Europa League match against CSKA Moscow.

UEFA said the charges centre on racist behaviour and crowd disturbances. The club already have a suspended two-year ban hanging over them from incidents at a previous Europa League game with Turkish side Besiktas in April 2017.

UEFA charge Lyon with ‘racist behaviour’ at CSKA game

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA on Monday charged French club Lyon with racist behaviour and crowd disturbances at last week’s Europa League match against CSKA Moscow.

Up to 150 hooded Lyon fans clashed with riot police ahead of the game in the French city leaving eight officers injured. The club already has a European ban, suspended for two years from April 2017, hanging over it.

Cat’s incredible! Besiktas charged after bizarre Champions League hold-up

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Paris (AFP) – Usually more at home attempting to combat racism, violence and diving, UEFA on Thursday opened a new front when they charged Besiktas for allowing a stray cat to hold up a Champions League match.

Europe’s governing body said the Turkish club face action for fans throwing objects onto the pitch, blocked stairways and insufficient organisation in Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Cat’s incredible! Besiktas charged after bizarre Champions League hold-up

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Paris (AFP) – Usually more at home attempting to combat racism, violence and diving, UEFA on Thursday opened a new front when they charged Besiktas for allowing a stray cat to hold up a Champions League match.

Europe’s governing body said the Turkish club face action for fans throwing objects onto the pitch, blocked stairways and insufficient organisation in Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich.

UEFA charges Atalanta over fans’ Batshuayi racist abuse

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Paris (AFP) – European football’s governing body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Atalanta on Monday over monkey chants directed at Borussia Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi.

Belgian international forward Batshuayi accused some Atalanta fans of targeting him with racist abuse during Dortmund’s Europa League clash against the Italians last week.

UEFA hold off on VAR use in Champions League amid ‘confusion’

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Bratislava (AFP) – UEFA will not introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) for next season’s Champions League because of ongoing “confusion” surrounding its use, Aleksander Ceferin, the president of European football’s governing body, said on Monday.

“Nobody knows exactly how it works yet.

UEFA chief Ceferin says ready to curb power of top clubs

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Lausanne (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said he is ready to follow through on his pledge to create a “luxury tax” aimed at curbing the power of the continent’s biggest clubs.

“We are preparing a very important strategic document for the future. Because, and this might surprise you, UEFA in the past had no concrete strategy,” Ceferin said in an interview with Geneva newspaper La Tribune and Lausanne daily 24 Heures.

Nasri risks ban over vitamin booster

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri faces a possible suspension after losing an appeal for UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for a vitamin booster.

Nasri, who plays for Antalyaspor in Turkey, took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after UEFA refused his request for a TUE following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.

Nasri risks ban over vitamin booster

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri faces a possible suspension after losing an appeal for UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for a vitamin booster.

Nasri, who plays for Antalyaspor in Turkey, took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after UEFA refused his request for a TUE following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.

Football: FA to pressure UEFA to act on Brewster racism claims

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London (AFP) – The Football Association lent its full support to Rhian Brewster, the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup victory earlier this year, over his claims of suffering racial abuse and said it would push for “appropriate response from the relevant authorities”.

The 17-year-old - who is yet to make his debut for Liverpool’s first team - claimed Thursday UEFA “don’t really care” about racism.

UEFA ‘don’t care’ about racism, says England Under-17 World Cup star

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London (AFP) – Rhian Brewster, the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup victory earlier this year, claimed Thursday that UEFA “don’t really care” about racism.

The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year.

UEFA ‘don’t care’ about racism, says England Under-17 World Cup star

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London (AFP) – Rhian Brewster, the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup victory earlier this year, claimed Thursday that UEFA “don’t really care” about racism.

The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year.

FIFA

Racism in Russian soccer continues to shame

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The specter of a racism investigation by FIFA is becoming all too familiar

After this last international break we witnessed another incident. French players were allegedly greeted with monkey chants during their friendly 3-1 win against 2018 World Cup host Russia. The friendly was being played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

Racism in Russian soccer continues to shame

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The specter of a racism investigation by FIFA is becoming all too familiar

After this last international break we witnessed another incident. French players were allegedly greeted with monkey chants during their friendly 3-1 win against 2018 World Cup host Russia. The friendly was being played at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

UEFA Europa League

Skenderbeu: Albanian Side Lumped With Heaviest Punishment In UEFA History For ‘Fixing More Matches Than Anybody Has Ever Done Before’

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Albanian side KF Skenderbeu Korce have been hit with the heaviest punishment in UEFA's 63-year history after being found guilty of multiple counts of match-fixing.

UEFA's ethics and disciplinary body have banned Skenderbeu from European competition for 10 years, coupled with a€1million fine the largest individual fine UEFA have ever imposed on a club.

‘It’s Just Monkey Noises, Who Cares?’ – Michy Batshuayi Responds To UEFA Decision To Close Investigation Into Racist Chanting During Dortmund’s Europa League Clash with Atalanta

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Michy Batshuayi has responded to UEFA's decision to close its investigation into a complaint from the striker over racist chanting during Borussia Dortmund's Europa League clash with Serie A side Atalanta last month.

The Chelsea loanee Tweeted after that game, which ended 1-1, that he had head 'monkey noises' in the stadium.

Europa League Quarter-Final Draw: Arsenal To Face CSKA Moscow In Repeat Of 2007’s ‘Polonium Derby’

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Hot on the heels of the Champions League quarter-final draw, UEFA have also coughed up the four ties that will constitute the last-eight bracket of the Europa League.

After pasting AC Milan in the round of 16, Arsenal have landed a perfectly winnable double-header against CSKA Moscow, even if it does entail an English club making a trip to Russia during a time of tense international diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Arsene Wenger calls for Uefa to scrap rule which renders Aubameyang ineligible for Europa League

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Champions League

UEFA Announce Exciting Changes To Champions League And Europa League, Including Fourth Substitute And Altered Kick-Off Times

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UEFA have announced a raft of tweaks to both the Champions League and the Europa League to help keep things interesting as we stride ever onward toward the all-ending cataclysm.

Most of the alterations are fairly minor, bordering on superfluous, but the headline news is that as of next season teams in both competitions will be able to deploy a fourth substitution during extra-time of knockout games much like in the FA Cup these days.

The Champions League quarterfinals problem

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UEFA held the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League quarterfinals, giving us a rematch of last season's final. That Juventus vs Real Madrid meeting is by far the highlight of the round, with the bouncing balls keeping the other contenders apart. The all-Premier League meeting of Liverpool and Manchester City might be high profile with Liverpool in 3rd and City top of the table, but there's an 18-point difference between the two.

Champions League-Viertelfinale: Der FC Bayern trifft auf den FC Sevilla

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Der FC Bayern München trifft im Viertelfinale der UEFA Champions League auf den FC Sevilla. Der deutsche Rekordmeister hat aus den noch verbliebenen acht Teams ein durchaus machbares Los erhalten. Der FC Barcelona kann mit dem AS Rom sicher auch gut leben. Zwei Knaller-Paarungen gibt es dagegen auch.

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw: Liverpool To Face Man City In All-Premier League Blow-Out Extravaganza For The Ages

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The balls are out of the bowls at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon and the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals has been completed.

The headline news is that the Premier League's two surviving paragons have been pitted against one another, with Liverpool snagging a last-eight two-legger against Man City.

Champions League: UEFA Confirm Two Finalist Clubs Will Receive Just 17,000 Tickets For Stadium With 63,000 Capacity

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After putting them on sale today, UEFA have confirmed the two 2018 Champions League finalists will receive a grand total of just 17,000 tickets each.

The Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, where the final is due to take place, seats 63,000 people which means that UEFA have set aside a mere.

Champions League: Besiktas Hit With UEFA Charge After Ginger Cat Allowed To Encroach Onto Pitch During Bayern Munich Tie (Photo & Video)

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Besiktas may have been well and truly trebucheted out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, losing 8-1 on aggregate to Bayern Munich, but the Turkish side refused to go quietly.

As per usual, the Vodafone Arena was a cauldron of hostility throughout the match despite Bayern sauntering to victory and, as per usual, it looks like Besiktas are going to have to answer a raft of UEFA charges in the aftermath.

Home and away in the Champions League

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The soccer news starts with the Champions Leagues in UEFA and CONCACAF. The European version has what might have been the biggest matchup in the round of 16. Instead, Real Madrid vs PSG now looks like a foregone conclusion. Real Madrid is 3-1 up with Neymar out for PSG.

The Rest

The USMNT against Paraguay

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The soccer news starts with the USMNT in action against Paraguay tonight in Cary, NC (7:30pm ET - FS1). The USMNT continues to bring in new faces as the program considers options. This is a path expected to lead to the hiring of a general manager and a coach, with the club moving forward under interim coach Dave Sarachan.

Samir Nasri Lands Six-Month UEFA Suspension For Anti-Doping Breach Over Infamous ‘Drip Doctors’ Treatment In 2016

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Samir Nasri has been banned from football for six months after breaching UEFA and WADA anti-doping regulations.

Nasri, who is without a club since leaving Antalyaspor last month, has been suspended over his fabled trip to Los Angeles to visit the "Drip Doctors" in 2016 an ill-advised excursion that led to the Frenchman enduring a lively old night on social media.

Wednesday Kickoff: UEFA Nations League draw, Pique set to sign new deal and more

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The first ever UEFA Nations League groups have been revealed while January transfer season continues.

Germany, France, and the Netherlands were drawn together to headline the first ever UEFA Nations League groups. (REPORT)

Gerard Pique is set to sign a new contract with Barcelona on Monday.

UEFA Nations League: England To Face Spain And Croatia In Group A After Inaugural Draw Completed In Lausanne

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Right. After what seems like hours, the draw for inaugural UEFA Nations League has finally been completed in Lausanne.

If you're not familiar with the Nations League, it's basically UEFA's labyrinthian attempt to breath new life into international football by scrapping pointless friendlies (though not entirely) in favour of a new competitive league structure, complete with promotion and relegation.

How did Chambers do on his Arsenal 2017 League debut?

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Calum Chambers hasn't played for Arsenal for a long long time, but since the summer UEFA Under-21 Euros where he relegated Rob Holding to the England bench, it looks like he has now supplanted Holding in the pecking order at Arsenal. The 22 year-old went on loan to Middlesbrough last season and was very highly [.