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Bastia get neutral ground, closed doors ban

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia will have to play their next home game at a neutral venue and behind closed doors as punishment for crowd violence which led to Sunday’s match with Lyon being abandoned, French Ligue 1 officials said.

Supporters of the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch and attacked the visiting Lyon players which caused the game to be called off at half-time.

Bastia get neutral ground, closed doors ban

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Paris (AFP) – Bastia will have to play their next home game at a neutral venue and behind closed doors as punishment for crowd violence which led to Sunday’s match with Lyon being abandoned, French Ligue 1 officials said.

Supporters of the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch and attacked the visiting Lyon players which caused the game to be called off at half-time.

Grieving Thai footballers may play Australia behind closed doors

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Bangkok (AFP) The Football Association of Thailand has said it may hold a World Cup qualifier behind closed doors while the nation mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej and all forms of entertainment are reined in.

The venue for the November 15 tie against Australia was cast into doubt after the Thai king, the world's longest-reigning monarch, died last Thursday and plunged the kingdom into intense grief.

Legia Warsaw to host Real Madrid behind closed doors

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Lausanne (AFP) Legia Warsaw will play their next Champions League game against Real Madrid behind closed doors, European football's governing body UEFA ruled Thursday, following crowd trouble during their last home game.

The club was also fined 80,000 euros ($90,000) for the incidents which included racist behaviour and fighting among the home fans during the September 14 game in which Germany's Borussia Dortmund achieved their biggest European win 6-0.


Video: Liverpool boss Rodgers looking forward to Suarez ‘magic’

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Brendan Rodgers said he was looking forward to having Luis Suarez back from his 10-match ban after Liverpool slipped to a 0-1 home defeat to Southampton. The Reds boss said the returning Uruguayan would add some "magic" to his "lethargic" side. He said: "We never got going from the off. It was a bit lethargic [.

Sunderland lose behind-close-doors friendly to their Under-21 side

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is said to be furious with his players after they lost a behind-closed-doors friendly to the club's Under-21 side. The Italian boss organised a private practice match against the development squad to keep up the first-team's fitness levels during the international break.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says it’s a plus that Wayne Rooney is playing for England

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says it is a plus for him that Wayne Rooney is playing for England against Scotland this evening. Rooney has not featured in any of United's official pre-season matches, but Moyes claims it is good for him that his wantaway striker can build his match fitness while playing for his [.

Video: Roberto Soldado scores his first goal for Tottenham

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New Spurs signing Roberto Soldado scored his first goal for the club during yesterday's 1-1 draw with Espanyol. After his £26m move to a new country, it was against familiar opposition that the Spaniard opened his account. Playing his first official match for the club he had taken part in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier [.

Enfield part-timer boasts about nutmegging Spurs new boy Roberto Soldado

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@R9Soldado scored a hat trick but at the end of the day I megged him. #closeyalegs #taxiforsoldado @ETFCOfficial @TalkingTHFC @markkirby10 Tyler Campbell (@TylerRyanC) August 8, 2013 The semi-pros of Enfield Town got an unexpected treat (of sorts) when they were invited to pop along to Spurs' training ground to receive an 11-0 stuffing.

Is former West Ham striker Carlton Cole on trial at Tottenham?

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Spurs could be lining up a shock move for Carlton Cole after the ex-West Ham man played for them in a behind-closed-doors friendly. Reports suggest he scored two goals against non-league Enfield Town in a game played at Spurs' training ground yesterday. Tottenham fans are desperate for manager Andre Villas Boas and chairman Daniel Levy [.

Steward doesn’t recognise Reading boss Brian McDermott, tries to stop him watching the reserves

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Reading manager Brian McDermott almost missed the chance to run the rule over his fringe players after a steward wouldn't let him watch a reserve match. The Royals boss had travelled to Bournemouth to watch his second-string in a behind-closed-doors friendly. But he was refused entry to the stadium when a steward said he couldn't [.

Clint Dempsey

The Quiet Man

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The recent brouhaha surrounding Clint Dempsey and the general bombast of the transfer market has made me reflect on the way the club is run.

Over the last five or so years there seems to have been a real maturation process within the club. Gone are the days of the big name star signings, the adrenaline fuelled rush through the leagues and ambitions of becoming the 'Manchester United of the south'.


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New Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers has made clear his intentions to sign three or four new signings to his Liverpool squad following the final depature of Italian mis-fit Alberto Aquilaini to Fiorentino
The Liverpool manager said: "There is nothing imminent just yet, not that I am aware of, but hopefully things will progress over the next couple of days.


Liverpool v FC Gomel 08.09.12

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3:05pm ET, live in the US on FSC

Previous rounds:
Liverpool: 1-0 Gomel (a)
Gomel: 0-1 Liverpool (h); 0-1 Renova (h), 2-0 Renova (a); 4-0 Víkingur (h), 6-0 Víkingur (a)

Last three matches:
Liverpool: 1-0 Gomel (a)
Gomel: 0-1 Liverpool (h); 0-1 Renova (h); 1-1 Polotsk [7-6 pens] (a)

Goalscorers (Europa League):
Liverpool: Downing 1
Gomel: Demidovich 3; Hleb, Kashevski 2; Aleksiyevich, Nowak, Timoshekno, Voronkov 1

Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Guess at a line-up
Johnson Skrtel Carragher Enrique
Lucas Gerrard
Downing Suarez Borini

1) Is Suarez ready to start after returning from the Olympics on Monday?


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So King Kenny has been sacked and it was done in a very unedifying way.
Commanded by Fsg to board a plane to Boston to be held to account over Liverpool's season by John W Henry.

It has since emerged that Kenny knew his fate before boarding the plane to the States by telling Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher: "Its Kenny now, not Gaffer".

English Premier League

Arsene Wenger Worried Arsenal Will Not Be Ready For Start Of Season

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Arsene Wenger fears Arsenal will not be ready for the start of the season and admits he has not had the time he would have liked to prepare his team for the new campaign.

Arsenal only one more warm-up game in the diary before their Barclays Premier League season opener on August 18 and a dozen first-teamers are yet to play a meaningful preseason game this season.

Thomas catches the Eis as a busy week looms

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Morning all and welcome to a brand new week. The Asia tour is over and a travel weary Arsenal side drew 2-2 with Kitchee FC yesterday.

We went behind twice and equalised first through Theo Walcott and secondly via young German Thomas Eisfeld. That's was his second goal of pre-season and of all the youngsters who got playing time he looks to have made the most impact.

City exec slams Hodgson

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Manchester City executive Patrick Vieira has publicly questioned the decisions of Roy Hodgson following a string of surprising exclusions for his Euro 2012 side. Most recently Hodgson decided to select the inexperienced Martin Kelly over veteran Rio Ferdinand, also opting to leave out Premier League champion Micah Richards.

Chelsea’s win makes third place more valuable than ever for Arsenal

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Chelsea's unlikely draw at Barcelona and their advancement to the Champions League Final means a third place finish in the English Premier League could be essential for Arsenal if they're to make the Champions League next season. There's now a 50 per cent chance that Chelsea's going to lift the trophy on May 19 in Munich's Allianz Arena.


Team GB Play First Game Against Mexico Behind Closed Doors, It Doesn’t Go Well (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Not that you were supposed to know, but Team GB played their first game together on Sunday afternoon in a sneaky, behind-closed-doors friendly against Mexico's U23 squad at the new bells and whistles national team base in Burton, St. George's Park with all three of Stuart Pearce's over-age players (Giggs, Bellamy and Richards) getting a run out.

Video: Team GB Olympics team suffers behind-closed-doors defeat to Mexico

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Team GB fell to an almost unmentioned 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday as they prepared for the London 2012 Olympic games. Stuart Pearce's side played the behind-closed-doors friendly at the new St George's Park training centre, in Burton, with the media excluded from the match. Footage of the game has eventually leaked out though, [.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Manchester City’s Joe Hart play head-tennis in swimming pool, Roy Keane not amused

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After letting us in on a table-tennis clash between England squad members earlier in the week, the FA has now given us another revealing snapshot of the Three Lions' ‘behind-closed-doors' activity. In the build-up to the Sweden game they released footage of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart recovering from the France match with a spot [.

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Out Of Town Games Lower Persija Crowds

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I lost count of how many times Persija were forced to play outside of their Bung Karno Stadium so here are the facts.

Manahan Stadium, Solo v Persela & Persija
Mandala Krida Stadium, Yogyakarta v Persipura & Persiwa
Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang v Pelita Jaya
Segiri Stadium, Samarinda v PSPS
PTIK Stadium, Jakarta v Persiram

That, and the fact that two games were played behind closed doors (PSPS and Persiram) means Persija averaged just 9,255 per home game.

Stop Making Sense

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It's not often things make sense in Indonesian football but for Persija to 'host' PSPS yesterday in Samarinda did.

Persija of course are not being allowed to play games in Jakarta following the deaths of three fans at their recent home game against Persib and while PSPS was never going to be a high risk game with large numbers of travelling fans, the security officials, rather than actually do their job, preferred to just say niet.

Persija Play Behind Closed Doors

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Following the deaths of three fans last week at the Persija v Persib game in Jakarta, Persija have been forced to play their next home game against PSPS in Cilegon behind closed doors.

It will be Persija's fourth home game outside of Jakarta. Previous games have been played in Yogyakarta and Malang.

Persija Play Behind Closed Doors

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Following the deaths of three fans last week at the Persija v Persib game in Jakarta, Persija have been forced to play their next home game against PSPS in Cilegon behind closed doors.

It will be Persija's fourth home game outside of Jakarta. Previous games have been played in Yogyakarta and Malang.

Turn A Blind Eye

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Following the riot after Persipura's 1-0 home defeat by Persija, which saw the visiting team forced to leave the stadium three hours after the game ended by boat, the Indonesia Super League in their wisdom have seen fit to impose no sanction on the home team.

This is of course bollocks and double standards.

Bobotoh Go Where Blackburn Fans Fear To Tread

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Blackburn Rovers fans have spent all season trying to get rid of the club owners who they blame for Steve Kean, Alan Shearer leaving and the rising cost of petrol. They wave their banners, they chant You Don't Know What You're Doing then they rush to get the bus to get home in time for tea.

Persib fans recently decided they had tired of Persib manager Umuh Muchtar, known in these parts as Um-Mourihno.

The Rest

Under-21s – Behind closed doors, Guillermo Varela & Nick Powell

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Last Match: Everton 0-2 United (Holgate, Byrne)

Due to a waterlogged pitch in Southport, United's clash with Everton was played behind closed doors at Finch Farm. United lost the game 2-0 with goals from Holgate and Byrne. The loss ends United's run of six wins in a row. However one positive from the game came when 18 year old signing from Newport, Regan Poole came on to make his United debut following a 5 month wait for international clearance.

Bayern Munich Refund Fans Who Rented Office In Moscow Skyscraper To Watch ‘Closed Doors’ CSKA Game

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By Chris Wright

@FCBayern @clubnr12 Wo ein Wille ist, ist auch ein Weg! #MiaSanMia #CSKAFCB

— Tobi Schweinsteiger (@tobits7) September 30, 2014

Bayern Munich have done the thoroughly decent thing and refunded a small group of intrepid fans who rented out an office in tower block overlooking CSKA Moscow's stadium in order to watch their team play a "behind closed doors" Champions League tie on Tuesday evening.

QPR Report Tuesday: QPR XI at Orient...Three August 7 QPR Home Openers... QPR's 1962-63 "White City" Season in Photos...Bellamy Supposedly Choses Card

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- For a lot more Photos from QPR's 1962-63 "White City" Season (From the Bushman Photo Archives)

- See the Truly-Brilliant Bushman Photo Archives of Old QPR
- Visit the Football-Only QPR REPORT MESSAGEBOARD
Welcome and good luck to QPR's New-look Website "IanJTaylor ‏@IJTaylor81 New website launches today.

Brazil x South Korea semi-final probable starting line-ups 7 August 2012

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Brazil take on South Korea on Tuesday at Old Trafford for a place in the mens football finals. The South Americans trained behind closed doors on Monday and Mano Menezes will only confirm his team shortly before kick-off but is expected to start with the same line-up that squeezed past Honduras in the quarters.

Pogba Honour To Play For Racists

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In 2009, Juventus had to play a game behind closed doors after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli following the goal he scored against them for Inter Milan in a 1-1 draw. This wasn't the first or last occasion that this club has had issues with racism though.

Last October they were fined €10,000 for racist chanting in another game against Inter Milan and were dished out a repeat punishment in January this year after Colombian wing-back Pablo Armero and Cape Verde-born Switzerland midfielder Gelson Fernandes were the victims of racist chanting during both the first and second half in a game against Udinese.

Indonesia Try Hosting Another Competition

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After being humiliated in their attempts tp host Everton and Galatasaray in the Java Cup, Indonesia is now going to try again. This time with the SCTV Cup.

This is scheduled to take place in September and will feature Indonesia, Indonesia U22, Malaysia U22 and North Korea.

The Indonesians do like to have a pop at the Malaysians for various childish things, they steal our culture blub blub, but fair play to the Malaysians, they are always up for a kick around.

Why Do Sounders Fans Distrust USSF?

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After the announcement that the US Open Cup Final rights were awarded to Sporting Kansas City over Seattle fans of the Sounders took to twitter to vent frustration. The lack of transparency, the claims that the bids were tied and USSF's general disinterest in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest fuelded the vitriol.

The FC Start Story Finding it's way to the Cinema

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Tyler Gooden's movie project inspired by the true story of FC Start is underway. Local Ukrainian bakers play high stakes soccer matches against the Nazis during the height of World War 2.

Film director Tyler Gooden announces today the production of the movie: Playing the Game is underway.

Some Soccer News for Thu Jun 7, 2012

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I had a dream last night that today MLS announced 2 new teams - Taliesin FC in Phoenix and Vikings FC in Minneapolis. Hahahahahahahaha!

Clint Dempsey was named the Fulham Player of the Season today. Here is video of all 23 goals he scored!


Toronto fired head coach Aron Winter and replaced him with Paul Mariner.

Genoa’s Half Of The Marassi Crumbles

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This week's newsy bit which completely disrupted Serie A and set it on its own was less tragic, though far more unique.

Genoa fans, outraged at their team's defense, which makes a kitchen collender look the Berlin Wall, and subsequent league position, brought their game to a halt against Siena by flinging fireworks, and with the score 4-0 Siena.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: El Mosco Edition

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The Portland Timbers practiced today under cloudy skies at Jeld-Wen Field ahead of their midweek break. Practice had a surprise in store as the Timbers reserves left the field following the team warm-ups in anticipation of a closed doors scrimmage against the University of Portland tonight. Without the reserves on hand, the Timbers first teamers were treated to some small field games interspersed with running overseen by fitness coach John Ireland.

Top 10 conclusions: Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea

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1. Another massive match and again all anybody is talking about is goalline technology. Time to sort this out once and for all. 2. A Harry Redknapp tactical change allowing the floodgates to open for a continental midfielder to tear his defence to shreds: it's like summer's come early. 3. Nobody will be happier that [.