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Capello: Concern for England
Russian national team manager Fabio Capello says England’s national team are “tired” and blames the English Premier League’s lack of a winter break for their major trophy drought.
“It’s like when you’re driving a car: if you stop halfway to put fuel in, then you’ll definitely get where you want to go,” the former England boss told FIFA.com, “but if you don’t, then there’s always the chance you’ll be running on empty before you reach your goal.”
After racist chants at a recent UEFA Champions League qualifier, Croatian champions GNK Dinamo Zagreb have been fined €25,000 and ordered to close the east section of their stadium for their next European home game.
The club was charged under Article 14 of the Disciplinary Regulations on racism, other discriminatory conduct, and propaganda after incidents during the club’s July 23 match against Luxembourg’s CS Fola Esch.
If a new mobile app has its way, incidents like Dinamo’s will soon be a thing of the past. In a step toward curbing homophobia and racism in the stands, Kick It Out has launched an app allowing fans to report incidents more efficiently.
Reports are anonymous and go directly to the club, allowing them to put a halt to abuse quickly while “maintaining healthy and vocal rivalries at games,” according to Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley.
The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has announced a three-year broadcast partnership with Sony SIX to showcase the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League One in India.
This is the first time the leagues will be showcased in India. The agreement runs through the 2015-2016 season, and will cover more than 70 SPFL matches across television, mobile, and internet.
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