More Euro 2020 Bid Cities Named
Various reports say that Russia, Belarus, and France will put themselves in the running to host Euro 2020 matches and have determined which cities will figure prominently in their bids.
Russia, according to R-Sport, will push St. Petersburg. A planned 69,000-seat stadium in the city will host one of two semifinals at the 2018 World Cup, as well as home matches for Zenit St. Petersburg. The venue is due to open in 2015, seven years after originally scheduled due to numerous delays.
Minsk was the city named in the Belarusian Football Federation’s application. A report from BelTA says a new stadium with a capacity of 33,000 will be constructed to replace Traktor, the current facility.
Meanwhile, AFP says the French Football Federation have put forth Lyon as its candidate for Euro 2020. Lyon’s Grande Stade will hold 58,000 once it’s completed by early 2016.
The capacity of the stadiums in the French and Belarusian entries would limit them to hosting group play matches, while St. Petersburg would be potentially eligible to host the semifinals and final.
The tournament will be held across Europe for the first time in 2020 with 13 cities hosting matches. Budapest, Belgrade, and Istanbul have already submitted bids.
Candidate cities have until April to submit their bids. Hosts will be named next September.
FIFA to Host Anti-Doping Meeting
FIFA is teaming up with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to host a meeting in November.
Topics covered at the Anti-Doping in Sports Consensus Meeting will include anabolic agents in sports, biological profile of individual athletes, autologous blood transfusion, and more.
After the conference, a panel will before formed to draft a consensus statement to be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in May.
Cape Verde Sanctioned
After fielding an ineligible player for a World Cup qualifying match, FIFA ruled that Cape Verde Islands will forfeit a recent win.
This means Tunisia, who originally lost the match, will move on to round three of the African zone qualifiers. Cape Verde drops to second place in its group with nine points, while Tunisia sits in first with 14 points.
The sanctions occurred when Cape Verde’s Fernando Varela played before completing a four-match suspension. The suspension was incurred when he received a red card for unsporting conduct in a World Cup qualifier on March 24.
In addition to the result change, the Cape Verdean Football Association was fined.
New Zealand Charges Dismissed
Charges against New Zealand of fielding an ineligible player for a World Cup qualifying match have been dismissed.
FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings in June, three months after the match took place on March 26.
New Zealand finished atop the Oceania zone, six points ahead of New Caledonia. They will now play an intercontinental home-and-away playoff against the fourth-place team from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
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