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Guardian chief sports correspondent

Serbia’s charge sheet is absurdly long and Uefa needs to get tough

theguardian.com — "Politicians should take care of politics but sport needs to be a place of brotherhood which brings people together." So said Michel Platini earlier this year on one of the Uefa president's regular diversions down the blind alley marked "sport and politics should not mix".

Serbia awarded Euro 2016 win against Albania but docked three points by Uefa

theguardian.com — Serbia will have to play their next two European qualifying matches behind closed doors as punishment f or the chaos that enveloped their match with Albania in Belgrade last week but both sides have been sanctioned by Uefa.

Massive take-up of tickets for Rugby World Cup fuels touting fears

theguardian.com — Rugby World Cup organisers have issued a fresh warning against buying from unofficial sources after announcing record demand for next summer's tournament, with more than 5m applications for tickets. England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans said she was "thrilled" with the response, after 23 matches sold out altogether and all 48 sold out in at least one of the pricing categories.

IOC president Thomas Bach promises to bring harmony to Olympic bids

theguardian.com — The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, has promised to overhaul the bidding process for the Games as part of a wide-ranging reform programme to be voted on in December. Bach, who succeeded Jacques Rogge as president last year, said that the process would be made cheaper and involve more cooperation with bidders.

Olympic Stadium conversion will cost an extra £35.9m

theguardian.com — Work to convert the Olympic Stadium into a permanent home for West Ham United and athletics will cost £36m more than expected, it has been confirmed, taking the total confirmed spend so far to £619m.

Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay to leave after 10 years at the club

theguardian.com — Chelsea have announced that Ron Gourlay is to leave his role as chief executive. The Scot, who previously worked with Manchester United and sportswear manufacturer Umbro, departs on amicable terms to seek new opportunities.

Alex Horne will leave FA ‘after privilege of helping to develop football’

theguardian.com — The manner of departure for the Football Association general secretary, Alex Horne, who has announced he is leaving the top executive post at the governing body in January, will be most unusual.

Government to unveil ‘expert group’ to promote supporter-owned clubs

theguardian.com — Representatives from supporter-owned clubs Portsmouth, AFC Wimbledon and Wrexham will sit on a new government group seeking to find ways to break down barriers to increased fan involvement in how clubs are run.

Oscar Pistorius cannot compete until 2019, IPC confirms

theguardian.com — The International Paralympic Committee has ruled that Oscar Pistorius will not be allowed to return to competition until 2019 after he was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Olympic Stadium costs soar to more than £600m after roof complications

theguardian.com — The overall bill for the Olympic Stadium is set to soar well beyond £600m before West Ham United move in after it emerged that installing the complex roof would be far more expensive than originally thought.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @DickinsonTimes: Hoorah, we are now permitted to join the rest of world! Understand why 3pm crowds are protected but lack of 15-min flexibility just daft

Oct 25, 2014

@DusanMano OK, understood. Good to debate with you. I ran my piece past my colleagues who were in the stadium and they agreed with me, btw.

Oct 25, 2014

@DusanMano No I wasn't. I was watching on television and I've spoken to lots of people who were. Have since watched it back.

Oct 25, 2014

@KooyJan @Olympics @FIFAcom Agreed. Credit where due. Be interesting to see how it works in practice though.

Oct 25, 2014

RT @KooyJan: Kudos for @Olympics: new clause on human rights protection in contract for future host cities. Next: @FIFAcom nbcsports.com/rights-group-p… @owen_g

Oct 25, 2014

@DusanMano Of course. If you think Albania could have reasonably taken the pitch again after that then we'll have to agree to disagree.

Oct 25, 2014

@DusanMano Of course there are two sides to every story. But Serbian football clearly has a problem and it needs dealing with.

Oct 25, 2014

@DusanMano Albania shouldn't escape sanction but surely you can't blame them for not going back on the pitch? Offer of a replay is disputed.

Oct 25, 2014

@DusanMano It was the spark - as I say in the piece - but the conditions were already there. The game had already been stopped twice.

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