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Fifa delays video replay experiments despite support from assorted FAs

theguardian.com — Football's lawmakers have ruled out live experiments with video replays in the game within the next 12 months, despite support for the idea from the English and Scottish FAs. Fifa's secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, said the decision over whether to introduce video replays was the "biggest ever" in the history of the International Football Association Board that governs the laws of the game.

Living wage campaigners disappointed after meeting with Premier League

theguardian.com — Campaigners calling on all top-flight clubs to pay the living wage in the wake of its bumper £5.3bn domestic TV deals have expressed disappointment with the reaction of the Premier League following a meeting this week.

Daily Mail editor accuses BBC of indulging in cultural Marxism

theguardian.com — Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, used a rare public speech last night to accuse the BBC of "a kind of cultural Marxism" that is harming political debate and failing to represent the views of millions of licence fee payers.

Chelsea seal £200m shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber

theguardian.com — The Japanese tyre firm Yokohoma Rubber is to become Chelsea's new shirt sponsorin a deal believed to be worth £200m, making it the second most lucrative in Premier League history. The deal, effective from next season, is second only to the £53m a year that Chevrolet pay Manchester United and is more than double the Stamford Bridge club's previous contract with Samsung.

Azerbaijani organisers of European Games in Baku to pay athletes’ bill

theguardian.com — The Azerbaijani organisers of the first European Games in Baku, under fire from campaigners over claims they are using the event to gloss over human rights violations, have confirmed they are footing the bill for athletes from all 50 competing countries.

BOA admits Azerbaijan pays for British team in European Games

theguardian.com — The British Olympic Association has admitted that organisers of the first European Games in Baku, under attack from human rights groups following a crackdown on freedom of speech, had effectively paid for its team of athletes to compete.

RFU welcomes government crackdown on tickets before Rugby World Cup

theguardian.com — The Rugby Football Union has warmly welcomed new legislation it believes will allow it to prevent tickets being resold at inflated prices on the secondary market ahead of the World Cup. Lord Moynihan, the former Conservative sports minister and British Olympic Association chairman, has successfully piloted an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill through the legislative process despite initial government opposition.

Fifa hands World Cup TV contracts to Fox and Telemundo to avoid legal fight

theguardian.com — Fifa has effectively admitted handing a lucrative World Cup television rights contract to Rupert Murdoch's Fox network in order to head off the threat of legal action over the decision to move the Qatar 2022 tournament to winter.

Fifa U-turn to winter Qatar World Cup completes mess of contradictions

theguardian.com — Fifa's well-remunerated secretary general Jérôme Valcke, very much at home in the expensive lobby of a five-star hotel in Buenos Aires during a key date in the IOC calendar, laid out in simple terms for a small gaggle of hacks just how things were going to be.

World Cup 2022: the when, why and what of a winter Qatar tournament

theguardian.com — A Fifa task force has recommended that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played between late November and late December. Unconfirmed reports suggest the World Cup final could take place on 23 December. A Fifa task force has recommended that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played between late November and late December.
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Feb 28, 2015

RT @tariqpanja: This picture outside IOC hotel in Rio illustrates the image issue large sporting bodies have pic.twitter.com/QoBAAAuSj6

Feb 28, 2015

Here's my suddenly topical report on today's IFAB meeting that ruled out trials of video tech for at least a year: bit.ly/1LWjzyg

Feb 28, 2015

Hearts beating Cowdenbeath 10-0. Jimmy Nicholl perhaps a bit over optimistic pre match: thecourier.co.uk/sport/football…

Feb 28, 2015

Ref sends off wrong man at Old Trafford. Which means @barneyronay's plea will go unheeded for another week... pic.twitter.com/nqr25WlFzb

Feb 28, 2015

Fifa delays video replay experiments despite support from assorted FAs bit.ly/1LWjzyg

Feb 28, 2015

Valcke's view that video refereeing would be "biggest ever" decision is some contrast with Blatter's blase support for it in Sao Paulo.

Feb 28, 2015

IFAB will also allow "return substitutes" in recreational football in bid to increase participation. BIg news for Sunday league players...

Feb 28, 2015

No big move forward on video refs - football and technical advisory panels to continue to discuss and meet twice before next IFAB meeting.

Feb 28, 2015

Fifa to look into removing automatic one match suspension if a player is sent off and gives away a penalty for denying a goal scoring opp.

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