Reuters sports correspondent, all my sporting thoughts and not those of my employer. Retweets are not necessarily my views.

Indonesian footballers limp empty handed into FIFA abyss

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE Indonesia's fatigued footballers slumped empty-handed into the blackhole of a FIFA ban on Monday after being thrashed 5-0 by Vietnam in their Southeast Asian Games bronze medal match. Two days after they were outclassed 5-0 by Thailand in the semi-finals, Indonesia were again short of ideas and lacked drive as Vietnam took advantage of basic errors to race into a 4-0 halftime lead at a largely empty National Stadium.

Myanmar footballers win through to gold medal match

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE Myanmar's Southeast Asian team might be one of the smallest in world football but what they lack in height they more than make up in energy and commitment. Playing their fifth game in 12 days, they hung tough through long periods of pressure before beating Vietnam 2-1 at Singapore's National Stadium on Saturday to move through to the gold medal match.

Chelsea's Brunei Prince bows out of SEA Games

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE Chelsea forward Faiq Jefri Boliah is easily the most marked footballer at the Southeast Asian Games. Everywhere the 17-year-old Brunei royal goes someone is by his side. Off the field it is two bodyguards who ensure the nephew of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's super rich, is well looked after.

Games-In Laos, women's rugby flourishes on unsuitable ground

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE, June 6 Diving into tackles on the lush green grass at the Southeast Asian Games is a rare treat for the Laos rugby sevens teams who are more used to sidestepping motorbikes during training on a gravelly car park in Vientiane.

RPT-Soccer-Asia central to picking next FIFA chief

reuters.com — By Patrick Johnston SINGAPORE, June 4 (Reuters) - Once a soccer minnow, the Middle East has emerged as one of the sport's most powerful blocs during Sepp Blatter's 17-year reign at FIFA, and is likely to have a big say in who will replace the 79-year-old Swiss, who is stepping down amid a deepening corruption scandal at the organisation.

Soccer-Asia central to picking next FIFA chief

reuters.com — The Middle East holds power at the 46-member Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the third largest of FIFA's six regional bodies but boasting the biggest and fastest growing population, a dream ticket for FIFA sponsors like Coca-Cola and Adidas.

Asia central to picking next FIFA chief

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE Once a football minnow, the Middle East has emerged as one of the sport's most powerful blocs during Sepp Blatter's 17-year reign at FIFA, and is likely to have a big say in who will replace the 79-year-old Swiss, who is stepping down amid a deepening corruption scandal at the organisation.

Singapore hoping SEA Games can inspire sporting legacy

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE Singapore is hoping spicy local rivalries at the Southeast Asian Games will prove far more appetising than the bland and expensive 2010 Youth Olympics as it bids once more to spark a sporting revolution.

Premier League promote local perks of lucrative tours

uk.reuters.com — SINGAPORE With the English Premier League medals decided, the sport's marketing mammoth is looking east to mine the riches of Asia once again, promising value in return for a glimpse of its stars amid a small but growing resistant voice.

Soccer-Malaysian fans call for boycott of Premier League 'circus'

sports.yahoo.com — By Patrick Johnston April 29 (Reuters) - Malaysia's money-spinning fixtures against English Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are nothing more than circus matches, according to a local supporters' group who have called on fans to boycott the games.
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Jun 24, 2015

RT @tomsan106: Malaysian U13's winning vs Atletico Madrid proves at the younger ages AFC countries can compete. Focus on the Kids, they are the future!

Jun 24, 2015

FFA has a betting operator as official partner but fines an amateur player for betting. Can they have it both ways? reut.rs/1J3Bq76

Jun 23, 2015

Copa America prize money not in doubt but might be in future after FIFA fallout, says Paraguay FA chief uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKB…

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