Showing posts with label FIFA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label FIFA. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Swiss players avoid World Cup ban for eagle celebrations

Moscow , Russia (AFP) — Switzerland players Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichtsteiner escaped bans Monday for celebrating goals with a pro-Kosovo double eagle gesture in their World Cup win over Serbia.


FIFA said Xhaka and Shaqiri would each be fined 10,000 Swiss francs (8,700 euros, US$10,000) and Lichtsteiner 5,000 Swiss francs.

Arsenal midfielder Xhaka and Stoke City's Shaqiri trace their roots to Kosovo, a former province of Serbia where thousands were killed and tens of thousands more chased from their homes during a 1998-1999 conflict between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian guerillas.

The double eagle symbol represents the Albanian flag and is viewed as a symbol of defiance in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008 in a move that Serbia still refuses to recognise.

The players' celebrations in the 2-1 win over Serbia in Kaliningrad on Friday caused outrage in Serbia.

FIFA rules prohibit political symbols in stadiums and the three players could have been banned.

But football's world governing body said it was imposing the fines “for unsporting behaviour contrary to the principles of fair play”.

Serbian Football Association president Slavisa Kokeza and Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic were each fined 5,000 Swiss francs for comments they made after the match.

Krstajic told Serbian journalists that German referee Felix Brych should be tried for war crimes in The Hague for failing to award his team a penalty.

The Serbian FA was also fined 54,000 Swiss francs for the behaviour of fans during the game — they displayed discriminatory banners and messages and threw objects.

Switzerland and Serbia can both still qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup. The Swiss face Costa Rica today, when Serbia play Brazil.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FIFA Ballon d'Or award Gala - Messi #5 and mesmerizing Photo Gallery



  • Lionel Messi claims fifth Ballon d'Or award after beating finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to 2015 gong 
  • Barcelona star said: 'It's an incredibly special moment. It's more than anything I ever dreamed of as a kid'
  • Messi received 41.33 per cent of the votes, Ronaldo earned 27.76 per cent with Neymar amassing 7.86 per cent
  • Wendell Lira won the Puskas award for team goal of the year after finishing team move for Goianesia in Brazil
  • Barcelona manager Luis Enrique was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Catalan club to five titles 
  • USA's Carli Lloyd claimed the Women's Player of the Year award while Jill Ellis won the Coach of the Year gong 
















  • Sunday, July 4, 2010

    'Hand of God-2' Suarez banned for one match



    FIFA has suspended Uruguay forward Luis Suarez for one match for his deliberate handball to deny Ghana the winning goal in the teams' World Cup quarter-final match.
    FIFA's disciplinary committee ruled Saturday that Suarez was guilty of “denying the opposite team a clear goal-scoring opportunity” as it imposed the one-match suspension.
    The penalty means Suarez will be out when Uruguay meets the Netherlands in the semifinals on Tuesday, but would be available for the final if his team advances.
    After Suarez's goal-line handball in the last minute of extra time at Soccer City on Friday, Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty kick and time ran out with the score tied at 1-1. Uruguay won the penalty shootout that followed, 4-2, to advance.
    Forward will serve the ban when Uruguay meets the Netherlands in the semi-finals
    Suarez's actions spurred debate about sportsmanship, and whether he should be given a more stern penalty.
    Uruguay Coach Oscar Tabarez said earlier Saturday that Suarez should be allowed to play in the tournament final if Uruguay gets there.
    “It's not my business. The disciplinary committee will look at it,” Tabarez said Saturday. “But I think it (a two-match ban) would be extremely exaggerated.”
    “I think (calling him a cheat) would be too far-fetched and too twisted,” he added.
    Suarez, who has three goals in the tournament, said it was “complicated” to be ejected from a World Cup game.
    “But the way in which I was sent off — truth is, it was worth it.”

    Friday, June 11, 2010

    Australia withdraw 2018 World Cup bid

    Australia have pulled out of bidding for the 2018 World Cup after failing to win the support of the Asian Football Confederation.

    "It became apparent that there was a growing movement to stage the 2018 World Cup in Europe," said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. The FFA [Football Federation Australia] has displayed an exemplary level of solidarity with Europe and the European bidding nations.

    "Their announcement, therefore, to henceforth focus solely on bidding for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is a welcome gesture that is much appreciated by FIFA leadership and executive committee. We wish to thank the FFA and the Australian government."

    Frank Lowy, the FFA's chairman, confirmed the decision to concentrate on 2022. He said: "We have been in discussion with FIFA for months and it is that trusting relationship with the leadership of the governing body that has caused us to focus on 2022 and decide to leave the field for 2018 to European contenders."

    The current competition is between England, Russia, and joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium. The USA are also in the race but Valcke and Lowy's comments would suggest their hopes hang by a thread.

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