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#Political Football

# political-football - Monday 31 March, 2014

Toulon president cancels rugby friendly after Beziers vote National Front

Mourad Boudjellal has more than Leinster on his mind this week.

# political-football - Friday 21 February, 2014

Barcelona innocent of tax fraud, insists club president

“We took advice, ourselves, the player, Santos, and we did everything legally,” Josep Bartomeu said

# political-football - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Barcelona chief Sandro Rosell on brink of dramatic exit as club call EGM

The club president is under the spotlight over the Neymar transfer.

# political-football - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Six Nations chiefs wary of Euro 'breakaway'

Rugby bosses held yet more talks yesterday.

# political-football - Friday 27 December, 2013

Iniesta plays down rumoured Messi row with Barca chiefs

The Argentine No 10 is no longer the highest-paid star a the Camp Nou since Neymar’s arrival.

# political-football - Friday 13 December, 2013

Celtic hit with UEFA fine for Bobby Sands banner

The news is a further blow for the Scottish champions, who imposed bans on 128 supporters on Monday following crowd trouble in a league fixture at Motherwell.

# political-football - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Galatasaray fans shame football authorities over Drogba's Mandela tribute

The Gala fans backed their star striker and Emmanuel Eboue tonight.

# political-football - Saturday 30 November, 2013

French club boss: Rugby Champions Cup was a way to get what we wanted

“This year of transition will give us enough time to create a new structure,” he added.

# political-football - Sunday 13 October, 2013

Celtic nations set for climbdown over European competition

Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy to make concessions.

# political-football - Thursday 3 October, 2013

Gary Neville criticises Joe Hart after Champions League calamity

England coach Neville says Hart needs to do better.

# political-football - Monday 16 September, 2013

Heineken Cup latest: ERC chief accuses English, French of guerilla tactics

Jean-Pierre Lux is at the centre of the row which may well end the European Cup era as we know it.

# political-football - Wednesday 14 August, 2013

FIFA asks for clarity on Russian gay law

Football chiefs are adamant that fans have a ‘positive experience’ in 2018.

# political-football - Tuesday 2 July, 2013

In focus: Unrest sheds light on new face of Brazil

The protests around the Confederations Cup have raised grave questions over Brazil’s readiness to stage the World Cup

# political-football - Thursday 18 April, 2013

From As Italian MPs fail to agree on president some cast prank ballot for Trapattoni Italy

As Italian MPs fail to agree on president some cast prank ballot for Trapattoni

Others voted for the actress Sophia Loren and a famous Italian porn star as lawmakers failed to reach a required two-thirds majority on a candidate for president.

# political-football - Saturday 24 November, 2012

Mes que une Liga? Catalan vote could see Barca in French league

Barcelona City mayor Javier Trias says that the European giants could be travelling north for every domestic fixture.

# political-football - Friday 26 October, 2012

Sheva, Klitschko hope to score in Ukraine election

Iconic footballer Andriy Shevchenko and world boxing champion Vitali Klitchsko will both stand for election in Ukraine this weekend.

# political-football - Thursday 25 October, 2012

Is this the game-changing endorsement* that will seal Barack Obama's re-election?

*Hint: when you see who it is, you’ll know it’s not.

# political-football - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Open thread: After last night's win, should Giovanni Trapattoni be given more time?

Two out of three ain’t bad but is the Trap era over for Ireland?

# political-football - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Rugby chief hoses down Heineken Cup breakaway speculation

Rugby clubs in England and France’s top divisions want qualifying for the Heineken Cup to be overhauled.

# political-football - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Platini keen to stage winter World Cup in Qatar

“Did you see in South Africa? It was freezing and nobody could go anywhere to a fan club or anything,” says the Uefa chief.

# political-football - Friday 22 June, 2012

Germany v Greece: money talks but actions will speak loudest on the pitch

Miguel Delaney has landed in Gdansk ahead of tonight’s politically-charged Euro 2012 quarter-final. This could be epic.

# political-football - Thursday 21 June, 2012

Game on: Angela Merkel to attend politically-charged Germany-Greece clash

“She seems to bring us luck,” Germany midfielder Sami Khedira told reporters.

# political-football - Wednesday 20 June, 2012

Loew leaves the politics to Merkel for Greek clash

The Gdansk quarter-final is being billed as the battle of the two nations at the heart of the Eurozone crisis.

# political-football - Saturday 28 April, 2012

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Going up: Enda Kenny and Giovanni Trapattoni take on Croagh Patrick

The Taoiseach and Ireland’s football chief teamed up for a charity fundraiser at the famous Co Mayo climb earlier.

# political-football - Thursday 16 February, 2012

Rangers cannot be allowed to go bust, says Salmond

Scotland’s First Minister has encouraged the Revenue and Rangers to come to an agreement which would ensure that club’s survival.

# political-football - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Sort it out: Europe's top clubs warned on rising debts

UEFA officials call newly-released debt figures a ‘wake-up call’ for the continent’s elite clubs.

# political-football - Thursday 19 January, 2012

Cheers to that! FIFA insists on beer for 2014 World Cup

Selling beer in football grounds is banned under Brazilian law, but FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke says that will have to change.

# political-football - Friday 13 January, 2012

From Minister slams Micheál Martin for 'inaccurate and misleading' comments about NI archive Dispute

Minister slams Micheál Martin for 'inaccurate and misleading' comments about NI archive

The Fianna Fáil leader and the Justice Minister are at loggerheads over the national archives being sent to the US.

# political-football - Monday 12 December, 2011

Beaumont held up short in IRB presidency race

The International Rugby Board will re-elect Bernard Lapasset as president in Las Vegas today, according to reports.

# political-football - Friday 25 November, 2011

Football chief John Delaney's salary is 'obscene', insists TD

People Before Profit representative Richard Boyd Barrett says the money paid to the FAI boss is ‘unacceptable’.

# political-football - Saturday 23 July, 2011

FIFA bans bin Hammam for life in bribery case

Qatari becomes the most senior soccer official convicted of corruption in FIFA’s 107-year history.

# political-football - Monday 20 June, 2011

"Presumption of innocence maintained" says FIFA as vice-president Jack Warner resigns

Investigation into bribery allegations against Warner closed.

# political-football - Friday 17 June, 2011

Lord Ferguson of Old Trafford? MPs lobby to make United boss a Lord

Two Labour MPs from Manchester are looking for House of Commons support to get Fergie into the House of Lords.

# political-football - Thursday 2 June, 2011

All the President's men: Kissinger to help FIFA clean up its act

Former US Secretary of State called upon to join Blatter’s proposed “solution committee.”

# political-football - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

King Sepp prevails: Blatter re-elected for fourth term as FIFA President Political Football

King Sepp prevails: Blatter re-elected for fourth term as FIFA President

“Our pyramid is intact because the foundation is solid,” says Blatter following his re-election at FIFA Headquarters.

Green light for Blatter's coronation as delegates reject FA motion

English motion to postpone today’s unopposed election defeated by 172 votes to 17 this morning.

# political-football - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

FAI considering FIFA election stance Political Football

FAI considering FIFA election stance

Sources indicate that senior FAI officials are currently considering the English FA’s call for tomorrow’s election to be postponed.

FA call on FIFA to postpone presidential election Political Football

FA call on FIFA to postpone presidential election

Football Association announces that it will be abstaining if the contest goes ahead as planned tomorrow.

# political-football - Monday 30 May, 2011

Blatter speaks out after Warner unleashes 'tsunami' on FIFA in corruption row

It’s been another dramatic day in football’s corridors of power. Blatter says the scandals had done “great damage to the image of FIFA.

# political-football - Sunday 29 May, 2011

FIFA suspends Warner and Bin Hammam pending investigation but Blatter is cleared

President Sepp Blatter has been cleared by FIFA’s ethics committee which has been holding a hearing into claims of bribery implicating Jack Warner and Mohamed Bin Hammam who will now both be suspended and investigated.