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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008
U.S. national team striker Clint Dempsey was top scorer last season at English Premier League side Fulham with six goals. This season he's spent the last three games with his rear firmly on the bench, but during the week he's "busting" that same part of his anatomy trying to regain ... Read the whole story
Concacaf General Secretary and FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer has launched an attack on the world soccer governing body's handling of the Olympic tournament in China, writes Keir Radnedge. Blazer accused FIFA of "misusing the tools of justice" by having a single judge decide on the Olympic player eligibility ... Read the whole story
The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, encompassing 12,000 people and an area of just over 16 square miles, is lobbying FIFA for full soccer status. Its Prime Minister Apisai Ielemia, and the President of the Tuvalu Football Association, Tapugao Falefou, recently visited FIFA HQ on a detour from Brussels for ... Read the whole story
FIFA is still in a mess for another poorly judged decision after the governing body absolved Qatar of any blame for fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifying game against Iraq. Qatar fielded a naturalized Brazilian named Emerson in the 2-0 win over Iraq in March, a result ... Read the whole story
Chaotic scheduling, poor playing surfaces and appalling referees -- no, not another article about Major League Soccer. These are just some of the problems facing the Rwandan national league as it shapes up for the new season beginning early next month. The league's governing body, Ferwafa, has only just set ... Read the whole story
It's almost a year and a half too late to save Sheffield United from relegation out of the Premier League, but an English FA arbitration panel has ruled that the club is entitled to compensation from Sheffield United over the Carlos Tevez affair. West Ham were already fined over $10 ... Read the whole story
"This is a long-term commitment across the game to improve behavior. There is a determination that it won't be blown off course by individual incidents that are bound to occur in a passionate game like football." An FA spokesman pledges the English Football Association's determination to persevere with its Respect ... Read the whole story
UEFA President Michel Platini has claimed that Arsenal manager and compatriot Arsene Wenger is more interested in business than soccer. Wenger has responded by condemning Platini's "aggressive outburst." The Daily Telegraph, among others, has cleverly juxtaposed the two clashing opinions to create a top soccer story, and the anticipation of ... Read the whole story

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