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2011-03-09 10:50:00

SHEFFIELD, England, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ideasbynet, the Sheffield based promotional gifts company, has announced it will soon be stocking this season's safer alternative to the controversial snood - Tuggz. Ideasbynet welcomed Sepp Blatter's decision to ban the snood from professional football pitches. The FIFA president claimed the snood, if tugged upon by another player, "can be dangerous, even like hanging somebody". The danger Blatter describes is experienced by amateur...

2006-07-12 05:46:45

ROME (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane's head-butt on Italy's Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final might cost him the tournament's Golden Ball award, FIFA president Sepp Blatter hinted in an interview published on Wednesday. World soccer's ruling body opened a disciplinary investigation on Tuesday into the circumstances surrounding the incident in Sunday's final. "FIFA's executive committee has the right and duty to intervene when it sees behavior that is contrary to sports ethics," he...

2006-07-09 21:06:39

By Mitch Phillips BERLIN (Reuters) - For many people the abiding memory of the 2006 World Cup will be the diving, cheating and feigning of injury that has permeated the tournament and held football up to ridicule in the eyes of other contact sports. FIFA calls it "simulation" but although it is despised by millions of fans the world over, soccer's governing body has shown precious little will to eradicate it. In fact a pre-tournament edict telling referees to make doubly sure a...

2006-06-12 07:33:33

BERLIN (Reuters) - FIFA has strongly denied allegations of bribery and corruption made in the BBC television programme Panorama on Sunday night. In a wide-ranging investigation into world soccer's governing body, reporter Andrew Jennings said that senior FIFA officials including president Sepp Blatter and his predecessor Joao Havelange had abused their positions in relation to their former, and now defunct, commercial partner, International Sport and Leisure (ISL). Jennings has...

2006-06-12 07:26:49

BERLIN (Reuters) - FIFA has strongly denied allegations of bribery and corruption made in the BBC television programme Panorama on Sunday night. In a wide-ranging investigation into world soccer's governing body, reporter Andrew Jennings said that senior FIFA officials including president Sepp Blatter and his predecessor Joao Havelange had abused their positions in relation to their former, and now defunct, commercial partner, International Sport and Leisure (ISL). Jennings has...

2006-06-06 08:47:02

By Timothy Collings MUNICH (Reuters) - A total of 170 World Cup-winning players including Pele and Diego Maradona will parade at the Allianz Arena before Friday's opening match between Germany and Costa Rica. The pre-match ceremony will see also Pele, who won the World Cup three times with Brazil, and German super-model Claudia Schiffer carry the World Cup trophy into the stadium. The tournament will be opened officially by Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel, following a welcome...

2006-05-08 09:32:37

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Monday he was still concerned that German government demands over ticketing security could lead to chaos at the World Cup finals, which start next month. The German Interior Ministry are insisting that all ticket-holders present identification at the stadium to prove they are the same people as those whose names appear on the tickets. This rule at present, however, does not allow a fan to give a relative or...

2006-01-24 06:48:37

By Mark Ledsom LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on warring parties throughout the world to observe the Olympic truce during next month's Winter Games in Turin. Speaking after a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge at the organization's headquarters in Lausanne, Annan said the truce offered a chance for combatants to re-assess their motives. "The period of the Olympic Games is obviously not...