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UEFA hikes some Champions League final tickets by 14 percent

UEFA hikes some Champions League final tickets by 14 percent

LONDON (AP) — The cost of Champions League final tickets is rising by 14 percent, with only two-thirds of the seats being set aside for regular fans, UEFA said Tuesday.

The first 6,000 tickets for the May 28 match at San Siro in Milan went on general sale by lottery on Tuesday. A further 40,000 seats in the 71,500-capacity stadium will after be split between the finalists.

Thirty percent of the seats are in the most expensive category & have climbed 13 percent, from 390 euros at the 2015 final in Berlin to 440 euros ($478).

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Romario likens Platini to Blatter

Romario likens Platini to Blatter

Rome (AFP) – Former Brazilian football star turned politician Romario on Tuesday described UEFA president Michel Platini as coming "from the same school" as his FIFA counterpart Sepp Blatter.

Now a Brazilian senator with an anti-corruption stance, the 1994 World Cup winning striker was asked his thoughts on the upcoming leadership election at FIFA, world football's governing body, where Platini is bidding to succeed Blatter.

"FIFA is corrupt & at its heart is a cartel. Some of them have been arrested & others will follow. I hope & pray every day that Blatter will be one of them," Romario told Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.

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UEFA-commissioned doping study reveals many conspicuous results-ARD

UEFA-commissioned doping study reveals many conspicuous results-ARD

BERLIN (Reuters) – A doping study commissioned by the European soccer body UEFA has revealed a higher than expected rate of conspicuous levels of testosterone that in some cases could potentially point towards doping, German broadcaster ARD said on Saturday.

However, UEFA said the study did not provide "any scientific evidence" of potential doping in football.

The broadcaster said that along with the British Sunday Times newspaper it had seen the study conducted by 12 European anti-doping labs where more than 4,000 urine samples from approximately 900 top players between 2008 & 2013, mainly from the European leagues, were tested.

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Soccer-UEFA-commissioned doping study reveals many conspicuous results-ARD

Soccer-UEFA-commissioned doping study reveals many conspicuous results-ARD

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BERLIN, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A doping study commissioned by the European soccer body UEFA has revealed a higher than expected rate of conspicuous levels of testosterone that in some cases could potentially point towards doping, German broadcaster ARD said on Saturday.

However, UEFA said the study did not provide "any scientific evidence" of potential doping in football.

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Soccer-UEFA-led doping study reveals many conspicuous results-ARD

Soccer-UEFA-led doping study reveals many conspicuous results-ARD

BERLIN, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A doping study conducted by the European soccer body UEFA has revealed a higher than expected rate of conspicuous levels of testosterone that in some cases could potentially point towards doping, German broadcaster ARD said on Saturday.

The broadcaster said that along with the British Sunday Times newspaper it had seen the study conducted by 12 European anti-doping labs where more than 4,000 urine samples from approximately 900 top footballers between 2008 & 2013, mainly from the European leagues, were tested.

ARD, which said the samples were anonymous, will screen its full programme on Sunday.

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UEFA donates $2.3m to help kids affected by migrant crisis

UEFA donates $2.3m to assist kids affected by migrant crisis

ST. JULIAN'S, Malta (AP) — European football's governing body is donating 2 million euros ($2.3 million) to assist children affected by the migrant crisis.

UEFA agreed at a meeting in Malta to donate the cash to its Foundation for Children, which was established in March.

UEFA President Michel Platini says in a statement that he hopes the donation will be a ''valuable contribution to initiatives aimed at helping the living conditions of child migrants in Europe & beyond.''

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Soccer-FIFPro says game would be better off without transfers

Soccer-FIFPro says game would be better off without transfers

By Brian Homewood

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – FIFPro's plans to dismantle the transfer system may sound far-fetched & possibly eccentric to the average fan yet the world players' union says there is no other way to fix a sport which is losing its competitive edge.

Alarmed at the gap between the world's richest clubs & players in less glamorous leagues who scrape a living in what FIFPro president Philippe Piat describes as modern slavery, the union believes the transfer system needs a radical overhaul.

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Soccer-FIFPro says game would be better off without transfers

Soccer-FIFPro says game would be better off without transfers

By Brian Homewood

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – FIFPro's plans to dismantle the transfer system may sound far-fetched & possibly eccentric to the average fan yet the world players' union says there is no other way to fix a sport which is losing its competitive edge.

Alarmed at the gap between the world's richest clubs & players in less glamorous leagues who scrape a living in what FIFPro president Philippe Piat describes as modern slavery, the union believes the transfer system needs a radical overhaul.

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Kosovo moves step closer to UEFA membership

Kosovo moves step closer to UEFA membership

(Reuters) – Kosovo will become the 55th member of UEFA next March if its application is accepted when European soccer's governing body holds its annual congress in Budapest.

Kosovo's aim of full recognition moved closer this week when UEFA's executive committee agreed that its formal application for membership would be on the agenda.

If the application is approved as looks likely, Kosovo would then be eligible to become a full member of FIFA when the world governing body hold its annual congress in Mexico City in May.

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Kosovo moves step closer to UEFA membership

Kosovo moves step closer to UEFA membership

(Reuters) – Kosovo will become the 55th member of UEFA next March if its application is accepted when European soccer's governing body holds its annual congress in Budapest.

Kosovo's aim of full recognition moved closer this week when UEFA's executive committee agreed that its formal application for membership would be on the agenda.

If the application is approved as looks likely, Kosovo would then be eligible to become a full member of FIFA when the world governing body hold its annual congress in Mexico City in May.

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