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Video assistant referees set to be used at 2018 World Cup

Video assistant referees (VAR) are set to be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The International Football Association Board “unanimously approved” the technology’s use after a meeting in Zurich on Saturday. IFAB described its decision as an “historic step for greater fairness in football”. But VAR has not …

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Former Italy coach Azeglio Vicini is dead

Former Italy national football coach Azeglio Vicini, who led the Azzurri to third place at the 1990 World Cup on home soil, has died at the age of 84. He managed the senior side from 1986 to 1991, leading them to the semi-finals of the 1988 European Championship and also …

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Nigeria docked points, World Cup qualification unaffected

Nigeria have been docked two points for fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier against Algeria but their place at next year’s finals in Russia has not been affected, FIFA said on Tuesday. Nigeria, already qualified for the finals, drew 1-1 but FIFA awarded the match to Algeria …

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Diego Maradona unveils statue of himself in India

Diego Maradona unveiled a 12-feet statue of himself holding the 1986 World Cup trophy in Kolkata, India on Monday. “I am not god of football but a simple footballer. I’m happy to be here in Kolkata again,” the 57-year-old former Argentina international said through his interpreter, added, ”It’s amazing to …

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Messi’s statue hacked down again

Argentina’s Lionel Messi is used to being hacked down by desperate defenders but his statue in Buenos Aires has suffered even rougher treatment for the second time this year. The FC Barcelona forward’s bronze sculpture on Paseo de la Gloria was vandalised on Monday, chopped off at the ankles with …

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