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Archives: disciplinary action

Mourinho Receives 5-Match Ban

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body rendered its verdicts on the proceedings relating to the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona on April 27th. Real Madrid coach José Mourinho, who was dismissed from the bench in … Continue reading

Manchester United Signing Cleared By FIFA

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The controversy surrounding Manchester United’s signing of 16-year-old French prospect Paul Pogba has been cleared up. FIFA have ruled that Manchester United did not contravene any FIFA regulations in their recruitment of the young midfielder – specifically Article 19, which … Continue reading

UEFA Investigating Match Fixing

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA has confirmed that it plans to investigate 40 cases of suspected match-fixing in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. Most of the cases were from Eastern Europe and involved games in the early qualifying rounds of the tournaments, according … Continue reading

Atlético Get Off Light

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In what has to be considered a poor decision, the UEFA Appeals Body has reduced the initial three-match stadium closure to a two-match behind closed doors sentence, with one match deferred for two years. Consequently, Atlético must play their next … Continue reading

Champions League Talk On The Third Half Podcast

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I had a great conversation with Jonathan Starling of the Third Half podcast last week. We discussed the upcoming UEFA Cup group stage, UEFA’s stance on debt-laden clubs, the situation at Ajax and many other topics. I’ve posted the Champions … Continue reading

UEFA’s Stand For Club Identity And Fair Practices

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

This may be a bit long-winded and rambling but I hope you stick with me as there are a number of important points to discuss.  UEFA recently released a publication entitled “Safeguarding The Heritage And Future Of Team Sport In … Continue reading

FC Porto Reinstated To Champions League

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After a number of twists and turns, the FC Porto saga came to a close. At least for this season ! UEFA, European football’s governing body, issued the following statement: “As communicated on Friday 13 June, the disciplinary case regarding … Continue reading

UEFA Reviewing FC Porto’s Champions League Ban

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA have annulled an earlier decision to exclude Porto from next season’s Champions League. Porto were initially expelled from Champions League play over alleged bribery of referees in the 2003-04 season. UEFA’s appeals body decided to send the issue back … Continue reading