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No action against Zuniga for Neymar tackle - FIFA

(Reuters) - Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga will not be punished for the tackle on Neymar that left the Brazil striker with a broken bone in his back and forced him out of the rest of the World Cup.

After investigating the incident from Friday's quarter-final, won 2-1 by Brazil, FIFA's Disciplinary Committee ruled on Monday that no retrospective action could be taken.

In a statement, soccer's world governing body said their own rules prevented them reopening the case because the incident had already been dealt with by the referee on the pitch.

"After an analysis of the matter and the extensive submission and documentation received from the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), the chairman came to the conclusion that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee cannot consider this matter in light of the conditions outlined in the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) for the Disciplinary Committee to be able to intervene in such a situation," the statement read.

"In particular, in this specific case, no retrospective action can be taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, since the incident involving the Colombian player Juan Camilo Zuniga Mosquera did not escape the match officials..."

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I never thought I'd say this, but I have some sympathy towards FIFA here - they can't win. If they'd taken action, the rest of the world would've said 'there you go, it really is fixed for Brazil - they wouldn't do that for a similar tackle on anyone else, but it's Neymar'. They don't take action, & everyone's up in arms that they let such a tackle slide. The rules are the rules, so if the retrospective punishment doesn't apply, there's nothing that can be done. Within the current rules of football, FIFA didn't have any choice, mad as that may seem.

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I never thought I'd say this, but I have some sympathy towards FIFA here - they can't win. If they'd taken action, the rest of the world would've said 'there you go, it really is fixed for Brazil - they wouldn't do that for a similar tackle on anyone else, but it's Neymar'. They don't take action, & everyone's up in arms that they let such a tackle slide. The rules are the rules, so if the retrospective punishment doesn't apply, there's nothing that can be done. Within the current rules of football, FIFA didn't have any choice, mad as that may seem.

Yeah well, that's true.

On the other hand, FIFA (aka Blattersepp) isn't really keen on changing rules anyway, unless the tides are turning in public opinion (hello, goal technology) and/or there's money to be made from a rule change.

One frequent criticism in German media about FIFA is that on one hand, they're administering a multi-billion EUR/USD business, but like to pretend they want to preserve the charm of the 19th century rules and the "amateur" character of the game.

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, but like to pretend they want to preserve the charm of the 19th century rules and the "amateur" character of the game.

Somehow that doesn't quite mesh with the stories of cars showing up in the middle of the night with - literally - bags full of cash for Ghana's players. They should quietly find a way to set up and wire money to Swiss bank accounts (what I assume the Germans do).

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No action against Zuniga for Neymar tackle - FIFA

(Reuters) - Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga will not be punished for the tackle on Neymar that left the Brazil striker with a broken bone in his back and forced him out of the rest of the World Cup.

After investigating the incident from Friday's quarter-final, won 2-1 by Brazil, FIFA's Disciplinary Committee ruled on Monday that no retrospective action could be taken.

In a statement, soccer's world governing body said their own rules prevented them reopening the case because the incident had already been dealt with by the referee on the pitch.

"After an analysis of the matter and the extensive submission and documentation received from the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), the chairman came to the conclusion that the FIFA Disciplinary Committee cannot consider this matter in light of the conditions outlined in the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) for the Disciplinary Committee to be able to intervene in such a situation," the statement read.

"In particular, in this specific case, no retrospective action can be taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, since the incident involving the Colombian player Juan Camilo Zuniga Mosquera did not escape the match officials..."

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Reuters

So, players, go ahead! You are free to break bones... <_<

I think a fair sanction would be to Zúniga miss the next Colombia National Team match, simulating a red card in the match he didn't got. For me, it would be a fair sanction...

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Hospitality exec arrested in Rio in ticket probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian police spokesman says a senior executive with World Cup hospitality company Match has been arrested in a Rio de Janeiro hotel as part of an investigation into illegal ticket sales.

Pedro Dantas, spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro State Security Secretariat, told The Associated Press that Match director Ray Whelan was in custody and would spend the night in a Rio police station. Dantas says "he'll have to answer to the charges of alleged crime committed on Brazlian soil." He was arrested at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, which is also used by senior FIFA officials in Brazil for the World Cup.

Rio police are investigating the illegal resale of World Cup tickets to Match distributors.

AP

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/07/07/hospitality-exec-arrested-in-rio-in-ticket-probe/12289175/

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Hospitality exec arrested in Rio in ticket probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian police spokesman says a senior executive with World Cup hospitality company Match has been arrested in a Rio de Janeiro hotel as part of an investigation into illegal ticket sales.

Pedro Dantas, spokesman for the Rio de Janeiro State Security Secretariat, told The Associated Press that Match director Ray Whelan was in custody and would spend the night in a Rio police station. Dantas says "he'll have to answer to the charges of alleged crime committed on Brazlian soil." He was arrested at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, which is also used by senior FIFA officials in Brazil for the World Cup.

Rio police are investigating the illegal resale of World Cup tickets to Match distributors.

AP

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2014/07/07/hospitality-exec-arrested-in-rio-in-ticket-probe/12289175/

Actually, the investigation reached also somebody linked to vice-presidency office of FIFA.

Waiting for the next chapters...

See, FIFA, said a lot of **** to Brazil... Brazil is paying back... Don't mess up with Federal Police (the Brazilian version of FBI).

After 2 weeks Rio delivered the Metropolitan Arch Road linking major highways around their Metropolitan area, it's time for Sao Paulo's time!!!

And the last work related (indirectly) with the World Cup was delivered last saturday.

The east wing of Sao Paulo ring road is 99,9% ready (Toll Plaza and few and small adjustments missing), but already operational.

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And, of course, another modern highway in Brazil is not news in the International media.

How can be? Brazil just delivered two modern ring highways outside its biggest metropolitan areas...........

The missing 37 km of the east wing took 2 years to be completed. Part of East Wing were already done before.

Now, the Metropolitan Area of Sao Paulo have links to all highways (except Sao Paulo-Belo Horizonte, which is part of North wing) departing the city and allows drivers to not enter the city.

Still, the North Wing is expected to be ready and operational in 2018.

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Actually, the investigation reached also somebody linked to vice-presidency office of FIFA.

Waiting for the next chapters...

See, FIFA, said a lot of **** to Brazil... Brazil is paying back... Don't mess up with Federal Police (the Brazilian version of FBI).

After 2 weeks Rio delivered the Metropolitan Arch Road linking major highways around their Metropolitan area, it's time for Sao Paulo's time!!!

And the last work related (indirectly) with the World Cup was delivered last saturday.

The east wing of Sao Paulo ring road is 99,9% ready (Toll Plaza and few and small adjustments missing), but already operational.

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And, of course, another modern highway in Brazil is not news in the International media.

How can be? Brazil just delivered two modern ring highways outside its biggest metropolitan areas...........

The missing 37 km of the east wing took 2 years to be completed. Part of East Wing were already done before.

Now, the Metropolitan Area of Sao Paulo have links to all highways (except Sao Paulo-Belo Horizonte, which is part of North wing) departing the city and allows drivers to not enter the city.

Still, the North Wing is expected to be ready and operational in 2018.

We laughed last, as we say here, Danny. For the next decades, emerging countries will laugh last, for sure.

Congrats, Rio Civil Police and to the Federal Police! F*** Fifa!

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We laughed last, as we say here, Danny. For the next decades, emerging countries will laugh last, for sure.

Congrats, Rio Civil Police and to the Federal Police! F*** Fifa!

Well, I still want the happy ending...

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Somehow that doesn't quite mesh with the stories of cars showing up in the middle of the night with - literally - bags full of cash for Ghana's players. They should quietly find a way to set up and wire money to Swiss bank accounts (what I assume the Germans do).

This is Africa we are talking about, if deals aren't done in gold, diamonds or American cash sh!t doesn't get done.

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why are you so excited about a couple delayed but near complete road projects. didn't you think they would be completed?

Paul, some people here said NO infra-structure project would be ready... Well, despite I do think it's shame to not have 100% of promised projects done for the World Cup, 65% of projects being done is much more than 0%.

People abroad (journalists mostly) have no idea how many big infra-structure works are undergoing in Brazil... Only in Sao Paulo, there are 4 subways lines being built right now...

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Paul, some people here said NO infra-structure project would be ready... Well, despite I do think it's shame to not have 100% of promised projects done for the World Cup, 65% of projects being done is much more than 0%.

People abroad (journalists mostly) have no idea how many big infra-structure works are undergoing in Brazil... Only in Sao Paulo, there are 4 subways lines being built right now...

Well, if you want to continue getting worked up by silly tabloid exaggerations, go on. Truth is that not everything that was promised was delivered. This is normal, but if you make glorious promises, don't be surprised if you get criticised for breaking them.

You=Brazil

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Well, if you want to continue getting worked up by silly tabloid exaggerations, go on.

At least, we try to show you guys here in GB a more accurate scenario.

Truth is that not everything that was promised was delivered.

Well, despite I do think it's shame to not have 100% of promised projects done for the World Cup

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All doping samples clean at World Cup
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FILE - In this June 25, 1994, file photo, Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona, right, leaves the field of play for a random drug test at Foxboro Stadium with a medical technician of the International Soccer Federation (FIFA) after the team’s 2-1 win over Nigeria. He failed a doping test for five different banned stimulants and was thrown out the tournament. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta,File)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA says all samples have tested clean in its World Cup anti-doping program, though no unannounced controls have been made in Brazil.

FIFA's chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak says analysis of all pre-competition and post-match samples was completed through the first quarterfinal match last Friday.

All 736 players have given blood samples for their individual biological passport. Two players from each team are randomly picked to give samples after each match.

Dvorak says no doping controls were taken on days between matches.

He says all samples "arrived in good condition" at the World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, where samples are tested. WADA revoked the Rio de Janeiro lab's credentials last year.

No player has tested positive at a World Cup since Argentina Diego Maradona in 1994.

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Truth is that not everything that was promised was delivered. This is normal, but if you make glorious promises, don't be surprised if you get criticised for breaking them.

You=Brazil

Does that really disturb you ? Does that prevent you from enjoying a great World Cup ? No of course, but as usual you'd rather criticize than seeing it's an overall successful world cup.

You really are a sad person.

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Bach Praises Brazil Fans After 7-1 WCup Collapse

IOC President Thomas Bach found himself in an awkward situation, supporting his native Germany in the World Cup semifinal against Brazil, the country that will host the next Olympics.

Bach, an avid football fan since his youth in Germany, watched Tuesday night's match on a big screen at a Lausanne hotel, sitting on a couch next to Carlos Nuzman, the Brazilian who heads the organizing committee for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Bach jumped to his feet and raised both arms in celebration after striker Miroslav Klose scored to put Germany up 2-0 after 23 minutes. But he was politely restrained and muted after that as the Germans piled on goal after goal. Germany led 5-0 at the half and extended the lead to 7-0 in the second before Oscar scored for Brazil in the 90th minute.

"It is not only a shock for the Brazilians, I think it is for everybody," Bach said. "Such a result can only happen when you have these kind of circumstances. Brazil was missing its best player. Neymar cannot be replaced and the other team was playing an excellent match and scoring. If you saw Brazil in the first 10 minutes, they played very well offensively, then it all turned around."

"I really have a lot of respect for the sports-loving fans and public and nation, and I keep my fingers crossed for them for the (third-place) match," he added.

Bach, who embraced Nuzman after the match, praised the Brazilian fans who witnessed their team being demolished at the Mineirao stadium.

"Other stadia would have been empty at halftime after 0-5," he said. "There you saw a full capacity stadium still supporting the team and acknowledging the effort. There are these kind of black days. It is a pity but things like this happen. But Germany was the better team and deserved to win."

At the conclusion of the IOC executive board meetings in Lausanne, Bach will fly to Rio on Wednesday night and attend Sunday's final at the Maracana. He is also expected to meet with Brazilian government officials and Olympic organizers to discuss Rio's delay-plagued preparations for the 2016 Games.

A Brazil win in the World Cup would have been an ideal result for Olympic organizers, with the national euphoria carrying over to the Rio Games. The billions of dollars spent on both events have led to large protests.

But Bach said Brazil's smooth running of the World Cup has already done its part to help the Olympics.

"I think that the world has seen the organizational skills of Brazil in this World Cup," he said. "Many were surprised, but you could see how well this was organized, how well this went. This evening, in particular, all the world could see what a sports-loving nation Brazil is. I think both together (are) a very good message for the world and for the Olympic Games."

Bach wouldn't make a prediction for the final or say whether he would prefer Germany face Argentina or the Netherlands.

"Every match starts with 0-0, in particular the final match," he said. "The team can be confident, but not complacent."

One thing Bach is sure of: It won't be another 7-1 result.

"In this kind of tournament, the semifinals are usually the better and more interesting matches," he said. "In the final you will see a much more technical match."

AP

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/bach-praises-brazil-fans-wcup-collapse-24480851

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