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FIFA Boss Unworried about Russia 2018 Hooligans

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday he was not worried about hooliganism at next year's Russia World Cup, amid growing fears the tournament could be blighted by fan violence.

Speaking in Qatar following a FIFA executive summit meeting, Infantino also said that football's governing body has not asked Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko to resign as the tournament's chief organizer.

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Steaua Bucharest Forced to Change Name after Court Case

Romania's giants Steaua Bucharest have changed their name to FCSB after a legal dispute with the country's Defense Ministry which founded the club, owner Gigi Becali told the website on Thursday.

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Man City Fined £35,000 for Doping Rules Breach

Manchester City have been fined £35,000 ($44,000, 41,000 euros) after accepting they breached Football Association rules on anti-doping.

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Turkey Seeks to Host Euro 2024

Turkey announced on Thursday an ambitious bid backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to host the Euro 2024 football tournament, brushing off concerns over security and infrastructure.

The football authorities hope it will be second time lucky for the bid after losing out to France to host the 2016 event by one vote, but Turkey is likely to face strong competition from Germany.

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Luis Enrique Lambasted for Barca's PSG Thrashing

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique floundered in the firing line on Wednesday after what he called a "disastrous" 4-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left the Spanish champions on the brink of their earliest Champions League exit in a decade.

Enrique confronted a television reporter working for Catalan station TV3 after the match, whilst his tactics were criticised by Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.

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Guardiola Rejects Talk of Title despite City Revival

Pep Guardiola is refusing to talk up his team's title credentials despite three successive league wins taking Manchester City to within eight points of leaders Chelsea.

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Tennis: France Meet Spain in Fed Cup Playoffs

Last year's Fed Cup finalists France play Spain next month in a bid to keep their place in the World Group of the competition.

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Trump Sons to Launch Dubai Golf Course

U.S. President Donald Trump's sons are to inaugurate a branded golf course in Dubai on Saturday, the first public launch for the business empire since Trump took office in January.  

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Unsophisticated, Chainsmoking Sarri Out to Defy Zidane

He is a tracksuit-wearing chain-smoker and former bank employee, but Maurizio Sarri certainly won't feel intimidated when he leads Napoli against the mighty Real Madrid of French legend Zinedine Zidane.

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Tennis: U.S. Beat Germany in Fed Cup Tie Marred by Anthem Gaffe

CoCo Vandeweghe defeated Andrea Petkovic Sunday to deliver the killing blow in a nightmare Fed Cup tie for Germany that had kicked off with a first-day national anthem gaffe.

Petkovic and her teammates were angered Saturday when an American soloist sang an old version of the German anthem that begins with a stanza considered overtly nationalist -- "Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles" -- a reference to German supremacy.

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