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Football: Sporting Hunt hailed for refusing to accept penalty

Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt was hailed on Saturday after he refused to accept a penalty kick, telling the referee that he had not been fouled. The incident happened in the 75th minute of the game against Nuremberg with his side 2-0 ahead. Hunt fell to the ground inside the area after being challenged by Argentine defender Javier Pinola and the referee awarded a penalty. But Hunt convinced the official that a foul had not been committed and the penalty decision was overturned.

Football: FIFA authorise wearing of veils, turbans during matches

Football's world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches. "It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play," said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's lawmakers, in Zurich.

Football: FIFA authorise wearing of veils, turbans during matches

Football's world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches. "It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play," said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's lawmakers, in Zurich.

Football: FIFA authorise wearing of veils, turbans during matches

Football's world governing body FIFA on Saturday officially authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches. "It was decided that female players can cover their heads to play," said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's lawmakers, in Zurich.

IFAB reject UEFA request to change triple punishment

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - - A request from UEFA to change the so-called triple punishment rule has been rejected by soccer's law-making body while a proposal to study the use of video technology also got short shrift. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said on Saturday that it was concerned that changing the controversial rule would re-open the door for goalkeepers to commit cynical fouls to prevent clear scoring opportunities.

IFAB reject UEFA request to change triple punishment

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - - A request from UEFA to change the so-called triple punishment rule has been rejected by soccer's law-making body while a proposal to study the use of video technology also got short shrift. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said on Saturday that it was concerned that changing the controversial rule would re-open the door for goalkeepers to commit cynical fouls to prevent clear scoring opportunities.

Football: IFAB maintain 'triple punishment' rule

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the sport's lawmakers, on Saturday rejected UEFA president Michel Platini's request to get rid of the so-called 'triple punishment' for fouls committed by a last defender. At the moment, a foul denying a clear goalscoring opportunity inside the box leads to a penalty, with the offender receiving a red card and a suspension as a consequence. Platini wanted referees to be permitted to show a yellow card instead of a red but, just as they did last year, IFAB dismissed him out of hand.

Football: Pellegrini apologises for referee outburst

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini apologised on Friday for his virulent verbal attack on the match referee following his side's 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League. Pellegrini was incensed by referee Jonas Eriksson's performance in Tuesday's last 16 first-leg match at the Etihad Stadium, which saw Lionel Messi open the scoring from the penalty spot after Martin Demichelis had been sent off for fouling him.

Football: Pellegrini apologises for referee outburst

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini apologised on Friday for his virulent verbal attack on the match referee following his side's 2-0 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League. Pellegrini was incensed by referee Jonas Eriksson's performance in Tuesday's last 16 first-leg match at the Etihad Stadium, which saw Lionel Messi open the scoring from the penalty spot after Martin Demichelis had been sent off for fouling him.

Football: Oldest football governing body to become autonomous

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the oldest existing international football association, is to become autonomous from FIFA, the world governing body's president Sepp Blatter said Monday. IFAB is the only body authorised to change the rules of the game and is currently made up of the four British federations -- The English Football Association, the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales and Northern Ireland's Irish Football Association -- as well as FIFA.
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