Female fans buy 3,500 tickets for Iran World Cup qualifier v Cambodia

Female fans buy 3,500 tickets for Iran World Cup qualifier v Cambodia

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #6

Iranian women are believed to have bought 3,500 tickets for Iran’s World Cup qualifying match against Cambodia in Tehran, after authorities assured FIFA the ban on women attending stadiums would be relaxed.

Women have effectively been banned from stadiums when men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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FIFA rules Cardiff City must pay first £5.3m instalment of Emiliano Sala transfer

FIFA rules Cardiff City must pay first £5.3m instalment of Emiliano Sala transfer

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #4

Nearly 10 months after the tragic loss of Argentine striker Emiliano Sala in a plane crash, as he travelled back to the UK to join up with new club Cardiff City, FIFA has finally put to rest the financial squabbling between his former side Nantes and new club Cardiff City.

The then-Premier League club had signed the 28-year-old in the January transfer window in a £15m deal but the player passed away before he could ever feature for the club.

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Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

It took some penalty shootout heroics from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, scoring one spot kick before then saving another, to earn the Three Lions victory in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff.

In truth, it was an accomplishment – and a match in general – that few cared about, myself included in that crowd.

It’s something I’ve never understood the desire for in international football – the meaningless third-place playoff. Teams are already spent, they’ve already endured the ignominy of being knocked out of the respective tournament, any yet are somehow expected to rally back around to care for a match that means so incredibly little to anyone.

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Fabian Schar’s head injury v Georgia demonstrates football’s glaring issues regarding injury protocols

Fabian Schar’s head injury v Georgia demonstrates football’s glaring issues regarding injury protocols

It doesn’t take a medical expert to understand that there should be little messing around when it comes to serious head injuries in football. For example, should a player be knocked unconscious after a clash of heads, it’s probably not best he continues playing.

Yet, for Newcastle’s Swiss international Fabian Schar, that very situation did happen over the weekend.

The central defender suffered a nasty clash of heads with Georgian defender Jemal Tabidze as both players challenged for the ball early in the first half, and the Premier League centre back was left visibly unconscious.

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Why international friendlies should prevent players switching allegiances

Why international friendlies should prevent players switching allegiances

Declan Rice made his international debut for England in a 5-0 win over Czech Republic last night. Normally, seeing an exciting young talent turn out for England for the first time would be exciting, except Rice has already had an international debut… for the Republic of Ireland.

The 20-year-old has in fact represented the Boys in Green on three occasions in 2018, having qualified for their national team through his Irish grandparents.

Yet, in accordance with the FIFA rule book, Rice decided to switch allegiances earlier this year and pledge himself to the country of his birth, leading to him pulling on a Three Lions jersey at Wembley last night.

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Is it time to lift Fifa’s ban on female footballers playing in male leagues?

Is it time to lift Fifa’s ban on female footballers playing in male leagues?

It’s not a fact that too many people realise, since it doesn’t come up often, but Fifa in essence banned female footballers from ever playing in male football leagues above junior level.

In a time of supposed inclusivity, and when more and more is being done to promote and improve women’s football and its standards, surely this arbitrary ruling just stands in the way of that.

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