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NYON---Referees have been given the
power to stop matches in European
competitions for three minutes to fully
assess head injuries.
The proposal by Fifa medical com-
mittee chairman Michel D Hooghe in
response to concerns about the treat-
ment of concussions in high-profile
matches, was approved by the UEFA
executive committee yesterday.
"In the event of a suspected concus-
sion, the referee will stop the game for
up to three minutes, to allow the injured
player to be assessed by the team doctor,"
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino
said. "A player will only be allowed to
continue playing on specific confirmation
by the team doctor to the referee of the
player s fitness to do so."
Football officials have been under
pressure to better protect players after
there were five concussion cases at the
World Cup in Brazil, including several
where the player tried to stay on the
field. A lawsuit is also being brought in
the US chiding Fifa s guidelines for play-
ers who receive serious head injuries.
D Hooghe said last week that a con-
cussion case occurs on average once in
every 20 games.
Here are the other issues discussed
at UEFA s executive committee meeting
2016 STADIUMS CHOSEN: The San
Siro will host the Champions League
final on May 28, 2016, with European
football s showpiece match returning to
Milan for the first time in 15 years.
St Jakob-Park in the Swiss city of
Basel was selected to stage the Europa
League final on May 18, 2016. The Super
Cup on August 9 2016 will between the
winners of the two UEFA club compe-
titions will be in Norway for the first
time at Lerkendal Stadion in Trond-
RUSSIA-UKRAINE: Football leaders
from Russian and Ukraine remain at
loggerheads over the fate of Crimean
clubs. The Black Sea peninsula was
annexed from Ukraine by Russia in
March, prompting condemnation from
Western political leaders. Ukrainian fed-
eration president Anatoliy Konkov, who
didn t sanction the Crimean clubs mov-
ing to the Russian league, called on Fifa
yesterday to suspend Russia from world
football, decrying the country s "howling
But after Russian and Ukrainian foot-
ball officials met at UEFA yesterday,
Infantino said "there is optimism that
a solution can be found which allows
football to be played in Crimea" that
complies with the rules.
UEFA has already decided not to
recognise the results by Crimean clubs
playing in domestic competitions.
MATCHES IN ISRAEL: UEFA has
lifted the ban on Israeli teams playing
NYON---Fifa s ethics investigator
ordered football officials yesterday to
return 65 luxury watches given as
World Cup gifts or risk disciplinary
The Brazilian federation distributed
gift bags with the expensive watches
at the pre-World Cup Congress, Fifa
said in a statement. They were distrib-
uted to 28 executive committee mem-
bers, an official with each of the 32
teams, and representatives as well as
members of the South American soccer
Fifa did not say if President Sepp
Blatter, an executive committee member,
accepted the gift or has already returned
The Brazilians obtained the watches
from sponsor Parmigiani for US$8,750
each. But after launching an investiga-
tion into the gifts in June, Fifa ethics
committee investigators discovered the
watches had a market value of 25,000
Swiss francs (US$26,600).
Fifa s ethics code says football officials
cannot offer or accept gifts that have
more than "symbolic or trivial value."
"Those who received gift bags should
have promptly checked whether the
items inside were appropriate and, upon
discovering the watch, either returned
it or, like the football officials referred
to above, reported the matter to the
investigatory chamber," Fifa said in a
But Fifa said officials would avoid
ethics proceedings if the watches were
returned by October 24 "in an effort to
resolve this matter expeditiously."
After the deadline, the watches will
be donated to an "independent non-
profit organisation or organisations
committed to corporate social respon-
sibility projects in Brazil," Fifa said.
English Football Association chairman
Greg Dyke said he found the watch had
been left in his Sao Paulo hotel room
by the Brazilians but insisted he already
planned to donate it to charity.
"I had no idea of the value and it has
been left untouched in my office since
returning to England," Dyke said. "We
are already taking steps to return the
bag and its contents, which are still in
their original packaging.
"I welcome Fifa s investigation on
the matter, including their intention to
donate the items to good causes back
"The fact that gifts of great value are
being handed out randomly and often
with the recipient unaware shows up
a culture in need of change. I had actu-
ally set the bag aside in my box of items
to donate to charity."
Fifa also acknowledged that secretary
general Jerome Valcke asked ethics offi-
cials for permission to give two watches
from Hublot to each of the 28 executive
committee members as a gift as part
of the sponsorship deal. Valcke was told
the gifts would violate the ethics code,
Football officials have been under pressure to better protect players
after there were five concussion cases at the World Cup in Brazil.
Fifa orders officials to
return expensive watches
European matches at home that was
imposed during the recent Israel-Hamas
conflict around Gaza, which ended three
weeks ago. The decision should allow
Israel to host its next 2016 European
Championship qualifier against Bosnia-
Herzegovina at home on November 16.
WINDFALL FROM FINES: UEFA
confirmed that fines collected from
Financial Fair Play penalties will be dis-
tributed among other clubs in Europe.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain
and Zenit St Petersburg, who were
among nine clubs sanctioned for over-
spending on player transfers and wages,
paid almost all of the 24 million euros
(US$31 million) withheld from Cham-
pions League prize money last season.
LOOKING AHEAD: The executive
committee today will pick the 13 cities
to host matches in the continent-wide
European Championship in 2020. Wem-
bley Stadium in London is the favourite
to be awarded the semifinals and final.
breaks in European matches
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