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PARIS---Clubs won't be excluded
from next season's Champions
League for breaking "Financial
Fair Play" rules, according to
UEFA President Michel Platini
"There will be some tough things
... but if you're expecting blood and
tears, you'll be disappointed," Platini
told French daily Le Parisien in an
interview published yesterday.
UEFA will announce the first
sanctions in early-May, and more
serious cases will be judged in June.
A UEFA panel is currently nego-
tiating settlements with clubs which
have breached rules designed to
curb huge investments by owners
and excessive spending on transfers
and wages since 2011.
UEFA said in February it targeted
76 clubs which played in the Cham-
pions League or Europa League.
Speculation centered on big
spenders Paris Saint-Germain and
Manchester City, which are owned
by the ruling families of Qatar and
Abu Dhabi, respectively.
Platini said he was "not sure" if
Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain's
"innovative" sponsorship deal with
Qatar Tourism Authority played by
UEFA is concerned that clubs
could try to balance their finances
using inflated value deals with
sponsors linked to club owners.
Man City's main sponsor is Abu
Dhabi airline Etihad.
"Let's say simply that the eco-
nomic model of PSG is special and
atypical," Platini said. "These are
questions that the experts must
UEFA appointed former Belgium
prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene
to lead the panel investigating club
accounts. Serious sanctions will be
decided by a panel led by Jose
Cunha Rodrigues of Portugal, a
judge at the European Court of Jus-
Expulsion from the Champions
League and second-tier Europa
League are the toughest penalty
First and lesser offenders will
likely face fines and sanctions such
as limits on registering players for
"I think that significant sanctions
will affect the big clubs. We will go
through with this," Platini said.
Platini: No Champs League
bans in 1st FFP cases
ISRAEL---When the Israeli
women's soccer team Hapoel
Petah Tikva lost a number of its
players to Israel's national team
ahead of World Cup qualifiers,
founder Rafi Subra made a deci-
sion that set the team apart from
many of its rivals --- he recruited
from the Arab villages of north-
Arab Israelis, who complain of
decades of discrimination in day-
to-day life, are rare in the Israeli
Women's Premier League --- a
small league that is often over-
looked in the local sports scene.
Meanwhile, the men's premier
league is full of Arab-Israeli play-
For Hapoel Petah Tikva, the
addition of five Arab-Israeli
women has made waves in the
league despite not being in the top
"The fact is, they integrated
well," Subra said. "They're happy.
We're happy. The mix has been
The Arab minority make up
about 20 percent of Israel's 8 mil-
lion citizens. Many have relatives
among the Palestinians in Gaza
and the West Bank, empathizing
with Palestinians as they negotiate
with Israel over making a future
state. The strains especially
become hard during times of vio-
lence between the two sides.
Though having full rights under
Israeli law, Arab Israelis sometimes
experience discrimination in the
country. The soccer field is no
Noura Abu-Shanab, one of the
Arab-Israeli players on Hapoel
Petah Tikva, said she faced taunts
like "dirty Arab" and "go back to
where you came from" during
games. However, she and other
Arab-Israelis continued to play.
"The atmosphere of the team
is positive," she said.
Abu-Shanab said her Muslim
family was supportive of her play-
ing in a mostly-Jewish women's
league after she turned pro at 16.
DOHA, Qatar---Qatar World Cup
organisers are discussing with
FIFA whether to scrap plans to
build four of its 12 stadiums for
the 2022 tournament.
The Qataris say the decision to
explore if the competition can be
staged with just eight venues is
due to the "size of our country."
The organising committee will
submit a proposal to FIFA by
December that still ensures "a
suitable legacy for the country."
FIFA's executive committee will
wait until March before telling
Qatar how many stadiums are
Reducing the number of sta-
diums would provide fewer con-
struction sites to be scrutinised
by rights group, who have raised
concerns over conditions for
migrant workers in Qatar.
Opting for 12 stadiums in Brazil
has stretched organisers to their
limits to be ready for the World
Cup kickoff in June. (AP)
Qatar, FIFA look at scrapping 4 of 12 WC stadiums
In this photo
Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team
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