British pound climbs as government makes U-turn on tax cut plan    Egypt's net foreign assets decline again to reach $925 million in August    Turkey's inflation jumps to 83% highest level in nearly in 24 years    Egypt's FM heads to Congo Today to attend PRECOP27 conference    King Charles III won't attend COP27 in Egypt, following PM Truss advice    Swedish coastguard says: Fourth leak discovered on Nord Stream pipelines    Egyptian gecko invades Israel    Egypt welcomes back Russian flights on 1st October    Egypt launches 200 Years of Continuing Science tourism campaign    Egypt, UAE partner on sustainable waste management in Sharm el-Sheikh ahead of COP27    QNB Group names TikToker Khaby Lame official FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 brand ambassador    Three possible scenarios as Egypt's central bank governor resigns – MP    Adele is living a love story, wants to be a homemaker    In Photos: Egypt swears in 13 new ministers after major Cabinet reshuffle    Egypt's Sisi names 13 ministers in Cabinet reshuffle    Spain: prosecutor seeks 8 years sentence for Shakira over tax evasion    Egypt: Alamein Art Festival kicks off a collection of recycled installations    Egypt's athlete Basma Emad wins bronze in weightlifting in Mediterranean Games    Maha karara joins AAIB as Head of Corporate Communications, Sustainability    Egypt works on charting cooperation strategies with international institutions for 5 years: Al-Mashat    Over 2.4 million newborns examined for hearing impairment: Health Ministry    Netflix releases trailer of Arab adaption of 'Perfect Strangers' film    Balqees to headline concert celebrating launch of streaming giant LIVENow in MENA    Sawsan Badr to be honoured at Aswan Women Film Festival    MP Abdel Hady Al-Qasby calls government to facilitate and support NGOs    Al-Sisi follows up on 'Great Transfiguration Project' in St. Catherine    Cairo, London stress need to strengthen cooperation to face climate change    Foreigners account for 22.6% of Egypt's T-bills issuances in 1H 2021: CBE    Egypt's ambassador to Italy passes away    Egypt confirms readiness to help African countries face terrorism and extremism    An estimated 235 million people needed humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021, an increase of 40% compared to 2020: IOM Egypt    Egypt, DRC discuss water cooperation during WYF    Egypt, DR Congo discuss boosting bilateral cooperation during WYF    Cameroonian police probe assault on three Algerian journalists covering AFCON    Pharaohs start AFCON 2021 campaign with fierce clash against Nigeria    Foreign Ministry opens capacity building course for French-speaking African diplomats    Russia says it's in sync with US, China, Pakistan on Taliban    It's a bit frustrating to draw at home: Real Madrid keeper after Villarreal game    Shoukry reviews with Guterres Egypt's efforts to achieve SDGs, promote human rights    Sudan says countries must cooperate on vaccines    Johnson & Johnson: Second shot boosts antibodies and protection against COVID-19    Egypt to tax bloggers, YouTubers    Egypt's FM asserts importance of stability in Libya, holding elections as scheduled    We mustn't lose touch: Muller after Bayern win in Bundesliga    Egypt records 36 new deaths from Covid-19, highest since mid June    Egypt sells $3 bln US-dollar dominated eurobonds    Gamal Hanafy's ceramic exhibition at Gezira Arts Centre is a must go    Italian Institute Director Davide Scalmani presents activities of the Cairo Institute for ITALIANA.IT platform    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Europe to get new League of Nations
Published in Ahram Online on 26 - 03 - 2014

UEFA will on Thursday approve a new "League of Nations" tournament for European countries alongside the World Cup and European Championship, officials said.
The 54 UEFA members are also expected to back tougher sanctions for match-fixing at their annual congress.
The new tournament, to start in 2018, would replace friendly matches played in years when there is no qualifying for the World Cup or the European Championship.
Gianni Infantino, UEFA's secretary general, told reporters in Astana on Wednesday that the League of Nations was certain to be passed.
"We need to make better use as there are team that everyone wants to play in a friendly and others who can never get an opponent, which is where this idea for a League of Nations comes from," Infantino said.
The tournament is part of a general review of the football calendar.
"We have been looking at optimising the structure of the calendar without bringing in any more dates," said Infantino.
The tournament could set up divisions with promotion and relegation based on results, according to football officials.
Rewards such as a wild card entry into the European Championships could be offered to teams who win a lower division, according to media reports quoting UEFA officials.
More details are expected to be given by UEFA president Michel Platini on Thursday.
UEFA's leadership is also pressing for strong support for a resolution ordering tougher punishment for match-fixing.
UEFA wants individual countries to make 'sports fraud' a crime and the possibility to order life bans against players and officials with no time limitation on when action can be taken.
"Police often say that they have more pressing matters, but if it was a crime this would be different," Infantino said.
UEFA also needs to have the power to "investigate at any moment," the secretary general added.
Infantino said that only 0.7% of the 32,000 matches monitored by UEFA each year set off an alert, and even that does not automatically mean there is match-fixing.
"That is still 0.7 too many," he said, adding that UEFA did not believe there was match-fixing at the top level of any major league.
Infantino said there had to be an "education" element to the campaign, encouraging players, referees and officials who are approached to tell the police about match fixing.
(For more sports news and updates, followAhramOnline Sportson Twitter [email protected]_Sportsand on Facebook atAhramOnlineSports.)

Clic here to read the story from its source.