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Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich has again called for the introduction of goal-line technology (GLT) into the top division of German football after another high-profile incident during the club’s DFB-Pokal triumph on Saturday.

The European Commission (EC) has rejected a legal challenge to the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules that have been implemented by football’s European governing body Uefa.

Major League Soccer (MLS) team San Jose Earthquakes will become the first professional football team to accept online currency bitcoin after sealing a partnership with San Francisco company Coinbase.

Brazilian football club Corinthians has organised a second test event at its Arena Corinthians in a bid to meet Fifa’s demands for the World Cup, while organisers have maintained that unfinished work will not pose a problem during the upcoming national team tournament.

The ownership group of English Premier League champion Manchester City has expanded its global footprint by agreeing a deal to acquire a minority stake in Japanese J-League football club Yokohama F. Marinos.

The protracted takeover saga surrounding Spanish Liga football club Valencia has drawn to a close with Singapore businessman Peter Lim agreeing a deal to acquire a 70.4 per cent stake in the debt-ridden team.

European football’s governing body Uefa has appointed the IMG Licensing division of the IMG agency as master licensee for all of its national team competitions until 2017.

English and French champions Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have agreed settlements with Uefa involving €60m ($83.4m) fines for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, but maintained their unhappiness at the assessment of their financial status by football’s European governing body.

Doyen Sports, an investment fund that finances player purchases for professional football clubs, has announced its intention to expand into the English Premier League.

The relationship between the English Premier League and women has been placed firmly in the spotlight with the furore around CEO Richard Scudamore's leaked e-mails. However, football fandom is far from male-dominated, as demonstrated by new sports fan research, commissioned by Advanced Ticketing, which reveals that UK female football fans are as passionate about The Beautiful Game as their male counterparts. 

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted the decision of world football’s governing body to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar was “a mistake”, adding it was now “probable” that the tournament would be played in the winter months.

Bayern Munich will become the first German Bundesliga football club to develop an in-house secondary ticketing platform.

Jean-Luc Dehaene, chairman of the investigatory chamber of Uefa’s Club Financial Control Body, has died at the age of 73, it was announced today (Thursday).

Four leading names from the sports industry met to discuss the commercial health and future direction of the FIFA World Cup. Here are some audio excerpts and vox-pops. 

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Football’s global governing body Fifa has welcomed the introduction of labour law reforms by Qatar’s government and has announced it will suspend a planned trip to the host of its 2022 World Cup national team tournament in order to fully evaluate the new measures.

Jeffrey Webb, the president of Concacaf, football’s governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, has claimed that the region should be awarded the hosting rights for the 2026 Fifa World Cup.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) has signed a formal cooperation agreement with Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation, in an effort to intensify ongoing work to combat match-fixing in the sport.