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UEFA promises to crack down on pyrotechnics after study shows danger

UEFA have highlighted the dangers of pyrotechnics in the crowd.

An independent report has stressed it is impossible to use pyrotechnics safely within spectator areas at football grounds and only properly equipped and trained staff should ever try to deal with them.

Commissioned by Football Supporters Europe and UEFA, the 72-page report has been prepared by Cambridgeshire-based "explosives consultant" Dr Tom Smith and several leading experts from around the continent.

The report lists the various pyrotechnics brought into grounds by fans -- everything from bangers...

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Aleksander Ceferin: UEFA must consider salary cap to tackle divide

The FC crew wonder if Antonio Conte's relationship with Chelsea's front office has become irreparably strained.
Aleksander Ceferin has said hefears a 'dangerous increase' in football's divide.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has told Slovenian magazine Mladina that he is considering the introduction of a salary cap in order to close the gap between football's biggest clubs and the rest.

Ceferin said he feared a growing gap in football and wanted to address the problem with what he said would be "an historic change."

He has previously said European football's governing body must "be prepared to tackle the decrease in competitive balance within European club competitions and secondary...

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Porto are only club punished for breaking Financial Fair Play rules

Porto will have limited Champions League squads for the next two years.

Porto have accepted a settlement agreement that includes a €700,000 fine and a restriction on the number of players in their Champions League squad from next season after failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

UEFA said on Friday that Porto were the only club who failed to comply with the requirement to break even on their spending and trading.

As a result, Porto -- who reached the round of 16 of last season's Champions League before losing to eventual runners-up Juventus...

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SFA rejected police attempts to move Scotland vs. England kickoff time

Gareth Southgate says England will face a Scotland side that will be boosted by a big result against Slovenia in March.
England undergo rigorous training exercises, Neymar is seen courtside and much more in The Sweeper.
Emile Heskey talks to ESPN FC regarding what he feels Wayne Rooney must do to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup.

The Scottish Football Association has said it rejected a police request to move the time of Scotland's World Cup qualifier against England.

Police Scotland was unhappy with the 5 p.m. kickoff time on Saturday, initially over fears regarding their resources and problems caused by extra drinking time for fans.

The issue has been further exacerbated by the terror attacks in Manchester and London which mean enhanced security measures will be in place in and around Hampden, but the SFA stood firm over...

UEFA, top European leagues renew agreement to avoid schedule clashes

Olsson confirmed that top leagues will work with UEFA to prevent scheduling issues.

Europe's top leagues will renew a working agreement with UEFA that avoids clashes between domestic and Champions League games.

European Professional Football Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson said on Tuesday that the cooperation deal is being finalised, and UEFA should ratify it in September.

The leagues group will get "proper recognition" and seats in UEFA's decision-making bodies including voting rights in the executive committee, Olsson said after a meeting of the 32-member leagues' group.


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UEFA president backs English, joint-British bid for 2030 World Cup

Meet AlanTim the robot, who will offer protection to British football fans during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Layla Anna-Lee takes a tour of the Cardiff stadium ahead of the Champions League final.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has given his backing to the 2030 World Cup being held in England -- or a combined British bid.

The Slovenian said earlier in the week that it will be "Europe's turn" to host the tournament, following 2022 in Qatar and a 2026 event tipped to take place in North America.

Ceferin has now gone further by backing a return to Britain for the first time since England hosted and won the 1966 World Cup.

He told BBC Sport: "For me, they are absolutely capable of organising...