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SABC News.com - Puma pulls plug on Bafana sponsorship deal:Thursday 17 October 2013

German sportswear company Puma has confirmed it has terminated its technical and licensed partnership with Safa with immediate effect.
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After what has to be seen as a shocking year for Bafana, two major sponsors have quit the national side, Absa and Puma. Puma mentions leaving due to the alleged match-fixing happening just prior to the 2010 world cup, something that has been uncovered relatively recently. A board also in tatters was another reason listed by Puma as a major reason to recind it's sponsorship. SAFA surely has to be one of the worst footballing associations in living memory, it's embarassing to the country, the politics (seemingly corrupt at that) behind the SAFA doors must be hilarious.

- Brad

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Fifa Meets To Debate Qatar World Cup Switch

Fifa Meets To Debate Qatar World Cup Switch | The Politics of Sport | Scoop.it
Officials likley to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup to the winter, as organisers in Qatar insist it could be held at any time.
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FIFA's decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was a highly criticised move as countries such as Australia, with a greater interest in the sport, better infrastructure and a more suited climate (in parts) had all applied and missed out on the 2022 event. FIFA's relationships with nations like England have suffered after their debated selection process and the potential movement from June to November is one that touches on the politics of all the major European, American, Asian and African leagues. Sponsors, contracts, the lot of it will all have to be structured in a different and suitable manner for 2022 should the event be moved. The factors and politics that are currently in the debate for its move are quite incredibly complicated. - Brad

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Referee Review 2012/3: Aston Villa. A very significant bias | Referee ...

Referee Review 2012/3: Aston Villa. A very significant bias | Referee ... | The Politics of Sport | Scoop.it
By Walter Broeckx. This article is part of the series of the Referee Review 2013. Other articles to this subject can be found on this site. Including reviews of games, reports on teams an reports on refs.
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Adriana - This article shows how a referee seemed to make biased decisions in favour of Aston Villa. This is a huge issue has referee's have a massive influence in the scoreline and can affect the end result unfairly. 

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Kate-Lyn's Tut group's comment, October 14, 2013 4:07 AM
Kate-Lyn - but how is it political, I wonder?
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Refs caught in the TMO 'advice' trap

Refs caught in the TMO 'advice' trap | The Politics of Sport | Scoop.it
There is nothing wrong with using technology
to help officials to make decisions — it is the human at the controls who is the problem.
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Roxanne: There is a lot of opinion I feel, in this article and not many sources are attributed, however it raises the issue of TMOs and the decisions made in matches. The politics of who decides and why they get to decide is an intersting angle to be taken here?

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