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ZURICH (Reuters) - A 24-year-old Swiss soccer fan was handed a prison term on Wednesday for setting off fireworks at a game which damaged another supporter's hearing.
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris's plans for an Olympic Village will work for 2024 but cannot be put on hold for the Games in 2028, bid officials said on Monday.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris have expressed confidence in their ability to control costs as they prepare for the final phase of bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, unworried by steep overruns at next host Tokyo.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ester Silva curses the Olympic Games as another bus rumbles over a new elevated highway that passes by her slum in Rio de Janeiro, sending a tremor through her brittle brick house.
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Rio de Janeiro's air is dirtier and deadlier than portrayed by authorities and the Olympics' promised legacy of cleaner winds has not remotely been met, an analysis of government data and Reuters' own testing found.
BRASILIA (Reuters) - The impeachment trial of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff will conclude in the middle of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, according to a timeline decided on Monday by the Senate impeachment commission.
PARIS (Reuters) - The hardline Force Ouvriere union will disrupt heavy goods traffic and public transport in cities where Euro 2016 matches will be held until a controversial labour law is withdrawn, a senior official from its transport division said on Friday.
ZURICH (Reuters) - UEFA has dismissed complaints that the Europa League final venue in Basel is too small, after fans of finalists Liverpool complained that "a large number" of supporters would miss out. European football's governing body said on Friday that "at least" 9,000 tickets would be reserved each for Liverpool and opponents Sevilla at the 35,000-capacity St Jakob Park. The Liverpool supporters' club Spirit of Shankly had issued a statement on Wednesday, before the second leg of Thursday's semi-final final against Villarreal, warning of the difficulties facing supporters. "We hope that in future years, UEFA will make changes and stage the final at a ground that allows more genuine supporters of the final clubs to attend," it said. "It is crystal clear that this amount of tickets will not be enough to satisfy demand….. Tens of thousands of supporters will have attended every home game this season and a large number will miss out." It also complained of "the cost of travel increasing by the minute from greedy travel operators", a lack of accommodation and lack of public transport out of the city after midnight. "It is pretty clear that Basel is not best equipped to deal with such large numbers that we have witnessed in previous years," it added. UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto said the final venues were chosen almost two years in advance due to "the enormous logistical effort involved." He said the stadium, which is home of Swiss champions FC Basel and hosted matches at Euro 2008, as one of Europe's "elite venues", adding that capacity was just one factor taken into account. "UEFA tends to select slightly smaller, top-quality venues for the UEFA Europa League final," he said. "This means UEFA can give more of its national associations an opportunity to host a club final.” "The number of supporters requesting final tickets varies from club to club, and of course it is impossible to predict in advance which clubs will reach the final," he said, adding that stadium capacity at recent finals had been "very satisfactory." UEFA advised ticketless fans not to approach the stadium due to "very tight" security.
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The Summer Olympics are scheduled to start in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5. Here is a list of five things to watch.