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SAfrica promises the planet a safe World Cup

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Saddled with high crime, fear of terrorism and skeptics around the globe, South Africa promises it's ready to keep the peace through an exciting World Cup.

World Cup arrives amid global match-fixing probes

GENEVA: The World Cup marks the climax of a season in which match-fixing has spread more widely through football than ever.

Dutch authorities fear terrorism threat in South Africa

AMSTERDAM: Dutch security officials said yesterday they are taking seriously the threat to football fans after a terrorism suspect arrested in Iraq claimed he considered attacking Dutch or Danish fans at the World Cup in South Africa.

FIFA cracks down on corruption in player transfers

GENEVA: An online anti-corruption project tracking the flow of money involved in player transfers will be used by all 208 football nations within a year, FIFA said Tuesday.

UEFA bans Macedonians for eight years in match-fixing case

NYON, Switzerland (AP) - UEFA banned Macedonian club FK Pobeda from European competitions for eight years on Friday because its president and a former player fixed the outcome of a Champions League game in a betting scam.

Blatter: There is no Plan B for 2010 W-Cup

FIFA president Sepp Blatter quashed talk of ditching South Africa as 2010 World Cup hosts yesterday, insisting there was 'no Plan B'.

WADA reviewing Viagra's effect on athletes

MONTREAL (AP) - World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey acknowledged that Viagra is being examined for its potential use as a performance-enhancing drug.

UEFA to set up special unit to stamp out match-fixing

A special investigation unit to stamp out match-fixing and corruption in football has been rubber-stamped by UEFA, according to general secretary David Taylor on Friday.

Betting: Cops nab 1,300 people in Asia

Police across Asia have arrested more than 1,300 people in a major operation against illegal gambling on the Euro 2008 championship and the climax of major leagues around the world, Interpol said yesterday.

AFC head vows to stamp out bribery, match-fixing

Bribery and match-fixing are scourges which are destroying football, the head of the Asian Football Confederation said yesterday, vowing to stamp them out and keep the continent's football clean.