A roundup of happenings around the globe

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

A roundup of happenings around the globe

Strange seedingsEngland's 5-1 hammering over Germany was good enough for them to take spot in their group and to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. But it may not be a good enough performance for them to be among the eight seeded team of the 32 in the 2002 World Cup."Whether or not England could be seeded, with eight groups I suppose there's a chance. But bearing in mind that England did not even qualify for the 1994 finals, they might not numerically come into the loop. There's some very strange things happening. Croatia for example, which didn't even exist before 1998, finished third and is constantly well-placed in the rankings, would appear to have a very strong claim to being seeded," said FIFA Communications Director Keith Cooper.But with just a month to go for the 2002 World Cup draw, FIFA is still figuring out what criteria to use for the seedings.Ronaldo comeback on holdBrazilian striker Ronaldo will not be making his long-awaited league comeback in Inter Milan's Serie A clash with Juventus on Sunday. Ronaldo, 25, is hopeful of playing in that game in which the Italians hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg. The former world footballer of the year injured his right knee in the UEFA Cup victory against Brasov last month. UEFA to decide on racial allegationsThe governing body of European soccer, UEFA, has said it will decide by November 8 if action should be taken against the Portuguese club Boavista for allegations of racial abuse against Liverpool's Emile Hesky. The striker was apparently taunted by fans during Liverpool's Champions League game. He says he was being called a "monkeyman". No more delaysFIFA has refused to make any further postponements to Austria's World Cup qualifier game against Israel. The match has already been postponed twice. Initially nine Austrian players had refused to travel to Israel on October 7 because of security concerns. The match was postponed to October 27, but the Austrians didn't want to go again. It's now on Saturday, with Austria needing just a draw to go through to a playoff against Turkey.



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