Mid-Day Ticker: United Nations criticizes FIFA, Rangers owner eyes sale and more

Mid-Day Ticker: United Nations criticizes FIFA, Rangers owner eyes sale and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: United Nations criticizes FIFA, Rangers owner eyes sale and more

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The United Nations claims that FIFA has ignored its responsibility to ensure housing rights for citizens of countries involved in the World Cup bidding process after uncovering some startling facts from South Africa in the build up to this summer's World Cup.

According to the Associated Press, a UN investigator found that more than 20,000 residents in a settlement near Cape Town will be displaced to impoverished areas on the outskirts of the city as a direct byproduct of the country hosting the event.

FIFA has reportedly failed to respond to any inquiries by the UN, and the investigator has been unsuccessful in all attempts to meet with the organization to discuss the housing crisis.

Here are a few other stories to get you through the day:

RANGERS MOVES TOWARD SALE

Glasgow Rangers majority owner David Murray is reportedly in talks with former Queens Park Rangers director Andrew Ellis about purchasing the team.

The club has a debt of £31 million and hasn't purchased players in the transfer market since the 2008 summer window (Maurice Edu being among that final group).

The financial difficulties haven't hurt the team's performance on the field – Rangers boasts a 10-point lead over rival Celtic with a game in hand in the Scottish Premier League.

INTERNATIONAL SOCCER TO RETURN TO BALTIMORE

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that an international soccer match will be played at M&T Bank Stadium on July 25, two weeks after the conclusion of the World Cup. 

The teams involved have yet to be finalized, but the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Baltimore Ravens are in the final stages of planning the match.

Chelsea and AC Milan played in front of a sellout crowd of 71,000 in Baltimore during last summer's World Football Challenge.

PATO RETURNING FOR MILAN

AC Milan could get a boost for Wednesday's Champions League second-leg match at Old Trafford with the news that Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato may be fit to play

The Italian side faces a 3-2 deficit and needs to overcome the three away goals scored by Manchester United in the first leg to advance to the quarterfinals. Pato is recovering from a hamstring injury.

Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, may miss the crucial match as he recovers from a knee injury. Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Rooney is "very doubtful." The Manchester United manager is still fuming over how much Rooney played in England's friendly against Egypt last week.

NIGERIAN PLAYER DIES DURING MATCH

Endurance Idahor, a former Nigerian U-23 player, collapsed and died during a match for his club team in Sudan over the weekend.

Idahor, 25, was a striker for Al Merreikh, and it is believed that he suffered a heart attack. He scored 118 goals in 176 games for the Sudanese Premier League side.

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What's your opinion on the UN's findings? Should FIFA be punished? Impressed that Rangers has fared so well despite financial issues? Do you think AC Milan can come back and eliminate Manchester United if Pato plays and Rooney does not?

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