Rummenigge upbeat after meeting with Blatter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter leaves after the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England. The dates of the 2022 tournament will be confirmed in March by the FIFA executive committee, which Blatter heads. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Tensions between FIFA and Europe’s top clubs over the 2022 World Cup have been calmed by a meeting between Sepp Blatter and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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Spanish, Italian matchups in 3rd round of Europa League

Everton's Romelu Lukaku takes the ball downfield during his team's Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Everton and BSC Young Boys at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — All-Spanish and all-Italian matches headed the third-round draw in a Europa League increasingly affected by political tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

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