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Federation cleared to start Brazilian league
Brazilian federation wins civil lawsuits, gets clearance to start national league this weekend
By TALES AZZONI
Associated Press
2014-04-17 11:01 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian football federation says it has been successful in its appeal against a club that filed a civil suit trying to be included in the country's first-division league, guaranteeing the championship can start on time this weekend.

Minnow club Icasa was seeking to play the top flight because one of the four promoted teams last year, Figueirense, used a player who was incorrectly registered. Icasa finished fifth and wanted to take Figueirense's spot, but a sports tribunal court had dismissed its case.

The federation had already won appeals against civil suits from Portuguesa, which was trying to remain in the top division after being relegated when a sports tribunal stripped points from the club for using a suspended player in the final round last year.

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