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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, photo a view of rainbow laces in Tottenham Hotspurs' Harry Kane boots, as part of an anti-homophobia campaign, as he warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. The French football league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums that paves the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
May 13, 2019 - 7:51 am
PARIS (AP) — The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file Former FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke speaks during a news conference for the 2014 World Cup in Florianopolis, Brazil. Jerome Valcke's 10-year ban from football was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday July 27, 2018. The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA ethics committee. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
July 27, 2018 - 7:17 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jerome Valcke's 10-year ban from football was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday. The secretary general at FIFA for eight years during Sepp Blatter's presidency was fired in 2016 and banned from all football-related activity for 10 years by the FIFA...
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July 26, 2018 - 11:37 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Tax Office has accepted a deal with Cristiano Ronaldo to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of close to 19 million euros ($22 million) in exchange for a reduced prison sentence that will likely be suspended. A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The...
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July 26, 2018 - 10:55 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has thanked medical staff in his first public comments since emergency brain surgery in May. Ferguson, who has been recovering at home, released a video message through the club on Thursday. The 76-year-old Ferguson, who...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Alphonso Davies of Canada speaks at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Bayern Munich has on Wednesday, July 25 agreed to sign Canada’s teenage forward Alphonso Davies from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. The Bundesliga powerhouse says the 17-year-old Ghana-born Davies will join on Jan. 1, 2019 and that his contract will run through June 2023. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)
July 26, 2018 - 6:29 am
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich has agreed to sign Canadian teenage forward Alphonso Davies from the Vancouver Whitecaps in a transfer worth up to $22 million (18.75 million euros), a record for a Major League Soccer player. The Bundesliga champion says the 17-year-old Davies, a naturalized Canadian...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Sunday, May 13, 2018, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, poses for a photo with Arsenal soccer player Mesut Ozil in London. Germany midfielder Ozil has announced his retirement from international soccer, alleging racial discrimination. (Presidential Press Service/Pool via AP, File)
July 26, 2018 - 6:04 am
BERLIN (AP) — The president of Germany's football federation conceded he made mistakes in handling a controversy over Mesut Ozil's photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but strongly rejected accusations of racism on Thursday. Ozil announced his retirement from Germany's national team...
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France's Kylian Mbappe, center, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
July 24, 2018 - 10:14 am
GENEVA (AP) — World Cup stars Kylian Mbappe and Luka Modric will challenge the decade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Mbappe, the teenage star of France's World Cup-winning team, and Modric, the Croatia captain who was named the tournament's best...
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July 24, 2018 - 9:37 am
ZURICH (AP) — Six players from European and French champion Lyon are among 10 candidates to win FIFA's best women's player award. The Lyon group includes captain Wendie Renard of France, plus Dzsenifer Marozsan and Saki Kumagai, the captains of Germany and Japan. Three candidates who play in the...
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