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March 18, 2019 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge ordered a sports marketing group on Monday to pay a total of $1 million in fines in the FIFA soccer scandal. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen fined Traffic Sports International and Traffic Sports USA at a hearing federal court in Brooklyn. The companies had been implicated in...
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Wolverhampton's Raul Jimenez, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal during the English FA Cup Quarter Final soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
March 18, 2019 - 10:17 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It has been abundantly clear for some time that Wolverhampton Wanderers wasn't going to be a typical promoted team in the Premier League this season. Funded by Chinese conglomerate Fosun International. Closely linked with "super-agent" Jorge Mendes. Owning players from...
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Fans burn a banner in front of stands during a Greek Super League soccer match inside the Athens' Olympic stadium, in Athens, Sunday, March 17, 2019. The derby between Greek league archrivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos has been abandoned after a small number of Panathinaikos fans clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic stadium. (InTime Sports via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 8:01 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek league rivals Panathinaikos and Olympiakos had their soccer game abandoned on Sunday after fans from host Panathinaikos clashed with police outside Athens' Olympic Stadium, and attempted to attack the Olympiakos bench inside the stadium. With tear gas heavily used as...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, is hugged by Jordi Alba after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
March 17, 2019 - 4:23 pm
The future of the Champions League will be shaped in the coming weeks as UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin hosts talks with representatives of clubs and leagues. UEFA, European soccer's governing body, is gathering views ahead of a meeting of its executive committee in May when the 2021-24 cycle...
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March 17, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina was hospitalized after he played on despite a head injury during a Serie A match on Sunday and then collapsed. Ospina injured his head in a collision with Udinese forward Ignacio Pussetto during the opening minutes of the game but insisted he was fine to continue...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2015, file photo, the United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they defeated Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. People with knowledge of FIFA’s finances told The Associated Press that in the four-year period covering the 2018 World Cup, FIFA’s reserves soared to $2.74 billion and revenue rose to $6.4 billion, but it also underscores the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
March 16, 2019 - 10:15 am
MIAMI (AP) — FIFA has agreed to make public its vote on the host for the 2023 Women's World Cup. The organization's decision-making body wants to be more transparent after concerns were raised last month that the women's tournament wouldn't fully follow the new voting process for the men's World...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
March 15, 2019 - 9:01 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Concerned by political and logistical impediments, FIFA will face resistance in Qatar to attempts to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams and spread games across the Persian Gulf, people with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was given...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks during a press conference after a FIFA Council Meeting, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Miami. The council approved working with Qatar to explore expanding the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams by adding at least one more country in the Persian Gulf to host matches. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
March 15, 2019 - 4:37 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Video review has been approved for the Women's World Cup, which runs from June 7 to July 7 in France. The Video Assistant Referee system made its debut at the men's tournament in Russia last year and was approved Friday for use at the women's tournament. Of the 455 incidents checked by...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino holds the official ball of the upcoming Women’s Soccer World Championship as he poses for photographers during a press conference at the end of an executive committee meeting in Rome. FIFA's financial results underscore the glaring disparity between men and women’s soccer. “We need to try to find what is the most balanced way and I think we made a step and there will be many more steps going ahead,” Infantino said in October before his ruling council approved the 2019 Women’s World Cup prize scale. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
March 15, 2019 - 3:25 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the FIFA Council meeting (all times local): ___ 3:20 p.m. The European members attending the FIFA Council voted against introducing a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021, and clubs are refusing to participate. The seven dissenting voices Friday could not stop FIFA President...
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ManU's Marcus Rashford, left, celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League round of 16, second leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Manchester United at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, March. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
March 15, 2019 - 10:47 am
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — A new generation of Manchester United players will have to get through Barcelona to win the Champions League. And Lionel Messi will still be there. United was drawn Friday to face Barcelona in the Champions League quarterfinals, hosting the first leg on April 10. Also...
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