MILAN, ITALY (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (REUTERS) – Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after being held to a 0-0 home draw on Monday (November 13) by a defiant Sweden, who booked a place at next year’s finals in Russia with a 1-0 aggregate win. Continue reading
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 13, 2017) (REUTERS) – More than two years after U.S. prosecutors unveiled a sweeping corruption case that rocked FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, three former officials linked to the organization face a trial on racketeering and bribery charges on Monday (November 13) in a New York court. Continue reading
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 11, 2017) (TWITTER -BEKAH MOLONY) – Celebrations in Brussels to mark Morocco’s return to soccer’s World Cup finals for the first time in two decades turned violent late on Saturday (November 12), when crowds clashed with police, setting cars on fire and injuring 22 police officers.
Images on social media showed overturned, burning cars and broken shop windows in Brussels city centre as well as police trucks firing water cannons at crowds gathered in front of the city’s stock exchange.
Brussels police said that of some 1,500 people had come to celebrate Morocco’s 2-0 win over Ivory Coast, but that around 300 started to behave violently and attacked police officers and firemen called to put out burning cars and dust bins.
More than 100,000 people of Moroccan origin live in Brussels. Belgium saw an influx of Moroccan workers in the 1960s and 1970s.
Prosecutors said that by Sunday morning no arrests had been made, but Belgium’s interior minister vowed to hold those responsible to account, calling the events unacceptable.
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (JANUARY 7, 2013) (REUTERS) – Former U.S. women’s soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has alleged in a Portuguese newspaper article that former FIFA president Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her. Continue reading
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 23, 2017) (FIFA) – Real Madrid’s Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best soccer player in the world for the second year running at FIFA’s The Best awards gala on Monday (October 23). Continue reading
FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn apologises to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence after a report concluded the players were subject to discriminatory remarks by their former manager.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) – Former England captain Wayne Rooney has been charged with a drink-driving offence, Cheshire police said in a statement on Friday (September 1). Continue reading
England manager Gareth Southgate says there is no doubt that retired England star Wayne Rooney is a legend. Continue reading
LONDON COLNEY, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (REUTERS) – Liverpool have completed the signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Merseyside club said on Thursday (August 31), for a fee reported to be around 40 million pounds sterling (around 51.5 million US dollars). Continue reading
BARCELONA, SPAIN (AUGUST 7, 2017) (REUTERS) – Barcelona’s traditional curtain-raiser, the Joan Gamper Trophy, took on emotional significance with the visit of Chapecoense, the Brazilian team who lost most of their playing and coaching staff in an air crash last year.