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Iraq's 'stadium of horrors' in ruins, but the game goes on

Mosul - Mohamed Fathi, coach of Mosul's football club in northern Iraq, hardly recognises the ruined soccer stadium once used by Islamic State group fighters to fire rockets and lob mortars from.Piles of rubble lie alongside a pitch of bumpy sand.

Brazil's Santos and Robinho part ways amid pressure over rape conviction

S - Santos and veteran international striker Robinho said Friday they had agreed to part ways amid pressure brought to bear on the Brazilian soccer team over his conviction in Italy of having raped a young woman in 2013 when he played for Milan.

Ronaldo, Johnson test positive as coronavirus surge hits sport

Paris - Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and men's golf world number one Dustin Johnson both tested positive for the coronavirus as a surge in cases cast a shadow over the return of professional sport.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19

Lisbon - Portugal and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive for Covid-19: Portuguese FA

Lisbon - Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Portuguese football federation announced on Tuesday.Ronaldo "is asymptomatic" and "will not play against Sweden" in Wednesday's Nations League match, the federation said on its website.

Premier League slam 'damaging' revamp plan

London - Premier League chiefs have called for unity after leading clubs discussed a "damaging" overhaul that would trigger the most radical changes to English football in decades.

Messi v Ronaldo in Champions League group stage, Man Utd to face PSG

Geneva - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against each other in this season's Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in Thursday's draw.

Koeman says he has no doubts about Messi

Madrid - Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said he has no concerns about Lionel Messi ahead of their first La Liga game of the season on Sunday, after the Argentinian took another swipe at the club over the departure of Luis Suarez.

Brazilian govt backs Neymar in racism row

S - Brazil's government sent its support to Neymar Tuesday after he was red-carded for a fight in a Ligue 1 match in France, condemning the "racism" that triggered the brawl.

Recovery with resentful Messi brings new complications for Barca

Madrid - Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona but for how long? Messi can negotiate with other teams from January 1 and leave next summer, when his contract expires and this time he really will be able to go for free.

Hometown left deflated but still hopeful after Messi snub

Rosario - Rosario had dared to dream but was left disappointed after the Argentine city's most celebrated son Lionel Messi announced he was staying at Barcelona.

Messi confirms staying at Barcelona but rages at president

Madrid - Lionel Messi said on Friday he will stay at Barcelona, insisting he could never go to court against "the club of his life".

Messi release clause not valid, Jorge Messi tells La Liga

Madrid - Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Lionel Messi, published a response to La Liga on Friday, insisting the Barcelona striker's 700-million-euro release clause no longer applies.

Football Leaks hacker Rui Pinto faces 90 charges as trial opens

Lisbon - The trial of Rui Pinto, the man behind the "Football Leaks" that exposed shady dealings by leading clubs, players and agents, begins on Friday in Lisbon, with the hacker facing 90 charges.

Michel Platini grilled by Swiss prosecutor in payment probe

Bern - Michel Platini was quizzed by a Swiss prosecutor on Monday in a probe investigating a two-million-Swiss-franc ($2.2-million) payment that the former European football chief received from FIFA in 2011.

Ronaldinho arrives back in Brazil after Paraguay detention

Rio De Janeiro - Former football star Ronaldinho arrived home in Brazil on a private jet on Tuesday, following more than five months in detention in Paraguay over a fake passport scandal.

Ronaldinho released from Paraguay detention after five months

Asunci - Former Brazil football star Ronaldinho was released on Monday by a Paraguayan judge after spending five months in detention over a forged passport.

Scores arrested as PSG fans riot in Paris after defeat

Paris - More than 150 people were arrested as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and clashed with police in the French capital after their team's Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich, police said Monday.

83 arrests, cars ablaze as angry PSG fans clash with police

Paris - More than 80 people were arrested as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze and clashed with police on the Champs-Elysees after the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.

Coach quits Brazil club over keeper's femicide conviction

S - The coach of the women's team of Brazilian football club Rio Branco quit Thursday in protest at the men's team's decision to sign star goalkeeper Bruno, who was convicted in 2013 of murdering his girlfriend.

World Cup 2022 organisers to cut staff: sources

Doha - The organisers of the 2022 World Cup will lay off an undisclosed number of staff as gas-rich Qatar cuts costs amid the coronavirus economic downturn, several sources have told AFP.

Rashford 1 UK govt 0: footballer forces change on child poverty

London - Britain's government on Tuesday bowed to demands by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to change its policy on free school meals for the poorest children, amid growing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on low-income famili...

South American football to restart with 'maximum guarantees'

Asunci - South American football will restart with the "maximum guarantees" for the health of players and those involved, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez told the medical teams of the region's 10 member associations by video call on Thursday.

It's TV at home as German football returns with 'ghost games'

Dortmund - Nicole Bartelt has been a loyal fan at all but two of Borussia Dortmund's home matches since 2008, but when the Bundesliga restarts Saturday after a two-month hiatus because of the coronavirus, she will be forced to keep away from the stands.

All eyes on Germany as Bundesliga football returns

Berlin - The Bundesliga on Saturday became the first major European football league to return to action since the coronavirus lockdown, with teams playing in empty, echoing stadiums.

'Largely unknown' South Korea league kicks off football's post-virus era

Jeonju - The towering stands of the 42,477-capacity Jeonju World Cup Stadium stood empty on Friday as South Korea opened football's post-coronavirus era without fans, but with an unprecedented international TV audience.

Transgender players kick down doors in Argentina football

La Plata - Out on the pitch, they finally can feel like themselves.

Ronaldinho enjoys 'golden cell' in locked-down Paraguay capital

Asunci - With Paraguay's capital in lockdown, former Brazil soccer star Ronaldinho is spending his second week under house arrest in an exclusive hotel in Asuncion, where a ballroom has been set up to allow him to keep us his soccer skills, as he awaits trial f...

New bribe details on 2018, 2022 World Cup votes as execs charged

New York - Two former executives with US media giant Fox were charged with corruption, bank fraud and money-laundering on Monday as US federal prosecutors shed fresh light on the scandal-tainted bidding war for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Ex-Honduras president disgraced by FIFAgate dies aged 76

Tegucigalpa - Honduran ex-president Rafael Callejas, who pleaded guilty in the United States for his part in the sweeping FIFAgate football corruption scandal, died Saturday aged 76, his family said.
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