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Chinese TV pulls Arsenal match after Ozil's Uighur comments

Bejing - Chinese state broadcaster CCTV pulled a game between Arsenal and Manchester City from its programme after the Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil expressed support for mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang.

Chinese TV pulls Arsenal match after Ozil's Uighur comments

Bejing - Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has pulled a game between Arsenal and Manchester City from its programme after the Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang.

France, Portugal, Germany drawn together at Euro 2020 as England get Croatia

Bucharest - France face a major hurdle if they are to add the European Championship to their World Cup crown after coming out in the same Euro 2020 group as Germany and reigning European champions Portugal in Saturday's draw in Bucharest.

Football diplomacy with Qatar hints at Saudi 'peace' effort

Apo - A Saudi-led bloc's decision to play a football tournament in rival Qatar could herald a rapprochement after a two-year stand-off, and signal Riyadh is tempering its muscular approach that stoked regional crises.

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain to play in Qatar, signalling thaw

Apo - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have said they will participate in this month's Gulf Cup football tournament in Qatar, signalling a thaw in their bitter two-year feud.

Bundesliga commemorates fall of Berlin Wall 30-years on

Berlin - A replica of the Berlin Wall separated the teams before Hertha Berlin's home Bundesliga tie against RB Leipzig at the city's Olympic Stadium, part of Saturday's celebrations making the 30th anniversary of the fall of the original wall.

River Plate reach Copa Libertadores final despite Boca loss

Buenos Aires - Defending champions River Plate booked a place in the final of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday despite losing a tense semi-final to rivals Boca Juniors at a packed Bombonera in Buenos Aires.

Mexico tries to kick homophobic chant out of football

Mexico - The tension was palpable in the stadium every time the Panamanian keeper took a goal kick, as if everyone could hear the prayers of the Mexican Football Federation's bosses: "Fans, please don't say it.

Asian football final moved from N. Korea after blacked-out match

Kuala Lumpur - The final of an Asian club tournament has been moved from Pyongyang to Shanghai, football officials said Tuesday, a week after North and South Korea played out a surreal World Cup qualifier in an empty stadium.

Racists must be 'kicked out' of stadiums: FIFA boss

Dhaka - Racists must be "kicked out" of stadiums, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Thursday, as he pressed for a worldwide ban on spectators who abuse black footballers.

FIFA president 'disappointed' by empty stands at Koreas qualifier

Seoul - FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he was "disappointed" after attending a historic but bizarre World Cup qualifier between North and South Korea that had empty stands and no live broadcast.

Saudi to play Palestine in landmark West Bank game

Ramallah - Saudi Arabia's football team will play Palestine in the occupied West Bank for the first time Tuesday, having previously refused to enter the territory as part of its boycott of Israel.

Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades

Tehran - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.

Mexico cracks down on homophobic slurs in football

Mexico - The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) announced a new crackdown Friday on the homophobic slurs often heard at its matches, warning that the controversial tradition could get the country banned from the 2022 World Cup.

'Exceptional' Di Maria stars as PSG tear apart sorry Real Madrid

Paris - Angel Di Maria was hailed as "exceptional" after scoring twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain shrugged off the absences of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and thrashed Real Madrid 3-0 on Wednesday to get off to the perfect start in the Champio...

Iran to probe death of 'blue girl' football fan

Tehran - Iran is to probe the death of a woman football fan, state media said Tuesday, after she reportedly set herself ablaze in fear of being jailed, triggering calls for an end to a ban on women attending matches.

Iran to probe death of 'blue girl' football fan

Tehran - Iran's judiciary has been asked to investigate the death of a woman football fan, state media said Tuesday, after she reportedly self-immolated because she feared imprisonment for trying to enter a stadium.

Inter Milan's Lukaku targeted by racist chants at Cagliari

Milan - Inter MIlan striker Romelu Lukaku was targeted by racist chanting on Sunday before slamming home the winning penalty in his side's 2-1 Serie A triumph at Cagliari on Sunday.

Croatia charges 5 with hate crimes for attack on Serb bar

Zagreb - Croatian police charged five men with hate crimes Wednesday for last week's attack on Serbs watching a Red Star Belgrade match in a bar, an incident that heightened tensions between Belgrade and Zagreb.

Red Star Belgrade fans park tank, spark uproar

Belgrade - Red Star Belgrade fans stirred controversy by parking an army tank outside their stadium ahead of Tuesday's Champions League play-off second leg against Swiss side Young Boys.

Three dead and seven injured in soccer match riots in Honduras

Tegucigalpa - At least three people died and seven were injured in riots Saturday night between rival soccer fans ahead of a national championship game in Honduras, a hospital treating the victims said.

Brazil prosecutors ask judge to close Neymar rape case

S - Prosecutors in Brazil said Thursday they agree with a police finding that there is not enough evidence to prove rape allegations against Neymar and have asked a judge to close the case.

Chelsea staff 'turned blind eye' to sexual abuse

London - Young hopefuls at Premier League giants Chelsea were abused for years by a "prolific and manipulative" coach as staff at the club "turned a blind eye", an independent report said Tuesday.

CONMEBOL bans Messi for three months after Copa outburst

Asunci - Argentina star Lionel Messi was banned for three months and fined $50,000 on Friday by CONMEBOL after he heavily criticized the South American football governing body during the Copa America.

Brazil police end Neymar rape probe over lack of evidence

S - Police in Brazil probing rape allegations against football superstar Neymar have closed the case due to a lack of evidence, the Sao Paulo attorney general's office said Monday.

Brazil police end Neymar rape probe over lack of evidence: official

S - Police in Brazil probing rape allegations against football superstar Neymar have closed the case due to a lack of evidence, the Sao Paulo attorney general's office said Monday.

Algerians mix protest and football with eyes on Africa cup

Alger - Protesters took to the streets of Algiers Friday for a rally boosted by hopes that their national team would beat Senegal to win the Africa Cup of Nations.

Algerian football fans touch off national identity debate in France

Paris - Thousands of extra French police are set to be on duty later Friday in Paris and other major cities following clashes involving Algerian football fans that have touched off a debate about national identity.

Ajax's De Ligt joins Juventus for 75 mln euros: Italian club

Rome - Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt signed Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for 75 million euros ($84.2 million), the Italian champions said.

French police arrest hundreds after Algeria football win

Paris - French police arrested over two hundred people on Sunday following Algeria's qualification for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, which sparked scenes of joy as well as clashes with police in several large cities.
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