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Turkish star Turan could face more than 12 years jail for brawl

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Monday charged Barcelona player Arda Turan over a brawl with a prominent singer, asking for the footballer to be sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in jail.

Top Belgian football rocked by fraud, match-fixing probe

Apo - Police raids across Europe on Wednesday sent shockwaves through Belgium's top football league as prosecutors targeted the country's biggest clubs over alleged fraudulent transfers and match-fixing.

In Jerusalem, Palestinian families play political football

Jerusalem - Aqal passes to Aqal, who finds Aqal in space out wide. He squares to Aqal, who smashes home a strike, sending the crowd of yet more family members into hysterics.

Brazil football star Ronaldinho backs far-right presidential candidate

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian former football star Ronaldinho tweeted support for a polarizing far-right politician leading the race to be his country's next president in elections on Sunday.

Thai cave survivors play River Plate at Youth Olympics

Buenos Aires - The players of the Thai junior football team who were rescued after being trapped in a cave for more than two weeks were invited to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and played at River Plate on Sunday.

Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape 'abominable'

Las Vegas - Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday denied accusations by a former American model that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and said his conscience is clear.

Ronaldo denies 'fake news' rape claim as police reopen investigation

Los Angeles - Police said Monday they had reopened an investigation into a rape accusation made by a former model who says soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo attacked her in his Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.

Turkey press rages over 'stab in back' after Germany handed Euro 2024

Istanbul - Turkey's newspapers on Friday blasted the decision of UEFA to award the Euro 2024 football tournament to Germany over a rival Turkish bid, saying it had been "stabbed in the back" and taking particular aim at UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

'Not about football anymore': Indonesia hit by hooligan violence

Jakarta - From deadly fan beatings to teams being transported to matches in armoured personnel carriers, Indonesia is fast gaining a reputation as Asia's most violent football nation.

Beckham escapes speeding prosecution on technicality

London - David Beckham escaped prosecution over a speeding charge on Thursday after the football icon's lawyer, nicknamed "Mr Loophole", successfully raised a technicality.

Hungary PM's office hits back over football trips scandal

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's office hit back Thursday over reports that he flew to football matches on a luxury plane funded by a friend who has won many lucrative public tenders.

Swiss police opposed Abramovich residency bid: official

Geneva - Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had sought to move to Switzerland but withdrew his residency bid when it looked set to be rejected, a Swiss migration official said Wednesday.

Erdogan's shadow looms over Turkey bid for Euro 2024

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an avid follower of sports who massively developed football infrastructure, has in 15 years in power always come away empty-handed from bids for Turkey to hold one of the world's great sporting events.

Modric ends Ronaldo-Messi era to be crowned world's best

London - Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year on Monday.

Neymar backs former Brazil forward Romario for Rio governor

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's football star Neymar is getting involved in politics and has given his backing to former fellow international forward Romario in the upcoming gubernatorial elections next month."I'm here to say I support you.

Pussy Riot activist awake again after suspected poisoning

Moscow - A member of the Pussy Riot punk band who was hospitalised with suspected poisoning has regained consciousness and will be transferred to Berlin for further treatment, his girlfriend told Russian media.

Three men released over Argentine football child sex abuse

Buenos Aires - Three men held for five months over a shocking underage sex abuse scandal in Argentine football have been released, one of the defendants said on Friday.

Pussy Riot activist 'poisoned' with large dose of medical drugs: report

Moscow - A Pussy Riot activist who took part in a pitch invasion during the 2018 World Cup has been hospitalised suffering from apparent poisoning from medical drugs, his partner told Russian media Friday.

US market taps in on Latin American football fever

Montevideo - United States football fans have been enjoying a special treat during the latest international break as Latin America's heavyweights Brazil, Argentina and Mexico have decamped to the north for a pair of friendlies.

Maradona's new club owned by powerful clan with shady ties

Mexico - The latest chapter in Argentine football legend Diego Maradona's colorful career will be coaching Mexican second-division club Dorados, a team owned by a powerful family that has faced accusations of ties to drug trafficking.

Argentine football passion, a criminal's poisoned chalice

Buenos Aires - Argentines are well known the world over for their passion for football. What's not such common knowledge is how that very fervor is helping police catch criminals.

Former S.America football boss Napout jailed for nine years in US

New York - The former head of the South American football confederation CONMEBOL, Juan Angel Napout, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Wednesday for his role in the sweeping FIFA corruption scandal -- a tough punishment the judge said should deter others ...

Belgian TV presenter arrested over armed robbery

Apo - One of Belgium's top football TV presenters has been arrested as part of a police probe into a series of armed robberies, prosecutors said Wednesday.

President Weah presents honours to former coaches Wenger and LeRoy

Paynesville - Liberian President George Weah on Friday gave his country's top honour to Arsene Wenger and Claude LeRoy, the two French coaches who gave his football career an early boost.

Ronaldo, Modric and Salah up for UEFA Player of the Year

Paris - Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah make up the three-man shortlist for the UEFA Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season, European football's governing body announced on Monday.

Boateng joining PSG '50-50', says Bayern boss Hoeness

Berlin - Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says the chances of Jerome Boateng joining Paris Saint-Germain are "50-50" with the Germany defender also linked to Manchester United."It's 50-50.

German FA boss admits Ozil needed more support over 'racist attacks'

Berlin - The under-fire president of the German Football Association (DFB), admitted on Sunday that he should have given Mesut Ozil more support when the midfielder was the target of "racist attacks".

Ronaldo gets nod for Juventus debut against Chievo

Milan - Cristiano Ronaldo is curious to find out about life in Serie A and will make his debut in the opening match of the season for champions Juventus against Chievo in Verona, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday.

Sampdoria and Genoa's Serie A games postponed after bridge collapse

Milan - Both Genoa clubs had requested that their opening games of the season be pushed back with Sampdoria due to host Fiorentina and Genoa playing at AC Milan on Sunday.

La Liga moves into post-Ronaldo era as Atletico threaten Real, Barcelona

Madrid - The Spanish season kicks off this weekend with La Liga entering a new era following the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta, and with Atletico Madrid posing a huge threat to the big two.
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