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Hong Kong football fans boo China anthem as protests swell

Fpo - Hong Kong football fans booed the Chinese national anthem and held signs opposing government plans to allow extraditions to the mainland at a home match against Taiwan on Tuesday night.

Hosts France enjoy winning start as women's World Cup kicks off

Paris - Hosts France laid down a marker in the opening game of the women's World Cup as towering defender Wendie Renard scored twice in a convincing 4-0 win over South Korea to kick off the tournament in style in Paris on Friday.

Jamaica, Bob Marley and football: a family love affair

Kingston - In Jamaica, the spirit of Bob Marley is inescapable: it permeates the Caribbean island nation, even its football pitches -- a sign of the reggae legend's passion for the sport.

Woman who accuses Brazil's Neymar of rape gives details in TV interview

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians for the first time late Wednesday heard from the woman who says that football superstar Neymar sexually assaulted her at a Paris hotel.

Lawyers drop Brazil star Neymar's rape accuser

Teres - Lawyers for a woman who accused Brazil star Neymar of rape are no longer representing her because of contradictions in her story, Globo TV reported on Monday.

Liverpool's Champions League party moves to England

Madrid - Liverpool's celebrations stretched long into the night after they became six-time European champions with goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi to beat Tottenham -- and the party was set to move to England on Sunday where tens of thousands of fans ...

Liverpool fans revel in victory back in club's home city

Liverpool - Ecstatic Liverpool fans who watched Saturday's Champions League final on a big screen on the city's waterfront erupted with euphoria as their team won Europe's top football competition -- for the sixth time.

Liverpool and Tottenham set for all-English Champions League showdown

Madrid - Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are aiming to make up for several recent near misses while Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham can dream of winning the Champions League for the first time as the two English clubs meet in Saturday's final in Madrid.

The 2022 tournament in Qatar will be played with 32 nations

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

FIFA drops plans for 48-team 2022 World Cup

Lausanne - FIFA shelved a proposed expansion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams on Wednesday, dealing a blow to the world football body's president Gianni Infantino.The 2022 tournament in the Gulf state will now be played with 32 nations taking part.

Bolivian referee death puts altitude matches under spotlight

La Paz - The death of a Bolivian referee officiating a match at more than 4,000 meters has reopened the debate about the safety of playing football at such altitude.

Swiss escalate probe into attorney general's FIFA contacts

Geneva - A Swiss oversight body said Friday that it had opened a "disciplinary investigation" targeting the attorney general over his meetings with FIFA's president, while Bern is probing corruption in world football.

Spanish prosecutors appeal acquittal of ex-Barcelona president

Madrid - Spanish public prosecutors said Thursday they have appealed the acquittal of former FC Barcelona president Sandro Rosell of money laundering.

Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

London - Former England footballer David Beckham was on Thursday disqualified from driving for six months after using his phone while behind the wheel.

Gaza amputees tackle trauma with football

Kear Darom - When 12-year-old Abdel Rahman Nofel was shot in the leg near the Gaza border, he thought he would never play football again.

Football hacker Pinto makes first appearance in Lisbon court

Lisbon - Rui Pinto, the Portuguese hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website, made his first appearance before a Lisbon judge on Friday.

Former Colombia footballer Viafara arrested over drug trafficking

Cali - Former Colombia international Jhon Viafara has been arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and could be extradited to face charges in the United States, the public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would 'exacerbate' Gulf tensions

Doha - FIFA President Gianni Infantino's plan to expand the Qatar World Cup to 48 teams and increase the number of host countries risks worsening existing Gulf diplomatic tensions, claim analysts.

Far-right funeral in east Germany draws hundreds of mourners

Chemnitz - Hundreds of black-clad mourners turned up at the funeral of a neo-Nazi figure in eastern Germany's Chemnitz, with police out in force to ward off any violence in a city previously rocked by far-right rioting.

Australia slammed for backing Asian football boss's new term

Sydney - Australia's football body announced its support for the re-election of under-fire Asian soccer chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa on Monday, drawing criticism from a prominent campaigner who called it "sickening".

Solskjaer in Camp Nou return as Man Utd draw Barcelona in Champions League

Paris - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United face Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals while Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur clash in an all-Premier League tie following Friday's draw.

Hungary court confirms Football Leaks hacker extradition

Budapest - A hacker linked to the Football Leaks website that has exposed alleged corruption in the sport will be extradited to Portugal from Hungary, his lawyer said Thursday.

Kidnappers free Nigeria winger's mother: police

Warri - Kidnappers have released the mother of Bordeaux and Nigeria winger Samuel Kalu after holding her for nearly a week, police in the country's southeast said on Tuesday.

Hungary to decide on Football Leaks hacker deportation

Budapest - A Budapest court is set to decide on Tuesday on the extradition of a hacker linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website that has exposed alleged corruption, sparking investigations in several European countries.

Liberian leader Weah meets Israel's Netanyahu

Ge'ulim - Liberian President George Weah met Friday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has made strengthening ties with Africa a foreign policy priority.

Football fans brave Venezuela's match-night terrors

Caracas - As dusk creeps into the streets, Caracas becomes a ghost town. But something is moving tonight in the shadow of the football stadium.Fans float in small groups along the sidewalks.

Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay to present joint 2030 World Cup bid

Santiago - Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay are to submit a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera announced on Thursday.

Footballer Sala's body to be returned to Argentina on Friday

Buenos Aires - Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's body is to be returned to Argentina on Friday, the mayor of his hometown of Progreso, Julio Muller, told AFP Tuesday.Sala's body was recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel last week.

Aussie legend hails #HakeemHome as win in battle for football's soul

Sydney - Ex-Socceroos captain Craig Foster was capped 29 times for his country, but believes the fight to free Hakeem al-Araibi was the most important battle of his life and vital for saving football's soul.

Flamengo fire victims were all aged between 14 and 17

Rio De Janeiro - The bodies of the 10 victims of a fire that ravaged accommodation for youth players at Rio club Flamengo have been identified, Brazilian media reported on Saturday, saying all were between 14 and 17.The fire struck early on Friday.
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