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FIFA scandal: Argentine firm agrees to $112.8 mn settlement

NEW YORK: Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias S.A. agreed Tuesday to pay $112.8 million to settle charges in the United States stemming from a massive FIFA corruption scandal, authorities said. Torneos “admitted to its role in the 15-year scheme, including its role in …

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FIFA chief wants video refs for next World Cup

PARIS: FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is in favour of introducing video refereeing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, after previously expressing fears it would break up games too much. The head of world football’s governing body told Tuesday’s Le Parisien newspaper that …

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Barcelona begin road trip without Messi

MADRID (AFP) – A Barcelona side missing injured Lionel Messi face Sporting Gijon in the first of three away games in a week, as they battle to keep pace with La Liga leaders Real Madrid on Saturday. Messi suffered the recurrence of a groin strain …

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Messi in doubt for Celtic clash with groin injury

BARCELONA: Lionel Messi’s availability for Barcelona’s Champions League opener with Celtic next week remains in doubt after tests confirmed the five-time World Player of the Year is suffering from a groin injury. Messi returned to Spain after aggravating the injury as he scored the winner …

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Soccer Asian Tournament: Pak U-16 winner team return

LAHORE –UNS  Pakistan Under-16 soccer team reached Allama Iqbal Airport, Lahore from Sri Lanka on Friday night after winning the Asian School Youth Tournament. The Pakistan youth team beat hosts Sri Lanka 4-2 in the final to lift the winning Asian School Youth Tournament title. …

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Argentina Olympic team robbed at Mexico hotel

PUEBLA: Argentina s Olympic football team complained Friday that cash and electronics were stolen from its players hotel rooms while they were playing a friendly in Mexico. Argentina Football Association (AFA) vice president Claudio Tapia said the theft took place when Mexico and the South …

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#WeAreAllLeoMessi campaign backfires

Spanish giants Barcelona launched the #WeAreAllLeoMessi campaign on Twitter to generate support from the club’s fans across the world for Argentine forward Lionel Messi, who was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to 21 months in jail on Wednesday. The Catalan side must have expected …

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Slick Germany ease into Euro quarter-finals

LILLE -UNS : Boateng opened his account eight minutes into his 63rd international appearance and Joachim Loew’s side never looked back against outclassed opponents. Mesut Ozil had a penalty saved soon after but Julian Draxler set up Mario Gomez to double the lead two minutes …

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France beat Ireland 2-1 to reach Euro 2016 quarter-finals

LYON: Antoine Griezmann broke Irish hearts with two second-half goals as France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over ten-man Republic of Ireland and move into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Sunday. Robbie Brady, who had netted the Republic’s winner against Italy, had …

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Poland beat Switzerland on penalties

Poland’s players celebrate their team’s win in the Euro 2016 round of sixteen football match between Switzerland and Poland at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 25, 2016. Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the first Euro 2016 last 16 clash …

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