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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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Northern Ireland beaten by world champions Germany

PARIS- UNS -Northern Ireland were beaten by world champions Germany but still advanced to the last 16 of Euro 2016 after the Czech Republic’s 2-0 defeat by Turkey. Germany wasted several chances before and after Mario Gomez scored the game’s only goal in Paris. The …

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Russian fan leader Alexander Shprygin back in France

Alexander Shprygin and a group of other Russia fans flew from Nice to Moscow on Saturday Russian football fan leader Alexander Shprygin has been detained in France, two days after being expelled from the country, French officials say. He had been put on a flight …

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IAAF votes to keep Russia banned ahead of Rio games

VIENNA: World athletics’ governing body decided on Friday to maintain its doping ban on all Russian athletes, Russia’s athletics federation said, leaving the country’s hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics dependent on Olympic chiefs giving a special dispensation at a meeting next week. The …

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IAAF decision means Russian track and field banned from Olympics: ministry

MOSCOW: Russia’s sports ministry on Friday said that a decision by the IAAF to keep in place a ban means its entire track and field team will miss the Rio Olympics. “We are extremely disappointed by the IAAF’s decision to uphold the ban on all …

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Putin questions how Russians ‘beat up’ English football fans

MOSCOW -UNS : Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called the football hooligan violence at Euro 2016 a “disgrace” but questioned how Russian fans could have overpowered a far larger English presence. “The fighting between Russian fans with the English, that is a disgrace,” Putin …

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France expels Russia far-right fan chief Shprygin in Euro 2016

The far-right leader of the Russian footballer supporters’ association is being thrown out of France following violence at the England-Russia Euro 2016 match in Marseille. Alexander Shprygin is among 20 Russian fans being deported. They were detained on Tuesday while travelling from Marseille to Lille …

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