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Bulgarian Soccer Head Resigns After Racist Incident

Politico Europe reports: The head of Bulgaria’s football federation resigned Tuesday, bowing to Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s call for him to quit following a match in Sofia during which Bulgarian fans hurled racist abuse at black England players. “After yesterday’s shameful loss of the Bulgarian national team and in view of our poor football results, I ordered [Sport] Minister Krasen …

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FIFA Match Suspended Over Nazi Salutes, Racist Chants

Reuters reports: The Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England was twice halted by the match referee in the first half on Monday under a three-step UEFA protocol to tackle racist abuse from the crowd. Britain’s Sky Sports television said racist chanting was heard from the stands and reported by England players to manager Gareth Southgate, with the referee informed …

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FIFA Names Megan Rapinoe Female Player Of The Year

Sports Illustrated reports: Know your audience. Megan Rapinoe has always had an uncanny ability to pick the right tone and the right words when she speaks in public, and she did it again on Monday in Milan as she received the FIFA award for the women’s world player of the year. On this occasion, Rapinoe realized that the audience she …

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LIVE VIDEO: NYC’s World Cup Ticker-Tape Parade

FiveThirtyEight reports: A ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan is pretty much the quintessential homecoming for American heroes. So it’s fitting that the conquering U.S. women’s soccer team — which won the World Cup on Sunday — will get its second parade in four years down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Wednesday morning. That’s an appropriate honor after one …

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Trump Congratulates “Exciting” World Cup Winners

CNN reports: The US Women’s National Soccer Team captured a record-extending fourth World Cup Sunday with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the championship game. Megan Rapinoe — who has publicly feuded with President Donald Trump in the lead up to Sunday’s win — scored a penalty goal in the second half to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. …

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US Wins World Cup In 2-0 Victory Over Netherlands

The New York Times reports: The United States was denied for a half. But in the end, there was no stopping the Americans. The United States women’s soccer team claimed its fourth straight Women’s World Cup title on Sunday, beating a valiant Netherlands team. 2-0, in Lyon, France, to repeat as world champions. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored second-half …

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US Beats England 2-1 To Advance To World Cup Final

The New York Times reports: It’s OVER!! The United States is back in the World Cup final! The United States returned to the World Cup final with a thrilling 2-1 victory over England on Tuesday in Lyon, France. Christen Press, a surprise starter for an injured Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan, on her 30th birthday, scored for the Americans. It …

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US Soccer Star Ali Krieger Defends Teammate: Trump Just Hates Women That He “Cannot Control Or Grope”

Yahoo Sports reports: U.S. soccer star Ali Krieger defended her teammate Megan Rapinoe after President Trump criticized her on Wednesday. Krieger tweeted that like Rapinoe, she also would turn down an invitation to the White House if the U.S. women’s national team wins the World Cup. Krieger is the first USWNT player to turn down Trump’s invitation, not counting the …

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Soccer Banner: “Keep Warsaw Free From Faggots”

Gay Star News reports: Less than two weeks after its mayor signed a historic accord recognizing the rights of LGBTI people, homophobes unfurled an anti-gay banner at a soccer match in Warsaw. Fans of the team Legia Warsaw unfurled the massive banner which read, ‘keep Warsaw free from faggots’ on Friday night. The banner also featured the LGBT acronym with …

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Trump Meets FIFA Head, Gives Press Red Card [VIDEO]

Fox News chortles: President Donald Trump met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino and U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro at the White House on Tuesday to commemorate North America winning its bid for the 2026 World Cup. Cordeiro and Infantino both gifted Trump commemorative soccer jerseys, but near the end of the photo op, Infantino reached off camera to get one …

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France Defeats Croatia 4-2 In World Cup Final

The Washington Post reports: Croatia finally found a deficit it couldn’t overcome. On the 20th anniversary of its only other World Cup win, France snagged a second title. One game after Belgium complained about the French playing “anti-football” by packing it in on defense, the Les Bleus poured in four goals, tied for second-most in a World Cup final, led …

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Croatia Advances To World Cup Final Against France

The Washington Post reports: Croatia advanced to its first World Cup final by joining Argentina (1990) as the only teams to win a semifinal match they trailed at halftime. Croatia fell behind on Kieran Trippier’s free kick in the fifth minute, but leveled the score on Ivan Perisic’s leaping, left-footed volley in the 68th minute. Mario Mandzukic scored the game-winner …

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THAILAND: First Boys Rescued From Cave [VIDEO]

CNN reports: At least three boys who have been trapped inside a Thai cave appear to have been rescued, as authorities race against time to free the remaining boys and their soccer coach who have been underground for more than two weeks. A member of the rescue team stationed at the entrance of the cave witnessed three boys being evacuated …

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Pro US Soccer Player Collin Martin Comes Out [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin publicly came out as gay in a social media statement Friday morning, making him the only out athlete currently playing in one of the five major men’s U.S. sports leagues. Martin, 23, is the first male athlete from any of those major leagues to say he is gay since 2014, when …

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MEXICO: World Cup Fans Trigger Earthquake Sensors

The Guardian reports: Mexicans jumping in jubilation on Sunday shook the ground hard enough to set off earthquake detectors after their team scored a surprise victory over World Cup defending champions Germany. The Institute of Geological and Atmospheric Investigations said highly sensitive earthquake sensors registered tremors at two sites in Mexico City, seven seconds after the game’s 35th minute, when …

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North American Nations To Host 2026 World Cup

The New York Times reports: A combined bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada won the hosting rights for soccer’s 2026 World Cup on Wednesday, bringing the tournament to North America for the first time since the 1994 event on a pledge of record crowds, record revenues and, perhaps crucially, a record $11 billion in profits for FIFA, world …

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ISRAEL: Soccer Team Whose Far-Right Fans Chant “Death To Arabs” Changes Name To “Trump Jerusalem”

Bloomberg reports: An Israeli soccer team has changed its name to honor President Donald Trump, a day before the U.S. embassy is slated to move to Jerusalem. “For 70 years Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel,” the Beitar Trump Jerusalem football club — formerly known …

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Trump Issues Bizarre Threat About World Cup

USA Today reports: President Donald Trump waded into the campaign aimed at bringing the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the United States on Thursday, tweeting out a veiled threat to withdraw political support from nations who vote against the bid. In a wildly surprising development, Trump, who previously has shown little appetite for soccer, appeared to throw his full backing …

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FIFA Warns Gays Of Potential Violence At World Cup: Stay On Alert For Aggression From Intolerant Russians

The Associated Press reports: FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals. As fans prepare their trips after Friday’s World Cup draw, the FARE network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared …

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TURKEY: Government Orders Probe After Giant Rocky Balboa Banner Rises Over Soccer Stadium [VIDEO]

Bloomberg reports: Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered a probe on Monday into a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match at Galatasaray stadium, sending the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa Istanbul. The banner unfurled at Sunday’s match featured an image of the character portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone and was framed by the words …

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