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What Scandal? FIFA President Wins Re-Election

Sepp Blatter remains in charge of the soccer body

(Newser) - He's not called "one of the most powerful people in sports" for nothing: FIFA has re-elected longtime president Sepp Blatter to another term despite a massive corruption scandal that has resulted in the arrests of several top aides, reports the AP . The 79-year-old didn't win on the... More »

Now Nike May Be Embroiled in FIFA Scandal

Sportswear giant says it is cooperating with investigators

(Newser) - In the US' indictment of FIFA officials is an allegation that an unnamed sportswear company bribed a Brazilian soccer official to get a sponsorship agreement with the Brazilian federation. Bloomberg thinks that company is Nike—the deal outlined in the documents, it notes, "mirrors" the decade-long deal Nike made... More »

FIFA Corruption Scandal: What to Know, Read, Watch

Vladimir Putin, Jon Stewart, Loretta Lynch, et al

(Newser) - It's FIFA corruption scandal , day two. Here's a guide to what you should know, watch, and read:
  • Vladimir Putin had strong words for the US regarding yesterday's FIFA arrests, which he framed as "yet another blatant attempt [by the United States] to extend its jurisdiction to
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World Soccer Execs Arrested on US Orders

At least 6 held ahead of FIFA meeting

(Newser) - If there were a World Cup for tackling corruption in soccer, the US would now be the runaway favorite to win it. At least six officials from FIFA, soccer's world governing body, were arrested in a surprise overnight raid at a hotel in Zurich, where they had gathered for... More »

Prison for Soccer Player Who Killed Ref With Punch

Plea deal will have Bassel Saad serve to 8 to 15 years for John Bieniewicz's death

(Newser) - A recreational soccer player charged in the one-punch killing of a referee during a game has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in which he would serve eight to 15 years in prison, a defense lawyer says. Cyril Hall says his client Bassel Saad plans to offer a plea... More »

'You Could Breathe the Pain': '61 Plane Wreck Found

It was carrying players for a top Chilean soccer team

(Newser) - Mountaineers in Chile say they've discovered what's left of a plane that disappeared in 1961. The plane crashed in the Andes; all those aboard were believed to have died. The BBC and AP give the number as 24, while AFP reports it was 34. Eight of them were... More »

Egypt Soccer Riot Kills at Least 20

Cause of the violence isn't immediately clear

(Newser) - A riot broke out today outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said. The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and... More »

South Africa's Soccer Captain Shot Dead

Armed men broke into Senzo Meyiwa's home

(Newser) - The captain of South Africa's national soccer team was fatally shot when armed men broke into the house where he was staying last night, police say. Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, the national... More »

Soccer Player Scores, Dies After Celebratory Flip

23-year-old Peter Biaksangzuala suffered severe spinal injury in Indian game

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Indian soccer player excited over a goal he had just scored died after he did a celebratory flip in the air, landed badly, and suffered a spinal injury, the AP reports. "A CT Scan was done right after he was taken to the hospital, and the result... More »

Drone Sparks Political Uproar at Soccer Game

Albanian leader's brother denies flying device bearing controversial message

(Newser) - A soccer game turned into an international incident in Serbia yesterday after a drone bearing a controversial political message flew over the game. The atmosphere was already fraught; amid tensions between the countries, Albania's team hadn't been to Belgrade since 1967. During the game, a drone appeared carrying... More »

Soccer Coaches Resign Over Alleged Ebola Taunts

Pa. students may be disciplined next after alleged digs at West African opponent

(Newser) - The head coach and assistant coach for a Pennsylvania high school soccer team submitted their resignations last night after players allegedly spewed barbs about his race and Ebola at a West African opponent last Thursday, the Morning Call reports. The newspaper received at least two letters from fans who said... More »

Does Artificial Turf Cause Cancer?

Soccer coach Amy Griffin fears dangers of crumb rubber

(Newser) - The 11,000 artificial turf fields that dot the country are great for a few reasons. For one, no grass stains. For another, they need no water or pesticides. But for soccer coach Amy Griffin, there's one glaring problem. She's compiled a list of some 38 US soccer... More »

Brazil Woman Under Fire After Racial Chant at Soccer Game

She apologizes after being identified; team is banned for year

(Newser) - Some classy fans of the Brazilian soccer team Gremio got caught on video chanting "monkey" and making ape gestures at an opposing black goalie. Now a woman who was identified via social media as one of the participants has publicly apologized to the goalie, named Aranha, reports the BBC... More »

Angry Soccer Fans Kill Star Player

Albert Ebosse dies after Algerian fans start throwing things

(Newser) - Algerian soccer fans angry over their team's 2-1 loss started throwing objects—reportedly rocks—at their players, and the defeat quickly turned tragic when 24-year-old JS Kabylie player Albert Ebosse got hit in the head. The star striker later "succumbed to a head injury," according to a... More »

Soccer Biter's Ban Upheld—Sort Of

CAS rules Suarez can train with his team during ban

(Newser) - So much for that appeal: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld Luis Suarez's four-month ban after the Uruguay star famously bit another player at this year's World Cup, noting the penalty is "generally proportionate to the offense committed," the AP reports. He also must... More »

Maybe the Best US Soccer Player Ever Is Retiring

Landon Donovan calling it quits after season ends

(Newser) - Landon Donovan last night was named MVP in his 14th MLS All-Star game, and today the LA Galaxy forward widely considered to be the best soccer player in American history says he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the MLS season. The 32-year-old Donovan is the top... More »

What Goalies Get Wrong About Penalty Shots

They suffer from the 'gambler's fallacy'

(Newser) - Goalkeepers, it seems, fall victim to a classic problem faced by gamblers—and during a penalty shootout, it could cost them the match. The "gambler's fallacy" is the mistaken idea that, given a pair of outcomes, a string of one means the other is "due" to occur.... More »

Oops: Germany Breaks the World Cup

Fortunately, FIFA only gives out replicas to winners

(Newser) - When do you know you’ve partied a bit too hard? When you break the World Cup. Thankfully, it’s only a replica, and perhaps the German team’s mishap is why FIFA doesn’t give out the real thing, which ESPN FC reports is worth about $13.5 million.... More »

Unlikely Star Lifts Argentina to Victory

'Weak link' goalie Sergio Romero makes 2 saves against Netherlands in shootout

(Newser) - Attention, Brazil: This is how a World Cup semifinal is supposed to go: a close game between two evenly matched teams that requires penalty kicks to decide the winner. In this case, Argentina emerged the victor over the Netherlands, as goalie Sergio Romero made two saves in the shootout. Regulation... More »

Brazil Fans Endure Rout for the Ages

Germany 7, Brazil 1

(Newser) - Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever today with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Just how... More »

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