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They Needed a Goal in Final Seconds—the Goalie Scored It

Liverpool's Alisson puts in a dramatic header, pays tribute to his late father

(Newser) - It's never happened before in the history of English Premier League soccer—a goalkeeper scored the winning goal, reports ESPN . And it couldn't have come in more dramatic fashion. Liverpool's goalkeeper, who goes by Alisson, had moved upfield to take part in a corner kick as time...

Fans Block Game in Protest Against US Owner

Even before super league mess, opposition to Glazer family was building

(Newser) - English soccer fans demanding the removal of Manchester United's American owners stormed the field on Sunday before the game against Liverpool, causing its postponement. About 10,000 protesters carrying signs and flares gathered at the team hotel as well as Old Trafford, the stadium, the Manchester Evening News reports....

Europe's Days-Old 'Super League' Craters

Backlash was almost universal; teams withdraw en masse

(Newser) - It was announced Sunday that a lavishly-funded soccer league made up of major, celebrated teams from across Europe was about to launch. Days later, the European Super League looks to be crumbling in front of team supporters' thankful eyes. After all, "many called it the death of soccer,"...

Leagues Ask Zuckerberg, Dorsey for 'Human Decency'

English soccer officials cite inaction over racist abuse of players, coaches and referees

(Newser) - The leaders of English soccer have asked the heads of Facebook and Twitter to show "basic human decency" by taking more robust action to eradicate racism and for users' identities to be verified. There has been growing outrage that players in leagues including the Premier League and the Women'...

With Stadiums Empty, TV Tries to Get Noise Just Right

Australian network picks from 57 audio clips to match the action

(Newser) - There's clearly a difference between an English Premier League match and one played between friends on a local field. But when you take away 54,000 fans who would otherwise be singing and cheering at Liverpool's Anfield—if it weren't for the coronavirus pandemic—they sound the...

In England's Soccer Return, Names Replaced on Jerseys

They read 'Black Lives Matter'

(Newser) - Players kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of the coronavirus were remembered as the Premier League made a somber return on Wednesday from a 100-day shutdown that deprived England of its national sport. Back on the sideline at Manchester City was Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta,...

He Blasted China for Treatment of Muslims. China Reacted

Country yanks soccer game of Arsenal team after star player Mesut Ozil offered his take on Uighurs

(Newser) - On Friday, one of the English Premier League's star players criticized China for its incarceration of Uighur ethnic-minority Muslims , and on Sunday, that player saw his team's game get yanked from Chinese broadcasts. As the weekend approached, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, a Muslim of Turkish heritage, tweeted against...

To Save Teammate, Soccer Star Battles Men With Knives

Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac showed his bravery Thursday

(Newser) - A pair of masked, knife-wielding aggressors were no match for soccer star Sead Kolasinac, who fought them off Thursday. While the details are still a bit shaky, the 26-year-old Premier League full-back was with Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil when two masked men on mopeds approached Ozil's black Mercedes SUV...

Body Recovered From Soccer Star's Plane

Recovery effort halted amid rough weather

(Newser) - Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch says a body has been retrieved from the wreckage of the plane that crashed in the English Channel with soccer star Emiliano Sala on board. The AAIB, which retrieved the body with a remotely operated underwater vehicle, has not said whether the body is...

Shipwreck Hunter Finds Soccer Star's Plane, Body Aboard

Emiliano Sala, pilot disappeared 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - The wreckage of the plane carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala was located on Sunday, two weeks after it disappeared from radar over the English Channel, according to the marine scientist leading a privately funded search for the Argentine. David Mearns, an American-born shipwreck-hunting specialist, made the announcement on Twitter after...

'Difficult Decision' Made in Search for Soccer Star

'The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote'

(Newser) - Sobbing after the active search for her brother was halted, the sister of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala urged authorities Thursday not to give up trying to find the remains of his plane, which disappeared from radar over the English Channel on Monday evening. Authorities said the chances of survival...

Authorities Say Soccer Star Was on Missing Plane

Emiliano Sala had just signed record-breaking deal

(Newser) - Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala signed a new $19.3 million deal with British soccer team Cardiff City on Saturday, then flew to France to say goodbye to his former teammates in Nantes. He didn't make it back to Cardiff. Authorities say the 28-year-old striker was one of two...

Billionaire Dies in Helicopter Crash

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha owned an English Premier League team

(Newser) - The Thai billionaire owner of English Premier League team Leicester City was among five people who died after his helicopter crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the soccer field, the club said Sunday, the AP reports. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, a 60-year-old entrepreneur who owns Thai duty-free retail...

Soccer Club's Racist Fans to Get All-Expenses-Paid Trip

Racist Chelsea supporters can choose a ban or Auschwitz

(Newser) - Hurling racial slurs at a Chelsea soccer match could mean an all-expenses-paid jaunt to Poland. It's not exactly a dreamy getaway: After years of issuing bans to racist fans, the English Premier League team is offering to send them instead to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz for a history...

English Soccer Team Pulls Off 5,000-to-1 Miracle

The odds on finding Elvis were better than Leicester's

(Newser) - Leicester City players crowded around a television inside the house of teammate Jamie Vardy, locked arm in arm, watching the action 100 miles away. And when the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, they raised their arms in triumph. One of the greatest sporting achievements in English history was complete....

Soccer Fan Tricks Wife, Names Baby After Team

Wife says she found out true inspiration two years later

(Newser) - The fact that a soccer fan named his daughter after his favorite team is maybe not so exceptional. The fact that he managed to hide the inspiration from his wife for two years is. Clare Smith of New South Wales, Australia, wrote to a magazine to confess that she thought...

30K Twitterers Defy UK Gag Order

British newspapers call situation 'farcical'

(Newser) - Some 30,000 people—and climbing—have tweeted the identity of a soccer player in Britain who, looking to hush up rumors that he had an affair, got a gag order to prevent the media from revealing his name—meaning those Twitterers may now be in breach. It's an...

Soccer Star Gets 2-Game Boot for On-Air Swear

Wayne Rooney getting 2-match ban for sweary goal celebration

(Newser) - British soccer ace Wayne Rooney is facing a two-game ban for cursing heard 'round the world. The Manchester United striker swore directly at a TV camera after completing a hat-trick against West Ham over the weekend and is now expected to miss the upcoming FA Cup clash with arch-rivals Manchester...

Brit Soccer Stars Refuse to Be in Anti-Homophobia Ad

Campaign shelved after pros won't play ball

(Newser) - British soccer authorities were forced to shift gears on its plans for an anti-homophobia ad campaign starring top players after the athletes refused to take part. The players and their agents feared that their involvement in a video addressing gay prejudice would lead to ridicule from fans, sources tell the...

Soccer Stars Told to Quit Spitting
 Soccer Stars Told 
 to Quit Spitting 
Swine Flu Panic

Soccer Stars Told to Quit Spitting

Health officials fear they'll spread flu, kids will imitate them

(Newser) - British health officials are scolding Premier League footballers for spitting on the pitch. With swine flu outbreaks already confirmed at Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, the HPA fears players' rampant habit of spitting could spread the disease. “It's unhygienic and unhealthy,” says an HPA spokesman. “Footballers, like...

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