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After Selfie With US Soccer Player, Fan Faces Lifetime Ban

Tigres fan is also the subject of a lawsuit

(Newser) - A fan is facing a lifetime ban from a Mexican soccer club and a criminal investigation after groping American player Sofia Huerta. The man was posing for a selfie with the 26-year-old midfielder, who’d helped propel the Houston Dash of the National Women's Soccer League to a 2-1... More »

Iranian Women Attend Soccer Match for First Time Since '81

Females have been banned for decades

(Newser) - They had to sit well apart from the men, and the place was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered inside a Tehran stadium Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they have been allowed to freely attend in... More »

Facing Prison for Entering Stadium, She Chose Fire, Death

Esteghlal Tehran mourns death of Iran's 'Blue Girl'

(Newser) - An Iranian woman awaiting trial on charges that she defied the country's ban on women at soccer stadiums has died a week after setting herself on fire. The woman identified as Sahar Khodayari, age 29 or 30, was detained for three days in March when she allegedly posed as... More »

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... More »

Soccer Star to Thieves: 'I'll Pay Whatever' to Get My Dog Back

Daniel Sturridge's Pomeranian was taken from his LA home

(Newser) - Soccer star Daniel Sturridge wants his dog back. The 29-year-old former Liverpool striker, who was released by the team this summer, posted a video to Instagram Tuesday revealing that thieves broke through a glass door and into his Los Angeles home, making off with his dog, the Guardian reports. "... More »

Megan Rapinoe's Girlfriend Has Some Things to Say

WNBA's Sue Bird defends Rapinoe and sings her praises amid feud with Trump

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe isn't just leading the US women's soccer team to victories in the World Cup, she also happens to be publicly sparring with the president of the United States. Now, in a wildly entertaining op-ed in the Players' Tribune , Rapinoe's partner, WNBA player Sue Bird, weighs... More »

Women's Soccer Team Gets a Lot More Subdued

They beat Chile 3-0, but aren't as celebratory as before

(Newser) - Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals for the US in a somewhat subdued 3-0 victory over Chile that advanced the defending Women's World Cup champions to the round of 16, the AP reports. The Americans were criticized after their record-breaking 13-0 rout of Thailand when players celebrated goals... More »

A Classless Win? US Soccer Team Responds

'A lot of this is about building momentum'

(Newser) - "If this is 10-0 in a men's World Cup, are we getting the same questions?" Jill Ellis wondered Tuesday as the US women's soccer team faced criticism for blowing Thailand out of the water in its first match of the Women's World Cup in France. Alex... More »

Hope Solo Has Choice Words Before Women's World Cup

The former goalkeeper criticizes Jill Ellis

(Newser) - Nothing like starting the Women's World Cup on a positive note. Hope Solo, the US team's former goalkeeper, trashed the team's coach just three days before their Tuesday opener against Thailand, Reuters reports. "Jill—she's not the leader I wish her to be," said... More »

Neymar Accused of Rape

Soccer star says the accusation is an attempt at extortion, releases WhatsApp messages

(Newser) - "There was a relationship between a man and a woman between four walls," says Brazilian soccer superstar Neymar, who the New York Times reports is being accused of rape by a woman who's accusing him of paying for her to fly from Brazil to Paris, only to... More »

Athlete's Celebration Leads to Scary Plunge

Anderson Lopes leaped over a sign, and then...

(Newser) - Striker Anderson Lopes may be keeping his goal celebrations more down to earth in future. The Brazilian celebrated his second goal of a soccer game in Japan by jumping over advertising boards at the side of the field—totally unaware there was a 9-foot drop on the other side. In... More »

Fans, Teammates Give Touching Tributes to Fallen Star

Nantes teammates wear all black in emotional farewell to Emiliano Sala

(Newser) - On a day of mourning for Emiliano Sala , Nantes players walked onto the field dressed all in black with Sala's name on their backs as the crowd chanted for him over and over again. "La la la la la la la la, Em-il-ia-no," fans sang, before breaking... More »

UK Police: Body Found in Channel Is Soccer Star Sala

Pilot David Ibbotson is still missing, and the search has been called off

(Newser) - On Thursday it was announced a body had been recovered from the wreckage of the plane that had been carrying Emiliano Sala. Now, Dorset Police confirm: the body is that of the 28-year-old soccer star. The BBC details the timeline of the recovery efforts after the Jan. 21 plane crash,... More »

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... More »

Seats on Beach Likely From Soccer Star's Missing Plane

Seabed search will target 4-mile area

(Newser) - Two seat cushions were found Monday on a beach in northwest France, and aviation authorities believe they hail from the single-engine aircraft thought to have crashed a week ago while carrying Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala over the English Channel . The Air Accidents Investigation Branch announced Wednesday the cushions washed... More »

'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... More »

Searchers Have Little Hope for Missing Soccer Star

Rescuers will decide Thursday morning whether to resume looking for Emiliano Sala's plane

(Newser) - After nine more hours of scouring the English Channel, rescuers suspended their search Wednesday evening for the plane carrying Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot. Police said on Twitter that they'll decide Thursday morning whether to resume the search, but Reuters and the Guardian report rescuers... More »

Before His Plane Vanished, Soccer Player's Message: I'm 'So Scared'

Officials are focusing search on possibility Emiliano Sala is on a life raft, but odds don't look good

(Newser) - For 15 hours on Tuesday, rescuers searched for any sign of a plane that was carrying Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala and one other, with no luck—and now local police are saying chances of the missing fliers' survival is "slim." That's per the BBC , which... More »

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... More »

20-Year-Old Is America's Priciest Soccer Player by Far

English club Chelsea pays $73M for Christian Pulisic

(Newser) - Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player in history after completing a transfer to English club Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Chelsea paid $73 million for the 20-year-old United States winger, who will be loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of this season. The German club... More »

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