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Spain's Disgraced Ex-Soccer Chief Is Arrested

Luis Rubiales is detained at the airport in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation

(Newser) - Luis Rubiales, the disgraced former president of Spain's soccer federation who kissed a player on the lips without her consent at the Women's World Cup final, was arrested Wednesday as part of a separate corruption probe by Spanish police before being released. The Civil Guard said that Rubiales...

Adidas Blocks Number 44 From German Soccer Jerseys

Critics said it was too close to SS logo

(Newser) - German soccer fans can buy replicas of the national team's jerseys with any number between 00 and 99—except 44. The number was pulled from sale after people on social media pointed out that it strongly resembled the logo of the SS, the organization that carried out many of...

Ryan Reynolds' Soccer Team Is Hitting His Bank Account

Wrexham may be in debt, but its prospects are looking up

(Newser) - Owning a soccer club is hitting Ryan Reynolds in the wallet. Wrexham, the Welsh team bought by Reynolds and fellow actor Rob McElhenney in 2021, released its accounts for the latest financial year on Thursday and reported that the amount owed to the celebrities has risen to nearly $11.4...

Soccer Star Dani Alves Found Guilty of Nightclub Rape

He was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison

(Newser) - Dani Alves, one of the most successful soccer players of his generation, was found guilty of raping a woman in a Barcelona nightclub and sentenced to four years and six months in prison on Thursday. The former Brazil and Barcelona right back was convicted in Spain under a new sexual...

Angry Fans Chant 'Refund!' as Messi Sits Match Out

Tickets for the Hong Kong friendly soared to $625

(Newser) - Even Hong Kong's government weighed in Sunday when Lionel Messi remained on the bench during a pre-season friendly soccer match between his Inter Miami team and Hong Kong's team. Hong Kong Stadium's 40,000 seats sold out for the event, which ended in a win for Inter...

This Napkin May Fetch Nearly $400K at Auction

Impromptu document was the first 'contract' for 13-year-old Lionel Messi

(Newser) - Back in December 2000, Lionel Messi and his family were a little concerned that they hadn't heard anything in a while from FC Barcelona about signing the prodigy. So a lunch meeting was arranged among the player's father, Jorge; an agent; and club officials, the BBC reports. The...

Judge Rules on Soccer Honcho's 'Unconsented' Kiss

Luis Rubiales, Spain's former soccer chief, must head to trial, per Thursday ruling

(Newser) - After sullying his nation's Women's World Cup victory, former Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales will face trial for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent at the final. Judge Francisco de Jorge ruled on Thursday that Rubiales' kiss was "unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a...

After Racial Taunts, Team Slaps Fan With Lifetime Ban

Italian soccer club will keep trying to identify any other 'evil people'

(Newser) - A soccer club in Italy has identified a fan who shouted racial abuse at a player during a match and barred him from its games for life. Udinese said in a statement that it will keep working with police and stadium security to identify anyone else involved, the AP reports....

Elegant German Great Hoisted World Cup as Player, Coach

Franz Beckenbauer said his life went according to plan

(Newser) - Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup both as player and coach and became one of Germany's most beloved personalities with his easygoing charm, has died. He was 78. A statement said he died peacefully Sunday, surrounded by family, the AP reports. The family statement did not provide a...

Punch Cancels All Professional Soccer in Turkey

Faruk Koca, president of Super Lig club MKE Ankaragucu, arrested for assault on referee

(Newser) - The Turkish Football Federation has suspended play across its five professional leagues after the president of a top-tier soccer club punched a referee in the face. Chaos erupted Monday as MKE Ankaragucu drew Caykur Rizespor in a Super Lig match in Ankara, with Rizespor evening the score in the seventh...

It Could Be the Priciest Sports Memorabilia Collection Ever Sold

Sotheby's to auction 6 shirts worn by Lionel Messi in winning World Cup run

(Newser) - Sotheby's is to auction six shirts worn by Lionel Messi during Argentina's winning run at last year's soccer World Cup in Qatar and thinks they could become the most valuable collection of sports memorabilia ever sold at potentially more than $10 million. The auction house said Monday...

Soccer Star's Kidnapped Father Is Released

Members of Colombian guerrilla group had abducted father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz

(Newser) - The father of a prominent pro soccer player has been released by kidnappers 12 days after his abduction in Colombia by members of the guerrilla group National Liberation Army. The Colombian government announced the news about the father of Liverpool striker Luis Diaz on Thursday, per the AP . The kidnapping...

FIFA Lays Down Hammer on Spain's Ex-Soccer Chief

Luis Rubiales is barred from sport for 3 years for misconduct after he kissed player during World Cup

(Newser) - FIFA banned Luis Rubiales, the former president of the Spanish soccer federation, from the sport for three years on Monday for misconduct at the Women's World Cup final, where he forcibly kissed a player on the lips at the trophy ceremony. FIFA didn't publish details of the verdict...

Soccer Star Embodied Gentlemanly Greatness
Soccer Star Embodied
Gentlemanly Greatness

Soccer Star Embodied Gentlemanly Greatness

Bobby Charlton survived plane crash to become beloved United, World Cup leader

(Newser) - Bobby Charlton, a UK soccer icon who held Manchester United's scoring record for decades—after surviving a plane crash that killed eight teammates—and starred in England's 1966 World Cup championship, died Saturday. He was 86. Charlton not only made most lists of the sport's greatest players,...

2030 FIFA World Cup Will Be Held on 3 Continents

First 3 games will be played in South America

(Newser) - The 2026 men's soccer World Cup will be the first to be held in three countries—the US, Canada, and Mexico—but 2030 will go a step further with games in three continents. FIFA, world soccer's governing body, announced Wednesday that the tournament will be hosted by Spain,...

Cops Raid Spanish Soccer Federation's Offices

More bad news for the organization, which was just rocked by a sexism scandal

(Newser) - Spanish police raided the offices of the country's soccer federation on Thursday as part of an investigation into the payment of millions of dollars over several years by FC Barcelona to a former vice president of Spain's refereeing committee. The Guardia Civil confirmed to the AP that its...

More Bad News for Rubiales Over That Kiss

Jenni Hermoso has formally accused soccer federation president of sexual assault

(Newser) - The coach of the Spanish national women's soccer team is out of a job , but soccer federation president Luis Rubiales still has his despite his very public unwanted kiss. Rubiales has been defiant in refusing to step down after kissing player Jenni Hermoso on the lips in the wake...

Infamous Kiss in Spain Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer
Infamous Kiss in Spain
Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer
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Infamous Kiss in Spain Has Gone Way Beyond Soccer

Backlash against Luis Rubiales seen as an 'epochal moment' for nation's culture of machismo

(Newser) - As of Tuesday afternoon, Luis Rubiales remained president of the Spanish Football Federation. However, his ability to keep that post looks more uncertain by the hour because of the infamous kiss he planted on the lips of soccer player Jennifer Hermoso following Spain's World Cup championship. At this point,...

Coaches Quit as FIFA Suspends Spain's Soccer Chief After Kiss

11 coaches and staff members for women's team denounce Luis Rubiales' actions and resign

(Newser) - Global soccer's governing body suspended Luis Rubiales, the head of Spain's soccer federation, on Saturday while a disciplinary committee reviews allegations that he forcibly kissed a player during the Women's World Cup medal ceremony. Rubiales will be barred from all national and international soccer-related activities for an...

Women's Team Refuses to Play Over Postgame Kiss

Move comes as Spain's soccer boss says he won't step down

(Newser) - The president of Spain's soccer federation has defended his kiss of a player after the national team's victory in the World Cup by saying it was consensual. Jenni Hermoso answered that on Friday, the BBC reports. "I want to clarify, that at no time did I consent...

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