International soccer

Head of Morocco's Bid Committee Moulay Hafid Elalamy speaks during a press conference to promote Morocco's bid for the 2026 soccer World Cup after the visit of the Task Force in Casablanca, Morocco, Friday April 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
April 20, 2018 - 3:58 pm
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — FIFA's inspection of Morocco's 2026 World Cup plans ended with questions about the quality of stadiums and a demand for more details from the bid ahead of a second unexpected examination of infrastructure. Bid president Moulay Hafid Elalamy acknowledged on Friday that...
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April 20, 2018 - 10:45 am
GENEVA (AP) — Lawyers for Russia defender Ruslan Kambolov have said FIFA closed an investigation into suspected doping, eight weeks before the World Cup begins. FIFA terminated the case because of a "lack of evidence of such violations," Moscow-based law firm Sila said in a statement on its website...
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Swiss Federal Public Prosecutor Michael Lauber speaks during a media conference about the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office's 2017 activity report, in Bern, Switzerland, on Friday, April 20, 2018. Switzerland’s attorney general has a message to foreign counterparts as his office pores over reams of seized documents and some two-dozen criminal cases linked to FIFA and world football: “Come to us.” Lauber says the investigations require both quick action and patience, and noted “good developments” like how growing cooperation has led to a total of 45 requests for legal assistance from Switzerland with regard to football. (Thomas Hodel/Keystone via AP)
April 20, 2018 - 9:43 am
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland's attorney general has a message for his foreign counterparts as his office pores over reams of seized documents and dozens of criminal cases linked to FIFA: "Come to us." Michael Lauber said Friday the investigations require both quick action and patience, and...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, England's Morgan Gibbs White, right, and Rhian Brewster follow the ball during the FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal match against Brazil in Kolkata, India. FIFA on Thursday, April 19, 2018 has closed a racism investigation that involved a Spain player and an England opponent from the Under-17 World Cup final. FIFA says its disciplinary panel dismissed the charge against the Spanish player because of a “lack of sufficient evidence that could corroborate the English player’s claim.” England striker Rhian Brewster reported overhearing teammate Morgan Gibbs-White being called a “monkey” during the team’s 5-2 win over Spain in India last October. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, file)
April 19, 2018 - 1:11 pm
FIFA's willingness to prosecute any racism complaints at the World Cup in Russia was questioned by activists Thursday after the governing body dropped a case from the final of the Under-17 edition without taking action. England striker Rhian Brewster reported overhearing teammate Morgan Gibbs-White...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, Russian Cossack soldiers stand guard on a bridge at the ski resort Rosa Khutor in Krasnaya Polyana outside the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, where the snow and sliding sports venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics are located. Around 200 Cossacks will be drafted in to provide security at 2018 World Cup games in Russia to help security forces around the stadium and airport. Some will double as entertainers with displays of horseback stunt-riding. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer, File)
April 18, 2018 - 9:41 am
MOSCOW (AP) — About 200 Cossacks will be drafted in to provide security at World Cup games in Russia. Officials in the southern Rostov region, where five World Cup games are scheduled, said Wednesday they will deploy 200 members of Cossack groups, including 30 on horseback. They will help security...
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Brazil's soccer star Neymar walks on crutches during a promotional event from one of his sponsors, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Paris Saint-Germain striker had been found to have suffered a sprain of the right ankle and fissure of the fifth metatarsal after a tangle with Marseille player, Bouna Sarr during a Feb. 25 match. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
April 17, 2018 - 4:40 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian star Neymar expects to be in better shape at the World Cup in Russia than he was before his foot injury. The Brazilian forward said on Tuesday that while it has been hard to miss a crucial part of the season because his first major surgery, the bright side is that he will...
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April 17, 2018 - 1:01 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — FIFA charged World Cup host Russia with fan racism on Tuesday, less than two months before the tournament begins. Monkey chants were aimed at black French players, including Paul Pogba, during France's 3-1 friendly win over Russia in St. Petersburg last month. "Disciplinary...
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April 17, 2018 - 11:25 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's chief prosecutor says law enforcement agencies have thwarted an alleged plot by right-wing soccer fans to derail events at the World Cup. Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika's report to the upper house of parliament says the suspected organizers — described only as "extremists" —...
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In this image taken from video provided by FC Angusht Nazran a bear performs before a Russian Second League soccer match between Angusht Nazran and Mashuk-KMV in Pyatigorsk, Russia on Sunday, April 15, 2018. The stunt, which has been condemned by animal rights groups, happened ahead of last Sunday's Russian Second League soccer match in the city of Pyatigorsk. (FC Angusht Nazran youtube channel via AP)
April 17, 2018 - 8:35 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Animal rights groups have condemned the use of a bear that performed before a Russian soccer match. The routine happened before a third-tier match Saturday in the city of Pyatigorsk. TV footage from the game showed the animal being led to the Mashuk-KMV Pyatigorsk club's stadium,...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 file photo, people gather in the landmark Jemaa el-Fnaa square, in Marrakesh, Morocco. A FIFA task force arrived in Morocco on Monday, April 16, 2018 to inspect a World Cup bid that obscures one potential impediment to hosting the 2026 soccer showpiece: homosexuality is a criminal offense in the north African country. An Associated Press review of 483 pages of documents submitted to FIFA found Morocco failed to declare its anti-LGBT law as a risk factor and provide a remedy, appearing to flout stringent new bidding requirements.(AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, file)
April 16, 2018 - 7:44 pm
A FIFA task force arrived in Morocco on Monday to inspect a World Cup bid that obscures one potential impediment to hosting the 2026 soccer showpiece: Homosexuality is a criminal offense in the north African country. An Associated Press review of 483 pages of documents submitted to FIFA found...
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