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How UEFA president Ceferin crushed a Super League rebellion

Apr. 24, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A moment that prepared Aleksander Ceferin for the stresses and tensions running European football came three decades ago, in a far graver moment for the continent. The law graduate was relaxing at his family home in Slovenia on June 25, 1991, sitting on...

Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest

Apr. 22, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The pledges came one day after the International Olympic Committee confirmed its...

UEFA president urges Super League owners to reverse decision

Apr. 20, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Seeking a weak link in the unity of 12 rebel clubs in the Super League, UEFA on Tuesday targeted owners in England who signed up to the project that threatens to tear apart soccer's traditional structure including the Champions League. UEFA...

Threats of expulsion as UEFA confronts Super League rebel 12

Apr. 19, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — The deceptions, distrust and divisions in European soccer erupted in public on Monday between teams and even within the clubs breaking away to form a Super League that could leave them and their players outcasts in the global game. ...

European soccer split as 12 clubs launch breakaway league

Apr. 18, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A group of 12 elite English, Spanish and Italian clubs dramatically split European soccer on Sunday by announcing the formation of a largely-closed Super League. They are leaving the existing UEFA-run Champions League structure despite warnings they could be kicked out of...

US women soccer players appeal decision against equal pay

Apr. 14, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Players on the U.S. women’s national soccer team have asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court decision throwing out their lawsuit seeking equal pay to the men's team. Players led by Alex Morgan asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...

Federal judge approves partial deal between women, US Soccer

Apr. 12, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge approved a partial deal between players on the women's national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation over unequal working conditions. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner approved the Dec. 1 settlement during a hearing Monday. The deal...

AP Interview: Serie A trying to get it right on anti-racism

Mar. 26, 2021 09:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A botched anti-racism campaign launch involving a painting of apes. Consistent failures to punish clubs whose fans direct monkey chants at Black players. A scathing verbal attack from FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who lambasted Italian soccer authorities for “hiding the...

EXPLAINER: Qatar prepares for World Cup amid rights concerns

Mar. 23, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

As European teams set out on their paths to the 2022 World Cup, scrutiny of Qatar is far from subsiding. Criticism is intensifying as teams come under pressure from activists and fans to register disapproval of discriminatory laws and conditions for the migrant workers...

Revenue on track, reserves down in FIFA virus-era accounts

Mar. 19, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA expects to hit its four-year revenue target of $6.44 billion up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar despite the coronavirus pandemic. Total spending of $1.04 billion in 2020 included $270 million in grants to soccer bodies worldwide as part of a COVID-19...