FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, Portugal players including Pepe, center left, argue with referee Joseph Lamptey during their international friendly soccer match against Gabon in Libreville, Gabon. A FIFA investigation linked a referee accused of match-fixing a World Cup qualifier in 2016 to “numerous publicly documented scandals” in the previous six years. FIFA investigators said Joseph Lamptey of Ghana had “a history of being suspended for poor performances” before being banned for life and typically awarded more penalties than other African referees of his grade. Portugal’s 2-2 draw in Gabon in a 2012 friendly, which included three penalties scored, was among six games identified as suspicious that Lamptey handled before the game that ended his career. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda Tatou, file)
January 16, 2018 - 10:48 am
A precedent has been set about replaying crooked soccer games, but there's still far too much uncertainty. During a World Cup qualifying campaign where the failures of Chile, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States were seismic, the ripples created by the order to re-run the South Africa-...
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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson, right, celebrates with Mohamed Salah after Salah scored his side's fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield Stadium, in Liverpool, England, Sunday Jan. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
January 14, 2018 - 2:57 pm
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester City's 22-match unbeaten start to the Premier League came to an end with a 4-3 loss to Liverpool in a wild and thrilling game at Anfield on Sunday. City finally faltered at a ground where the team has a long history of struggles — with just one league win in 37...
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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)
January 13, 2018 - 6:14 pm
MADRID (AP) — Another poor result, another round of jeers for Real Madrid. Madrid's struggles in the Spanish league continued when it lost to Villarreal 1-0 on Saturday, infuriating fans at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Pablo Fornals netted Villarreal's winner in the 87th minute, prompting loud boos...
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January 13, 2018 - 5:04 pm
PARIS (AP) — Monaco drew at Montpellier 0-0 on Saturday and further relinquished its grip on the French title it won so convincingly last season. If league leader Paris Saint-Germain wins at fifth-place Nantes on Sunday it will move 11 points clear of Monaco with 20 of 38 matches played. Monaco...
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FILE - This April 14, 2011 file photo shows Nicaragua Soccer Federation President Julio Rocha, left, and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, at the end of a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the National Soccer Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua. The head of the Nicaraguan Soccer Federation says his predecessor Julio Rocha, who was convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at the sport’s world governing body, FIFA, died on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, after an illness he had had “for several months.” Rocha was 67. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)
January 13, 2018 - 3:53 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The head of the Nicaraguan Football Federation says his predecessor Julio Rocha, who was convicted in the United States in a corruption scandal at FIFA, has died. Rocha was 67. Federation president Manuel Quintanilla says Rocha died on Saturday after an illness he had had...
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West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez, left, battles for the ball with Brighton & Hove Albion's Lewis Dunk and Gaetan Bong, right, during the English Premier League soccer match against Brighton at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)
January 13, 2018 - 2:55 pm
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) — The English Football Association is set to look into remarks allegedly made by West Bromwich Albion forward Jay Rodriguez to Brighton defender Gaetan Bong during their Premier League match on Saturday. Neither club has commented on the nature of Rodriguez's alleged...
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Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Burnley during the English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Daniel Hambury/PA via AP)
January 13, 2018 - 1:32 pm
LONDON (AP) — Burnley looked capable of providing the fairytale story of the English Premier League when it climbed into the Champions League qualification positions last month. Now the team's season is starting to unravel. A 1-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday made it six games without a win...
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January 13, 2018 - 1:29 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian soccer champion Spartak Moscow was accused of racism on Saturday after tweeting a message which appeared to refer to its own black players as "chocolates." A video posted on the club's Twitter account showed Brazilian players Luiz Adriano, Pedro Rocha and Fernando exercising...
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Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure, right, battles for the ball with Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg during the English Premier League soccer match at Vicarage Road, Watford, England, Saturday Jan. 13, 2018. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)
January 13, 2018 - 12:19 pm
Video assistant referees were deployed for the first time in domestic English soccer this week. Unfortunately for Southampton, they aren't being used in the Premier League. Southampton conceded a 90th-minute equalizer in its 2-2 draw at Watford on Saturday after Abdoulaye Doucoure forced the ball...
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January 12, 2018 - 6:04 am
PARIS (AP) — The French football league has suspended goal-line technology in its competitions following more glitches during League Cup quarterfinals this week. The LFP informed the company GoalControl "of the immediate suspension" of its technology following "two more technical failings" in...
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