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FIFA VP: International games could be off until 2021

Most international soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, a FIFA vice president said Monday.

Couch Slouch: What was FIFA thinking? Cha-ching!

In November 2022 – just a scant three years from now – comes the next World Cup, in Qatar. This will set up one of the extraordinary, epic collisions in recorded human history: The global game meets global warming.

Bulgaria punishment for soccer fan racism angers activists

Bulgaria was punished Tuesday for the Nazi salutes and racist chanting of its soccer fans with an order to play a European Championship qualifying game in an empty stadium, although the team avoided expulsion from the competition. The punishment was criticized by anti-discrimination groups, who said it was too lenient.

Lionel Messi faces Cristiano Ronaldo, Virgil van Dijk but no Neymar for Ballon d’Or

Lionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award. But not Neymar. When the long list of 30 candidates was announced Monday – in the city where Neymar has played for more than two years at Paris Saint-Germain – the Brazil star’s name was missing from the nominations by a global voting panel of journalists.

FIFA president lambasts Italian soccer for ‘hiding’ racism

FIFA president Gianni Infantino lambasted Italian soccer authorities for “hiding the truth” about racism in a scathing assessment Tuesday following a complete lack of punishment after three cases of discriminatory chants during the four opening rounds of Serie A.

Iranian female soccer fan dies after setting herself on fire

An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday.

Sergino Dest set for U.S. debut but could switch to Netherlands

Sergino Dest, an 18-year-old defender with Ajax, is scheduled to start Friday night’s exhibition against Mexico in his debut for the U.S. senior national team but could switch his affiliation to the Netherlands program in the future. Dest was born in Almere, Netherlands, and his mother is Dutch and his father Kenneth is a Surinamese-American. Dest played for the U.S. at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup and this year’s Under-20 World Cup, where the U.S. reached the quarterfinals.

Italy, Spain keep perfect records in European qualifiers

Spain and Italy have both kept perfect records in European Championship qualifying, moving to five wins from five, but it was far from easy. Italy was lackluster in attack against Armenia and Spain had a player sent off as it scraped to a 2-1 win over Romania.