Soccer

Inside the Chelsea Sale: Deep Pockets, Private Promises and Side Deals

LONDON – The British government on Tuesday moved closer to giving its blessing to the purchase of Chelsea FC, one of European soccer’s blue-ribbon teams, by an American-led investment group after deciding it had sufficient assurances that none of the proceeds from the record sale price – $ 3.1 billion – would flow to the …

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Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal: Premier League Season Hangs on Final Day

From the vantage point of its end, there is something strange and distant – almost alien – about the start of a season. It is only 10 months ago, after all, barely the blink of an eye, and yet beliefs and convictions and truths from back then now seem as archaic as the idea that …

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‘Wagatha Christie’ Case Offers a Riveting Peek Into Celebrity Culture

LONDON – A candid window into the glamorous world of English soccer, and an exposé of the machinations of back-stabbing celebrities. A phone lost to the sea, along with the evidence it supposedly contained. And a legal whodunit with powerhouse lawyers dissecting private WhatsApp messages in open court as tears flowed on the witness stand. …

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US Soccer and Players Guarantee Equal Pay in New Contracts

For the first time, soccer players representing the United States men’s and women’s national teams will receive the same pay and prize money, including at World Cups, under landmark agreements with the US Soccer Federation that will end years of litigation and bitter public disputes over what. constitutes “equal pay.” The revised pay structures are …

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PSG’s Idrissa Gueye Refuses to Wear Rainbow Jersey, Missing Match

Idrissa Gueye traveled south to Montpellier with his Paris St. Germain teammates for the team’s league game on Saturday but wound up watching it from the stands. Gueye was not injured, his coach said after PSG’s victory: he “had to leave the team for personal reasons.” Those personal reasons, a team source confirmed Monday, were …

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Russia Is Barred From Women’s Euros and 2023 World Cup

Russia was ejected from this summer’s European women’s soccer championship and barred from qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Monday, deepening a sporting isolation that resulted from the country’s invasion of Ukraine. UEFA, the governing body for soccer in Europe, announced its decisions Monday. In addition to barring Russia’s team from the two …

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