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  • Gay Qatari's article provokes backlash over World Cup 'values'

    Gay Qatari's article provokes backlash over World Cup 'values'

    By Tom Finn DOHA (Reuters) - An opinion article about life as a gay Qatari has stirred debate about the limits of tolerance in the conservative Gulf Arab country which is due to host the 2022 soccer World Cup. The unprecedented public insight into homosexuality in a country where gay sex is punishable by jail, was published on the website of English-language Doha News on Friday, written by a man identified only as Majid. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in 2010 that gay men coming to watch the football "should refrain from any sexual activities," but he did not expect there to be any discrimination. More »

    Wed, Aug 10, 2016 13:42 BST
  • Arce gets second chance in charge of Paraguay

    Arce gets second chance in charge of Paraguay

    By Daniela Desantis ASUNCION (Reuters) - Paraguay have named Francisco Arce as their new coach, giving a second chance to the 45-year-old who failed to set them on course for a place at the 2014 World Cup. Arce replaces Argentine Ramon Diaz, who resigned after Paraguay’s group stage elimination at the Copa America Centenario in the United States in June. The former Paraguay right back, who played at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, will be looking to see the team through to the 2018 finals in Russia. More »

    Wed, Aug 3, 2016 12:14 BST
  • Lehmann extends contract as Australia coach to 2019

    Lehmann extends contract as Australia coach to 2019

    (Reuters) - Darren Lehmann has extended his contact as Australia's head coach until 2019 to cover the World Cup and the Ashes series in England that year, the country's cricket board (CA) said on Monday. The 46-year-old former left-handed batsman took on the role on the eve of the 2013 Ashes and despite losing 3-0 in England, he went on to guide the team to series wins over South Africa, England, India, New Zealand and West Indies. More »

    Mon, Aug 1, 2016 08:52 BST
  • Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief pleads guilty to U.S. bribery charges

    Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief pleads guilty to U.S. bribery charges

    By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former president of Guatemala's soccer federation pleaded guilty on Friday to charges he received bribes to award lucrative media and marketing rights for soccer matches, the latest development in the U.S. corruption investigation into world soccer's governing body FIFA. Brayan Jimenez said he was guilty of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud charges at a hearing in federal court in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Levy. Jimenez is accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for authorizing "friendly" matches played by the Guatemalan national soccer team and for awarding contracts for media rights for the team's World Cup qualifier matches to the sports marketing firm Media World. More »

    Fri, Jul 29, 2016 21:02 BST
  • Germany's Schweinsteiger ends international career

    Germany's Schweinsteiger ends international career

    Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from international football on Friday, bringing to an end a glittering career that ended in disappointment with a semi-final exit at Euro 2016 in France. "The historic and emotional high was winning the World Cup in 2014," the Manchester United player added. Schweinsteiger was vice-captain of the national team when Germany edged Argentina in extra-time to claim a fourth World Cup title and took over as captain when his then Bayern Munich team mate Philipp Lahm stood down after the 2014 tournament. More »

    Fri, Jul 29, 2016 11:03 BST