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Women’s World Cup fever yet to take hold in Paris as tournament nears

The biggest Women’s World Cup in history is kicking off at the Parc des Princes on Friday but in the city there is not the air of anticipation you would expectWith the biggest Women’s World Cup in history kicking off at the Parc des Princes in Paris on…

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José Antonio Reyes, former Arsenal and Spain player, dies at age of 35

• Sevilla announce that Reyes has died in a car accident• Winger earned 21 international caps for SpainJosé Antonio Reyes, the former Arsenal and Spain footballer, has died in a car accident at the age of 35, Sevilla have announced.“We couldn’t be conf…

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Spanish footballers arrested over La Liga match-fixing claims

Players and officials from top two divisions reportedly held over La Liga 2 game in May 2018Spanish police have made several arrests following a complaint from La Liga about a game in May 2018 that was possibly fixed by “an organised criminal group”, t…

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Paris Saint-Germain president faces corruption inquiry

Nasser al-Khelaifi suspected of paying $3.5m to IAAF chief to help Qatar land world eventThe president of Paris Saint-Germain football club, Nasser al-Khelaifi, has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption, a French judicial official sa…

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Niki Lauda, three-time Formula One world champion, dies aged 70

• Austrian won three F1 world titles between 1975 and 1984• Driver suffered horrific injuries at German GP in 1976• The former world champion’s life – in picturesThe former Formula One driver and three-time world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age…

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Pierre Kompany’s long road from DRC camp to becoming Belgium’s first black mayor

Man City captain’s father is ex-student protester who fell foul of country’s 70s dictatorshipVincent Kompany’s life is the stuff of little boys’ and girls’ dreams. Scorer of a dazzling goal of the season, captain of Manchester City’s all-conquering Pre…

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Vatican launches women’s football team with pope’s blessing

Team to make its debut against AS Roma’s women’s team on 26 MayThe Vatican has launched its first women’s football team, with a debut challenge against AS Roma’s Serie A women’s squad on 26 May.More than half of the team is made up of staff working wit…

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Michael Schumacher feature film rights up for grabs at Cannes

Documentary will tell story of Formula One star and cover his near-fatal skiing accident The dramatic life and times of the Formula One racing champion Michael Schumacher are to be released as a feature-length film documentary described as a personal t…

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Trieste half-marathon backtracks on exclusion of Africans

Organisers invited only Europeans to draw attention to exploitation of African athletesThe organisers of a half-marathon in the northern Italian city of Trieste have backtracked on their decision to exclude African athletes from the race following accu…

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Don’t forget football racism of the past | Brief letters

Tommy Smith and Howard Gayle | Period poverty | Road deaths | Moira and the Mice | Songs about Europe | Sajid JavidYou rightly focus on the “return” of football racism (Sport, 13 April) and yet do not acknowledge its crude past a couple of days later i…

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Don’t forget football racism of the past | Brief letters

Tommy Smith and Howard Gayle | Period poverty | Road deaths | Moira and the Mice | Songs about Europe | Sajid JavidYou rightly focus on the “return” of football racism (Sport, 13 April) and yet do not acknowledge its crude past a couple of days later i…

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Der Spiegel’s Rafael Buschmann: ‘In Portugal this is a big political scandal’

Journalist who has worked with Football Leaks to expose wrongdoing doubts justice awaits for the website’s founder“He’s more afraid about what will happen on the political stage because football is completely involved in the mechanisms of the Portugues…

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European football bosses can no longer turn a blind eye to racism | Dario Brentin

The abuse of black England players in Montenegro highlights the need for a new approach in the Balkans and beyondThe shameful racist abuse of Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi during England’s Euro 2020 qualifying match against Montene…

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Man who attacked Petra Kvitová gets 8-year prison term

Wimbledon champion suffered severe knife wound to her left playing hand during assaultA knife attacker who injured the two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová has been sentenced to eight years in prison by a Czech regional court.CTK news agency repor…

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Stabbed Manchester United fan recovering after surgery in Paris

• Man, 44, attacked after Champions League game• United hope fan can return home ealy next weekThe Manchester United fan who was stabbed on Wednesday night in Paris is recovering from surgery, with the hope being he can return home at the start of next…

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Manchester United fan stabbed in Paris after PSG defeat

Man, 44, reportedly undergoes emergency operation after attack with ‘large blade’A Manchester United fan is being treated in hospital in France for a stabbing injury shortly after the English side knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League…

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Atlético Madrid investigate after former youth coach admits sexual abuse

• Manuel Briñas admits offences while he was working at school• No accusations made by players against former coach, now 88Atlético Madrid have severed their relationship with the man who ran their youth system for 20 years and launched an investigatio…

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Four people stabbed in football-related violence in Rome

A Briton, two Spaniards and an American were injured in fighting at bar in Italian capitalA Briton was among four people stabbed in football-related clashes in central Rome, according to Italian media reports.Fighting broke out shortly after 9pm on Wed…

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Emiliano Sala: missing pilot’s family raise funds for search

David Ibbotson, who was flying light aircraft that crashed in Channel, has not been foundThe family of the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala have set up a fundraising page for donations to help restart a search for him.Sa…

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Ski president sorry for praising dictators and attacking ‘so-called’ climate change

Gian Franco Kasper said dictators make good event hosts75-year-old once said women shouldn’t ski jumpThe president of the International Ski Federation has apologised after an interview in which he questioned climate change and said he preferred countri…