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FIFA suspends Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub for ‘inciting violence’

Turning truth on its head, FIFA gives year-long suspension after Mr Rajoub allegedly called on “football fans to target the Argentinian Football Association and burn jerseys of Lionel Messi.”

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

Palestinian FA chief Jibril Rajoub

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Real Madrid hosts Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teen jailed for slapping IDF soldier

The 17-year-old received a personalized soccer jersey from the team in a visit to the Spanish capital | UZI DANN

2018.09.28.Ahed Tamimi, centre, receiving a Real Madrid soccer jersey from Emilio Butragueño

Ahed Tamimi, centre, receiving a Real Madrid soccer jersey from Emilio Butragueño

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Transfer cost to assemble the squad: Manchester City at the top

Manchester City has spent almost €1 billion in transfer indemnities to sign its present squad members (add-ons included). This obscene figure is the highest figure ever measured for a football team. The CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the data for all of the big-5 league teams in Europe.

Seven English Premier League teams are in the 11 top positions of the table. The biggest increase compared to last year was measured for Liverpool (from €437M to €704M). The Spanish giants (Barcelona and Real Madrid), Juventus and Paris St-Germain (2nd overall) are the only non-English teams in the top 11. The best-ranked German Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, is 12th.

Total transfer expenditure to make up the squad for clubs from the five major European leagues went constantly up during the last decade. In 2010, a big-5 league had spent on average €67M to sign its squad members. In 2018, this figure reached a new record high of €161M. During the same period, the amounts invested to assemble the squad by English Premier League clubs went up from €126M to €326M.

The Premier League, whose member clubs are owned by financial oligarchs, currently has the highest percentage of foreign players of any league in the world, at 69.2 per cent.

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US handegg season opens

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September 6, 2018 · 6:10 pm

Monopolization of sport: Funds from Europe’s Champions League cement domestic domination

By Steve Menary

Only three new clubs enter this season’s Champions League, the latest edition of the Diversity Index shows and also reveals that the current prizing system fuels competitive imbalances and domestic hegemony.

The 2018/19 edition of the UEFA Champions League will see the competition move nearer to a closed league as the number of clubs making their debut dwindles to just three.

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FIFA defends bans for defamation, spreading ‘false information’

AP (Aug. 15) – Justifying an overhaul of its ethics code, FIFA asserted Tuesday that people who “tarnish the reputations of others” must be banned from soccer.

The Associated Press revealed Monday that a new offence of defamation had been added to the document governing the conduct of participants in soccer, with scope for a ban of up to five years from the game. Continue reading

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Here’s Johnny

A radio-controlled flying witch flies past a moon setting into clouds along the pacific ocean in Carlsbad, California

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By TONY SEED

What about the neo-colonial mentality and behaviour of the monopoly sports media? Every foreign star who touches down in Canada is celebrated as some singular being, and Canadians are supposed to be blessed and thankful for the favour of paying to watch them perform.

Throughout the past week, the sports media has been hyping non-stop the first start of American football quarterback Johnny Manziel in the Canadian Football League. A former NFL first round draft pick, his two seasons with the Cleveland Browns were marred by off-field troubles including spousal abuse. He has not played since the end of the 2015 season. Continue reading

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