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How mafia and corruption scandals rocked Italian football

High-profile cases of corruption, ticket touting and match fixing have led Italians to lose faith in the beautiful game, writes criminologist Anna Sergi.

Juventus has been struck by scandals | Andrea di Marco/EPA.

Football could be considered Italy’s most popular sport, with world-class teams worth billions attracting a dedicated following across the country. But more than that, football shapes the nation’s collective identity, bringing people from the smallest village to the biggest city together in their love for “the beautiful game”.

But over the past decade, media investigations and research have uncovered an unseemly lack of virtue within the industry. Mafia infiltration and corruption have come to characterise Italian football to the point that malpractice, deviance and criminal behaviour might seem to be the norm. Continue reading

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Marta extends her legend

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Women’s World Cup underway in France

Facing a formidable United States attack, Chile’s Christiane Endler was called upon to make key saves from the first minute of Sunday’s game | Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The 2019 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) women’s football world cup is underway in France with 24 countries participating in the games. The world cup will end on July 7. Host country France won the first match of the eighth edition of the world cup against South Korea. Canada has won its first two matches. Continue reading

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Venezuela beats US football team 3-0 prior to Copa America 2019

The national Venezuelan team showed a well-played football with few to no mistakes, finishing the match on Sunday with a confidence-boosting victory of 3-0 in a friendly game in Cincinnati.

Salomon Rondon has become Venezuela’s historic top-scorer with 24 overall goals | @foetball247

(June 9) – The Venezuelan national football team stunned their United States counterpart on Sunday with a confidence-boosting victory of 3-0 in a friendly match in Cincinnati, as part of preparatory games for Copa America 2019. Continue reading

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How a fake story about Cristiano Ronaldo donating €1.5 million to Palestinians for Ramadan spread

Poster of Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and Palestinian Ahmed Dawabsha, 5, who met in Spain in 2016 one year after Dawabsha survived an arson attack on his West Bank home in Duma, in which both of his parents and infant brother were killed by Israeli extremists. The poster reads in Arabic, ““Thanks Madrid .. Thanks Ronaldo,” Yarmouk Stadium, Gaza City, March 27, 2016 | Ashraf Amra

By Nicolas Sawaya*

Did Cristiano Ronaldo really donate €1.5 million to Palestinians for Ramadan? The short answer: no. The long answer, however, is more interesting. Continue reading

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Canadian soccer players pledge part of their salaries to Common Goal movement

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Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod waves to fans after defeating Switzerland 1-0 in a FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer match in Vancouver on June 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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This Day. English football salutes Nazi Germany

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On this day, 14 May 1938, the players of the England football team raised their arms to give the Nazi “Heil Hitler” salute before a match in Berlin. They had been ordered to do so directly by the British Foreign Office. Reportedly the players at first refused, until the British ambassador and Football Association secretary intervened and ordered them to do so. At the time the British government had signed an agreement with Hitler permitting his annexation of parts of Czechoslovakia, and much of the British ruling class supported the dictatorships of Hitler, Mussolini and Franco as bulwarks against communism.

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