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Football icon Pele hospitalized after collapse in Brazil

Brazilian football legend Pele has been rushed to hospital after collapsing in his homeland due to “severe exhaustion” on Thursday. The three-time World Cup winner, 77, was scheduled to attend the Football Writers Association (FWA) Tribute Night in London on Sunday where he was due to be honored. Instead he will remain in hospital under the careful supervision of doctors. ...

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Brazil World Cup winner Ronaldinho retires from professional football

Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has officially retired from professional football at the age of 37. The former Barcelona and AC Milan attacking midfielder has not played since leaving Fluminense in 2015. The player’s brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed the retirement on Tuesday and announced a series of tribute events dedicated to his career. READ MORE: Ronaldinho joins Kadyrov in ...

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Ban for French football referee who kicked out at player before sending him off

French football referee Tony Chapron has received a ban from the French Football Federation (FFF) for apparently kicking out at Nantes player Diego Carlos, before bizarrely showing him a red card. Chapron took a tumble when Carlos clipped the referee’s heels near the halfway line while both were running to keep up with a Nantes attack in the final moments ...

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Saudi Arabia allows women to enter football stadiums for 1st time in history

Saudi Arabia has allowed women to enter stadiums to watch men’s football matches for the first time in the kingdom’s history as the ultra-conservative kingdom eases the strict rules separating the sexes. Read more Saudi women were in the stands to watch Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin face each other in the city of Jeddah on Friday, just months before the national ...

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Hottest Russian whistleblower? Meet Ekaterina Kostyunina, football referee (PHOTOS)

Russian referee Ekaterina Kostyunina has long been dubbed the country’s most beautiful football official – and it’s easy to see why thanks to her Instagram pictures. Kostyunina, originally from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, officiates semi-professional games in Russia. Before moving to Moscow, she played for the local student football team representing Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University. She also supports her ...

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‘I’m an FSB major!’ Russian football legend’s wife kicked off flight for ‘disruptive behavior’

Published time: 9 Jan, 2018 12:40 The wife of former Russia and Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin was kicked off a flight after a row in which she allegedly tried to intimidate staff by claiming to be a high-ranking agent for Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). In a show of behavior less than glamorous for a footballer’s wife, Alisa Arshavin says she ...

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Saudi women score access to football matches

Published time: 9 Jan, 2018 03:31 Saudi Arabian women will be able to attend major sports events for the first time this Friday, as the Kingdom introduces one of its promised reforms to allow female fans at football matches. Opening football stadiums to women is part of the Gulf kingdom’s “Vision 2030” economic plan to modernize the conservative monarchy and ...

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Putin backs Aeroflot plan to carry Russian football fans for less than $1 during World Cup

President Vladimir Putin has praised the initiative by Russia’s biggest airline, Aeroflot, to provide Russian football fans with one-way tickets which will cost just five rubles ($ 0,09) during next year’s FIFA World Cup. Aeroflot chief executive Vitaly Saveliev said that the company is ready to provide a significant discount for Russian fans who attend the national team’s matches at ...

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‘We will try to persuade them not to observe Ramadan’ – head of Egyptian Football Association

The president of the Egyptian Football Association, Hany Abo Rida, said that Ramadan, which is observed by Muslims as a month of fasting, could hamper the national team’s preparation for the 2018 World Cup. Read more “This is our main problem,” Abo Rida told in exclusive interview with TASS. “Koran grants exemptions from the fast to travelers and those who ...

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FIFA thanks Mutko for stepping down as head of Russian Football Union

World football’s governing body FIFA has endorsed Vitaly Mutko’s decision to temporarily step down as head of the Russian Football Union (RFU), adding that the decision was made “in the interests of the 2018 World Cup.” “FIFA understands Mr. Mutko’s decision, which was also made in the interests of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. FIFA thanks Mr. Mutko for ...

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