Manchester United to meet Facebook over Paul Pogba racist abuse

Manchester United will meet Facebook after Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford were subject to racist abuse on social media after missing penalties Manchester United are to meet representatives of Facebook following the online racial abuse of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. The attacks on the players came via Twitter after penalty misses, Saturdays defeat by Crystal Palace. United were already due to meet Twitter and have now decided discussions with Facebook are required because of the trend of online racism aimed at players. The club recognise the problem is less pronounced on Facebook but are determined to be as proactive as possible. Ole Gunnar Solskjr said he was lost for words after the abuse of Rashford. Pogba himself has vowed …

Brazil end Copa Amrica drought with victory over Peru in final

Brazil ended a 12-year wait to win the Copa Amrica after a first-half goal from Gabriel Jesus and a late Richarlison penalty helped see off Peru 3-1 in Rio Brazils Gabriel Jesus made one goal, scored another and was sent off in the second half as the hosts beat Peru to win the Copa Amrica for the ninth time at the Maracan stadium. The hosts took the lead after 15 minutes thanks to some great skill from Jesus on the wing. The Manchester City forward bamboozled two defenders and crossed for the unmarked verton to fire home from close range. Peru, who had not won this tournament since 1975, equalised a minute before half-time when Paolo Guerrero scored from the …

USA aim golf-clap at their celebration critics and show their steel

Carli Lloyd celebrated her goals on Sunday like she was on the golf course. And while her team are scary in attack the quality of their defence is still a mystery In a result that surprised no one, the controversy that ensued after the USWNT exuberantly celebrated all 13 goals they scored against Thailand, the Americans were a little more low-key in their celebrations against Chile. After Carli Lloyd scored her first goal, she did her usual fist pump, but then followed it up with a polite, dainty golf clap. Lloyd wasnt sure whose original idea it was, but Lindsey Horan told her they decided whoever scored would perform the clap. It was fun, Lloyd said. I think it made …

Syrian footballer and ‘singer of revolution’ killed in conflict

Goalkeeper Abdul Baset al-Sarout dies of wounds sustained in battle with government troops A Syrian footballer who became a symbolic figure in the rebellion against the countrys president, Bashar al-Assad, has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces. Abdul Baset al-Sarout, 27, who rose to fame as a goalkeeper for his home city of Homs, joined peaceful protests against Assad in 2011 and was known as the singer of the revolution. He later took up arms as the country slid into civil war. Four of his brothers and his father have also been killed in the fighting. Sarouts life and his role in Syrias uprising and conflict was the subject of Original Article : HERE ; This …

How the 1999 World Cup champions’ biggest win came at the bargaining table

A staredown between the US womens national team and US Soccer over the 1999 squads victory tour changed the relationship between the team and their boss forever On the morning after the national team won the 1999 World Cup, the celebrations continued. While the players were off to do a victory parade at Disneyland, officials from the US Soccer Federation opened the sports pages of local newspapers, eager to see the coverage of the victory. The Los Angeles Times used the headline America the Bootiful alongside a large photo of Briana Scurrys penalty-kick save. Some of the US Soccer brass probably cracked a smile at the pun. But when they turned to page 5, they saw a different headlineone that …

England trips are being co-opted by the right but football has resisted before | Barney Ronay

Tommy Robinson was up for the fight in Guimares on Thursday night and there are reports of England fans chanting his name in bars but together we can fight this influence Back in the mid-1980s, when English football was a wild, rust-caked, occasionally frightening place, a group of Leeds United supporters noticed that the National Front had gained a small but significant foothold around Elland Road. Football was seen as a fertile seeding ground for far-right politics. On matchdays the NF had begun to sell its magazine, Bulldog, outside the ground. They became a visible presence, gained a little traction, took a share of the day. Eventually there was a reaction. Rob Conlon Sign up to The Recap, our weekly …

Chelsea secure the Europa League title amid eerie atmosphere in Baku

(CNN)Chelsea got the better of its English Premier League rivals to win the Europa League final Wednesday, beating Arsenal 4-1 amid a strange atmosphere in the Baku Olympic Stadium. The Frenchman barely celebrated the goal which helped end Arsenal’s hopes of Champions League football next season. With Arsenal unraveling, Eden Hazard was on hand to add a third — dispatching an expert penalty after Giroud was fouled in the box. Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi did produce a moment of inspiration — smashing a shot into the top corner — but it proved little more than a consolation after Hazard added a fourth following a sweeping counter-attack. READ: Chelsea and Arsenal to play their season’s biggest game 4,000km away from homeREAD: Maurizio …

Arsenals Lacazette-Aubameyang double act puts Valencia on back foot

Alexandre Lacazette scored two and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a crucial late third as Arsenal came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 in their Europa League semi-final first leg What a difference a week makes. Arsenal rediscovered their verve to give themselves a tantalising chance of reaching the Europa League final in Baku at the end of May. Attack has to be their best form of defence and their two shining lights up front delivered to give them a 3-1 advantage to take to the Mestalla next week. What a difference a late goal makes, too. Going into stoppage time they were entitled to feel fretful about a 2-1 lead, a scoreline that felt fraught with danger going into an away leg. …

Liverpool returns to the top of the Premier League with late winner

(CNN)With a rip-roaring English Premier League title race entering its final week, Liverpool returned to the top of the table with a thrilling victory over Newcastle which ensures the EPL title will be decided on the final day. Follow @cnnsport The visitors were far from their best, twice allowing the lead to slip, and worryingly leading scorer Mo Salah was stretchered off with what looked like a head injury after clashing with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Klopp later said that the striker needed to be assessed but revealed he did watch the end of the match in the dressing room. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videos “What can I say?” said Klopp on Sky Sports. “With the way …