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FIFA cuts World Cup video over Crimea map

FIFA sorry for World Cup 2018 launch video which showed Crimea as part of Russia
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - FIFA has expressed regret on Thursday after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

The video, broadcast as the logo was beamed onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, included a map of host nation Russia, including Crimea.

The clip was commissioned by Russia's World Cup organizing committee from a "local creative agency" and has now been edited to remove the "short sequence in question," FIFA says.

FIFA cuts World Cup video over Crimea map

FIFA sorry for World Cup 2018 launch video which showed Crimea as part of Russia
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - FIFA has expressed regret on Thursday after its video launching the logo for the 2018 World Cup showed the disputed Crimean peninsula as part of Russia.

The video, broadcast as the logo was beamed onto Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre on Tuesday, included a map of host nation Russia, including Crimea.

The clip was commissioned by Russia's World Cup organizing committee from a "local creative agency" and has now been edited to remove the "short sequence in question," FIFA says.

FIFA launches campaign to combat match-fixing

FIFA, Interpol, FIFPro launch joint campaign to combat match-fixing
The Associated Press

TOKYO - FIFA, international players' union FIFPro and Interpol have launched a campaign to combat match-fixing.

The aim of the campaign, launched at the FIFPro Congress in Tokyo, is to raise awareness of the dangers of match-fixing, to provide positive role models for players and to educate them on how to recognize, resist and report attempts to fix matches.

To start the campaign, the three organizations are releasing a DVD produced by Interpol that provides players with information they need to help fight match-fixing.

Hamburg files criminal complaint against intruder

Hamburg files complaint against pitch intruder who hit Franck Ribery with scarf
The Associated Press

HAMBURG - Hamburger SV says it has filed a criminal complaint against a spectator who ran on to the field and hit Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in the face with a scarf in added time of their German Cup match Wednesday.

The complaint could lead to criminal charges. The Bundesliga club says it will also impose a stadium ban for the fan, who was not publicly identified.

The man was seized by security guards and turned over to the police. Hamburg, which lost 3-1, apologized to Bayern and Ribery immediately after the match. Bayern said it planned no action.

EPL referee faces music over Ed Sheeran concert

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg dropped for breaking rule to attend Ed Sheeran concert
The Associated Press

LONDON - A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert.

Mark Clattenburg drove straight from West Bromwich Albion's ground to Newcastle after Saturday's game against Crystal Palace so that he could watch Sheeran perform.

Referees are supposed to make a return journey with their assistants from the stadium to their hotel after every match — to protect their integrity and security.

Cam Neely nominated to Roma's board of directors

Former Bruins star Cam Neely nominated to board of Italian club Roma
The Associated Press

ROME - Hockey Hall of Fame forward Cam Neely and retired women's soccer star Mia Hamm were nominated to Italian club Roma's board of directors Monday.

The 49-year-old Neely started his career with the Vancouver Canucks, but was best known as an all-star power forward with the Boston Bruins.

The Comox, B.C., native had three 50-goal seasons in his career and totalled 305 goals and 299 assists in 726 NHL games.

Sunday's MLS Capsules

Sunday's MLS Capsules
The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored twice to tie the MLS season goal record, and the New York Red Bulls beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the league's regular-season finale on Sunday night.

With his 26th and 27th goals, Wright-Phillips joined Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Roy Lassiter (1996) atop the list.

The Red Bulls (13-10-11, 50 points) also overtook Sporting KC for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Sporting KC (14-13-7, 49 points) dropped to the fifth spot and will visit the Red Bulls for an immediate rematch in the knockout round Thursday night.

Man City loses, Liverpool held but Arsenal wins

Premier League: Man City loses at West Ham, Liverpool held by Hull, Arsenal beats Sunderland
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Manchester City and Liverpool endured Premier League frustration on Saturday following Champions League setbacks.

Having thrown away a winning position to draw at CSKA Moscow in midweek, City was stunned 2-1 by West Ham at Upton Park.

Diafra Sakho's seventh goal in as many games provided fourth-place West Ham with its latest eye-catching scalp while inflicting City's second loss of its title defence.

Leeds fires its second manager of the season

Leeds owner fires second manger this season, with Darko Milanic dismissed after 32 days
The Associated Press

LEEDS, England - Leeds owner Massimo Cellino fired his second manager this season, with Darko Milanic dismissed after 32 days at the second-tier club.

The former Slovenia international's winless six-game reign — the same as predecessor David Hockaday — ended after Saturday's 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton.

Neil Redfearn, who bridged the gap between Hockaday and Milanic with 10 points from 12 as caretaker manager, will resume control of the team — for now.

UEFA punishes Serbia, Albania for stadium disorder

UEFA awards Serbia 3-0 win over Albania following violence in Belgrade but deducts 3 points
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

Serbia received tougher sanctions than Albania when UEFA punished the Balkan rivals on Friday for the on-field violence sparked by a banner being flown by a drone over the stadium.

The European Championship qualifier in Belgrade was abandoned last week after an Albanian nationalist banner was flown in by a remote-controlled device, sparking fighting among players and fans.

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