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FIFA seeks probe into racist remarks by Italian

FIFA asks Italian FA to investigate alleged racist remarks by presidential candidate Tavecchio
The Associated Press

ZURICH - FIFA asked the Italian football federation on Monday to open an investigation into alleged racist comments by Carlo Tavecchio, a leading candidate for the presidency of the national body.

Tavecchio said he still has support for his candidacy, despite what he called his "improper words," and will remain in the race.

UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg wants Russia stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis
The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behaviour" in the Ukraine crisis.

While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to exploit football's biggest sporting event to enhance his own status.

UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg wants Russia stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis
The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behaviour" in the Ukraine crisis.

While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to exploit football's biggest sporting event to enhance his own status.

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of World Cup

FIFA rejects calls to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup, says tournament can be force for good
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - FIFA has rejected calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, saying the tournament "can achieve positive change."

Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine last week prompted calls from some lawmakers in Germany to review the country's hosting rights.

On Friday, political pressure on Russia increased when the European Union moved to freeze assets and restrict travel for more individuals and businesses.

CAS: Luis Suarez ruling likely in August

CAS says ruling on Luis Suarez's appeal of biting ban 'likely' before Spanish season starts
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The Court of Arbitration for Sport could rule on Luis Suarez's appeal against his biting ban before the Spanish league season starts.

CAS said Friday that Suarez, the Uruguay football federation and Barcelona have filed a request for a fast-track appeal against FIFA's ban for nine competitive international matches and four months from all football.

"It is likely that a final award will be rendered well before the end of August," the court said in a statement to The Associated Press.

Garcia scores 2 goals, RSL beats Montreal 3-1

Olmes Garcia scores 2 second-half goals, Real Salt Lake beats Montreal Impact 3-1
The Canadian Press

SANDY, Utah - Optimism was in short supply in the Montreal locker-room after the Impact found a new way to lose on the road on Thursday night.

This time, it was a second-half red card that did them in.

Real Salt Lake forward Olmes Garcia scored two second-half goals — both coming after Issey Nakajima-Farran was sent off in the 65th minute — to lead Salt Lake to a 3-1 victory over the Impact and hand Montreal it's fourth straight loss.

James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal with Real Madrid

Colombia forward James Rodriguez signs 6-year deal to play at Real Madrid
Harold Heckle, The Associated Press

MADRID - A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja.

"I'm very happy," Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. "Everything went well."

Shakhtar midfielder says players' lives at risk

Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa says Shakhtar players' lives at risk in Ukrainian conflict
The Associated Press

Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who are refusing to return to Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk do so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk.

Costa and five other South American players refused to leave France last weekend with the rest of the team to return to Donetsk for Shakhtar's first match of the season on Tuesday.

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