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Five Cuban men’s national soccer team players defect during Nations League: report

Five players from the Cuban men’s national soccer team defected either before or after their Nations League match against Canada on Saturday, reports say.

Cuban defender Alejandro Portal, midfielder Andy Baquero and forward Yordan Santa Cruz were missing from the team after their 6-0 loss to Canada on Sunday, according to El Nuevo Herald.

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Forward David Urgelles and Orlendiz Benitez reportedly left the squad before Saturday’s game.

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Canada forward Junior Hoilett (10) and Cuba midfielder Alejandro Portal (8) battle for the ball during the second half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Portal, Baquero and Santa Cruz all played against Canada on Saturday. Baquero and Santa Cruz were part of the 2013 Cuban U-20 World Cup team, according to MLSSoccer.com.

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At least 44 players have defected from Cuba over the past 17 years. Four players defected during the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Brazil indicts model over rape allegation against Neymar

Sao Paulo police say they are indicting Brazilian model Najila Trindade and her former partner over her rape allegation against soccer star Neymar.

Police said Tuesday they indicted the model for procedural fraud, slanderous denunciation and extortion.

Her former partner Estivens Alves is accused of disclosing erotic content, which was then published online.

Trindade went to Sao Paulo police to accuse Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May. Neymar denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual.

Prosecutors officially closed the investigation against Neymar earlier this month, citing a lack of evidence against him.

The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in several interviews.

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Iranian female soccer fan ‘blue girl’ dies after setting herself on fire

An Iranian female soccer fan who faced a potentially lengthy sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium dressed as a man has died after setting herself on fire a week ago outside a court, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday.

The woman, Sahar Khodayari, died at a Tehran hospital on Monday, the Shafaghna news agency reported.

The 30-year-old set herself on fire last week after reportedly learning she may face between six months to two years in prison.

Khodayari was arrested back in March while trying to enter a soccer match for her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. She was pretending to be a man and wore a blue hairpiece and a long overcoat when the police stopped her.

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Khodayari spent three nights in jail before she was released on bail and waited six months for her court case. When she appeared at court, Khodayari found out her trial had been postponed because the judge had a family emergency, and later overheard someone talking about her possible prison sentence, the BBC reported.

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In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country’s flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

She then left the courthouse and set herself ablaze in front of the building, and later died at the hospital.

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Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan known as “Blue Girl” for the colors supporting of the Esteghlal team, died after setting herself on fire after learning she may serve a six-month prison sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Khodayari, who had graduated in computer sciences, was known as the “Blue Girl” on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team. Esteghlal issued a statement, offering condolences to Khodayari’s family.

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The tragic death immediately drew an outcry among some soccer stars and known figures in Iran, where women are banned from soccer stadiums, though they are allowed at some other sports, such as volleyball.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi — who played 127 matches for Iran and has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban on women — urged Iranians in a tweet to boycott soccer stadiums to protest Khodayari’s death.

Iranian-Armenian soccer player Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, the first Christian to be the captain of Iran’s national squad and also an Esteghlal player, said in a tweet that one of Tehran’s major soccer stadiums will be named after Khodayari, “once, in the future.”

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Women in Iran have been banned from going into stadiums to watch men’s sporting events since 1981, according to Human Rights Watch. The stadium ban may is not written into law, but is “ruthlessly enforced”, according to the organization.

Last October, authorities in Iran allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Iran’s government faced an Aug. 31 dead by Fifa to allow women to attend official football matches in order to “pave the way” for female attendees, the BBC previously reported.

Iran’s minister of information and communications technology, Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, described the death of the female soccer fan as a “bitter incident.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iranian woman sets herself on fire after being charged with illegally attending soccer match

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An Iranian woman set herself on fire outside a courthouse in Tehran on Monday to protest being charged with trying to impersonate a man and illegally attend a soccer match, according to reports.

The woman was charged with “insulting the public by defying the dress code for women,” court documents said, and was told she could face six months in prison. She set herself on fire after leaving the courthouse, The Telegraph reported Wednesday.

The woman, identified only as “Sahar,” was arrested earlier this year after she allegedly tried to enter the stadium dressed as a man and resisted arrest. Since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the country’s Islamic government has banned women from attending sporting events.

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After setting herself ablaze, she was taken to Motahari Hospital. She was in intensive care with burns over 90 percent of her body, a doctor told Iran’s Rokna News Agency, The Times of Israel reported.

The woman was detained and released on bail after she tried to attend the soccer match in March, her sister told Rokna.

Her sister, who was not identified, also said the woman had bipolar disorder.

FIFA has campaigned for Iranian women to be allowed to attend soccer matches in Iran.

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“The promotion of gender equality is a priority for FIFA, as per the statutes, and we remain fully cognizant of this, particularly during the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” the council has said.

Though women have been banned from attending games in Iran, an exception was granted this past November when Iranian women were allowed to attend the Asian Champions League final at Azadi Stadium in Tehran. The women were, however, seated separately from the men.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Carli Lloyd says she ‘definitely got some inquiries’ after 55-yard field goal: ‘Anything is possible’

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U.S. soccer star Carli Lloyd’s impressive 55-yard field goal during a recent Philadelphia Eagles practice apparently caught the attention of people in the NFL who made “some inquiries.”

The New Jersey native and Eagles fan drilled two long-range attempts – including the 55-yard field goal – during a preseason practice Tuesday, sending the kick straight through the goalposts. Videos quickly went viral, with one NFL great saying some teams should give her an “honest” tryout.

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In an interview with SI TV’s Planet Futbol TV that aired Thursday, Lloyd said the videos ignited some “interesting chatter” around the possibility of a woman breaking into the NFL.

“I think anything is possible. It’s been really interesting because, for me, I’m just an athlete, I’m a competitor,” she said. “But for so many other people, I think they’re starting to think ‘Will there ever be a female in the NFL at some point?’ And I think we’re kind of at that crossroads as far as equality and just women empowerment, so you’re kind of being in the crosshairs of that.”

She added: “I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking. Anything is possible but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player and we’ll see what the future holds.”

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Lloyd, who is fresh off her Women’s World Cup championship win, was at the Eagles practice trying to outdo Jake Elliot and Justin Tucker’s personal bests of 61 yards.

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Honduras soccer riot leaves 3 dead, at least 10 injured, officials say

At least three people were killed and 10 were injured after riots broke out Saturday night in the capital of Honduras before a soccer game between two rival teams, officials said.

The violence erupted outside the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa before the match between the Motagua and Olympia soccer clubs, after crowds threw objects at the Motagua team bus. Three players on the team were injured when the glass windows shattered, according to the team.

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Spectators react from tear gas after three people died in riots before a soccer match when the fans attacked a bus carrying one of the teams, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras August 17, 2019. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Fighting then continued inside and outside the National Stadium after officials canceled the game due to the bus incident.

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“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy,” local hospital spokeswoman Laura Schoenherr told the Reuters news agency. “Three of the injured adults are in critical condition.”

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Firefighters carry a woman after three people died in riots before a soccer match when the fans attacked a bus carrying one of the teams, at the National Stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (REUTERS/Stringer)

The Motagua club shared pictures on Twitter of the inside of the damaged bus after the attack.

The team also shared photos of the injured players who had to be transported to an area hospital and treated for facial wounds. They were identified as Emilio Izaguirre, Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier.

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“Reprehensible and lamentable,” the Motagua club said in another tweet with photos of the damage.

Around 10,000 people were in the stadium as violence developed outside, with many later getting caught in a stampede as police used tear gas to try to get control of the crowd, the BBC reported.

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The country’s ministry of security told Reuters it had set up “five rings of security” before the game.

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Police officers keep watch after three people died in riots before a soccer match in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera)

The president of Olympia club, Rafael Villeda, told the local press that he would meet with the leadership of the National League and Motagua to decide on the future of the game, according to the news agency.

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Liverpool goalie Adrian may miss next English Premier League match after pitch-invader incident

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, fresh off a European Super Cup victory over Chelsea, may miss the club’s second English Premier League match of the season because of a bizarre injury suffered following his penalty shootout heroics.

Adrian was among the players celebrating Wednesday after he made the key save in the shootout against Chelsea to clinch the trophy when a pitch invader attempted to join in the fun.

The fan slipped as he was grabbed by a security guard and collided with several Liverpool players. Adrian injured his ankle in the process.

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Liverpool’s goalkeeper Adrian lifts up the trophy as he celebrates with players after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park. (AP)

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“It was a strange, weird situation because we were celebrating between us and one guy jumped from the crowd and started running,” Adrian told the club’s website Friday. “I think he slipped in front of us and also the security with him and made me a tackle from the side. It was a bit of a strange situation but I feel much better today and I hope [I’m] ready for tomorrow.”

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Adrian was optimistic about his chances of starting against Southampton.

“I feel mentally ready and I also hope today with the treatment of the ankle it’s going to be much better,” he said. “But I’m very optimistic to start playing tomorrow again.”

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The Spanish keeper joined Liverpool from West Ham United on a free transfer days before the start of the season as backup to first-choice goalie Alisson. But he was unexpectedly thrust into action during Liverpool’s opening day victory over Norwich City in the English Premier League when the Brazilian injured his calf.

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Stephanie Frappart makes history during European Super Cup

Stephanie Frappart on Wednesday became the first female referee to officiate a major European men’s soccer final when Liverpool took on Chelsea in the European Super Cup.

Frappart, of France, led a team of predominantly female officials, with Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland serving as assistant referees. Frappart had a taste of the bright lights when she was the head referee during the Women’s World Cup final in July.

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Referee Stephanie Frappart of France, center, discusses with Chelsea’s Emerson Palmieri, left, and Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic during the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Liverpool and Chelsea, in Besiktas Park, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo)

Liverpool ultimately defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Super Cup, but it was Frappart who received stellar reviews for her officiating during the match.

“They were really good,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of the officials, according to the club’s official website. “Whatever you could have thought before the game, there was pressure on them like hell with an historic moment. Staying by yourself, staying calm and do what you have to do, decide very important things in a very difficult and intense game, I couldn’t have more respect, to be honest. It was really a brilliant performance.”

Frappart said before the match that she and her crew were ready.

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“We had to prove us physically, technically and tactically that we have the same than the men. So I am not afraid about that. So I think nothing changed for me,” she said, according to CBS News.

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UEFA postpones Champions League talks as clubs, leagues row

Changes to the Champions League are unlikely to be decided this year after UEFA on Thursday called off joint talks with the heads of European clubs and leagues who have spent months arguing over potential radical overhaul of the format of European competitions.

European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli, who has been criticized for championing a largely closed Champions League, and European Leagues president Lars-Christer Olsson were due to jointly meet UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin on Sept. 11.

“I have decided to postpone the meeting,” Ceferin wrote to Agnelli and Olsson in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. “I will send a new invitation as soon as I think that we are ready for a meaningful discussion.”

The letter was sent a day before the ECA executive board, led by the Juventus chairman Agnelli, meets in private in Liverpool to discuss their vision for an overhaul of continent-wide club competitions from 2024. The third competition — provisionally called Europa League Two — is already due to launch in 2021.

“We are currently in the process of gathering feedback from our national associations,” Ceferin wrote, “and I feel — more generally — that a new discussion now would be premature as we are analyzing feedback and proposals coming from different parties.”

The European Leagues group has fiercely opposed Agnelli’s core idea of restricting access to the Champions League and Europa League, as have dozens of teams from across the continent who are members of the ECA.

A proposal presented earlier this year by UEFA would guarantee 24 of 32 Champions League group teams return the following season, introducing significant promotion and relegation with the Europa League. Leagues fear end-of-season intrigue will be reduced in their competitions, with finishing positions currently determining qualification for Europe.

“As you know very well, UEFA deliberately kicked off the review process for the 2024/27 competition cycle much ahead of our regular schedule and we are therefore in no hurry,” Ceferin told Agnelli and Olsson. “We do not, in any case, expect to make a decision this year.”

The ECA has been calling for eight-team groups in the Champions League instead of the current four. That would guarantee clubs more revenue from UEFA for playing 14 games before the knockout rounds instead of the current six.

That would benefit the illustrious clubs who want to play each other more often in Europe, appearing to be dissatisfied with a lack of competition at home. Juventus has won eight straight Italian titles, Bayern Munich has won the last seven in Germany, and Paris Saint-Germain has won six of seven in France.

The English Premier League is the leading force resisting dramatic changes to the Champions League and claims to have the backing from all of its teams. That includes Manchester United, whose executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is an ECA executive board member.

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Antifa’s ‘Iron Front’ symbol banned by Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders

With another confrontation between supporters of Antifa and the Proud Boys expected on the streets of Portland, Ore., next weekend, two pro soccer teams in the Pacific Northwest are trying to help keep the focus on the game instead of politics at their home matches.

According to the Associated Press, Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders have each banned the “Iron Front” symbol used by Antifa supporters from being displayed by fans inside the teams’ stadiums.

MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott explained the reasoning behind the league’s action.

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“I think it was the belief of the league and the clubs that fans are at our games to enjoy the game,” Abbott told the AP, “and that there is a place for third-party political organizations or groups to express their views, but that place isn’t within our stadiums.”

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The symbol – composed of three arrows pointing downward and to the left – has been adopted by some Antifa supporters. It was used in the 1930s by a German group that opposed the Nazis, according to the AP.

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A version of the three-arrow “Iron Front” symbol used by some Antifa supporters is seen during a demonstration in downtown Portland, Ore., June 29, 2019. (Associated Press)

In one variation, the three arrows are replaced by three axes – suggesting support for the Timbers as well.

Soccer fans, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, are more inclined to express political views at games than fans of other sports, according to the report.

On social media, soccer fans who support Antifa were not happy about Major League Soccer’s decision.

Past clashes in Portland between supporters of Antifa and the Proud Boys have erupted into violence – including at attack on conservative writer Andy Ngo.

Having faced criticism for the city’s handling of past confrontations, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and police Chief Danielle Outlaw last week said both political groups should expect to face a strong police presence this coming Saturday.

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Wheeler issued a warning to anyone, on either side, looking to instigate violence.

“We don’t want you,” Wheeler said, according to OregonLive.com. “But if you do come, we will be ready for you.”

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Portland Timbers fans celebrate the win against Seattle in an MLS Soccer game in Portland, Ore, on Oct. 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Added Outlaw: “Don’t come. We don’t want you here. I don’t care what side you’re on.”

The Timbers have a home game scheduled against Atlanta United on Aug. 18, the day after the expected Proud Boys-Antifa showdown, and another Aug. 23, against the Seattle. The Sounders won’t play at home again until Sept. 1, against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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