Confederations Cup: Germany reach semi-final after video replay confusion

Confederations Cup: Germany reach semi-final after video replay confusion

The world champions, Germany, reached the Confederations Cup semi-final on Sunday with a 3-1 victory over a Cameroon side reduced to 10 men after further confusion with experimental video replays. Germany were leading through Kerem Demirbay’s strike when a case of mistaken identity halfway through the second half – which replays were meant to eradicate – left Cameroon bemused and irritated. Sebastien Siani was dismissed for a foul on Emre Can after referee Wilmar Roldan inspected a pitch-side monitor. It then took furious protests from the Cameroon players, including Siani…

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Gianni Infantino faced investigation by Fifa ethics committee for alleged malpractice

Gianni Infantino faced investigation by Fifa ethics committee for alleged malpractice

Gianni Infantino, the Fifa president, was under investigation by the organisation’s ethics committee for more than one separate alleged instance of malpractice when he organised the sudden removal of the committee chairmen and members last month. The Guardian has learned that the Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbély, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s “investigatory chamber”, had begun examining complaints that Infantino and the Fifa general secretary, Fatma Samoura, improperly sought to influence the election in March of their favoured candidate for president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad…

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Red Devils – The “perfect result”, says Vincent Kompany

Red Devils – The “perfect result”, says Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany is celebrating a second consecutive win with the Red Devils, after their match in Estonia on Friday. The Red Devils won 2-0, while Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina drew 0-0 in Zenica. “It’s the perfect result. Because of the state of the pitch, we knew it was going to be difficult. Greece also lost points in Bosnia. It could mean a good campaign, if we win the next two matches it will be a great start”, the Belgian captain told RTBF. “We played a good match. We had to cope…

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The European Parliament officially supports Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

The European Parliament officially supports Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

The European Parliament formally supports Paris’s candidacy for the organisation of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani said on Tuesday. “It is not only a French candidate but a European candidate”, he said. On Tuesday the sports intergroup of the parliament received a delegation of organisers supported by the French Minister of Sports, Laura Flessel, also in Brussels. “This application is the only one in Europe, and we have all the keys to propose a project that will have an extraordinary impact on the lives…

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Red Devils – Vincent Kompany returns to the national team

Red Devils – Vincent Kompany returns to the national team

Roberto Martinez has selected 27 players, including four goalies, for the last two games of the season. The Red Devils will play against the Czech Republic in a friendly on Monday (5 June) in Brussels (8:45pm) and four days later on Friday 9 June, against Estonia in Tallinn (20:45 Belgian), in a qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. As expected, this selection welcomes the return of Vincent Kompany. The 31-year-old central defender has regained his place in the Manchester City base eleven after a long absence for various injuries since…

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World Cup 2018: Fifa admits workers have suffered human rights abuses

World Cup 2018: Fifa admits workers have suffered human rights abuses

The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has admitted there have been human rights abuses of workers involved in the construction of the arena in St Petersburg due to host matches in next year’s World Cup. In a letter to the presidents of four Nordic football associations, which the Guardian has seen, Infantino also acknowledged that some men from North Korea, whose working conditions are “often appalling”, were deployed to work at the Zenit Arena in St Petersburg. The presidents of the Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandic FAs wrote to Infantino raising…

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson revitalised by move to France

Katarina Johnson-Thompson revitalised by move to France

“I probably shouldn’t admit this,” says Katarina Johnson-Thompson, as she contemplates just how much her life has spun in new and not always glamorous directions since uprooting to France in December, “but I mopped up and got the Hoover out for the first time ever a couple of months ago. And I fixed my internet by myself last week when it broke.” Johnson-Thompson smiles, acknowledging how absurd this sounds given she turned 24 in January. “I didn’t realise how much my family did for me until I came out here,”…

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Uefa launches drive to boost girls’ football participation in Europe

Uefa launches drive to boost girls’ football participation in Europe

Uefa will launch its biggest-ever marketing campaign next month with the aim of making football the No1 participation sport for girls and women in Europe by 2022. The campaign, “Together #WePlayStrong”, will be launched on 1 June before this summer’s European Championship in the Netherlands, and follows research that shows football can have a positive impact on self-confidence in teenage girls. The study, conducted by Uefa and an elite group of specialists, looked at the effect football has on the psychological and emotional state of girls and young women in…

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Leyton Orient staff urge FA and EFL to intervene over unpaid wages

Leyton Orient staff urge FA and EFL to intervene over unpaid wages

Leyton Orient staff have accused the club’s owners of failing to respond to repeated requests to pay them their wages for March, causing some of them to have to find alternative living arrangements. Orient, who were relegated from League Two on Saturday after a 3-0 defeat against Crewe, still owe four creditors money despite escaping a winding-up petition after the club paid its debt to HMRC. The Italian owner Francesco Becchetti has been given until 12 June to pay off debts or sell the club having previously indicated he will…

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Pep Guardiola needs time to prove naysayers wrong at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola needs time to prove naysayers wrong at Manchester City

Should Pep Guardiola have happened to find himself in front of a television on Sunday night, he might have been drowned by a wave of nostalgia. A few hours after his lukewarm Manchester City team had unravelled at Wembley, a spectacular clásico was about to reach a stunning conclusion at the Bernabéu. The 10 men of Real Madrid had fought back from the dead to equalise with five minutes left and they were seconds away from all but ending Barcelona’s title hopes. They just had to resist one final, desperate…

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