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FIFA Apologizes for Map Error Putting Crimea in Russia

bloomberg.com — Soccer's governing body FIFA apologized after organizers of the 2018 World Cup in Russia displayed a map that showed Crimea as part of the host country. Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula in March after the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's former pro-Moscow president, in an uprising. The takeover prompted the U.S.

Sochi Olympics $51 Billion Price Tag Deters Host Cities

bloomberg.com — Russia's record $51 billion spending on the Sochi Olympics and the expenses needed to bid for the games is scaring away potential hosts, according to one of the International Olympic Committee 's main sponsors.

EC Rejects Soccer Rule Challenge That Led to Record Fines

bloomberg.com — The European Union's executive branch rejected a complaint against measures aimed at preventing soccer clubs from amassing losses. The European Commission threw out the complaint brought by Daniel Striani, a Brussels-based player agent, against European soccer body UEFA's so-called Financial Fair Play, or FFP, regulations because he's also suing in Belgium.

South Africa Soccer Captain Meyiwa Shot Dead in House Break-In

bloomberg.com — South Africa 's national soccer team goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead during a break-in, police said. Meyiwa, 27, was shot yesterday during a break-in at a house in the township of Vosloorus and declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, the South African Police Service said on its official Twitter feed.

Apollo’s Josh Harris Said Close to Buying Crystal Palace

bloomberg.com — Apollo Global Management LLC co- founder Josh Harris is close to an agreement to buy Crystal Palace, two people with direct knowledge of the talks said, a deal that would make him the fifth owner of both a major U.S. sports franchise and a team in soccer's English Premier League.

Neymar to Supermodels Push for Votes in Brazil Election Tussle

bloomberg.com — With the clock ticking in Brazil 's tight presidential election, celebrities from sports stars to supermodels are offering endorsements in last-ditch efforts to get their candidates over the line. Three days before the vote, the country's most popular soccer star Neymar released a video telling Brazilians he favors Senator Aecio Neves, the opponent of incumbent Dilma Rousseff.

Players Unable to Shower at Brazilian World Cup Stadium

bloomberg.com — Three months after the World Cup, one of the stadiums built for the event had a water failure leaving players from Corinthians and Vitoria unable to shower after a Brazilian league match last night.

Rio Games Golf Course Opponents Seek Pact to End Dispute

bloomberg.com — A judge may halt a legal dispute over the golf course for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the organizers of the 2016 Summer Games try to settle a threat to their preparation timetable. Work on the course, located on a nature reserve near the under-construction Olympic Park, has continued despite legal challenges over environmental damage and the ownership of the land.

PSG Soccer Team’s Biggest Income Stream Is ‘Other’

bloomberg.com — Paris Saint-Germain, the Qatari-owned soccer team fined for breaching European soccer's finance regulations, made more money from miscellaneous sales than from TV rights, sponsorship and tickets combined. Propelled by funds from Qatar's government, PSG has emerged as among the biggest spenders in soccer, buying its way to domestic success and a position in Europe's elite Champions League.

Watchmaker Parmigiani Boosted After Named as Illicit FIFA Gift

bloomberg.com — A luxury Swiss watchmaker says it's become the unintentional beneficiary of the latest scandal to affect soccer's governing body FIFA. FIFA ordered officials to return a 25,000 Swiss franc ($26,400) model made by Parmigiani Fleurier SA that was distributed to them by Brazil's soccer federation before the World Cup hosted in the South American country earlier this year.
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