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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA says Iran’s soccer federation supports letting women attend 2022 World Cup qualifying games of its men’s national team, though government approval is still needed. FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Some women were allowed to …

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CAIRO (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino promised unwavering support for the scandal-ridden and dysfunctional African soccer confederation on Thursday as he deflected criticism by Sepp Blatter and others that FIFA was exceeding its authority by overseeing a cleanup operation to stem the embarrassment. Speaking to African delegates at their meeting in Cairo, Infantino said …

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CAIRO (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino hit back at Sepp Blatter’s criticism of the world soccer body’s cleanup operation in Africa as a modern-day form of “colonialism.” Infantino response on Thursday was: “I have to laugh about it.” Blatter, the former head of FIFA who is serving a six-year ban from soccer, described the …

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CAIRO (AP) — The African soccer body is holding its first major meeting since announcing that FIFA will send a senior official to lead a clean-up of the scandal-plagued organization in an unprecedented move for soccer. The Confederation of African Football, whose president is facing numerous allegations of corruption amid the crisis, is holding its …

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TURIN, Italy (AP) — Matthijs de Ligt became the most expensive defender in Serie A history after completing a 75 million euro ($85 million) transfer from Ajax on Thursday. Juventus announced the deal’s completion, saying it had signed the Netherlands international to a five-year contract. The 19-year-old De Ligt was captain of the Ajax squad …

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TORONTO (AP) — Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Pozuelo and Ashtone Morgan scored to help Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Wednesday night. Altidore opened the scoring in the sixth minute, back-heeling Tsubasa Endoh’s cross low off the goalpost. He has seven goals in 11 games this season. Pozuelo made it 2-0 from …

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ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — European glamor teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid do not visit Mongolia on lucrative preseason tours, but this oft-forgotten Asian soccer outpost is about to get a taste of the big time on the qualifying road to the 2022 World Cup. Soccer is far from the most popular sport …

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic eased through the Champions League’s first qualifying round by beating Sarajevo 2-1 on Wednesday to complete a 5-2 aggregate win. The 1967 European Cup winner got goals in each half from Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, and will next play Nomme Kalju of Estonia. Sutjeska of Montenegro scored deep into …

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CAIRO (AP) — Nigeria beat Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday with an early goal by Odion Ighalo, the tournament’s leading scorer. Ighalo scored from close range in the third minute when he took advantage of a mix-up in the Tunisian defense at Al Salam Stadium to …

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MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid has completed the signing of England right back Kieran Trippier from Tottenham. The Spanish club announced the arrival of Trippier on a three-year deal Wednesday, saying he was a “fantastic and experienced” addition to the squad. No fee was announced but he is reportedly moving for 20 million pounds ($24.5 …

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