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Oct 24, 2014

Stellar Lamela produces goal of the season, word of the day

LONDON (Reuters) – With one jaw-dropping moment of skill and dexterity Erik Lamela installed himself an early favourite to win FIFA’s goal of the year award — and at the same time ensured the term “rabona” became the overnight buzzword of soccer’s lexicon.

The Argentine struck after 29 minutes of Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 Europa League win over Greek side Asteras Tripolis with one of the greatest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane, but which was almost imperceptible to the naked eye.

Oct 24, 2014

Soccer-Stellar Lamela produces goal of the season, word of the day

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – With one jaw-dropping moment of skill and dexterity Erik Lamela installed himself an early favourite to win FIFA’s goal of the year award — and at the same time ensured the term “rabona” became the overnight buzzword of soccer’s lexicon.

The Argentine struck after 29 minutes of Tottenham Hotspur’s 5-1 Europa League win over Greek side Asteras Tripolis with one of the greatest goals ever seen at White Hart Lane, but which was almost imperceptible to the naked eye.

Oct 23, 2014

Exasperated Rodgers plays down Balotelli incident

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked exasperated when he asked “Is this the Mario Balotelli press conference?” as he was quizzed on Thursday about the latest headline-grabbing incident involving the Italian.

Rodgers was speaking the day after Liverpool were dismantled 3-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League and ahead of their Premier League match against Hull City on Saturday.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Exasperated Rodgers plays down Balotelli incident

LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looked exasperated when he asked “Is this the Mario Balotelli press conference?” as he was quizzed on Thursday about the latest headline-grabbing incident involving the Italian.

Rodgers was speaking the day after Liverpool were dismantled 3-0 by Real Madrid in the Champions League and ahead of their Premier League match against Hull City on Saturday.

Oct 23, 2014

Preview – Chelsea facing striker crisis before Man United match

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho’s league leaders will definitely be without their nine-goal top scorer Diego Costa, who has a hamstring problem.

Oct 23, 2014

Chelsea facing striker crisis before Manchester United match

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho’s league leaders will definitely be without their nine-goal top scorer Diego Costa, who has a hamstring problem.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea facing striker crisis before Man United match

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Chelsea face the prospect of having veteran Didier Drogba as their only fit striker for their visit to Manchester United on Sunday in what is usually one of the standout matches of the Premier League season.

Jose Mourinho’s league leaders will definitely be without their nine-goal top scorer Diego Costa, who has a hamstring problem.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer

LONDON (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday.

Piara Power, who is a member of FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Task Force, stopped short of calling for Russia to be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup but feared an African team could walk off the field at those finals unless action was taken now.

Oct 22, 2014

Putin urged to act against racism in Russian soccer

LONDON (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin must demand an end to the racism plaguing Russian soccer and the country should stop denying it has a problem, the executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe told Reuters on Wednesday.

Piara Power, who is a member of FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Task Force, stopped short of calling for Russia to be stripped of hosting the 2018 World Cup but feared an African team could walk off the field at those finals unless action was taken now.

Oct 22, 2014

FA waiting for referee’s report on racism claim at Norwich

LONDON (Reuters) – The Football Association were waiting to receive Mark Clattenburg’s match report on Wednesday after the referee stopped Tuesday’s Championship match between Norwich City and Leeds United following an alleged racism row.

The 1-1 draw in England’s second tier at Carrow Road was overshadowed by allegations that Norwich striker Cameron Jerome was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.