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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Tuesday, July 9, 2013
The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday suspended four clubs indefinitely for alleged match-fixing after games involving the teams finished 79-0 and 67-0. The NFF called the results "a mind-boggling show of shame," adding that the scorelines were "scandalous." Read the whole story
Police have finally made their first arrest in the brutal slayings that followed an amateur soccer match in Brazil on June 30th. According to the AP, the killings began after the 20-year-old referee, Otavio Jordao da Silva, sent-off Josemir Santos Abreu, 31, from an amateur match in Centro do Meio, ... Read the whole story
Atletico Madrid on Tuesday completed the signing of David Villa from Barcelona. The fee for the 31-year-old Spain striker was just $2.7 million, rising to $6.6 million if Villa sees out the entirety of his three-year contract with Atletico. Should he be sold within that timeframe, Barca would recoup 50 ... Read the whole story
Luis Suarez has said that the real reason he wants to leave Liverpool is to play in the UEFA Champions League. The Uruguayan, who previously claimed he wanted to leave because due to harsh treatment from the British press, told Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre in ... Read the whole story
Aston Villa on Tuesday confirmed that striker Christian Benteke has handed in a transfer request, putting the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham on alert, the Guardian says. The 22-year-old netted 19 goals last season, following his $10 million arrival from Genk. The Birmingham club remains hopeful ... Read the whole story
According to L'Equipe, Paris St. Germain could wrap up a deal for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani "in a matter of hours." The French champion is reportedly prepared to meet Napoli's massive $80 million buyout clause. L'Equipe claims the player is will sign a five-year, $13 million per season contract. Read the whole story
According to the AP, a new report from Deloitte, a consultancy firm, says that Qatar plans to spend up to $200 billion over the next decade in preparation for hosting the World Cup in 2022. The report, released on Tuesday, says that $140 billion will be spent on transportation infrastructure, ... Read the whole story
UEFA on Tuesday published its shortlist for its Best Player in Europe Award for 2012-13. The list, which features four players from European champion Bayern Munich but no defenders or goalkeepers, is as follows: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (all ... Read the whole story

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