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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
Zinedine Zidane admits that Real Madrid's new signing Gareth Bale is not worth the reported $132.5 million that Real paid to free the Welshman from his Tottenham contract. In an interview with Canal+, the former Real and Juventus player noted that that amount is hard to take in. Read the whole story
FIFA's anti-discrimination taskforce has urged soccer's world governing body to pressure Russia and Qatar, hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, respectively, to relax anti-gay legislation. In Russia, laws punish the promotion of homosexuality. In Qatar, homosexuality is illegal. Read the whole story
Barcelona has asked former defender Eric Abidal to clarify statements made in L'Equipe last Friday that he was not paid by the club during his cancer treatment. In fact, the Spanish champ issued the following statement regarding the matter: "Barcelona contacted the player and his representative to clarify the confusion ... Read the whole story
Luis Suarez once again dominated headlines after being involved in two controversial incidents that helped Uruguay beat Peru 2-1 in Lima. The Liverpool striker's brace led the Celeste passed ten-man Peru in a crucial South American World Cup qualifier, cementing its hold on fifth-place in the CONMEBOL standings. Read the whole story
Three England fans were taken to a hospital in Kiev following an alleged attack involving close to 30 hooded men armed with knives, ahead of England's crucial World Cup Qualifier with Ukraine on Tuesday. A spokesman for the Foreign Office confirmed the attack. Read the whole story
Portugal came from behind to beat Northern Ireland 4-2 in Belfast thanks to a stunning second half hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid forward's three goals, two headers and a free-kick, sent Portugal back to the top of Group F, and made him his country's second all-time leading scorer ... Read the whole story
Kevin-Prince Boateng's decision to leave AC Milan for Schalke had to due with growing tired of racism in Italy, according to Peter Peters, Schalke's CFO. Peters said Boateng had agreed with Milan President Silvio Berlusconi that he could leave Milan if the Ghana international helped the team qualify for the ... Read the whole story

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