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Roma close gap on Napoli after derby win

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Milan (AFP) – Roma moved to within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli after squeezing past local rivals Lazio 2-1 on Sunday as Italy resumed domestic action in the wake of the World Cup disaster for the national team.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s side moved to third in Serie A level on 30 points with Inter Milan ahead of Napoli’s clash later with AC Milan.

Roma close gap on Napoli after derby win

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Milan (AFP) – Roma moved to within two points of Serie A leaders Napoli after squeezing past local rivals Lazio 2-1 on Sunday as Italy resumed domestic action in the wake of the World Cup disaster for the national team.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s side moved to third in Serie A level on 30 points with Inter Milan ahead of Napoli’s clash later with AC Milan.

Dortmund suffer double injury blow as Spurs loom

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Berlin (AFP) – Marcel Schmelzer and Marc Bartra both suffered injuries in Borussia Dortmund’s frustrating goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg on Saturday ahead of their midweek Wembley clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Dortmund play Spurs at London’s iconic stadium on Wednesday in their opening Champions League group stage match, but lost Schmelzer to an ankle injury and Bartra with a groin strain in Freiburg.

Dortmund suffer double injury blow as Spurs loom

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Berlin (AFP) – Marcel Schmelzer and Marc Bartra both suffered injuries in Borussia Dortmund’s frustrating goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg on Saturday ahead of their midweek Wembley clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Dortmund play Spurs at London’s iconic stadium on Wednesday in their opening Champions League group stage match, but lost Schmelzer to an ankle injury and Bartra with a groin strain in Freiburg.

Dortmund held by 10-man Freiburg as Champions League Spurs clash looms

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund stuttered to a frustrating goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg in the German Bundesliga on Saturday ahead of their midweek Wembley clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Dortmund face Spurs at London’s iconic stadium on Wednesday in a high-profile opening Champions League group stage match.

Dortmund held by 10-man Freiburg as Champions League Spurs clash looms

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund stuttered to a frustrating goalless draw at 10-man Freiburg in the German Bundesliga on Saturday ahead of their midweek Wembley clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Dortmund face Spurs at London’s iconic stadium on Wednesday in a high-profile opening Champions League group stage match.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup.

World football’s governing body is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament.

FIFA referees chief wants shorter video delays

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Saint Petersburg (AFP) – FIFA’s referees chief said Monday he wants less delays caused by the video assistant referee and to reduce disruptions from the system being tested for next year’s World Cup.

World football’s governing body is using the Confederations Cup in Russia to test the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the first time at a major senior international tournament.

FIFA lifts Messi four-game international ban

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Zurich (AFP) – FIFA on Friday overturned Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s four-game ban from international matches imposed for swearing at an assistant referee, saying there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment.

The U-turn is a major boost to Argentina’s hopes of reaching next year’s World Cup in Russia, with the South Americans struggling in regional qualifying.

Video technology ‘fair but kills spectacle’

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Paris (AFP) – The experiment with video assistance that backfired on France against Spain earned mixed reviews on Wednesday, praised by most for being more fair but condemned by some for killing the spectacle.

France lost 2-0 in Paris on Tuesday in a game in which the Spanish side benefited twice from crucial video assistant referee decisions.

Video technology ‘fair but kills spectacle’

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Paris (AFP) – The experiment with video assistance that backfired on France against Spain earned mixed reviews on Wednesday, praised by most for being more fair but condemned by some for killing the spectacle.

France lost 2-0 in Paris on Tuesday in a game in which the Spanish side benefited twice from crucial video assistant referee decisions.

Lionel Messi banned for four Argentina games

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Zurich (AFP) – Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee.

Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.

Lionel Messi banned for four Argentina games

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Zurich (AFP) – Barcelona star Lionel Messi was suspended for four Argentina matches by FIFA on Tuesday for swearing at an assistant referee.

Messi was found guilty of “having directed insulting words at an assistant referee” in the World Cup qualifier against Chile last Thursday which Argentina won 1-0 thanks to a penalty from the Barcelona hitman.

Mourinho eyes Wenger’s FA charge

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jose Mourinho intends to keep a close watch on how the Football Association deal with the misconduct charge facing Arsene Wenger.

Manchester United manager Mourinho is keen to ensure Wenger is dealt with correctly after the Arsenal boss was accused of verbally abusing and pushing a fourth official during a win against Burnley on Sunday.

Mourinho eyes Wenger’s FA charge

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jose Mourinho intends to keep a close watch on how the Football Association deal with the misconduct charge facing Arsene Wenger.

Manchester United manager Mourinho is keen to ensure Wenger is dealt with correctly after the Arsenal boss was accused of verbally abusing and pushing a fourth official during a win against Burnley on Sunday.

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Tory MP Douglas Ross Shown ‘Red Card’ In Parliament After Dipping Out Of Debate To Run Line In Champions League Match (Video)

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Conservative MP Douglas Ross has taken a bit of a battering after ditching a Parliamentary debate about welfare reform on Wednesday in favour of running the line at the Camp Nou.

As well as being the Tory MP for Moray, Ross is also a qualified professional assistant referee, and can regularly be seen officiating in the Scottish Premiership.

GIF Video- Arda Turan throws cleats at assistant referee Copa del Rey Arda hurls boots linesman

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GIF Video- Arda Turan throws cleats at assistant referee Copa del Rey Arda hurls boots linesman is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter This shocking Arda Turan throwing his boots (VIDEO GIF BELOW) incident occurred during Atletico Madrid's 2-3 loss to Barcelona in the Spanish Kings Cup on 28 January, 2015.

LLL : Barcelona’s Pre-Match Banter In Osasuna, Real Madrid Drop Points Ahead Of Luka Modric’s Arrival

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Welcome back to La Liga Lunes, where we wrap up the weekend's action 'Futbolita' style for you! The Barcelona squad enjoyed a little banter before heading off to Pamplona, where they came away with a 2-1 victory against Osasuna yesterday.

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Southampton 1-1 Chelsea: Two points dropped thanks to the Referee!

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Chelsea drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary's this afternoon and on the overall play deserved all three points. But for the Referee, Chelsea would have extended their lead at the top of the Premier League tonight after Manchester City were held to a draw by Burnley.

Anyone who watched that game this afternoon WILL agree that the tackle on Cesc Fabregas was a 100% stonewall penalty!

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 26

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The introduction of goal line technology this season has resulted in key decisions being made correctly through the use of the referee's watch, which beeps whenever the whole of the ball crosses the goal line.

During Tuesday's game at the KC Stadium between Hull City and Southampton, there was a goalmouth scramble where 3 shots were fired towards the net in quick succession.

Reviewing Key Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 23

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Better late than never, here's a review of the key refereeing decisions from the mid-week Premier League matches — and what the match officials got right and wrong.

Beginning at White Hart Lane, the home side were 1-0 down and half time was approaching, when a free kick from Christian Eriksen was converted by an onside Michael Dawson.

A Bad Weekend For Match Officials: Reviewing the Premier League Referee Decisions, Gameweek 21

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Starting at St James' Park, where the most controversial decision of the weekend took place. Newcastle's Cheick Tiote hit a superb strike, which flew into the net, following a corner. There were three Newcastle players in an offside position as the ball left Tiote's boot. As soon as the Newcastle players and fans celebrated the goal, Manchester City goalkeeperJoe Hart appealed for offside to the assistant referee.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Charged By FA Over Post-Match Man City Comments

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The Football Association has charged Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with bringing the game into disrepute after his comments he made after the Manchester City-Liverpool match.

In the game between Manchester City and Liverpool, the match officials made mistakes on two clear-cut decisions.

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MLS confirms rumored six-game suspension for D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola

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Espindola shoved an assistant referee, and will pay the price as a result.

Last Thursday, we discussed reports that Fabian Espindola would be suspended for the first six games of the 2015 MLS season. That hypothetical has, as expected, become a reality. MLS has confirmed that Espindola will be banned from D.

Report: D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola will be suspended for the first six games of the 2015 season

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Steve Goff of The Washington Post says all indications point to a six-game suspension for Espindola after he made contact with an official upon United's elimination from the playoffs.

Everyone around D.C. United - the coaches, players, and fans - were all likely nervous about how long Fabian Espindola's suspension for shoving an assistant referee would be.

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Video- Assistant referee David Bryan hit by smoke bomb Spurs Aston Villa October 2013

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Video- Assistant referee David Bryan hit by smoke bomb Spurs Aston Villa October 2013 is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Referee's assistant David Bryan ( VIDEO BELOW) was hit by a smoke bomb thrown from the stands by Spurs fans celebrating Andros Townsend's opener in THFC's away fixture against Aston [.

GIF It: Unconfirmed Richard Keys sighting at Bradford vs Aston Villa, Sian Massey does one

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Assistant referee Sian Massey wasn't hanging around at the end of last night's Capital One Cup semi-final between Bradford and Aston Villa. With an army of stewards helping her run the line for the closing stages (can't say she didn't need some help, right, Richard?) she had clearly decided not to wait to see if [.

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MLS to implement VAR beginning August 5th

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It has been known that MLS would incorporate Video Assistant Referee technology after the All-Star Game, but that introduction now has an official start date.

The league announced on Thursday that it would begin incorporating Video Review procedures league-wide beginning on August 5th, including every MLS regular season and postseason game.

Copa America 2016: Uruguay vs. Venezuela time, TV schedule, and live stream

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Uruguay looks to right the ship while Venezuela tries to hold onto second place in Group C.

Game: Uruguay vs. Venezuela

Date: Thursday, June 9th

Time: 7:30 P.M. Eastern

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia, PA)

Referees: Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG), Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Braiolvsky (ARG), Assistant Referee 2: Ariel Scime (ARG), Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU), Reserve Assistant: Luis Vera (ECU)

Television: Fox Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer 2Go

How Uruguay will look: In their tournament-opening loss to Mexico, Uruguay decided to roll out a 4-2-3-1.

Copa America 2016: Mexico vs. Jamaica time, TV schedule and live stream plus full schedule for Day 7

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Mexico will look to continue riding a wave of success, while Jamaica looks to prove they're for real. Here's how you can watch and what to expect from tomorrow's match.

Game: Mexico vs. Jamaica

Date: Thursday, June 9th

Time: 10:00 PM Eastern (9:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Pacific, 2:00 AM UTC)

Venue: The Rose Bowl (Pasadena, California)

Referees: Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA), Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG), Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Leon (COL), Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC), Reserve Assistant: Octavio Jara (CRC)

Television: FOX Sports 1 (USA), Univision (USA), Univision Deportes (USA), SportsMax 2 (Jamaica), Sky HD (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), Univision TDN (Mexico)

Streaming: FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO, fuboTV

The last time these clubs faced off, it was a year ago right here in Philadelphia for the 2015 Gold Cup Final.

Referee Overturns Her Initial Decision And Awards Ghost Goal to Wrexham [VIDEO]

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In the Conference Premier match between Kidderminster and Wrexham this weekend, Wrexham scored a ghost goal when the shot went into the corner of the net, but the referee awarded a goal kick instead of a goal to Wrexham.

The referee and assistant referee didn't see the goal because the ball had gone through a hole in the net.

Brazilian defender strikes ball straight into the face of female assistant referee

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In an incident that is very difficult to describe without a headline that sounds vaguely like sexual innuendo, a female linesman assistant referee got in the way of a touchline clearance during Sunday night's Brazilian Campeonato Série B match between Atlético Goianiense and Paraná.

The powerful strike from the Paraná defender hit the lady in yellow right in the kisser, and was enough to knock her off her feet.

DTotD: Referee and linesman badly beaten during match in Chile

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Prepare to fall off your seat in a catatonic state of shock: there has been some disgraceful on-field violence at a match in South America!

An amateur final match between Baquedano and Pablo Lizama in Melipilla, Chile was called off by the referee following repeated stoppages for rough play and interruptions from angry fans.

False claims in football: cheating or a must?

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By Walter Broeckx

Is football still a sport?

That is a question I asked myself this weekend. It was after I had finished my own game. And for a few reasons I now am working as an assistant referee, and well must say I enjoy doing it and according to the game assessors and my [...]

Match Report: Everton 2 - 2 Liverpool

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Luis Suarez was controversially denied an injury-time winner as Liverpool had to settle for a Merseyside derby draw with Everton.
Suarez reacted first to fire into the roof of the net with time almost up only to see his effort ruled out by the assistant referee, who adjudged him offside.
Television replays immediately showed the former Ajax striker was onside as he poked the ball beyond Tim Howard for what would have been his hat-trick.

Video: Fans of Polish side Victorii Kaluszyn stalk the linesman

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Polish amateur side Victorii Kaluszyn have become a surprise YouTube hit after their fans were filmed mimicking a linesman during a recent match. The supporters stalked the assistant referee up and down the touchline, copying his every move. Via 101GG


Taunton Eagles Take 1st Leg of LUSA Cup

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FALL RIVER, Mass. Dean Williams scored the lone goal to lead the Taunton Eagles to a 1-0 win over Fall River Sports in the first leg of LUSA Cup competition at Billy Gonsalves Field on Saturday.

Williams scored in the 44th minute while Eagles keeper Sean Gonsalves made five saves to give the Eagles a crucial one-goal advantage going into Wednesday's second leg in Taunton.