The Fight for Equal Pay, More Important Now than Ever Before

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On March 30th, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a federal complaint by means of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination. As a result of the collective bargaining agreement long ago negotiated between members of the U.

Qatar 2022: Controversy Looms Large

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When FIFA awarded Qatar the 2022 FIFA World Cup in December of 2010, the general public responded with a mass outcry for answers as to why the FIFA executive committee decided to choose Qatar as the host nation. Among the many complaints by fans, players, and the media were... Read More »

What do the Panama Papers mean for FIFA president Gianni Infantino?

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In early 2015, an anonymous source began corresponding with German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, eventually submitting encrypted legal documents from a Panamanian law firm named Mossack Fonseca. The firm sells anonymous offshore companies, or shell companies, to owners around the world, enabling them to hide their business operations and engage in illegal practices such as tax.

Sunderland’s Chief Executive Margaret Byrne Sinks

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In the modern era of professional sports, many teams have erred on the safe and responsible side when it comes to judging a player's actions off the field. The NFL is a perfect example in which teams will promptly release a player following the emergence of illicit activities that ought to warrant concern.

Infantino and the Women’s Game

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Gianni Infantino, the previous UEFA Secretary, was elected the new president of FIFA several days ago. His election marks him as just the ninth president in FIFA's 111 year history, a stunning number. In many ways, it's no wonder that FIFA is so... Read More »

Concussions: A Humorous Approach

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You've probably never heard a Tarheels-Bulldogs matchup lauded about in the history books. In fact, you probably don't even know who that is. And you shouldn't. There is nothing too special about the Yale Bulldogs or the University of North Carolina Tarheels when it comes to soccer. However, you may be one of the 36.

How Instant Replay Can Improve Soccer

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Do the officials need to get better, or should more technology be introduced to the sport of soccer? In today's day and age, officials of any sport have been heavily scrutinized thanks to cameras that record every angle of every incident in a particular match. This can cause a slow motion replay to either prove.

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Equal Pay for Equal Work

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On March 31, 2016 Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo filed an action with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of the entire United States Women's National Team that accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination. In the lawsuit they claim that they are paid almost four times.

Yeah, Yeah: It's Time for All of Us to Shut the Hell Up About Hope Solo

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Hope Solo: American Keeper in Danger of Becoming Personal Parody

Who cares, fellas? I hope someone wrote a post for about concerns with Ochocinco becoming a self-parody, or Dennis Rodman, or Terrell Ownes, or LeBron James, or some other athlete with a big mouth and huge ego who likes attention on them always.

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MLS Salaries Compared to other American Sports

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A week ago, ESPN released answers to a survey they conducted with 123 MLS players. Two questions stood out to me. The first, was "You're commissioner for a day. What's the one thing you'd change about the MLS?" The top answer? 44 percent of the players said that salaries are the one thing that they..

Should He Stay or Should He Go: Is It Time to Fire Jurgen Klinsmann?

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Friday night in Guatemala City, the U.S. men's national team did something that it had not done since 1988—it lost to Guatemala. In a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on the road, the U.S. allowed the home squad to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead—one that it would not relinquish—and failed to find the back.

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The End of an Era: Will There Be a European Super League?

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Viewership and potential for profit set the stage for many of the biggest deals in sports around the world. It should come as no surprise that football, one of the most oft criticized sports for backroom deals and controversy over finances—see the Qatar 2022 World Cup issue—is once again at center stage for the future.

Di Matteo SACKED!

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I am shell-shocked by this decision, I have to say i am SO frustrated with our clubs knee jerk decisions!

Absolutely ridiculous in my mind, the man has lead us to Champions League glory and the FA cup in a few short months, plus we are only a few point off of the top of the league!

Video: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini now able to laugh at Carlos Tevez saga

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Roberto Mancini seems to be able to joke about the Carlos Tevez fall-out that almost derailed his side's title challenge last season. The Manchester City boss has claimed that his Real Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho should consider sending Cristiano Ronaldo on a six-month sabbatical to help them win a second successive La Liga title.

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Dear Ghana

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You have been a shining example of African football for so long. Why this circus now, when all eyes are on you? We knew that there was already problems when rumours of match fixing arose (this was not the first time match fixing allegations surround Ghana), and then the players threatening to go home unless 3 mio USD were paid.

Top ten excuses for Luis Suarez

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Luis Suarez is surely not the best footballer ever, but the most stupid footballer ever, yes. That said, I would like to give him a helping hand, so I have some suggestions as excuses he can use to defend himself about his latest outrageous behavior: 10. "Ivanovic put his body into my mouth on purpose!

English Premier League

Arsenal massacre

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There is no other word for what Chelsea did to Arsenal today: a massacre. 6-0. Everything started wrong for Arsenal when first Samuel Eto'o, and then Andre Schurrle brought them ahead 2-0 in good attacks exploiting Arsenal's weaknesses. The 3-0 goal proved highly controversial. I was watching the match in a bar in Monrovia, and nobody understood why Kieran Gibbs was sent off when it was clearly

“You Can Vote… On The Shorts”: Democracy In Action At Cardiff City FC

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It often seems these days as if there is nothing that professional football won't seek to either monetise or somehow turn into some sort of event, and if the thinnest veneer of an abstract notion of democracy can be applied to it, then the perpetual desire of clubs to keep throttling a golden goose can be set aside in favour of a momentary feeling of benevolence.

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Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson was on texting terms with ref Mark Halsey

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Opposition fans have always felt that referees didn't do them any favours at Old Trafford, so you can understand the controversy surrounding the revelations that Sir Alex Ferguson used to text referee Hark Halsey. The details are revealed in Halsey's new book in which the ref admits texting Fergie, including to get his support for [.

MIKEL - Charged by FA for Misconduct (Unrelated to Initial Race Claim)

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Unfortunately I have to bring you yet more bad news in what has been a horrendous November for Chelsea Football Club. Before I go into the story, I must stress that John Obi is NOT being punished for making a claim against Mark Clattenburg, this is a separate incident.

It is understood that after the controversial United game Mikel stormed into the referee's dressing room and verbally abused the officials.

Mark Clattenburg - Found Not Guilty by the FA

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After a thorough investigation, the FA have found Mark Clattenburg not guilty of racially abusing Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

This is the full report taken straight off of the FA's official website;

The FA has concluded its investigation into alleged misconduct by Mark Clattenburg during the match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC on Sunday 28 October 2012.

Mark Clattenburg - Chelsea Involved in a New Race Row

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So by now you must have all heard the news, unfortunately Chelsea are right in the middle of another race row. Granted, this is a very sensitive and quite frankly unsavory subject, however i do feel it is important to look back at the allegations now that the initial frustrations from the game have died down.


Video: Linesman John Brooks wades in on the Arsenal vs Manchester City ticket price controversy

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Match officials are usually only thrust into the limelight when they make poor decisions, but linesman John Brooks is set to gain cult status (at least one letter apart from the status fans usually afford linesman) after commenting on Arsenal ticket prices within range of a TV microphone. Brooks could be heard telling Manchester City [.

Ex-Wigan, Birmingham & Blackpool keeper Richard Kingson’s ‘witch’ wife ruined career and made him impotent

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Former Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson's wife has gone on Nigerian TV to claim she used black magic to sabotage his career and make him impotent. Adelaide Tawiah said her evil powers were used to make Kingson's life a misery between the sticks and between the sheets. She said: "I messed up Richard's life ever since [.


Union and Perlaza Mutually Part Ways

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Controversy seemed to have started to slip away from the Philadelphia Union in recent weeks, excluding questions surrounding Freddy Adu and his ability to handle a benching. It was, however, simply a calm before a storm.

The Philadelphia Union and Jorge Perlaza chose to mutually part ways yesterday, according to a report by Philly.

Adrian Mutu says he’s having a ‘duel from a distance’ with Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season

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Adrian Mutu's conflict and controversy filled career has led him to sign with Ligue 1 clube Ajaccio, putting him back in the same league as former Juventus teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Though the 33-year-old Romanian striker only scored eight goals for relegated Cesena last season, he believes that he and Zlatan are engaging in a goal-scoring battle for the ages.

Carlos Tevez From Zero to Hero

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For all the Carlos Tevez fans here is a great video compilation of the star footballer, all set to some nice music by Emeli Sande song title title is Heaven. Carlos Teves the Argentinian striker is without a doubt a very skilled player but he does seem to surround himself with some controversy, so lets forget all that and just enjoy some of his skills, highlights and some great music.


Gadsbys England this week looks at Roy Hodgson comments relating to problems with Brazil 2014

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On this week's Gadsby's England, it's the first roundup since May following Euro2012 and the Olympics. Gadsby just about remembers how to do it, with news that Rooney looks set to miss the qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with a knee gash, Hodgson courts controversy by talking about problems at Brazil 2014, and which young players have staked a claim to be regulars in Hodgson's England?

And We’re Back…

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It's been several weeks since we've had a new post here on Two Touch Pass, and I've spent a week or so contemplating my first post back. I suppose the reason we went away for awhile had to do with our busy lives, full of new adventures, big moves, and the many distractions we have in life. But, I'll be completely honest, my absence has been due to a post-Olympic hangover that has required me to catch my breath (weeks later) after stressing for 3 weeks.

Drunk Soccer Bitches

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Okay, what's more offensive: the title of this blog, or the "controversy"--instigated by the precious soul that is U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who has never been in the center of a controversy before, ever--regarding some of the U.S. women's national team members being drunk on live television after having won gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?

USA tops Canada in extra time in Olympic semifinal thriller

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A stoppage time goal from Alex Morgan after the second period of extra time puts the US into the gold medal match after an epic battle with Canada that was not without controversy.

Olympics show just how far British football has fallen

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The Olympics have created a lot of controversy ever since professional athletes were allowed to compete in the Games. Many supporters feel they should be for amateurs only while others argue that most of them are in fact professionals since they train for their chosen sport 12 months a year.

The Rest

Neymar fora da Copa América

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Com a Copa América Centenário, UEFA EURO, Jogos Olímpicos de Futebol, e a Copa do Mundo de Futsal da FIFA ao virar da esquina, o _ festival de futebol nesse verão deve ser nada menos de alta ansiedade e tremenda excitação. Com a gente igual Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, Manuel Neuer, Kevin De.

Das Tabu des Fußballs

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Heute ist Homosexualität und Sport ein stark diskutiertes Thema, das auch sehr kontrovers ist. Wir haben schon in Amerika ein paar grossen Spieler in verschiedenen Sport (zum Beispiel Michael Sam inder NFL, oder Jason Collins inder NBA) gesehen, die sich geoutet haben. Aber diese amerikanishce Spieler haben am meistens positive Unterstützung bekommt, und jetzt ist.

Context Lost In A Storm: On The PFA Awards Controversy

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Jon Bounds is a member of the National Council of Football Supporters' Federation (FSF), a founder member of STAR (Supporters' Trust At Reading), and writes for the Reading FC fan-site The Tilehurst End, and last night he was at the Professional Footballers Association annual awards ceremony that has kicked off yet another storm in the press today.

GIF It: Adel Taarabt literally ducks the chance to help QPR avoid relegation

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Adel Taarabt is never usually too far away from controversy. QPR fans have to watch his fleeting moments of sheer brilliance sprinkled amid a lot of frustrating and baffling displays. But he can rarely have been quite as frustrating is in the closing stages of yesterday's 1-1 draw with relegation rivals Wigan.

Chelsea Controversy - Hazard Red Carded for Kicking a Ballboy

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Chelsea never seem to be more than a stone's throw away from controversial incidents, once again we find ourselves under the negative spotlight.

Don't believe what they say folks, not all forms of publicity are good publicity.

So, late on in the semi-final League Cup tie against Swansea, ballboy Charlie Morgan decided to time waste by keeping the ball away from Eden Hazard as he was trying to retrieve it.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 23 August 2012

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The Los Angeles Galaxy cruised past Isidro Metapan and Municipal won at Chorillo FC in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 23, 2012.

Los Angeles Galaxy 5-2 Isidro Metapan

The Galaxy won their opening Group Stage match in the CONCACAF Champions League despite a red card and being without Landon Donovan.

A Not-So Friendly Affair

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  • Absence of Major Stars annoys Hamburg Fans.
  • Messi was ruled out following a last minute injury.

FC Barcelona vs Hamburg Controversy

Barcelona management wouldn't have anticipated how quickly a normal pre-season friendly turned out to be everything other than that.

Champione Champione Ole Ole Ole

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It's been eight years since KC last lifted the trophy. That drought ended last night on penalty kicks as KC won 1-1(3-2) on penalty kicks against the defending champion Seattle Sounders FC. The game had plenty of talking points and a little bit of controversy especially late in the PK shootout as Michael Gspurning saved Paulo Nagamura's PK but was called for being off his line too early and Nagamura buried his second attempt before Eddie Johnson skied his effort to give the US the title.