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Homophobia permeates football world in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Death threats and insults: Homophobia remains omnipresent in Spain’s sacred football world, where players don’t dare “come out” in an otherwise gay friendly country whose capital hosts the WorldPride until July 2.

“First, they refused to take their showers with me,” says Jose Manuel Garoz, who was sidelined from his amateur local team in his teens when his co-players found out he was gay via social networks.

Homophobia permeates football world in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Death threats and insults: Homophobia remains omnipresent in Spain’s sacred football world, where players don’t dare “come out” in an otherwise gay friendly country whose capital hosts the WorldPride until July 2.

“First, they refused to take their showers with me,” says Jose Manuel Garoz, who was sidelined from his amateur local team in his teens when his co-players found out he was gay via social networks.

Demotivated Spanish football defender Arbeloa quits

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish international defender Alvaro Arbeloa revealed Saturday he was quitting football despite the possibility of playing in China or the United States.

The 34-year-old former Real Madrid, Liverpool and West Ham player told Spanish sports daily Marca he has lost his motivation.

Di María fined for Spanish tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around two million euros to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

Di María fined for Spanish tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around two million euros to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

Di María given fine for Spanish tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around two million euros to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

Di María given fine for Spanish tax fraud

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Madrid (AFP) – Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has been handed a hefty fine and a prison sentence over a charge of tax fraud of 1.3 million euros ($1.4 million), Spanish authorities announced on Wednesday.

According to a court document seen by AFP, Di Maria will pay around two million euros to the Spanish authorities after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud committed in 2012 and 2013 when he was a Real Madrid player.

Manchester United boss Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay 3.3 million euros ($3.7m, £2.9m) in taxes during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was accused of “two offences against the public treasury,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Manchester United boss Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay 3.3 million euros ($3.7m, £2.9m) in taxes during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was accused of “two offences against the public treasury,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Troubled Ronaldo gets Madrid court date

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes deepened Tuesday when the star striker was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.

Ronaldo, 32, said to have vowed that he would never play for Real Madrid again, was ordered to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.

Troubled Ronaldo gets Madrid court date

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s woes deepened Tuesday when the star striker was summoned to appear before a judge investigating tax fraud.

Ronaldo, 32, said to have vowed that he would never play for Real Madrid again, was ordered to appear in a Madrid court on July 31 to answer four counts of tax evasion of 14.

Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud, Ronaldo before judge

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Madrid (AFP) – Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused by Spanish authorities of failing to pay 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in taxes at Real Madrid as star player Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned to appear before a judge next month.

The 54-year-old Mourinho, who coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was accused of “two offences against the public treasury,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

Cristiano Ronaldo summoned for July 31 tax hearing

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, accused of evading 14.7 million euro ($16.5m) in tax, has been summoned to appear before a judge in Spain, judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Portuguese star is facing four charges of fraud through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014.

Jose Mourinho accused of tax fraud in Spain

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Madrid (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was on Tuesday accused of evading 3.3 million euro ($3.7 million) in tax at Real Madrid, the public prosecutor’s office in Madrid announced.

Portuguese Mourinho, who coached Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013, was accused of “two offences against the public treasury,” the office said in a statement.

No other club offer for Ronaldo: Real boss

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Madrid (AFP) – There has been no interest from any club in Real Madrid’s star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who has threatened to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities, according to club president Florentino Perez.

“No one has sent us an offer for either Cristiano or anyone else,” Perez told Onda Cero radio station.

Ronaldo’s Real rage genuine or a cunning ploy?

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Madrid (AFP) – Enraged by Spanish tax authorities and a perceived lack of support from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is threatening to leave the European champions, but is it genuine or part of a greater ploy?

Ronaldo’s departure from Real, reportedly a given according to a Portuguese newspaper, triggered an avalanche of speculation over the potential destination of the world’s highest-paid athlete.

Ronaldo’s Real rage genuine or a cunning ploy?

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Madrid (AFP) – Enraged by Spanish tax authorities and a perceived lack of support from Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is threatening to leave the European champions, but is it genuine or part of a greater ploy?

Ronaldo’s departure from Real, reportedly a given according to a Portuguese newspaper, triggered an avalanche of speculation over the potential destination of the world’s highest-paid athlete.

Zidane pleads with Ronaldo after ‘I quit’ bombshell

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane broke off his holiday to call Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to persuade his unsettled star not to quit the club, Spanish sports daily Marca claimed on Sunday.

Ronaldo, on Confederations Cup duty in Russia with Portugal, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

Zidane pleads with Ronaldo after ‘I quit’ bombshell

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane broke off his holiday to call Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to persuade his unsettled star not to quit the club, Spanish sports daily Marca claimed on Sunday.

Ronaldo, on Confederations Cup duty in Russia with Portugal, is reportedly furious over a tax probe into the off shore accounts dealing with his image rights, and has reportedly vowed to leave Spain.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘silent’ amid tax evasion accusations

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo reacted to accusations that he evaded paying taxes of 14.7 million euros ($16.4 million) by saying that remaining silent was the “best answer”.

“Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet,” the Real Madrid star forward said on Instagram with a photo of himself in a Portugal polo shirt and right forefinger raised to his lips.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘silent’ amid tax evasion accusations

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo reacted to accusations that he evaded paying taxes of 14.7 million euros ($16.4 million) by saying that remaining silent was the “best answer”.

“Sometimes the best answer it’s to be quiet,” the Real Madrid star forward said on Instagram with a photo of himself in a Portugal polo shirt and right forefinger raised to his lips.

Super-agent Mendes summoned over Falcao tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Footballing super-agent Jorge Mendes, who manages Cristiano Ronaldo among others, has been summoned before a Spanish court as part of the probe into Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, legal sources said on Wednesday.

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Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.

The 32-year-old - the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - follows in the steps of FC Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.

Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.

The 32-year-old - the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine - follows in the steps of FC Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.

Antoine Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022

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Madrid (AFP) – French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid by a year, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.

Griezmann’s contract now runs until June 30, 2022, and ends rumours linking him with a move away from Atletico.

“The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements,” the 26-year-old said.

Antoine Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022

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Madrid (AFP) – French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid by a year, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday.

Griezmann’s contract now runs until June 30, 2022, and ends rumours linking him with a move away from Atletico.

“The first thing that I want to do is apologise to the people who misunderstood my statements,” the 26-year-old said.

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of 14.7 million euro tax evasion

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was on Tuesday accused of a 14.7 million euro tax evasion through offshore companies, the public prosecutor’s office in Madrid announced.

The Portuguese footballer was accused of “four crimes against the public treasury between 2011-14… which involves tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros ($16.

Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with the Spanish club by a year, according to press reports in Spain on Monday.

“Antoine Griezmann signed a contract with Atletico until 2022,” Madrid sports daily Marca reported.

According to As newspaper, “Atletico has revised the player’s salary to reward his performance” and made an “economic effort” to convince the player to stay.

Griezmann extends Atletico deal until 2022: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s French star Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with the Spanish club by a year, according to press reports in Spain on Monday.

“Antoine Griezmann signed a contract with Atletico until 2022,” Madrid sports daily Marca reported.

According to As newspaper, “Atletico has revised the player’s salary to reward his performance” and made an “economic effort” to convince the player to stay.

Case against Real-bound Hernandez dismissed

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Madrid (AFP) – No charges were brought against French wonder kid Theo Hernandez on Tuesday after a complaint of sexual assault had been made against the 19-year-old whilst on holiday in Marbella, a judicial source confirmed.

The court in the southern Spanish city “decided to provisionally dismiss the case,” indicating there “had been no signs of a crime,” a spokesperson for the Andalusian High Court of Justice told AFP.

Case against Real-bound Hernandez dismissed

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Madrid (AFP) – No charges were brought against French wonder kid Theo Hernandez on Tuesday after a complaint of sexual assault had been made against the 19-year-old whilst on holiday in Marbella, a judicial source confirmed.

The court in the southern Spanish city “decided to provisionally dismiss the case,” indicating there “had been no signs of a crime,” a spokesperson for the Andalusian High Court of Justice told AFP.

Adoring Madrid fans demand Ballon d’Or for hero Ronaldo

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Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans called for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a fifth Ballon d’Or on Sunday as the Spanish giants paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time.

Ronaldo scored twice in Real’s 4-1 thrashing of Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday as Madrid became the first side to retain the Champions League.

Girona promoted to La Liga for first time

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Madrid (AFP) – Girona will play in the Spanish top flight for the first time next season after a mutually beneficial 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza sealed their promotion on Sunday.

The Catalan side needed just a point to be assured of glamour ties against newly crowned European giants Real Madrid and neighbours Barcelona next season.

Ronaldo heroics spark Madrid street party

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was once again hailed as Real Madrid’s hero as fans crammed into the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium and streets across the Spanish capital to wildly celebrate a record 12th European Cup win on Saturday.

Whilst Ronaldo’s double sentenced Juventus to a comprehensive 4-1 defeat at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, nearly 2,000 kilometres away over 70,000 supporters congregated to watch the match of eight giant screens erected on the Bernabeu turf.

Ronaldo heroics spark Madrid street party

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was once again hailed as Real Madrid’s hero as fans crammed into the club’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium and streets across the Spanish capital to wildly celebrate a record 12th European Cup win on Saturday.

Whilst Ronaldo’s double sentenced Juventus to a comprehensive 4-1 defeat at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, nearly 2,000 kilometres away over 70,000 supporters congregated to watch the match of eight giant screens erected on the Bernabeu turf.

Buffon hails Madrid class after final heartbreak

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon conceded Real Madrid’s superior ability had made the difference after his side crashed to a 4-1 defeat in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid overwhelmed Juventus at the Principality Stadium to become the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.

Five great sides that dominated Europe

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid made history on Saturday by beating Juventus to become the first side to retain the Champions League for 27 years.

Victory also means Madrid have won three Champions Leagues in the past four years to solidify their status as Europe’s most successful club with 12 European Cups in total.

Five great sides that dominated Europe

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid made history on Saturday by beating Juventus to become the first side to retain the Champions League for 27 years.

Victory also means Madrid have won three Champions Leagues in the past four years to solidify their status as Europe’s most successful club with 12 European Cups in total.

Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.

Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.