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Tigres pounce as Vancouver sunk in CONCACAF Champions League

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Mexico City (AFP) – Mexican side Tigres UANL took a giant stride towards the final of the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday after defeating Major League Soccer outfit the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 in their semi-final first leg.

An own goal from Costa Rican international Kendall Watson and a late volleyed strike from Chile star Eduardo Vargas sealed a deserved win for Tigres, the beaten finalists in last year’s tournament.

Referee strike halts Mexican football league

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Mexico City (AFP) – Mexican referees went on strike Friday in protest at light punishment for players who attack match officials, forcing the weekend league programme to be abandoned.

The programme “has been suspended because designated referees… refused to officiate,” said a statement from the Mexican Football Federation.

Referee strike halts Mexican football league

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Mexico City (AFP) – Mexican referees went on strike Friday in protest at light punishment for players who attack match officials, forcing the weekend league programme to be abandoned.

The programme “has been suspended because designated referees… refused to officiate,” said a statement from the Mexican Football Federation.

Mexico stick with coach despite Copa humiliation

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Mexico City (AFP) Juan Carlos Osorio escaped the axe as Mexico coach on Thursday despite the humiliating 7-0 thrashing by Chile in the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

The Colombian coach survived as a consequence of having guided the national team to nine wins and a draw before Saturday's historic loss in Santa Clara.

Mexico stick with coach despite Copa humiliation

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Mexico City (AFP) Juan Carlos Osorio escaped the axe as Mexico coach on Thursday despite the humiliating 7-0 thrashing by Chile in the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

The Colombian coach survived as a consequence of having guided the national team to nine wins and a draw before Saturday's historic loss in Santa Clara.

Mexican football striker wants to forget kidnap ‘terror’

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican footballer Alan Pulido was hailed as a hero after fighting off a kidnapper, but he has admitted that he wants to forget the ordeal, which "terrorized" him.

The 25-year-old striker, who plays for Greek club Olympiakos, was kidnapped by four armed men in his northeastern hometown of Ciudad Victoria after leaving a party on May 28.

Mexican football striker wants to forget kidnap ‘terror’

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican footballer Alan Pulido was hailed as a hero after fighting off a kidnapper, but he has admitted that he wants to forget the ordeal, which "terrorized" him.

The 25-year-old striker, who plays for Greek club Olympiakos, was kidnapped by four armed men in his northeastern hometown of Ciudad Victoria after leaving a party on May 28.

Mexican athlete’s heroic escape sparks awe, doubts

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican football star Alan Pulido emerged as a hero after beating a kidnapper and taking his phone to escape a nightmare of captivity in barely 24 hours.

But in a nation where the population has grown to deeply distrust the words and actions of the authorities, many are now asking if the miraculous details are indeed too good to be true.

Mexico footballer Alan Pulido freed after fighting kidnapper

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican football player Alan Pulido was rescued after he fought one of his kidnappers and took away his phone to call police hours after his abduction, authorities said Monday.

Pulido, 25, cut his right wrist when he punched a glass pane on a door as he tried to flee before police saved him in a home in his northeastern hometown of Ciudad Victoria late Sunday, Tamaulipas state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla said.

Mexico footballer Alan Pulido freed after fighting kidnapper

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican football player Alan Pulido was rescued after he fought one of his kidnappers and took away his phone to call police hours after his abduction, authorities said Monday.

Pulido, 25, cut his right wrist when he punched a glass pane on a door as he tried to flee before police saved him in a home in his northeastern hometown of Ciudad Victoria late Sunday, Tamaulipas state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla said.

Mexican police rescue kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican footballer Alan Pulido was rescued hours after he was kidnapped in his hometown after the striker managed to call police while his captors were distracted, authorities said Monday.

Pulido, who plays for Greek giants Olympiakos, had a bandage on his right hand when he appeared briefly at a news conference in the early hours of Monday in the crime-plagued northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Mexican police rescue kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican footballer Alan Pulido was rescued hours after he was kidnapped in his hometown after the striker managed to call police while his captors were distracted, authorities said Monday.

Pulido, who plays for Greek giants Olympiakos, had a bandage on his right hand when he appeared briefly at a news conference in the early hours of Monday in the crime-plagued northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Mexico rescues kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican authorities have rescued football star Alan Pulido following his kidnapping in his crime-plagued home state of Tamaulipas, with the player declaring early Monday he was "very well" despite the ordeal.

Pulido, a former national team forward who plays for Greek club Olympiakos, had a bandage on his right hand as he appeared alongside Governor Egidio Torre Cantu at a brief news conference, several hours after his abduction following a party.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA admits Kosovo, Gibraltar ahead of World Cup

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA admitted Kosovo and Gibraltar as new members on Friday, allowing them to play qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but Serbia vowed to take legal action to reverse its former province's admission.

Kosovo and Gibraltar became the 210th and 211th members of the world football organization in votes taken at FIFA's annual congress in Mexico City.

FIFA admits Kosovo, Gibraltar ahead of World Cup

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA admitted Kosovo and Gibraltar as new members on Friday, allowing them to play qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but Serbia vowed to take legal action to reverse its former province's admission.

Kosovo and Gibraltar became the 210th and 211th members of the world football organization in votes taken at FIFA's annual congress in Mexico City.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a historic move announced at a congress that sought to relegate world football's corruption crisis to the past.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino made the surprise announcement in Mexico City that he had chosen 54-year-old Fatma Samoura, an outsider unknown to the football world, to be his deputy at the male-dominated organization.

FIFA lifts Indonesia ban, keeps Kuwait suspension

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday lifted Indonesia's year-long ban from international competitions but confirmed the suspensions of Kuwait and Benin over government interference in the sport.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said at a congress in Mexico City that Indonesia was reinstated after the government sent a letter notifying that it had lifted sanctions on its national football body.

FIFA lifts Indonesia ban, keeps Kuwait suspension

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday lifted Indonesia's year-long ban from international competitions but confirmed the suspensions of Kuwait and Benin over government interference in the sport.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said at a congress in Mexico City that Indonesia was reinstated after the government sent a letter notifying that it had lifted sanctions on its national football body.

Samoura chosen as first female FIFA secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

Samoura chosen as first female FIFA secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

FIFA picks Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

FIFA picks Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years. She is currently based in Nigeria for the UN Development Program.

FIFA picks Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

"She will bring a fresh wind to FIFA, somebody from outside, not somebody from inside, not somebody from the past but somebody new," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told the organization's annual congress in Mexico City as he announced that the council had approved his choice.

FIFA picks Fatma Samoura as first female secretary general

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA on Friday named Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura as the first female secretary general in the history of the male-dominated world football organization.

"She will bring a fresh wind to FIFA, somebody from outside, not somebody from inside, not somebody from the past but somebody new," FIFA president Gianni Infantino told the organization's annual congress in Mexico City as he announced that the council had approved his choice.

Senegalese woman ‘likely new FIFA number two’

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Mexico City (AFP) Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura is likely to be named as FIFA's new secretary general on Friday, which would make her the first female number two ever at world football's governing body, according to a source close to FIFA.

The historic appointment is expected to be made at the FIFA congress in Mexico City, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

Kuwaiti football clubs confident as FIFA eyes lifting ban

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Mexico City (AFP) A delegation from Kuwaiti clubs lobbying for the FIFA Congress to lift a suspension of the nation's football association is confident of victory ahead of Friday's vote in Mexico City.

"So far, we have received a lot of support from the FIFA family and we are very optimistic," said Saad Al-Hootie, captain of the Kuwait team that reached the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

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Mexican athlete’s heroic escape sparks awe, doubts

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican football star Alan Pulido emerged as a hero after beating a kidnapper and taking his phone to escape a nightmare of captivity in barely 24 hours.

But in a nation where the population has grown to deeply distrust the words and actions of the authorities, many are now asking if the miraculous details are indeed too good to be true.

Mexican football player’s relative ordered kidnapping: official

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican authorities arrested on Tuesday a man married to a cousin of football star Alan Pulido, accusing the suspect of ordering the player's high-profile kidnapping last weekend.

Osvaldo Velazquez Garcia, 29, was wounded and detained in a house in the northeastern city of Ciudad Victoria after a shootout with federal police, said Tamaulipas state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla.

Mexican football player’s relative ordered kidnapping: official

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican authorities arrested on Tuesday a man married to a cousin of football star Alan Pulido, accusing the suspect of ordering the player's high-profile kidnapping last weekend.

Osvaldo Velazquez Garcia, 29, was wounded and detained in a house in the northeastern city of Ciudad Victoria after a shootout with federal police, said Tamaulipas state prosecutor Ismael Quintanilla.

Mexico rescues kidnapped footballer Alan Pulido

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Mexico City (AFP) Mexican authorities have rescued football star Alan Pulido following his kidnapping in his crime-plagued home state of Tamaulipas, with the player declaring early Monday he was "very well" despite the ordeal.

Pulido, a former national team forward who plays for Greek club Olympiakos, had a bandage on his right hand as he appeared alongside Governor Egidio Torre Cantu at a brief news conference, several hours after his abduction following a party.

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FIFA admits Kosovo, Gibraltar ahead of World Cup

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA admitted Kosovo and Gibraltar as new members on Friday, allowing them to play qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but Serbia vowed to take legal action to reverse its former province's admission.

Kosovo and Gibraltar became the 210th and 211th members of the world football organization in votes taken at FIFA's annual congress in Mexico City.

FIFA admits Kosovo, Gibraltar ahead of World Cup

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA admitted Kosovo and Gibraltar as new members on Friday, allowing them to play qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but Serbia vowed to take legal action to reverse its former province's admission.

Kosovo and Gibraltar became the 210th and 211th members of the world football organization in votes taken at FIFA's annual congress in Mexico City.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a surprise and historic move announced at a congress to overhaul the scandal-plagued organization.

Fatma Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years.

FIFA names woman as secretary general for first time

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA named a Senegalese UN diplomat as its first ever female secretary general on Friday, a surprise and historic move announced at a congress to overhaul the scandal-plagued organization.

Fatma Samoura, 54, comes from outside the football world, having worked with the United Nations for 21 years.

Senegalese woman ‘likely new FIFA number two’

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Mexico City (AFP) Senegalese UN diplomat Fatma Samoura is likely to be named as FIFA's new secretary general on Friday, which would make her the first female number two ever at world football's governing body, according to a source close to FIFA.

The historic appointment is expected to be made at the FIFA congress in Mexico City, the sources said on condition of anonymity.

FIFA congress seeks to clean up mess

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino will preside over world football's annual congress in Mexico City on Friday to push through reforms aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-tarred organization.

Infantino who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the corruption crisis wants to turn the page and put the focus back on football.

FIFA congress seeks to clean up mess

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Mexico City (AFP) FIFA's new president Gianni Infantino will preside over world football's annual congress in Mexico City on Friday to push through reforms aimed at rehabilitating the scandal-tarred organization.

Infantino who was elected in February after his predecessor Sepp Blatter was brought down by the corruption crisis wants to turn the page and put the focus back on football.