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18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

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Amiens (France) (AFP) – Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens on Saturday when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as supporters celebrated a goal in French league match.

The Ligue 1 fixture between Amiens and Lille was suspended in the 16th minute, and later abandoned, after a fence separating fans from the pitch crumbled under their weight as they celebrated a goal by Fode Ballo-Toure.

18 hurt, three seriously in French stadium barrier collapse

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Amiens (France) (AFP) – Eighteen Lille fans were hurt, including three seriously, in Amiens on Saturday when a stadium barrier collapsed in the away section as supporters celebrated a goal in French league match.

The Ligue 1 fixture between Amiens and Lille was suspended in the 16th minute, and later abandoned, after a fence separating fans from the pitch crumbled under their weight as they celebrated a goal by Fode Ballo-Toure.

Cologne criticise security at Arsenal over chaos

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London (AFP) – Cologne criticised security arrangements at Arsenal on Friday after both clubs were charged by UEFA following chaotic scenes that marred their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Visiting supporters were issued with around 3,000 tickets for Thursday’s Group H match but about 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

Cologne criticise security at Arsenal over chaos

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London (AFP) – Cologne criticised security arrangements at Arsenal on Friday after both clubs were charged by UEFA following chaotic scenes that marred their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Visiting supporters were issued with around 3,000 tickets for Thursday’s Group H match but about 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

Ten held in custody over Senegal stadium disaster

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Dakar (AFP) – Ten members of a Senegalese football club arrested over a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup final have been taken into custody, officials said Saturday.

Those arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of murder and premeditated assault include the chairman of the US Ouakam supporters’ club and one of the team’s players.

Ten held in custody over Senegal stadium disaster

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Dakar (AFP) – Ten members of a Senegalese football club arrested over a stampede last month which killed eight supporters attending a cup final have been taken into custody, officials said Saturday.

Those arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of murder and premeditated assault include the chairman of the US Ouakam supporters’ club and one of the team’s players.

Mixed emotions among Barcelona fans as Neymar leaves

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Barcelona (AFP) – Some understood, others were enraged, but most supporters of Barcelona reacted with sadness Wednesday to news that star striker Neymar was leaving, in all likelihood to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Catalan club announced that the 25-year-old wanted to leave, insisting however that the Brazilian’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause must be paid - an amount that would smash all transfer records.

Mixed emotions among Barcelona fans as Neymar leaves

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Barcelona (AFP) – Some understood, others were enraged, but most supporters of Barcelona reacted with sadness Wednesday to news that star striker Neymar was leaving, in all likelihood to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Catalan club announced that the 25-year-old wanted to leave, insisting however that the Brazilian’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause must be paid - an amount that would smash all transfer records.

Major League Soccer

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 12 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. LAFC Makes A Splash

Los Angeles Football Club doesn’t have a coach, doesn’t have senior players, and doesn’t kick off their first MLS season for another nine months. But it’s becoming clear that LAFC could be one of MLS’ banner franchises as soon as next year.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12 of the 2017 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 12 of the 2017 MLS season.

1. LAFC Makes A Splash

Los Angeles Football Club doesn’t have a coach, doesn’t have senior players, and doesn’t kick off their first MLS season for another nine months. But it’s becoming clear that LAFC could be one of MLS’ banner franchises as soon as next year.

Timbers supporters have filled a whole end of MAPFRE Stadium for MLS Cup

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WHERE YOU GO WE'LL FOLLOW!

The Portland Timbers have one of the best supporter bases in MLS. This is just an indisputable fact. Perhaps the most compelling evidence of this is the amount of people who have traveled all the way to Columbus to cheer on the Timbers in MLS Cup.

The Timbers Army have filled an entire end of MAPFRE Stadium in hopes of seeing their beloved club capture its first ever MLS Cup.

Gerrard: I let everyone down

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Steven Gerrard has apologised for his dramatic red card at Anfield, saying he had let his "team-mates, manager and supporters down".

The Liverpool captain lasted 43 seconds of his side's clash with bitter rivals Manchester United his last against the Red Devils before he heads to Major League Soccer as he saw red for a stamp on Ander Herrera.

English Premier League

Everton have made a significant step forward under Ronald Koeman

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Identity is a throwaway term in modern football parlance. But it's important.

It can be a crutch for managers who are toiling in the nascent stages of their spell with a new club. If supporters can see a methodology forming, poor results are more tolerable.

For Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp in their respective positions at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, supporters were contented during indifferent starts, as both men were clearly putting the wheels in motion for a significant overhaul in terms of style and personnel.

Everton have made a significant step forward under Ronald Koeman

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Identity is a throwaway term in modern football parlance. But it's important.

It can be a crutch for managers who are toiling in the nascent stages of their spell with a new club. If supporters can see a methodology forming, poor results are more tolerable.

For Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp in their respective positions at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, supporters were contented during indifferent starts, as both men were clearly putting the wheels in motion for a significant overhaul in terms of style and personnel.

Louis Van Gaal must quit, says Manchester United fans group and newspaper

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A leading supporters' organization said Manchester United had hit a "new low" as the local newspaper took the unusual step of calling for manager Louis van Gaal to be sacked following Thursday's Europa League defeat by unheralded Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Some United fans who made the trip to Herning, where match tickets cost as much as £71 (91 Euros, $101), were heard to turn on their own side with abusive chants as United suffered a miserable 2-1 loss.

Louis Van Gaal must quit, says Manchester United fans group and newspaper

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A leading supporters' organization said Manchester United had hit a "new low" as the local newspaper took the unusual step of calling for manager Louis van Gaal to be sacked following Thursday's Europa League defeat by unheralded Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Some United fans who made the trip to Herning, where match tickets cost as much as £71 (91 Euros, $101), were heard to turn on their own side with abusive chants as United suffered a miserable 2-1 loss.

Chelsea coach backs Costa and Fabregas to beat boo boys

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Chelsea's first-team coach Steve Holland backed Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to win back the club's supporters after they were booed during the 3-1 Premier League win over Sunderland.

Fans of the West London club jeered the pair as their names were read out before Saturday's game on the PA system and then when they were substituted towards the end of the match.

Chelsea coach backs Costa and Fabregas to beat boo boys

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Chelsea's first-team coach Steve Holland backed Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa to win back the club's supporters after they were booed during the 3-1 Premier League win over Sunderland.

Fans of the West London club jeered the pair as their names were read out before Saturday's game on the PA system and then when they were substituted towards the end of the match.

Memphis Depay needs Manchester United’s patience, not supporters’ ridicule

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Success spoils you. For fans of big clubs, this entitlement creeps in over time. You get used to winning games, claiming trophies most seasons, and it's hard not to grumble when things don't go exactly according to plan. For some, supporters that expectation of constant excellence starts to manifest itself as impatience.

Memphis Depay needs Manchester United’s patience, not supporters’ ridicule

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Success spoils you. For fans of big clubs, this entitlement creeps in over time. You get used to winning games, claiming trophies most seasons, and it's hard not to grumble when things don't go exactly according to plan. For some, supporters that expectation of constant excellence starts to manifest itself as impatience.

Gareth Barry calls for Everton supporters to be patient about lack of signings

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Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has urged fans to be patient amid growing disquiet over the club's lack of transfer business.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley and forward Gerard Deulofeu are the only acquisitions so far and they were both signed in June.

Manager Roberto Martinez is keen to sign a number 10 and a center-back but supporters are growing increasingly discontented with the lack of activity to bolster a squad which finished 11th last season.

Gareth Barry calls for Everton supporters to be patient about lack of signings

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Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has urged fans to be patient amid growing disquiet over the club's lack of transfer business.

Midfielder Tom Cleverley and forward Gerard Deulofeu are the only acquisitions so far and they were both signed in June.

Manager Roberto Martinez is keen to sign a number 10 and a center-back but supporters are growing increasingly discontented with the lack of activity to bolster a squad which finished 11th last season.

The Rest

Cascadian Gamers cross enemy lines to raise money for the children

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Even as Cascadian rivals Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers attempt to move past each other in the MLS Cup playoffs, supporters of each club are showing that they can unite away from the banter to do some good in their communities.

"Frenemies" Unite

Perhaps enemies on match day but friends away from the pitch, the Cascadian Gamers group is the combination of supporters from each of the Pacific Northwest teams.

The Supporters Cup: Where a rivalry meets the rec field

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Cascadia supporters take the pitch in the name of their city, their professional club, and their fellow supporters.

Since 2010, the respective competitive football clubs of the Emerald City Supporters and Timbers Army have met on the day before a match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers to challenge each other in a series of competitive football matches.

ESPN plans to show live feeds of Sounders, Timbers supporters’ sections

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What could possibly go wrong?

As with most encounters between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, this Sunday's affair is hotly anticipated (pardon the pun).

It will officially be the 98th match between the two. It features the last two MLS Cup Champions. It will also feature cameras in both of the clubs supporters' sections.

The Peel Episode 34: Smoke bombs and streamers welcome

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A Dynamo supporters group ban from Toyota Stadium....WHY?

Not Safe For Work!! (Due to strong language) After playing to a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas the Dynamo and their traveling fans walked out of Toyota Stadium feeling good with the result. Fast forward 8 days to June 6 when MLS and FC Dallas decided to ban the Dynamo supporters groups for the next for matches in Frisco.

Research reveals top three Revolution rivals

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And not surprisingly, the Red Bulls made the list.

Rivalry matches pop off the calendar for every MLS club and supporter. Galaxy fans savor their California Clasico matchups with the Earthquakes. Dynamo supporters relish their Texas rivalry with FC Dallas. And the list goes on and on.

So, which club do Revolution fans dislike the most?

Martial: I love it when special United fans sing my song

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For me, what's really special here is the supporters. They've been really outstanding with me. I think that's what goes a long way to making me feel at home and at ease, and makes me really keen to stay here at the club.

In France, even if you're one of the best players around, they might begin to boo and jeer you if you go a couple of games without scoring.

D.C. United’s Buzzard Point Stadium still awaiting Zoning Commission approval

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Jon Knight of Populous says supporters' section will have safe standing

Presentations and cross examinations raged on for four and a half hours on Monday evening, but in the end, it wasn't enough time for the Zoning Commission to sign off on D.C. United's plan for a stadium at Buzzard Point.

FA disrespect the fans yet again

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Every year there seems to be some complaint levelled at the FA for the way they treat the fans. Whether it's scheduling games at a time that makes it impossible for the supporters to get home using public transport, not giving fans enough tickets or charging supporters too much, they always manage to get something wrong.

Talen Energy Stadium GM speaks on security incident

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Despite ugliness with New York City FC supporters, the Union aren't moving away support.

I was able to ask Mike Scanlon, the General Manager of Talen Energy Stadium, some questions via email regarding the incident between several New York City FC and Philadelphia Union fans where bottles were thrown and people escorted from the stadium.

Let’s make Arsenal fully owned by the supporters!

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A supporter owned Arsenal FC by JC At a recent speech at MIT Sports Conference in Boston, Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke told the audience: "For me, being an individual owner, I have to have some sort of reality involved. If you want to win championships then you would never get involved." It should serve as [.

Dynamo supporter section moving to North end

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The Houston Dynamo have announced that the supporters section will now be in sections 215, 216 and 217.

Friday, fans who sit in the supporter's section at BBVA Compass Stadium were notified that the section would be moving to a new home. Starting in the upcoming season fans will now be sitting.

Columbus Crew supporters throw bottles at Portland Timbers players after goal in MLS Cup

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This is ridiculous.

After Rodney Wallace gave the Portlant Timbers a two-goal lead in MLS Cup just 10 minutes into the match, the Crew's supporters located in the end where the goal was scored showered the players with beer bottles.

What just happened?

Rayo Vallecano supporters are angry about Rayo OKC

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The news of Rayo OKC was not met with excitement in Spain.

The New York Cosmos may have won the 2015 Soccer Bowl, but in the world of the North American Soccer League, the recent expansion announcement into Oklahoma City is still the leading discussion topic for the second division. While a lot of the response stateside was laughter, the response in Spain was pure anger.

Mata: Other clubs can’t buy United’s history

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Juan Mata has talked about how proud he is to play for a club with such a great history. After moving from Chelsea to United, Mata was surprised to find that his new clubs had supporters wherever he went, all over the world.

It was unbelievable to see how many supporters we have in the United States and even when we were playing teams like Real Madrid, we had more supporters than them.

D.C. United jersey watch: 2015 secondary kit to honor supporters

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The latest teaser image from the club shows the "Esta Noche" chant on inside of the collar.

Vamos, Vamos United, Este noche, tenemos que ganar!

With just over a month until the official start of the 2015 MLS season, D.C. United's team store released a fifth sneak peak of the 2015 secondary jersey this morning.

THE STARTING 11: Advantages to having so many Montreal Impact fans visit BMO Field

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Toronto and Montreal. Rivals in so many things. Language, culture, business, terrible mayors, Prime Minister-themed airports and who Upstate New York wants to take to the prom. No list of inter-city rivalries of course would be complete without sporting interests. Whether it is real football, Canadian American football or ice football, these two great cities love to battle it out.

A Common Bond

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In many soccer-loving countries across the globe, supporters often adopt a hardened stance towardopposing partisans.The mindset: if you're not with me, then you must be against me.Harsh words and hard objects are hurled withequal fervor.Dubbed "hooliganism" in England in the 1880s, there's simply littleroom for friendship or pleasantriesamong dueling football clubs.

A bloody big loss? How Tim Leiweke's departure may hurt Toronto FC

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Much like the carnival hucksters surrounding BMO Field during the CNE, it is the "step right up" shtick of Tim Leiweke that has excited and frustrated TFC supporters in equal measure. The brash American CEO was brought in to fix the eternally stumbling Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment corporation on a wave of success that included wins for both the LA Kings and LA Lakers as well as the delivery of David Beckham to North American football.