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dirtynine

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At least put a charity on it! Having your team name on the jersey is so pre-2000 MLS. (Maybe that’s retro cool now?)
 

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twoBshorty

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Poland, Sweden, and Czech Republic have all refused to play Russia in upcoming matches under any circumstances. FIFA have sort of acted, but it doesn't appear to be sufficient for those teams:

FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, responded to growing pressure to penalize Russia for its invasion of Ukraine by banning Russia’s name, flag and anthem in next month’s World Cup qualifying matches, moving matches out of Russia and moving any of its team’s “home” matches to a neutral site.
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In response to FIFA’s announcement, Poland said it would still refuse to play Russia. Cezary Kulesza, president of Poland’s soccer federation, called FIFA’s decision “totally unacceptable” in a tweet.

“We are not interested in participating in this game of appearances,” Kulesza said. “Our stance remains intact: Polish National Team will NOT PLAY with Russia, no matter what the name of the team is.”
Although FIFA’s statement said the games will not be played in Russia, the other two countries had indicated they, too, would not play Russia regardless of location.
“With regard to the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, FIFA has taken good note of the positions expressed via social media by the Polish Football Association, the Football Association of the Czech Republic and the Swedish Football Association and has already engaged in dialogue with all of these football associations,” the FIFA statement added. “FIFA will remain in close contact to seek to find appropriate and acceptable solutions together.”
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swiftaw

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Unless FIFA bans them, Russia is going to win the World Cup because no-one will play them.
 

67YAZ

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Poland, Sweden, and Czech Republic have all refused to play Russia in upcoming matches under any circumstances. FIFA have sort of acted, but it doesn't appear to be sufficient for those teams:



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FIFA’s worst nightmare - an FA taking a principled stand.

Gazprom is a UEFA sponsor. I haven’t found any major Russian firms backing FIFA, but Qatar 2022 had a great time lining up the regular financial partners given the human rights abuses. I wouldn’t be surprised in Russian banks & firms stepped in, but I haven’t found much evidence of that yet.
 

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Poland, Sweden, and Czech Republic have all refused to play Russia in upcoming matches under any circumstances. FIFA have sort of acted, but it doesn't appear to be sufficient for those teams:



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FIFA historically has been slow to ban countries. They only banned the apartheid regime in South Africa and its racist, whites-only football association in 1961 after the Sharpesville Massacre and other incidents made it untenable to act. That said: when FIFA did so back in the 1960s, those were one of the first sanctions of any kind against South Africa, and it would be good to see FIFA take the lead again.

The ridiculous part of the FIFA/South Africa ban is that as part of South Africa's attempts to lift the ban, they proposed sending an all-White team to the 1966 World Cup and an all-Black team to the 1970 World Cup.
 

PseuFighter

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We don't have a Liga MX thread, so not sure where to put this, but there was just now a brutal pitch invasion in Queretaro during the Atlas / Queretaro match. It looks to have started when the Queretaro fans invaded the Atlas porra and start fist fighting that spilled out onto the pitch. They had to suspend it around the 60th minute. The videos look absolutely horrific; I wouldn't be surprised if there are fatalities out of it.
 

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We don't have a Liga MX thread, so not sure where to put this, but there was just now a brutal pitch invasion in Queretaro during the Atlas / Queretaro match. It looks to have started when the Queretaro fans invaded the Atlas porra and start fist fighting that spilled out onto the pitch. They had to suspend it around the 60th minute. The videos look absolutely horrific; I wouldn't be surprised if there are fatalities out of it.
A TV Azteca reporter is saying initial reports of 17 fatalities

View: https://twitter.com/medranoazteca/status/1500294274729975814
 

67YAZ

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My god. There are some sickening images in Twitter, but this one gives a sense of the chaos spilling on to the pitch.

 

Cellar-Door

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A bit surprised it was LigaMX, but something like this was inevitable, outside of England security generally is bad at these things and Ultras are and always have been violent criminals.

The correct answer for every league should be what England has basically done, strip the Ultras out of the game, ban them from stadiums and move the game past them.
Most places won't do that, they won't even try to prevent them from being violent, racist or homophobic during the matches.
 

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I didn’t realize that Yannick Bolasie is playing for Çaykur Rizespor in the Turkish Super League. Nice to see him back out on the field.
 

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A TV Azteca reporter is saying initial reports of 17 fatalities
Seeing sources reporting this, seeing others reporting no deaths. Also saw someone pointing out that if deaths are reported at the stadium, the team and the league would be legally required to compensate the families of the victims, while if they are reported to have died at a hospital, they aren't. So basically, we may not get official word of what actually happened for quite a while.
 
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veritas

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I’m in Querétaro now and was thinking about going to that game. Unbelievable. I’m not familiar with Querétaro’s ultras or this rivalry, but this is the last place in Mexico I would have expected something like this to happen.
 

Cellar-Door

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Seeing sources reporting this, seeing others reporting no deaths. Also saw someone pointing out that if deaths are reported at the stadium, the team and the league would be legally required to compensate the families of the victims, while if they are reported to have died at a hospital, they aren't. So basically, we may not get official word of what actually happened for quite a while.
It seems pretty clear that the official word is going to be a lie considering the first official statement of 22 injured only 2 critically was an obvious lie just from the horrific video widely available
 

PseuFighter

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Venting for a bit but this news out of Mexico really upsets me and when I’m down there I go to lots of LigaMX matches. That they’re so far trying to sweep it under the rug when the videos surfacing look like some of the most graphic stuff you’ll find on the internet and calling it “22 injuries” that media here are running with is something.

LigaMX is the most watched league in the US. I would think something like this would be wall to wall news here, but I guess I’m out of touch or people just expect it “cause Mexico” (which is awful btw). Imagine if a sporting event here had an event like that happen; figure they’d shut everything down for a long time. In Mexico, I have to figure J10 kicks off next weekend cause they’re mortified of losing the 2026 World Cup or suffering any additional FIFA sanctions.
 

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Union Berlin got probably the worst possible draw for the semi-final of the Pokal - away to Leipzig. Hamburg gets Freiburg at home in the other one.
 

67YAZ

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I want to work someplace where people get this excited about their colleagues’ success.