Friday, April 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: French investigating FIFA bribes for 2022 and 2018 World Cups

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Manchester City 0-0 Manchester United

City had the better of the chances throughout this match, particularly at the end after Marouane Fellaini was sent off for a headbutt to Sergio Aguero. Aguero gets himself an Oscar for the acting job after the attack, but Fellaini was on a yellow card already and would have been shown a second yellow even without the egregious flopping. The only difference it makes is Fellaini's lengthier suspension, which could be appealed. This hurts the Red Devils' chances of making the top four, but they should get the Champions League anyway since they are the odds on favorite to win the Europa League.

La Liga
Alaves 0-0 Eibar

Sevilla 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Correa 49', Ben Yedder 79')-(Aspas PK 53')

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Real Betis
(Aduriz PK 53', Muniain 60')-(Castro 63')

USL
Orlando City B 0-0 Saint Louis FC

Headlines
French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, two things we already know are corrupt as all get out. They questioned Sepp Blatter last week "as a witness" in the investigation. It's hard to say what effect this would have on FIFA, who already mostly ignored the findings of American and Swiss investigators two years ago. We can always hold out hope that the French find something new that could take away the World Cup from Qatar in 2022, but I can't imagine anything new will come up.

Kingsley Coman will remain with Bayern Munich after the German giants made their loan from Juventus permanent. Coman has eight goals in 58 appearances in all competitions this season and will cost €21 million.

More countries have been fined by FIFA for homophobic chanting. This latest batch of fines has docked Brazil and Argentine 35,000 Swiss francs and Mexico 10,000 Swiss francs for incidents involving discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants" during the last batch of World Cup Qualifiers. Other fan related fines were levied on Italy, Albania, Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, and Montenegro. Most of those fines are for the use of fireworks during games.

Today's Matches
Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen v. Schalke 04- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Villarreal v. Sporting Gijon- 2:45pm

Serie A
Atalanta v. Juventus- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Angers v. Olympique Lyonnais- 2:45pm

MLS
Toronto FC v. Houston Dynamo- 7:30pm

Liga MX
Veracruz v. Monterrey- 9:30pm

USL
Portland Timbers 2 v. San Antonio FC- 10:30pm

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