FIFA clamps down on discrimination with seven sanctions

FIFA-headquarters

May 30 – FIFA has punished seven nations – including Mexico, Chile and Croatia – for discriminatory behaviour from supporters, including homophobic chants.

Croatia, whose fans have a track record of incurring the wrath of the authorities, have been ordered to play their first two 2018 World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors and have been fined SFr150,000 for incidents which took place in friendly matches against Israel and Hungary last month.

Chile have been barred from playing at their Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos home for two official matches,

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Can Real and Atletico change world fashion as they chase club football’s richest prize?

Champions League trophy march

By Samindra Kunti in Milan

May 27 – By the end of Saturday night the Champions League trophy will be returning to the Spanish capital as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid contest club’s football richest game. The winner will bank a cool €15 million; the runner-up €10.5 million. The champions will also earn a ticket to the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan in December, where another €4.5 million is on offer for the winning finalist. 

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