Barcelona football fans could face 15 years in prison, $135K fine in UAE over Qatar sponsorship

Barcelona football fans could face 15yrs in prison, $135K fine in UAE over Qatar sponsorship:

In 2011, Barcelona FC signed a historic deal with Qatar Sports Investment to put a sponsor’s logo on their shirts for the first time in 111 years. Now, however, the club’s Emirati fans could face jail time and large fines for wearing Barca jerseys.
While the football club’s sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways ends June 30 – with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten occupying the coveted spot during the 2017-18 season – the increasing tensions in the Gulf region have inflicted substantial collateral damage.

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UK Soccer Players Abandon Pound, Demand Payment In Euros

UK Soccer Players Abandon Pound, Demand Payment In Euros:

Leading English Premier League football (soccer) stars are demanding to be paid in euros because of the weak value of the Pound, according to Manchester United, the wealthiest club in world football.

As The FT reports, speaking at the KPMG Football Benchmark event in London on Wednesday. Cliff Baty, the English Premier League side’s chief financial officer said that last summer’s Brexit vote, which led to a sharp drop in the pound against the euro, had complicated the transfers of big-name players.

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Germany: Three Explosions Occur Near Borussia Dortmund’s Team Bus, One Player Injured

Three Explosions Occur Near German Soccer Team Bus, One Player Injured:

Update: German Police provide more details and confirm Marc Batra is “ok” but in a state of shock:

  • *POLICE: THREE EXPLOSIONS OCCURRED NEAR GERMAN SOCCER TEAM BUS

The incident reportedly took place around six miles away from the Westfalenstadion in Hochsten, as the team left their hotel. Bild also report a device was planted on the street, which exploded and shattered windows on the bus.

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Real Madrid soccer team removes cross from logo to avoid offending Muslims

Real Madrid soccer team removes cross from logo to avoid offending Muslims:

“We have to be careful with regions of the Gulf where there is sensitivity about products that have a cross.”

Of course. But where do Muslims ever display a similar sensitivity to non-Muslims? The old adage always holds: when in Muslim countries, conform your behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities. When in non-Muslim countries, conform your behavior to suit Muslim sensibilities.

Real Madrid initially did this in 2012. This is just follow-through.

“Real Madrid remove cross from logo for Middle East fans,” as.com, January 24, 2017:

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Euro 2016: Russia handed €150k fine, may be disqualified if more fan violence

Euro 2016: Russia handed €150k fine, may be disqualified if more fan violence:

The Russian Football Union has been officially warned by UEFA that the national team will be expelled from Euro 2016 if Russian fans are involved in more violent episodes. In addition, the federation has been fined €150,000 ($168,000).

The fine follows the clashes between Russian and English football fans in Marseille, southern France, the UEFA press service said in a press-release. The violence took place in the run-up to and immediately after the game between the two national teams on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Battle of Marseille: Violent fans hurl missiles, clash with police ahead of Russia-England match

Battle of Marseille - Violent fans hurl missiles, clash with police ahead of Russia-England match

Battle of Marseille: Violent fans hurl missiles, clash with police ahead of Russia-England match:

Violence has marred the lead up to Group B opener between England and Russia in the French city of Marseille, with both sets of supporters conducting violent running battles.

Soccer fans clashed with police in Marseille for the second time in two days, ahead of the group’s opening Euro 2016 fixture, while gangs of Russian and English supporters have also doled out violence on each other.

Early reports suggest at least five people have been injured, with police telling BFMTV that one person is in a serious condition following brawls involving around 500 supporters.

One England fan is reportedly in critical condition after sustaining a serious head wound.

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