Political issues

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, Iranian women cheer as they wave their country's flag after authorities in a rare move allowed a select group of women into Azadi stadium to watch a friendly soccer match between Iran and Bolivia, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 19, 2019 - 7:28 am
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino has raised hopes that Iran will lift a ban on women entering soccer stadiums before a World Cup qualifying game next month. Attention on the ban intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, Gwen Berry of the United States competes in the women's hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix track and field event in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American Games, but the 12-month probations that came with the letters also included a none-too-subtle signal for anyone vying for next year's Olympics. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
August 20, 2019 - 8:10 pm
DENVER (AP) — The letters went to the two protesters. The message was meant for a much wider audience. The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American...
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In this July 21, 2019, photo, a sign that reads "Anti-Facist Always Seattle Anti-Racist" is displayed in the supporters section during an MLS soccer match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers in Seattle. Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is drawing attention in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
August 10, 2019 - 1:14 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Major League Soccer's new policy that bans political displays at matches is stirring controversy in the Pacific Northwest, where supporters' culture is often intertwined with politics and social issues. The Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers have banned signs and flags...
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June 27, 2019 - 7:47 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel almost left his job for political reasons after his team beat Argentina 3-1 in March in a friendly game in Madrid. One day before he faces Lionel Messi again — this time in the quarterfinals of the Copa América — Dudamel was more relaxed Thursday...
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Former gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, June 27, 2019. Yamashita has been elected to lead the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is mired in a scandal that forced the former president to step aside in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land next year's Tokyo Games. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)
June 27, 2019 - 7:15 am
TOKYO (AP) — A former gold medalist was elected Thursday to lead the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is mired in a scandal that forced the former president to step aside in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land next year's Tokyo Games. Yasuhiro Yamashita was chosen to take over for Tsunekazu...
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Police officers guard the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police headquarters in Nanterre, outside Paris,Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Former UEFA president Michel Platini has been arrested in relation to a corruption probe into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, a judicial official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
June 18, 2019 - 12:16 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French investigation involving Michel Platini (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he insisted for years that a meeting in Paris involving then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Michel Platini and Qatar's future Emir swayed the 2022...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, Confederation of African Football president Ahmad Ahmad of Madagascar, right, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino attend the opening of the Confederation of African Football general assembly in Casablanca, Morocco. FIFA vice president Ahmad was detained by French authorities on Thursday June 6, 2019 in the latest criminal investigation to hit soccer's governing body. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)
June 06, 2019 - 6:40 pm
PARIS (AP) — FIFA vice president Ahmad was detained and questioned by French authorities on Thursday in the latest criminal investigation to hit officials in positions of power within the governing body of world soccer. Ahmad was in Paris for the FIFA Congress and start of the Women's World Cup...
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June 05, 2019 - 7:22 pm
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee says it is working on reforms to prevent athletes from losing health insurance coverage when they become pregnant. Three senators wrote to USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland on Wednesday, asking her to provide details about the federation's insurance program, saying...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino walks on the stage before the start of the 69th FIFA congress in Paris, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
June 05, 2019 - 5:50 am
PARIS (AP) — Ahead of his re-election as FIFA president on Wednesday, Gianni Infantino said he has banished scandals and corruption from the soccer body despite losing members of his council for misconduct. Infantino faced no opposition for a second presidential term through 2023, which was...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, President of Paris Saint-Germain soccer club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, gestures during the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. A French judicial official says the president of Paris Saint-Germain has been placed under investigation for suspected corruption. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)
May 23, 2019 - 11:06 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar's bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption"...
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