Dutch club FC Den Bosch pledged Wednesday to do all it can to identify and punish a group of fans who hurled racist abuse at United States striker Jozy Altidore during a match.
In a lucrative career that has seen him earn millions around the world, David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain pledging to play for free and donate his salary to a children's charity.
Daily newspaper Le Parisien headlined with "PSG gives itself a royal gift," while Marseille-based newspaper La Provence said "Popstar David Beckham arrives to fanfare in Paris."
Europol said 425 match officials, club officials, players and criminals from at least 15 countries were involved.
Back in Italy after a turbulent period in England, Mario Balotelli has been voted player of the week in the Associated Press global soccer rankings for scoring twice in his first game for AC Milan.
"Racism is very tough to fight," Balotelli said recently. "I really don't know how to defeat it. You need to keep firm and sooner or later we'll win," he said.
The U.S., which had been 12-3-3 against Honduras, lost its final-round opener for the first time in five games since the "hexagonal" format was adopted in qualifying for the 1998 tournament.
The 37-year-old former England captain has been training in London and will practice with PSG next week, Ancelotti says.
Sepp Blatter spoke a day after FIFA launched a website for whistleblowers to report suspicions of fixing and corruption among its 209 member nations.
The panel wants to "safeguard proper decision-making" at FIFA by allowing two independent outsiders to attend all committee meetings, including the 25-member ruling board.
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