Tags: International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

Soccer Player’s Plea: ‘I Am Afraid if I Go to Bahrain, I Will Be Tortured Again’

BANGKOK — The trip to Thailand was meant to be a belated honeymoon for a young soccer player and his wife. But upon landing at a Bangkok airport last week, Hakeem al-Araibi, a political refugee from Bahrain playing for a Melbourne soccer team, was detained by Thai immigration authorities who have been asked to extradite…

Afghan Women’s Soccer Team Accuses Officials of Sexual Abuse

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government is investigating allegations that players on the women’s national soccer team were sexually and physically abused by male coaches and officials, including the head of the Afghan soccer federation, officials said on Tuesday. President Ashraf Ghani said in a closed-door speech to the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee on Monday…

Rescheduled Copa Libertadores Final Will Be Played in Madrid

The game billed as the biggest match in South American soccer history — the delayed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between the Argentine archrivals Boca Juniors and River Plate — will be held in Europe. Alejandro Domínguez, the president of Conmebol, South American soccer’s governing body, said Thursday that Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu…