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UEFA stops investigation over Neuer’s rainbow armband
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UEFA stops investigation over Neuer’s rainbow armband

The Germany goalkeeper has been showing his support for the LGBT+ community during his national team's games in June The German football association (DFB) has confirmed that UEFA has halted an investigation into Manuel Neuer's rainbow-coloured captain's armband. Goal and SPOX were able to confirm earlier reports from RTL and NTV that UEFA had launched an investigation into the DFB and the goalkeeper for wearing the special armband. Neuer has been wearing the rainbow colours to show support for the LGBT+ community during 'Pride Month'.
Stuttgart star Silas banned three months for playing under false identity
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Stuttgart star Silas banned three months for playing under false identity

The star winger will be suspended until September and will pay a fine after being victimised by a former agent Stuttgart star Silas Katompa Mvumpa has been suspended for three months and fined €30,000 by the German Football Association for playing under a false identity. The winger was the alleged victim of blackmail by his former agent, who has been accused of requiring Silas to play under the last name Wamangituka throughout his career. After revealing his desire to now go by his real name, the winger has now been hit with a punishment from the DFB.
Arsenal Boss Emery: Ozil Must Live With Criticism
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Arsenal Boss Emery: Ozil Must Live With Criticism

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Mesut Ozil must live with the criticism arriving over his Germany retirement decision. Ozil was widely criticised in the lead up to the tournament and and made a scapegoat after Die Mannschaft's group stage exit, after being photographed alongside Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While some players, such as Jerome Boateng, have stood up for Ozil, others, such as Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller, have been dismissive of his views - even despite DFB president Reinhard Grindel saying he should have been more supportive of Ozil. “We are here to help him," Emery said. “We are his family and [the club] is his home. In our careers, as coaches and players, we are going to receive criticism. "When we do well they are also going to speak about us well. It'...
Erdogan Calls Ozil, Praises Exit From German Team
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Erdogan Calls Ozil, Praises Exit From German Team

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he had backed Mesut Ozil’s decision to quit the German national team on racism grounds in a telephone call with the Turkish-origin football star, wading into a controversy that caused uproar in Germany. Ozil stunned football at the weekend by announcing he planned never to play again for the national team after criticism he deemed to be racist of a meeting with Erdogan two months ago. His move has divided opinion in Germany but received warm applause in Turkey, whose government has long campaigned against what Ankara sees as rising Islamophobia in Europe. “Last night I spoke to Mesut. His attitude in the statement is completely patriotic, it is absolutely praiseworthy behaviour,” Erdogan said, quoted by state news agency Anadolu. “I k...
Germans Pick Moscow As World Cup Base
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Germans Pick Moscow As World Cup Base

Both daily newspaper Bild and magazine Kicker say the Germans are opting for Vatutinki, a village 40km southwest of Moscow city centre. Reports say they want to stay at the Vatutinki Recreation Complex, just a short drive from CSKA Moscow’s facilities where the team will train, 20 minutes from Vnukovo airport and 45 minutes from Luzhniki Stadium. The ground will host Germany’s opening match against Mexico on June 17 as well as the World Cup final on July 15. Joachim Loew’s Germany are bidding to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to win back-to-back World Cup titles following their 2014 success. The German Football Association (DFB) are not commenting on the decision before Friday’s deadline when teams must tell world football’s governing body FIFA where they will be based. Ac...
VAR System Under Pressure In Germany After Complaints Of Bias
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VAR System Under Pressure In Germany After Complaints Of Bias

The VAR system is being trialled this season in Italy and Germany, generating much debate in both countries with fans complaining it slows games down. FIFA have yet to confirm whether the VAR will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia, but the fledgling system has had a bad start in Germany. There has been furious debate over when the VAR should intervene and how long it takes for decisions to be reviewed. "We need a new start in the structure. The pilot phase of the video assistant has relentlessly revealed problems, which have long been there, and must be solved," said Reinhard Rauball, president of the German Football League (DFL) in a statement released on Tuesday. Fans have unfurled banners at grounds around Germany demanding the end of the VAR experiment, but things took a t...

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