Malaga owner Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani could face disciplinary action after claiming that his team’s dramatic Champions League exit was due to “racism”.
The Qatari took to Twitter after Malaga were eliminated from the quarter-finals yesterday thanks to two injury-time goals for Borussia Dortmund – the second of which looked clearly offside.
The Scottish officials also failed to notice that Malaga’s second goal in their 3-2 defeat seemed to be offside – but Al-Thani overlooked that, strangely enough.
He wrote in multiple messages on his Twitter account: “I’m sorry to go out this way, injustice and racism… This is not football, but racism and clear of all … I hope to open a thorough investigation UEFA regarding the Spanish club out in this way.”
Nor did he change his tune today, writing: “Yes, we were targeted from the beginning of the season by corrupt UEFA and based on racism.”
Not surprisingly, the comments have caught the eye of UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, who is at the Soccerex exhibition in Manchester. He said the tweets “will now be analyzed by our disciplinary inspectors,” according to the Associated Press.
Just a guess, but Al-Thani’s conspiracy theory might be influenced by UEFA’s decision last December to fine Malaga and ban them from all UEFA competitions for a season for failing to settle debts on time.
The United States takes on Costa Rica in a friendly tonight at Red Bull Arena, as the USMNT must put the Mexico match behind them and focus on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
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The biggest inclusion in tonight’s starting XI is that of Tim Howard in goal, marking his return to the national side after taking a self-imposed sabbatical. It will be Howard’s first appearance for the USMNT since his legendary performance against Belgium in the 2014 World Cup.
Klinsmann has chosen to go with a 4-4-2 tonight, and Geoff Cameron remains the only starter in the back-line from the Mexico match. He’ll partner with Michael Orozco in the center of defense, with Brad Evans and Tim Ream on the outsides.
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In the midfield, Klinsmann has put some speed on the wings through the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and recent call-up Brek Shea. Danny Williams joins Jermaine Jones as the central midfielders.
Up top, Jozy Altidore will play alongside Gyasi Zardes, who returns to his more comfortable position as forward.
Cristiano Ronaldo has added another trophy to the collection, winning his fourth Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer for the 2014-15 season.
The award accounts for goals in league play only, which means the Champions League and domestic tournaments are not included. In La Liga, Ronaldo scored 48 goals in 35 appearances.
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Ronaldo first won the award after the 2007-08 season with Manchester United, and has now added three more with Real Madrid in 2010-11, 2013-14, and 2014-15.
With his fourth win, Ronaldo moves ahead of Lionel Messi as the only player to win the award four times. Messi has won three, while eight players have won two.
Below is a post from Ronaldo’s Facebook page reflecting on the award:
What a special moment in my professional life!
Winning four Golden Boots is a privilege for me and I’ll keep challenging myself because I want to do better every time and I want to keep chasing for more records.
I have to thank everyone in Real Madrid that made this possible and we want to keep winning more titles and more trophies. Thank you everyone.
Ronaldo alone scored more goals in La Liga play last season than 14 clubs did, which shows how prolific his season was. The only player to score more than 48 league goals in a European season was Messi, who scored 50 in 2011-12.
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While it was a successful year for Ronaldo personally, it was a very disappointing campaign for Real Madrid, who fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after finishing the season without a trophy.