According to Press Association Sport, two Chelsea fans have been stabbed in Instanbul ahead of the club’s Champions League match with Galatasaray on Wednesday.
“We are aware of the reports and at this stage we don’t have anything more to say,” a spokesperson told Press Association Sport. “We’re in touch with the club and Turkish authorities.”
Both supporters are believed to be alive with one victim reported to have been stabbed in the hand and the other the buttocks, with neither requiring hospital treatment.
Chelsea Football Club said they are aware of the incident and have urged caution to any travelling fans. In a message delivered over Twitter, the club asked supporters to avoid using Istanbul’s Metro due to safety issues.
According to the The Foreign Office, the incident is believed to have occurred at a bar around Taksim Square, in the heart of Istanbul’s commercial district. Istanbul has been on high alert over political and social unrest in recent days after rallies broke out against a controversial new Internet bill that would allow Turkish authorities to block web pages for privacy violations without a prior court decision. Civilian protests have led to riot police using tear gas, water cannons and rubber pellets.
The British Embassy in Ankara confirmed knowledge of the stabbings and said it was in discussions with the club and Turkish authorities as to a call of action.
This is not the first time English fans have been victims of violence around Taksim Square. In 2000 two Leeds supporters, Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, were stabbed to death before a UEFA Cup tie in 2000.
Earlier this week Chelsea offered advice to travelling fans via their website urging them to keep passports safe and to be aware of “pickpockets, petty theft and bag snatchers in crowded places.”
LIMA, Peru (AP) Peru has extradited the country’s former soccer boss to the United States for his alleged involvement in a multibillion-dollar FIFA bribery scandal involving marketing and broadcasting rights.
Manuel Burga was sent to New York on a commercial flight before dawn on Friday.
He has been in jail since December 2015 as part of the investigation. Peru’s Supreme Court in June cleared the way for his extradition and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski signed a decree authorizing the move a week ago.
Burga oversaw Peru’s football federation for more than a decade until 2014. He has denied any wrongdoing.
While the battle for MLS Cup 2016 has been dwindled down to two sides, the rest of the league continues to make roster transactions in preparation for next season.
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The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Friday that the club has exercised options on six players, including goalkeeper David Bingham, Fatai Alashe, Kip Colvey and Victor Bernardez.
Additionally, the Earthquakes have released nine players, including U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson, Marc Pelosi and Tommy Thompson, however, the latter two are reportedly in talks to return to the club in 2017.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) Napoli eased to a 3-0 win over Inter Milan in Serie A on Friday, with two goals in the opening five minutes.
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The home side got off to a lightning start as, following a wonderful team move, Jose Callejon headed back Marek Hamsik’s chipped pass for Piotr Zielinski to volley into the bottom left corner.
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Zielinski turned provider moments later as Hamsik beat the offside trap to run onto his pass and fire into the bottom right corner.
It was Hamsik’s 104th goal for Napoli, moving him level with Edinson Cavani in third in the clubs’ goalscoring charts. The Slovakia forward needs 11 more to equal Diego Maradona’s record.
Inter started the second half aggressively but hopes of getting back into the match were scuppered six minutes after the restart when Lorenzo Insigne netted his fourth goal in three league matches after visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic only flapped at a corner.
Napoli moved level on points with Atalanta, which visits league leader Juventus on Saturday, and fourth-placed Lazio, which hosts Roma in the capital derby on Sunday.
Inter, which beat Fiorentina 4-2 on Monday for its first win under coach Stefano Pioli, remained eighth ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.
On a day where Atlanta United added another young talent, the 2017 MLS expansion side could be preparing to make a major splash for a South American playmaker.
According to numerous Argentine media outlets, Atlanta is closing in on signing Paraguay international Miguel Almiron for an MLS-record fee of $13 million from Lanus at the end of 2016.
Almiron, 22, has scored three goals in 34 appearances for Lanus since joining the Argentine club in 2015. The young winger began his professional career back in 2013 with Cerro Porteno, where Almiron also played for the club’s youth academy.
On the international stage, Almiron has already earned seven caps for Paraguay after previously representing the nation’s Under-17 and U-20 national teams.