London police open investigation into allegations against Mark Clattenburg

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London Metropolitan Police are getting involved in the Mark Clattenburg affair, starting an investigation after a complaint was filed by a London-based professional group. Thanks to law enforcement’s part, accusations Clattenburg racially abused multiple Chelsea players will likely follow the same course as the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand affair, not the Luis Suárez-Patrice Evra incident.

The difference could effect the length of the saga. When the criminal system got involved with the Terry accusation, England’s Football Association pulled back and waited for legal proceedings to conclude. Afterward, the FA charged and eventually suspended Terry for racial abuse of Ferdinand.

The Suárez incident was never handled by law enforcement. The FA conducted its own investigation, handing down an eight-match ban two months after the Oct. 15, 2011 incident.

Although the accusations against Terry stemmed from an incident on Nov. 2, 2011, the Chelsea defender wasn’t sentenced until Sept. 27, 2012.

Although the FA had already begun an investigation into Chelsea’s accusations, the federation will again have to demur. If charges are ever brought against Clattenburg, the evidence introduced in a potential trial will also carry weight in the FA’s proceedings.

In the Terry case, charges were brought on Dec. 21, 2011, though his criminal trial was postponed until after this summer’s European Championships.

A potentially significant detail of today’s story is the organization filing the complaint. Although the Society for Black Lawyers may have some tie to professional soccer, these charges seem to have been made by an entity that had nothing to do with Sunday’s game.

That law enforcement is investigating the complaint implies England’s game can no longer elect to police itself. When an incident like this is alleged to have occurred, any entity can ask law enforcement to become involved.

Perhaps we’ve seen the end to Luis Suárez-like situations, where the league handles the investigation. If anybody can bring acts on the field into the courts, somebody will.

Video: Ronaldo scores fourth goal, gives Portugal early lead

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He has four goals in less than two matches, and Portugal is off to another flying start courtesy of their star forward.

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Cristiano Ronaldo gave the Portuguese a 1-0 lead against Morocco in the fourth minute after brilliantly heading home a corner kick.

The Real Madrid star gave Portugal a similar spark at the beginning of their 3-3 draw against Spain in their first Group B match when Ronaldo drew, and scored a penalty kick inside of the opening three minutes.

Is there anything this man cannot do?

Reports: Alli unlikely to play in England’s second Group G match

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The Three Lions may not have taken all good news away from the team’s 2-1 win over Tunisia in their World Cup opener.

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Several reports are suggesting that England will likely be without Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli in their second Group G match against Panama on Sunday.

Alli was forced out of England’s opener with a thigh strain, which gave manager Gareth Southgate the decision to put in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

There isn’t a timetable for the 22-year-old’s return to the pitch, but his absence will definitely present a major question for Southgate heading into the rest of group play.

Without Alli in the starting XI, it’ll likely be between Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard to fill the role where Alli normally sits.

In the case of Lingard, who started against Tunisia, the England boss would have to bring in another starter if Southgate opts to have the Red Devils attacker sit in as the number 10.

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.