Reuters is reporting that Adidas has decided to stop selling “raunchy” World Cup tee shirts after the Brazilian government claimed they associated the country with sexual tourism.
Two shirts have been pulled, one showing a bikini-clad woman with open arms on a Rio de Janeiro beach with the words “Looking to Score” and the other with an “I love Brazil” heart resembling an upside-down buttocks of a woman wearing a thong.
The shirt designs upset Brazil, where people are sensitive to foreign stereotypes of Brazilian sensuality and the government has been campaigning strong to shed the reputation as a destination for sex tourism.
“Embratur strongly repudiates the sale of products that link Brazil’s image to sexual appeal,” the Brazilian tourism board said its request to Adidas.
In response the German manufacturer removed the shirts from sale, explaining they were from a limited edition that was only on sale in the United States.
Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff, has turned a strong focus to cracking down on sex tourism and the exploitation of children and adolescents during this summer’s World Cup. “Brazil is happy to receive tourists for the World Cup, but it is also ready to combat sex tourism,” she said over Twitter where she also set up in a hot line to report cases of sexual exploitation.
Noting that the tee shirts offended woman and exposed them to the “barbarism” of sexual predators, the ministry of womens affairs added: “This is all the more shocking in a country that just elected a women as its highest authority, which brought greater respect for women and zero tolerance for any form of violence against them.”
Following last week’s decision handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Peru captain and talisman Paolo Guerrero has been banned from the 2018 World Cup — at the age of 34, almost certainly his last opportunity to star on the world’s biggest stage.
However, in the days since that decision, a number of Guerrero’s fellow professionals and World Cup stars — France and Denmark captains Hugo Lloris and Simon Kjaer, and Australia’s Mile Jedinak — have written to FIFA, on behalf of FIFPro, the world player union, in hopes of rendering Guerrero eligible to pay at next month’s tournament in Russia.
“We respectfully ask the Fifa Council to show compassion,” the trio wrote. “In our view it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from what should be a pinnacle of his career.”
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — The game in 100 words (or less): Nothing ruins a good game of soccer more than controversies involving the referee — and now that VAR is active within MLS, yet another failure of the video-review system to correct the most “clear and obvious” of wrong decisions. There is no longer any rhyme or reason in deciding whether or not to utilize what could be a very helpful tool. Check the third video further down this page to comprehend the absurdity of VAR in Sporting Kansas City’s 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew SC on Sunday. As for the actual soccer which was played, Tim Melia made one save to deny Gyasi Zardes with a point-blank header early in the first half, and a second to deny Zardes rom the penalty spot just before halftime. Despite being a back-and-forth affair between the league’s second- and third-place teams with a chance to take the lead in the Supporters’ Shield race, there were just six shots on target in total and genuine scoring chances were few and far between.
59′ — Martinez takes a swing at Sinovic, but no video review — At this point, it’s just time to disband the entire VAR experiment. It’s turned MLS into a clown show and an embarrassment. Signed, someone who was initially in favor of VAR, assuming MLS would utilize it properly.
So…. Apparently this doesn't warrant video review? Anyway, Martinez is unbelievably fortunate to still be on the pitch. I have no explanation for this. pic.twitter.com/gKdLm88qAu
KANSAS CITY, KAN. — Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City host Columbus Crew SC, the Eastern Conference’s second-place side, at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday with both sides capable of overtaking Atlanta United for top spot in the Supporters’ Shield race.
Sporting KC, who are unbeaten in three straight and have lost just once since opening day (11 games), lead expansion side Los Angeles FC in the West. Meanwhile, Crew SC enter Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash unbeaten in their last six games (four wins) and trail the league leaders from Atlanta by a single point.