Suspension - Soccer Wiretap

Manchester United-Liverpool Match Postponed Due To Protests

May 2, 2021 12:26 PM

Sunday's match between Manchester United and Liverpool has been postponed due to protests demonstrating against the Glazer family.

The protest starting with around 1,000 people outside of the hotel that United were staying at.

A large group of fans broke into Old Trafford and moved the protest toward the Munich Tunnel.

The league announced that COVID-19 protocols weren't broken since protestors did not reach the dressing rooms.

The match has yet to be rescheduled. 

Rob Dawson/ESPNFC

Tags: Liverpool, Manchester United, Suspension

MLS Investigating Inter Miami's Signing Of Blaise Matuidi

Mar 5, 2021 3:28 PM

MLS is investigating the signing of Blaise Matuidi by Inter Miami.

Matuidi joined Inter Miami on a free transfer in August. 

"Major League Soccer has begun a formal review of Inter Miami CF's signing of midfielder Blaise Matuidi, specifically investigating whether the signing of the player complied with Major League Soccer's salary budget and roster guidelines," a league statement read.

"MLS will not make further comment until the completion of its investigation."

The club responded with a statement that read: "Inter Miami CF acknowledges the statement made by Major League Soccer today, and we look forward to fully engaging with the league's review process. We will have no further comment."

The league is investigating whether Matuidi was paid with additional money beyond what was specified in his contract.

"There are some concerns that Matuidi received additional dollars," the source said.


Tags: Inter Miami, Misc Rumor, Suspension, Transfer Rumor

Kieran Trippier Serves Suspension, Set To Return Against Real Madrid

Mar 1, 2021 6:07 PM

Keiran Trippier has served his 10-week suspension and is set to return this weekend against Real Madrid.

Trippier was banned due to a betting offense.

Atletico Madrid have mainly used Sime Vrsaljko as Trippier's replacement.

Atleti currently top the table by five points, with a game in hand. 

David G. Medina/Marca

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Legal, Suspension

Marcus Thuram Fined Wages For Spitting On Player

Dec 20, 2020 6:01 PM

Borussia Monchengladbach fined Marcus Thuram one month of wages for spitting on Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch.

Thuram, who received a red card, will likely also face a match ban from the German Football Association.

"Marcus is devastated and has assured me that he did not purposely spit at Stefan Posch. He told me that during a dispute with Stefan Posch, he had unintentionally spat after cursing several times in French in the heat of the moment.

"He knows that this does not change anything and that the pictures speak for themselves, and that the sending off was the right call. I believe Marcus because I have come to know him as a reflective person with a great demeanour," said sporting director Max Eberl.

Thuram apologized to Posch on Twitter. 


Tags: Borussia Mönchengladbach, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Game Recap, Suspension

Brescia Terminate Mario Balotelli Contract

Jun 6, 2020 11:20 PM

Brescia terminated Mario Balotelli's contract after the striker missed several training sessions.

The 29-year-old presented a medical note to the club on Wednesday, excusing him for six days of training.

The excuse was the final straw for owner Massimo Cellino.

Manager Diego Lopez expressed his disappointment in Balotelli.

"I thought that by playing in his own city he could give so much.

"He had so much to give but he should have done a lot more. These are the facts. So, it is normal I'm disappointed. I've spent a lot [of energy] on Mario but I wanted and demanded the same from him."

Adriana Garcia/ESPNFC

Tags: Brescia, Suspension

Lionel Messi: Football, Life Will Never Be The Same Following Pandemic

May 31, 2020 9:38 PM

Lionel Messi said that he believes that both life and football will forever be changed by the pandemic.

"I don't think football will ever be the same. But beyond football, I don't think life, in general, will ever be the same, either.

"All of us that have experienced this situation will remember what happened in one way or another. In my case, it's with a feeling of sorrow and frustration for those that have suffered the most due to the loss of loved ones," said Messi in an interview.

Messi also spoke of the strangeness upon returning to training amid the pandemic.

The La Liga season is set to return on June 11th.

"I am sure that football and sport, in general, will be affected. Financially, because there are companies linked with the world of sport that will maybe experience some difficulties because of the coronavirus.

"But also professionally, because with the return to training and competing, what was normal before now is going to be different. It will be a strange situation for us as athletes but also for anyone that has to change their usual work dynamic."


Tags: Barcelona, Suspension

Dynamo Dresden Players Quarantined For 14 Days

May 9, 2020 6:58 PM

Dynamo Dresden players will be quarantined for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, putting the restart of the Bundesliga 2 at risk.

The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are scheduled to start next weekend.

Dresden are at the bottom of the table, with 9 matches left to play.

Bundesliga CEO Christian Seifert said that matches will continue to be played as scheduled.

"It's not a setback. It was always clear it could happen," said Seifert.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Legal, Suspension

Borussia Dortmund Receive 3-Year Ban From Hoffenheim

Feb 20, 2020 12:45 PM

Borussia Dortmund received a 3-year away ban from Hoffenheim.

Relations between the two sets of supporters have been strained since Hoffenheim was promoted to the Bundesliga under the backing of billionaire Dietmar Hopp.

Dortmund received a $53,000 fine in November of 2018 for unveiling offensive banners against Hopp.

The club will not appeal the German FA's decision.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Suspension

Fede Valverde Suspended 1 Match For Foul On Alvaro Morata

Jan 15, 2020 1:02 PM

Fede Valverde was suspended 1 match for his professional foul against Alvaro Morata late in the Spanish Super Cup Final.

Real Madrid won the final in penalties.

Diego Simeone described Valverde's foul as "the most important moment of the match."

Valverde will miss Real Madrid's match this weekend against Sevilla.

Tags: Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Suspension

MLS, Timbers Terminate Brian Fernandez Contract

Nov 15, 2019 7:40 PM

MLS and the Portland Timbers have terminated Brian Fernandez's contract due to his failure to comply with the league's substance abuse and behavioral health policy.

The 25-year-old scored 10 goals in 15 matches with the team. He entered rehab following the Timbers' final game of the regular season.

Sources also indicate that the Timbers plan to sue Necaxa, Fernandez's former side.

Paul Tenorio/The Athletic

Tags: Portland Timbers, Suspension

Bernardo Silva Suspended One Match Over Tweet

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Receives 2-Match Suspension
Ibrahimovic has scored 9 goals on the season.

Jeff Carlisle/ESPN

Neymar Gets 3-Match Ban For Altercation With Fan
Neymar will also serve a 3-match suspension in the Champions League.

Jonathan Johnson/ESPN

Diego Costa Refuses To Train With Atleti After Getting Fined
Costa is currently serving his 8-match ban after getting sent off against Barcelona.


Birmingham City Receives 9-Point Deduction For Financial Losses
The league found that Birmingham City had lost over $60 million since 2016.

Louise Taylor/The Guardian

Mauricio Pochettino Calls 2-Match Suspension 'Completely Unfair'
Pochettino was suspended after confronting Mike Dean following their 2-1 loss to Burnley.

Nick Ames/The Guardian

Sergio Ramos Charged With Deliberate Booking
Sergio Ramos could receive a two-match ban.


Inter To Play Two Matches Behind Closed Doors
The ban was in response to a racially-charged chant directed towards Kalidou Koulibaly.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Sergio Ramos Won't Face Discipline Over Doping Claims
Sergio Ramos described the Football Leaks claims as "lies."

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Cristiano Ronaldo Receives Red Card, Could Miss Old Trafford Match
Cristiano Ronaldo had never received a red card in 154 Champions League matches.

The Guardian

Chelsea Facing Possible Transfer Ban For Breaking Rules On Minors
Chelsea is facing a possible transfer ban following accusations from FIFA of breaking the rules on the signing of 25 minors.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Paul Pogba Sent Off With Straight Red, Will Miss Manchester Derby
Paul Pogba clumsily planted his studs into Hector Bellerin's leg.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Cristiano Ronaldo Given Five-Match Ban For Pushing Referee
Cristiano Ronaldo pushed referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea as he left the field.

Press Association

Court Upholds Atletico's Transfer Ban
In January 2016, Atletico and neighbours Real Madrid were banned from all transfers during the summer 2016 and winter 2017 windows.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Paul Pogba's Agent May Have Earned $53.4M Off Transfer
Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, was reportedly paid €27 million by Juventus from a mandate to sell the player as well as €19.4 million by United

David Conn/The Guardian

FIFA Rescinds Four-Match Ban Against Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi missed Argentina's 2-0 loss to Bolivia but will return for critical matched against Uruguay, Venezuela and Peru.

The Guardian

Neymar Could Face Suspension For Clasico
Neymar could miss out on the Clasico after receiving a red card in Saturday's loss at Malaga.

Press Association

Lionel Messi Suspended Four Matches By FIFA For Insulting Referee
Argentina will be without Lionel Messi for four of their final five World Cup qualifiers.

The Guardian

Arsene Wenger Given Four-Match Ban By FA
Arsene Wenger has been given an immediate four-match touchline ban for remonstrating with officials in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Burnley.

Press Association

Aguero Banned Four Matches, Fernandinho Out For Three
Sergio Aguero received a straight red card for his reckless challenge on David Luiz.

Press Association