VICE Sports World News Roundup: March 31, 2016
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Amnesty International has published another scathing report on the working conditions at World Cup building sites in Qatar. The organization is calling out #brands this time in an effort to put more pressure on the Qataris.
Five members of the U.S. women's national team are preparing a federal wage discrimination case against U.S. Soccer, reports the New York Times: "In the filing, the five players will contend that the women's team is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, even as its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men's national team, their lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said."
U.S. Soccer's response:
Valencia has fired poor Gary Neville, who probably should have never taken that crazy job in the first place. It was his first managerial position, and he doesn't speak Spanish. Goal.com followed up the announcement with this headline: "No Premier League titles, one European trophy in 32 years – English managers are an embarrassment." The Mail is reporting that Neville has already been offered his old job back at Sky.
A pretty solid sports scandal is brewing over in Malaysia, where government officials are accused of making up a number of sports programs and embezzling around 27 million dollars. "The syndicate is believed to have been operating since 2010 to finance non-existent sports programmes for the ministry with payouts given to 14 companies through the finance division." Nice.
Sunderland released Emmanuel Eboue as a result of some unpaid fees to his agent:
The Guardian has an interesting writeup on FC United of Manchester, the team created by former Manchester United supporters alienated by the team's takeover by American owners more than a decade ago. The team is now in the 6th tier of English football, and it appears not all is well behind the scenes.
The FIA will not allow Fernando Alonso to race in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Alonso walked away from a terrifying crash two weeks ago in Australia.
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