This month’s El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed because of fears of civil unrest. The match was scheduled for 26 October but there have been days of protest in Barcelona after nine Catalan separatist leaders were jailed on Monday. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid disagreed with calls to switch the game to Madrid.
Four Bulgarian football fans have been detained after their game against England had to be stopped twice due to racism. Bulgaria’s ministry of interior confirmed the group are being questioned by police over their involvement in racist behavior at the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday night, which England won 6-0. Bulgaria has come in for heavy criticism for the conduct of home fans during the game.
Winning her 24th and 25th world championship medals in beam and floor Sunday put the United States gymnast top of the all-time medal charts for the championships. Biles won five gold medals this week. Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this week may have been her last at the world championships.
Egan Bernal was crowned as the first Colombian to win the Tour de France and the youngest in more than a century after safely negotiating the 21st and final stage into Paris Sunday. It was a thrilling conclusion to one of the closest races in recent Tour history, with Bernal’s victory in doubt until the penultimate stage in the Alps on Saturday.
FANS hailed the “best day of sports ever” as epic Wimbledon and Cricket World Cup finals went down to the wire. England became cricket world champions after defeating New Zealand in a sudden death super over at Lord’s. And just moments before, in another nail-biting final, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer to claim his fifth Wimbledon title with the pair competing in the first-ever fifth-set tie-breaker. Fans lauded what was a day of truly unforgettable sports, flocking to Twitter to celebrate an incredible day of action.
The U.S. women’s soccer team is still the world’s best after dominating the Netherlands in the Women’s World Cup final and winning 2-0. Throughout the tournament, the U.S. brushed aside criticism, complaints of arrogance and calls for the team to tone down their goal celebrations. In March, the U.S. Women’s National Team sued U.S. Soccer for gender discrimination. In the lawsuit, the team claims that the soccer federation pays members of the women’s team far less than similarly situated members of the men’s team.
Fifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behavior of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss to England in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday evening. Reports from the match officials and the match commissioner, Alexandra Benado of Chile, are being compiled.
Michel Platini, the banned former Uefa president and France football legend, has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption relating to Fifa’s decision to host the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, French justice sources have confirmed. The detention of Platini, who voted for Qatar to host the tournament, represents the first substantial public move in an investigation into the 2022 decision opened two years ago by France’s Parquet National Financier, which is responsible for law enforcement against serious financial crime.
Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men’s singles title. The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. Thiem, 25, suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat after losing in three sets to Nadal in last year’s final.
Olympic 800 meters champion Caster Semenya has filed an appeal to Switzerland’s highest court against a ruling to uphold rules requiring that middle-distance female athletes with a high natural level of testosterone must take medication to reduce it. South African Semenya lost an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on May 1 which ruled the IAAF’s regulations were necessary for athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs) to ensure fair competition.