A string of police raids took place within Belgian football related to an investigation into match-fixing, money laundering, and corruption around Europe. Several raids were connected to football agent Mogi Bayat who was arrested for illegal transfer deals. Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s denial of rape allegations against him, his lawyer says documents are ‘completely fabricated.’
NIke announced it is ‘deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations’ against Cristiano Ronaldo despite a statement issued by Juventus defending the soccer player. EA Sports commented they are ‘closely monitoring the situation’ as they expect brand ambassadors to act ‘in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.’ Ronaldo denies the claims.
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo denies allegations made by former teacher Kathryn Mayorga that he raped her in 2009. Mayorga was inspired by the #MeToo movement to share her story. Ronaldo said the allegation goes ‘against everything I am,’ asserting ‘I refuse to feed the media spectacle.’ Ronaldo has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record on Sunday, completing a race in Berlin in two hours one minute and 39 seconds. Kipchoge beat the standing record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by nearly one minute and 20 seconds. Kipchoge won the London Marathon for the third time earlier this year and is an Olympic champion.
The Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia, is defending its choice to publish an editorial cartoon of Serena Williams that many critics have called racist. The cartoon by Mark Knight depicted the tennis star having a tantrum on the court at the US Open after she lost to Naomi Osaka on Saturday. The Australian newspaper reprinted the controversial cartoon on its front page along with the headline: ‘Welcome to PC world’.
Saturday’s US Open Final turned controversial when Serena Williams accused umpire Carlos Ramos of sexism in a press conference following the match. Naomi Osaka won the match in two sets to become the women’s champion. Novak Djokovic won the men’s US Open Final for the third time and collected his 14th Grand Slam title.
Swimmer Ryan Lochte was suspended for 14 months by the US Anti-Doping Agency after receiving an intravenous infusion, a method which breaks anti-doping rules. Lochte posted a photo of himself receiving the infusion on social media two months ago, prompting an investigation. The investigation found that Lochte’s infusion was larger than allowed by the USADA.
Olympic men’s figure skating bronze medalist Denis Ten was stabbed to death on Thursday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Two men reportedly tried to steal mirrors from Ten’s car. Ten was a member of Kazakhstan’s Korean minority and left at a young age to train. Ten’s 2014 Sochi Games win made him Kazakhstan’s first figure skating medalist.
France became the champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final, besting Croatia by 4 goals to 2 in Moscow on Sunday. Jubilant French residents poured out in force on the streets Sunday in celebration of France’s World Cup triumph, which returned the champion’s trophy to France 20 years after its 1998 win.
Croatia became the smallest country since Uruguay in 1950 to advance to the World Cup final when they beat England 2-1 on Wednesday. Croatia will face France in the final on Sunday. Roger Federer’s Wimbledon winning streak came to an end on Wednesday when he lost in an upset to Kevin Anderson.