A lawsuit has officially been filed against Major League Soccer and Precourt Sports Ventures, the owning group of Columbus Crew SC, by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. The lawsuit cites the “Modell Law,“ which was founded in 1996 after the Cleveland Browns picked up and moved to Baltimore. The base of that claim in the lawsuit is that Precourt Sports Ventures accepted taxpayer money for parking improvement, as well as an exemption from property taxes and a lease that is below market value. There were reports a couple months ago about the possibility of a lawsuit being filed for this exact reason, and here we are, so buckle up, folks. Things are about to get very interesting as people try to Save the Crew.
Paris Saint-Germain, in their efforts to win the Champions’ League and establish themselves as a true giant in Europe, signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe over the summer. Now, that project for the year, given that they are expected to win the Ligue 1 title right off the bat, has come down to their second leg match against the two-time defending champions, Real Madrid. PSG is down 3-1 on aggregate, and will be without Neymar as they host Los Blancos. Paul Doyle of The Guardian previews the match and says it is do or die for PSG and for their manager, Unai Emery, who may be managing for his job.
After the tragic death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori over the weekend, it has been announced that Fiorentina and Cagliari, Astori’s two former clubs, will retire the number 13 in Astori’s honor. Astori played 178 matches for Cagliari and 109 for Fiorentina, and made 14 appearances for Italy. All matches in the Champions’ League and Europa League will also hold a minute of silence before kickoff.
Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United were “a little bit lucky“ to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday, winning 3-2 after going down 2-0 in the second half.
“I think the first goal is a bad goal. Then we concede the goal that is good to show the kids in the academies around the country, to see top teams and top players can concede silly goals.
”But then the attitude was fantastic, the intensity, the dynamic, the risk and then you need that little bit of luck to win in the last minute, but I think I would say we deserve because the dominance in that last half hour was huge.”
He also said that he could not reveal what he said in the locker room at half time because the language was too colorful for television.
Patrick Van Aanholt scored Palace’s second of the match, seconds after halftime, when Palace took a free kick quickly to release Van Aanholt one on one with David De Gea. From there, it was all United, as Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku got the Reds level, and Nemanja Matic scored a wonder strike in the 93rd minute to grab all three points.
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