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Newcastle United fines Alan Pardew $167K for head-butt

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10:30 AM ET 03.02 | Newcastle United have acted quickly to sanction Alan Pardew after the manager head-butted Hull City midfielder David Meyler, fining him over $167,000 (L100,000) in what's sure to be the first punishment delivered to the Magpies' boss.

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Two Chelsea fans reportedly stabbed before match vs. Galatasaray

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11:00 AM ET 02.26 | Prior to a Champions League match on Wednesday between Chelsea and Galatasaray, reports surfaced that two Chelsea supporters have been stabbed in Istanbul. The good news is that both victims are reportedly alive and suffered minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. The situation is believed to have taken place at a bar around Taksim Square. Chelsea is aware of the situation and issued a brief statement reminding their fans of the safest way to travel to the game.

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Report: David Beckham wants Xavi for MLS Miami startup

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09:38 AM ET 02.22 | David Beckham wants Barcelona midfield maestro Xavi for his new MLS venture in Miami. Xavi, who played his 144th Champions League tie in the 2-0 win over Manchester City on Tuesday night is tied to Barcelona until 2016 when he will be 36 and, despite interest from elsewhere, he has made it clear he wants to see out his career at the Camp Nou. That would fall in line with Beckham???s franchise aspirations with his Miami-based club not expected to be ready to start until 2017 as they plan to build a new stadium with the waterfront at Biscayne Bay, near where Caribbean cruise ships dock, a potential site.

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Manuel Pellegrini apologizes for comments on officiating

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09:47 AM ET 02.21 | Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has apologized for the comments he made about the referee after his team lost to Barcelona in the Champions League. The Chilean had claimed that the Swedish referee was favoring Barca, was not up to the challenge of refereeing a Champions League match because he was Swedish, and that the referee was attempting to "fix" a mistake he made in a previous Barcelona match he had officiated. Today, however, Pellegrini apologized for his comments. Whether his apology was motivated by the UEFA investigation into his post-match comments is up for debate.

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Report: FIFA 'seriously' considering taking 2022 World Cup from Qatar

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10:57 AM ET 02.16 | There may be some respite after all. According to German paper Die Welt, a person only identified as a "senior FIFA employee" said that despite FIFA's public claims that they are adamant about making Qatar 2022 work, moving the event to another country is a --serious option." This comes on the heels of a report in The Guardian that over 400 Nepalese immigrant workers have died since construction began on World Cup stadiums in the sweltering hot country. With the human rights situation in shambles, the report suggests that a decision will be made by the final 2014 meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee. The senior employee said "there would be enough time for the tournament to be reassigned." The Guardian report on the Nepalese death toll comes from the Prevasi Nepali Co-ordination Committee, an organization the Guardian labels as a respected human rights group. It also warns that the death toll could reach a staggering 4,000 by the time the 2022 World Cup comes around. This number was posed back in September, but apparently it did little to scare FIFA off at the time.

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