Soccer

Soccer's racism problem rears its ugly head in Bulgaria-England Euro qualifier

Bulgarian fans doing Nazi salutes.
Bulgarian fans doing Nazi salutes. Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

England's 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win against Bulgaria was halted not once, but twice, following racist chants directed at England's black players.

The backdrop: The game was played in a stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria, where 5,000 seats were already closed off as a UEFA punishment for racist chants during qualifiers against Kosovo and the Czech Republic.

Iranian women freely attend soccer game for first time in almost 4 decades

Iranian women cheering at a soccer game
Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian women were freely allowed Thursday to attend a World Cup qualifying soccer match in Tehran for the first time since 1981, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: It marks a significant step in the push for increased gender equality in Iran and turned the team's throttling of Cambodia (final score: 14-0) into what the Times branded one of "the most consequential sporting events to be played in years."