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Italy's Chiellini admires Luis Suarez for World Cup 2014 bite: 'Malice is part of football'

Sid Lowe disagrees with Giorgio Chiellini sympathising with Luis Suarez for his bite during the 2014 World Cup.
Gab Marcotti praises Giorgio Chiellini for admitting he made a mistake criticising Mario Balotelli.
Gab Marcotti expresses his surprise at the comments Giorgio Chiellini directed at former Italy teammate Mario Balotelli.

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini admires Uruguay forward Luis Suarez for biting him during a heated match at the 2014 World Cup, he said in his autobiography.

Suarez, who escaped punishment during the game, was later banned for four months plus nine internationals -- but Chiellini said he bore no grudge towards him.

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While they are kicking their heels rather than kicking a football, there is plenty of time for the two main members of the Barcelona attack to dwell on events of 15 years ago.

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It was on May 1, 2005 that Lionel Messi scored his first goal for the club, lobbing the Albacete keeper with a wonderfully subtle touch. It was a deeply symbolic moment; Messi had latched on to a pass from...

FIFA postpones CONMEBOL's March World Cup qualifiers

Alexis Nunes goes through the latest updates on the coronavirus' impact on football.

FIFA is supporting CONMEBOL's request to suspend the beginning of World Cup qualifiers scheduled for the end of March due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus.

Football's world governing body made the announcement on Thursday after CONMEBOL published a letter on Wednesday with the request to postpone the March matches on behalf of members Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

FIFA said that details on when the postponed matches...

Argentina win pre-Olympic tournament but Brazil may be South America's best hope in Tokyo

Ballon d'Or and World Cup winner Kaka joined an amateur six-a-side game in Hoxton, London.

The only gold medals that Uruguay has accumulated in Olympic history came from men's football, all the way back in 1924 and 1928. For a while they could dream of ending the drought in Tokyo this year.

After miraculous qualification for the decisive second round of the South American Under-23 Championships, they closed their campaign with an emphatic 3-1 win over tournament hosts Colombia.

Uruguay's fate lay in the hands of Argentina, who had already booked a place and did not even have to retain...

LAFC sign Uruguay youth Francisco Ginella from Montevideo Wanderers

LAFC has bolstered its midfield, signing Montevideo Wanderers and Uruguay youth international Francisco Ginella, the club announced on Monday.

Uruguayan outlet Urugol -- the first to report Ginella's signing --  said that LAFC paid $2.5 million for 75% of Ginella's rights. One league source confirmed to ESPN FC that Ginella was signed to a four-year deal with the help of Targeted Allocation Money.

"At just 20 years old, Francisco brings a meaningful amount of experience at the professional...