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FC Barcelona bribery charges quashed in referee corruption case

FC Barcelona bribery charges quashed in referee corruption case

A Spanish court quashed bribery charges against Barcelona on Friday relating to a refereeing corruption scandal, and halted an investigation into president Joan Laporta. Former presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell and others remain under investigation for alleged sporting corruption, after the club paid a former refereeing chief more than 7.3 million euros ($7.9 million) between 1994 and 2018, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.




Hong Kong weightlifting head resigns after Taiwan 'country' gaffe

Hong Kong weightlifting head resigns after Taiwan 'country' gaffe

The head of a Hong Kong sports association resigned on Friday after making a gaffe that the government lambasted as potentially violating the "one-China" principle in reference to Taiwan, Agence France-Presse reported Friday. The Hong Kong government follows Beijing's orthodoxy that the self-ruled island of Taiwan is part of Chinese territory, to be reunited one day —by force if necessary.