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Buffon accused of blasphemy; Sepp Blatter accused of financial impropriety

SOCCER: DEC 22 Concacaf Champions League Final - LAFC v Tigres Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Puget Sound

The new kiosks allow clients to use an observed and directed self-collected oral fluid swab COVID-19 test. Three New Testing Kiosks Will Open to Add COVID-19 Testing Capacity to North, Central, and South Seattle - Office of the Mayor

The Sounders donated a combined $1,104,340 to 134 small businesses and 785 individuals affected by fans’ absence on gamedays because of COVID-19. Sounders raise, donate more than $1 million to local restaurants affected by fans’ absence at games | The Seattle Times

MLS / USL

Black-and-gold can’t hold on and fall in Champions League final. Concacaf Champions League final: LAFC 1, Tigres 2 - Angels on Parade

Johnson will be the first Black president of an MLS team. D.C. United hires Danita Johnson as President of Business Operations - Black And Red United

United is looking to the west for some attacking reinforcements. D.C. United selects Adrien Perez in 2020 MLS Re-Entry Draft - Black And Red United

The SuperDraft is irrelevant, right? Unique 2021 SuperDraft process previews shift in MLS approach to college players | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com

NWSL / women’s sports

The signing is the first international move ahead of the 2021 season. NWSL KC team signs Argentina National Team Player Mariana Larroquette - The Blue Testament

Japan captain Mana Iwabuchi has signed for Women’s Super League team Aston Villa. Nadeshiko Japan’s Mana Iwabuchi joins Aston Villa in England’s WSL | The Japan Times

Briefs were filed Monday in support of Hecox v. Little, a challenge to Idaho’s law banning transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports in school. Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King support brief against Idaho anti-transgender law - Sports Illustrated

Telecasts on NBCSN will mark the first-ever women’s professional hockey games on major national network in U.S. NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE ISOBEL CUP SEMIFINALS AND FINAL TO AIR LIVE ON NBCSN FEB. 4-5 - NBC Sports Pressbox

World

Standout Keyontae Johnson, who collapsed in game, has been treated for acute myocarditis, a condition that has been linked to COVID-19 infection. Florida’s Keyontae Johnson has heart ailment linked to COVID-19 | USA Today

Newcastle stars suffer from long Covid: “That long-term Covid is something which you wouldn’t think possible in young, fit, athletes.” Newcastle stars suffering from long-term COVID-19 issues

Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona during his side’s win over Real Valladolid to break Pele’s record of the most goals for one club. Lionel Messi breaks Pele scoring record in win over Real Valladolid - BBC Sport

Juan Cuadrado was sent off and Cristiano Ronaldo has a goal disallowed as 10-man Juventus were humbled at home by Fiorentina. Juan Cuadrado sent off as 10-man Juve are humbled at home - BBC Sport

Guardiola says it will be a “big mistake” if Arsenal sack boss Mikel Arteta after Manchester City’s 4-1 win over the Gunners in the Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola urges Arsenal to keep faith with Arteta - BBC Sport

Championship side Brentford beat Newcastle in the EFL Cup to reach a major semi-final for the first time in their 131-year history. Josh Dasilva sends Brentford into Carabao Cup semi-finals with upset win over Newcastle - BBC Sport

Since 2010, the Italian FA have taken disciplinary action against several players and coaches heard disrespecting God or the sacred. theScore - Buffon under investigation for using ‘blasphemous’ phrase

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter is accused of financial impropriety in relation to the FIFA museum project in Switzerland. FIFA lodges criminal complaint against former president Sepp Blatter - BBC Sport

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