People of different races receive varying treatment, whether conscious or subconscious, in areas as diverse as prison sentencing, school discipline, and tipping. It appears this varying treatment also extends to the on-field actions of MLS players. This conclusion of varying player treatment by race comes from a review of 2016 regular season fouls and disciplinary data from the MLS website. The MLS 2016 regular season data shows black players were 14% more likely to be called for fouls than their non-black counterparts. The higher incidence of fouls conceded takes into account minutes played and was consistent for defenders, midfielders, and forwards. Black players were also more than twice as
You might have heard by now -- the FIFA World Cup is expanding from 32 to 48 teams starting with the 2026 World Cup. I've stated how much I hate it, but that hatred could be taken to an entire different level. According to ESPNFC, FIFA is considering a ridiculous way to decide group stage games. Marco Van Basten, FIFA's chief officer for technical development, said FIFA is considering shootouts. Not penalty kicks, which would be dumb enough, but those former MLS and NASL-style shootouts. Remember? With 16 groups of three, each team has two matches guaranteed and that could mean teams end up tied on points and goal differential or a final group stage match where two teams could draw and both go
Sevilla did not back down to Ronaldo and Real. Last Sunday’s comeback by Sevilla to shock first-place Real Madrid and end its historic run of 40 matches unbeaten was just the latest example of why La Liga offers the most intriguing, competitive and balanced domestic league in Europe. Zinedine Zidane and his men still sit one point clear at the top with a game in hand, but Spain is no longer a two-horse or even a three-horse race.