Backlash follows finding that soccer manager who used ‘offensive, racist and Islamophobic’ language is ‘not a conscious racist’ | CNN

CNN  —  Anti-racism groups and England’s Football Association (FA) are denouncing an independent panel’s finding that a British soccer manager

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Lionel Messi scores for Paris Saint-Germain in first game back since World Cup triumph | CNN

CNN  —  Lionel Messi celebrated his return to Paris Saint-Germain with a goal in his first game back since lifting

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Iraqis celebrate their comeback with soccer tournament after decades of isolation | CNN

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside

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Former PSG footballer and Olympic champion Modeste M’Bami dies aged 40 after a heart attack | CNN

CNN  —  Former Paris-Saint-Germain and Cameroon midfielder Modeste M’Bami has died aged 40 after suffering a heart attack, PSG said

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Mikaela Shiffrin equals Lindsey Vonn’s all-time record of World Cup wins | CNN

American skiing star Mikaela Shiffrin has equaled Lindsey Vonn’s record of 82 World Cup wins with victory in the giant

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Saudi Arabia means so much for the Gulf monarchy’s sporting ambitions | CNN

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside

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