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As in the 2016 Games in Rio, eighth-ranked Canada could be drawn with two top-five teams in the group stage at the Olympic women's soccer tournament. On Friday, using the April rankings, FIFA released the makeup of the pots to be used in next Wednesday's draw to determine the three groups of four for the women's field in Tokyo. Pot 1 contains host Japan (ranked No. 11), the U.S. (No. 1), and the Netherlands (No. 3) while Pot 2 is made up of Sweden (No. 5), Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are ranked separately by FIFA) and Brazil (No. 7). Canada is in Pot 3 along with Australia (No. 9) and China (No. 14). Pot 4 consists of New Zealand (No. 22), Chile (No. 37) and Zambia (No. 104). Britain qualified via England’s performance at the 2019 Women’s World Cup — the three best-placed European teams earned Olympic berths — so was allocated to a pot based on England’s position (No. 6) in the rankings. FIFA says the "general principle" for the tournament draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation so Canada should avoid the Americans to start. The Canadian women could find themselves in a group with Sweden, which knocked them out of the 2019 World Cup in France in the round of 16. And drawing Japan, the lowest-ranked team in Pot A, is no guarantee of success given Canada is 4-7-3 against the Japanese, losing 4-0 last time out in October 2019. Former Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen will help with the draw in Zurich. The former defender captained New Zealand at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Former U.S. international Lindsay Tarpley, who won gold in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008) will also assist. Canada (ranked 10th at the time) was drawn in a group with Germany (No. 2), Australia (No. 5) and Zimbabwe (No. 95) at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Canadian women upset Germany to top the group with three wins. They defeated France 1-0 in the quarterfinals before falling 2-0 to eventual champion Germany in the semifinals. Canada then downed Brazil 2-1 to win bronze, repeating its performance from the 2012 Games in London. Canada remained at No. 8 in the FIFA rankings released Friday. But this time it does not have company there with Brazil moving up one place to No. 7 at the expense of Australia, which fell two spots to No. 9. The U.S. and Germany remained 1-2 with the Netherlands leapfrogging France into No. 3. The rest of the top 10 has France, Sweden, England, Brazil, Canada, Australia and North Korea Also next week, the 16 men's sides in Tokyo will be drawn into four groups of four (Groups A to D). Pot 1: Japan, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea. Pot 2: Mexico, Germany, Honduras, Spain. Pot 3: Egypt, New Zealand, Ivory Coast, South Africa. Pot 4: Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Romania, The Olympic soccer tournament runs July 21 to Aug. 7 in Tokyo, Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
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BARCELONA, Spain — The Spanish soccer federation has offered Seville as an alternative host city for this year's European Championship if UEFA rules out using Bilbao as planned. Federation president Luis Rubiales said Friday he has put forward La Cartuja Stadium in the southern Andalusia region as an alternative to San Mamés Stadium. Last week, the federation announced that the current pandemic situation in Bilbao made it impossible for fans to be allowed into matches based on the regulations established by health authorities in the northern Basque Country region. “With all my respect for what Bilbao has done, it is facing many difficulties and it would be terrible for another country to get the host city,” Rubiales said. “La Cartuja would be a magnificent site ... and the first option if Bilbao is finally discarded.” The federation told The Associated Press that it would be up to regional authorities in Andalusia to decide whether fans could potentially be allowed into games in Seville. Currently, there are no fans allowed into league or national team matches anywhere in Spain. A Basque Country region spokesman said Friday that the local government has “not received any direct notification from UEFA” of a change of plans. “If they changed their opinion, and we have to see if they do, then they would inform us. And if they did, they would have to give us an explanation,” regional official Bingen Zupiria said. Other host cities for the tournament to be held around Europe between June 11 and July 11 have given assurances to UEFA that spectators will be allowed into stadiums. A UEFA decision on Bilbao is expected soon. La Cartuja Stadium is a publicly owned stadium run by Andalusia’s regional government. The stadium, which has a running track around the field, can hold 60,000 fans. Seville’s biggest soccer clubs, Sevilla and Real Betis, each have their own stadiums in the same city. The stadium is set to host a second Copa del Rey final this month when Barcelona plays Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. It also hosted the delayed 2020 final two weeks ago, when Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao. No fans have been allowed to attend either final. UEFA has used another stadium in Seville, Sevilla’s Sánchez Pizjuán, as a replacement venue after the home team was eliminated from the Champions League. It hosted both legs of the Chelsea-Porto quarterfinal matchup because of travel restrictions between England and Portugal. San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao is scheduled to host Spain’s Group E games against Sweden, Poland and Slovakia as well as one match in the round of 16. The Basque Country region around Bilbao has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic in Spain. On Thursday, the region reported 358 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over 14 days, compared to 225 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Seville's Andalusia region. Above 200 cases per 100,000 is considered high risk by authorities. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joseph Wilson, The Associated Press
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A Winnipeg volleyball player says she was disgusted after her coach said he should be allowed to use racial slurs while expressing his opinions about race and George Floyd, whose death during an arrest sparked protests for racial equality around the world. Whitney Ashu, who immigrated to Canada from Cameroon, a country in West Africa, said the incident happened last week when she was at volleyball practice for the U15 Blue team of the Vision Elite Volleyball Club. The team is made up of mostly 14- and 15-year-old girls. She said it started after her coach Ben Solmundson asked the team if they had read anything interesting lately. One of the players mentioned they were reading The Hate You Give, a book about a Black teenager who witnesses the shooting of her best friend by police. At that, she says Solmundson started talking about the death of George Floyd, making comments that he was an addict and had a history of arrests. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death. Ashu said she didn't get involved in the discussion until Solmundson started telling the players that he had free speech and should be able to say whatever he wants, including the N-word. "Then that's when I got mad because he kept on talking about things that people of colour constantly have to deal with," she said. "So I got mad and then I told him that you can't say the N-word because the N-word is an incredibly painful word, like it's very hurtful and there's years of history behind it." She said Solmundson told her the word didn't matter, and said he proceeded to use a similar word, replacing the "i" in the slur with an "a," in an attempt to get his point across. CBC News spoke with other teammates who were at the practice, who confirmed this happened, and said they were under the impression Solmundson was using a different pronunciation of the slur. 'He has no idea what it's like' Ashu said she was shocked to hear an adult she trusted speak this way. She said she loves volleyball, and because she has practice three days a week, her coaches are a big part of her life, she said. "He was trying to teach me what it's like to be Black when he has no idea what it's like," she said. "I didn't know what to do. I never expected somebody who was trusted this much by my family and by others to say something like this." She said she's not the only BIPOC player on the team, and that many of the players were very upset, even having to leave the gym. Some were left in tears, she said. Ashu said she's been told that another coach will be filling in for the rest of her team's season, and she's excited to work with them. Ashu said many of her teammates were very upset by what happened. (Submitted by Kimberly Stevenson) Ashu's mom Pauline Takor said she confronted Solmundson after practice. She said he apologized for "dropping N-bombs" at practice. When she asked him what he meant by that, she said he admitted to using the racial slur. CBC News made several attempts to contact Solmundson but did not hear back. Alison McDougall, program director for Volleyball Winnipeg, said Solmundson was removed from the coaching team of the Vision Elite club after they were made aware of the incident. On Thursday morning, she said the organization has decided not to allow him to coach in any of its programs moving forward. "Volleyball Winnipeg in no way condones or supports the use of derogatory language by any of its staff or representatives," McDougall said. Takor said her family emigrated from Cameroon about 10 years ago, thinking Canada was a welcoming place and its citizens were open-minded. She said this incident has shaken her and makes her worried that racist, divisive attitudes are becoming more prevalent in Canada. "If we start getting things like this, I begin to wonder if Canada wants to copy what is happening south of our borders," she said. "Because every day we see that. We see what is happening inside of our borders with people of colour." Parents frustrated Despite the fact that Solmundson is no longer a coach with Volleyball Winnipeg, some parents are still frustrated with how the organization and the head coach of the Vision Elite club handled the situation. Kim Stevenson, the volunteer parent team manager for the team says she emailed the head coach Luc Tremblay the morning after the incident. Players on the U15 Blue team of the Vision Elite Volleyball Club during a practice. (Submitted by Kimberly Stevenson) Though he said Solmundson wouldn't be coaching that team anymore, Stevenson said that for close to a week, it was unclear to her and the rest of the parents whether he'd be involved with other programs run by Volleyball Winnipeg. Then, on Wednesday, a letter was sent out to parents from Tremblay, saying Solmundson had been removed as the coach for all of the club's teams. However, in the letter Tremblay suggests Solmundson might be allowed to coach with the Vision Elite club in the future if he requested it. "Should he ever ask for a path to redemption, one should be made available," Tremblay wrote. "It is my understanding he is thoroughly humiliated by his actions and has removed himself from any such consideration." Stevenson said she was frustrated by this letter as she felt Tremblay was placing the blame on parents for the fallout after bringing the incident forward. "It still doesn't take responsibility. It doesn't acknowledge any of the … like all the racist attitudes that were spewed at those girls," she said. Tremblay did not respond to requests for comment. However, when asked about the letter, Volleyball Winnipeg reiterated that Solmundson would not be coaching in any of its programs moving forward. John Blacher, executive director of Volleyball Manitoba, said the incident has been brought to his attention and also to the attention of Volleyball Canada's independent, third-party Safe Sport officer. He said they are reviewing the matter to determine the process moving forward within its discipline and complaints policy. "Volleyball Manitoba is committed to providing a safe, positive and respectful environment for the sport of volleyball and takes a serious approach to all concerns," Blacher said.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Friday: ENGLAND Everton and Tottenham are on the fringes of the race for Champions League qualification ahead of their meeting at Goodison Park in the Premier League. Tottenham is in seventh place, six points behind fourth-place Chelsea. Everton is a point and a place further back, but has a game in hand. When the two teams met at Goodison in an FA Cup fifth-round match in February, it proved to be a wild shootout that finished with Everton going through as a 5-4 winner after extra time. That match marked a shift to a more attacking approach by Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, which in turn is helping striker Harry Kane put up some great numbers. Kane is tied with Mohamed Salah as the league's top scorer on 19 goals and also has 13 assists, two more than anyone else. GERMANY It's the perfect time for Julian Nagelsmann and second-place Leipzig to play Hoffenheimin in the Bundesliga. Winless in four games, Hoffenheim is lacking any creative spark and didn't record a single shot on target in Monday's 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. Leipzig’s faint hopes of dethroning Bayern Munich rest on winning as many of its remaining six games as possible and hoping Bayern continues to slip up. The defending champion did just that in last week’s 1-1 draw with Union Berlin. A win for Leipzig over Hoffenheim would cut the gap to Bayern to two points before Bayern visits third-place Wolfsburg on Saturday. Hoffenheim is 12th, five points clear of the relegation battle. FRANCE In a hard-fought French title race that has six games to go, Lille can keep the pressure on defending champion Paris Saint-Germain with a home win against Montpellier to move six points ahead. Christophe Galtier is astutely coaching Lille this season, combining a rock-solid defence with two solid midfield anchors and fleet-footed forwards down the flanks to support the powerful Burak Yilmaz through the middle. But Montpellier strikers Andy Delort and Gaetan Laborde form one of the best partnerships in the league with 23 goals. Their combination of physique, aerial prowess and technique, allied to midfielder Teji Savanier's shrewd passing, could make it a difficult night for Lille's defence. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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