Barcelona-Madrid game moved
The Spanish soccer league is considering moving the Barcelona versus Real Madrid game out of the Catalan capital. The game is to be played on the same day as a separatist rally. According to the Associated Press, the Spanish soccer league “has called on the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) — which controls regulations and fixtures for professional and amateur games — to shift the match to Madrid.” They have also requested that the return game be switched as well.
Maddon new manager of LA Angels
Joe Maddon will return to the Los Angeles Angels as manager for the next three years. According to the Associated Press, “Maddon [replaced] Brad Ausmus, who was fired after one season when the Angels finished 72-90, their worst record since 1999. Ausmus was abruptly dismissed shortly after Maddon became available, and most observers assumed Angels owner Arte Moreno had his eye on a reunion with Maddon, who was the Angels’ bench coach when Moreno bought the club in 2003.” Under Maddon, the team hopes to improve its pitching record.
Fans arrested in Bulgaria
Last Wednesday, six soccer fans were arrested in Bulgaria after making racist gestures, including Nazi salutes. According to the Associated Press “Bulgarian fans also directed monkey noises at England’s black players during the match, which was halted twice in an effort to stop the racist abuse. England won the match 6-0,” and the president of Bulgaria’s soccer federation resigned.