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San Jose Earthquakes' Guram Kashia gets LGBTQ advocacy award from UEFA

San Jose Earthquakes center-back Guram Kashia was named the inaugural recipient of the UEFA #EqualGame award on Wednesday for his support of the LGBTQ community last season.

Kashia, 31, wore a rainbow armband while playing for SBV Vitesse for the duration of the team's 2017-18 Eredivisie campaign, despite drawing a negative reaction from some in his native Georgia for the action.

The award, which will be handed out at the Champions League draw on Aug. 30 in Monaco, was created as part of UEFA's #EqualGame...

Eight arrested at Georgia demo over player's gay rights armband

Guram Kashia made his Georgia debut in 2009.

Eight people were arrested in Georgia during a far-right protest to demand a soccer player be kicked off the national team because he supported gay rights.

The nationalist Georgian March group wanted defender Guram Kashia punished for wearing a rainbow armband while captaining Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem earlier this month, as part of a broader initiative in the Netherlands for the country's "Coming Out Day."

Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Georgian Football Federation headquarters on Tuesday,...

 By Ben Gladwell

Ex-AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze elected mayor of Georgia capital Tbilisi

Kakha Kaladze
Kakha Kaladze was the clear winner in the Tbilisi mayoral election.

Former AC Milan defender Kakha Kaladze has been elected as the new mayor of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, following in the footsteps of several other former Rossoneri who have moved into politics.

The 39-year-old, who spent nine years in Serie A, scoring 12 goals in 194 games, won just over 50 percent of the vote to become the new mayor of Tbilisi five years after returning to his home country and pursuing a career in politics.

His nearest rival in the election, Aleko Elisashvili, took just under...