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South Korea's Kang Soo-il accepts 15-game ban after failing doping test

Kang Soo-il had hit five goals from 12 starts for Jeju United this season.

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea striker Kang Soo-il will not contest his 15-match suspension after it was revealed he failed a doping test shortly before he was due to make his international debut.

Kang, 27, blamed the discovery of the banned steroid methyltestosterone on a mustache-growing cream he received as a gift.

He was hours away from playing his first match with South Korea on June 11 against United Arab Emirates in Kuala Lumpur when the Korea Doping Agency revealed his positive test.

Kang...

South Korea forward Kang Soo-il tests positive for steroid

Kang Soo-il faces a 15-game ban for failing a doping test.

SEOUL, South Korea -- K-league officials say South Korea forward Kang Soo-il has failed a doping test.

The 27-year-old Kang was due to make his international debut in a friendly against United Arab Emirates in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday but was left out of the lineup by coach Uli Stielike following the news.

League officials said the Jeju United star's "A" sample taken in May tested positive for an anabolic steroid, methyltestosterone. He is facing a K-League ban of 15 games.

He is due to return to...

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Cesc Fabregas goal helps Spain defeat Costa Rica in friendly

Cesc Fabregas scored one goal and set up another to lead Spain's 2-1 comeback win over Costa Rica in a friendly on Thursday.

Johan Venegas put Costa Rica ahead in the fifth minute, but Fabregas passed for Paco Alcacer to level two minutes later. Fabregas scored Spain's second goal on the half-hour mark.

Aleix Vidal played a part in Fabregas' goal in his international debut, but Barcelona's new signing was substituted at half-time after Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzalez landed on his left ankle...

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FIFA president Sepp Blatter backs rule to keep 2026 World Cup out of Europe

E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.
E:60 examines the most powerful man in sports and his leadership of the organization overseeing world football.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants a rule on World Cup hosting that would prevent Europe from bidding for the 2026 tournament.

The FIFA executive committee could agree this month to block continental confederations from bidding for the next two World Cups after hosting.

"It should be this way," Blatter told reporters on Friday, adding that the proposal is "more than an option."

Because Russia will host in 2018, a UEFA country would next be eligible for the 2030 World Cup. Russia defeated...