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Serge Aurier Sentenced To Two Months In Prison For Assaulting A Police Officer

PSG right back Serge Aurier has been sentenced to two months in prison, reportedly for abusing police officers outside a Paris nightclub in May.

It's unlikely, though, that Aurier will serve any of that time.

From Eurosport: 

FIFA Disband Anti-Racism Task Force Without Meeting, Declare Job Done

“I wish I could say that I am shocked by the decision, but unfortunately I am not. The problem of racism in football remains a burning, very serious and topical one, which needs continuous attention.”

International Soccer Shows The Touchy History Of National Anthems

If you haven’t turned on a television, listened to the radio, picked up a newspaper, scrolled through Twitter or checked Facebook in the last few weeks, let me get you up to speed: the national anthem is a BIG deal. 

America’s “Star-Spangled Banner” became everyone’s favorite hot-take after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in protest of racial inequality and, more specifically, the treatment of African Americans in the United States. 

Neymusico Is Here, And It’s An Early Front-Runner For Song Of The Year

“To play, all I need is audacity, happiness and to be with my friends, that’s all.” So croons Neymar on his debut single from the eagerly anticipated #Neymusico. Part soul bearing confession, part brooding acoustic melody, Neymar’s #Neymusico is the best thing I’ve heard since The Beatles released Abbey Road. 

Go Home, Turn Off Your Phone And Download The FIFA 17 Demo

Having a bad day at school or the office? Looking forward to making your way home, only to realize that it’s Tuesday and your agenda reads the laundry, a frozen dinner and an existential crises? Well, save those things for tomorrow, because it’s FIFA 17 demo day!

That’s right, at some point today, hopefully before 5:00 PM, the FIFA 17 demo will be released through the various console markets. It’ll cost you nothing and grant you the ability to see what FIFA 17 has in store for us.

Neymar Is Going To Unleash His Music Upon Us Because It’s Time

Remember when Daft Punk released their magnum opus Random Access Memories in 2013, heralded with a genius marketing campaign combining new school strategy and old school nostalgia? By slowly teasing the album’s release, the electronic masters created a buzz that engulfed social media. 

It has been three years since those seminal moments in the music industry, but we appear to be on the verge of another musical zeitgeist. The sound of 2016 is going to be provided by none other than Neymar, his aptly titled #Neymusico already causing a Twitterstorm.

Cristiano Ronaldo And Breaking Bad Star Aaron Paul Face-Off In A Tense Poker Duel

“I uh…I eat a lot of frozen stuff…It’s usually pretty bad, I mean the pictures are always so awesome, you know? It’s like ‘Hell yeah, I’m starved for this lasagna!’ and then you nuke it and the cheese gets all scabby on top and it’s like…it’s like you’re eating a scab…I mean, seriously, what’s that about? It’s like ‘Yo! What ever happened to truth in advertising?’ You know?” -Jesse Pinkman

This quote from Aaron Paul’s Breaking Bad character could effectively be applied to Paul’s own PokerStars Duel face-off against footballing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Hobbit Bermudez Is In Jail And Some Of His Teammates Went To Visit Him

Puebla midfielder Christian "Hobbit" Bermudez is apparently in jail for not paying his child support.

And he's got visitors!

Cristiano Ronaldo Brutally Trolled Antoine Griezmann In His UEFA Player Of The Year Speech

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the UEFA Player of the Season, much to the chagrin of one Antoine Griezmann, who thought he merited the win.

Here's what Griezmann told World Soccer earlier this week:

"Without being big-headed, I think I deserve it because I had a great season with my club and with the national team. Maybe I deserve to win the award.