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Friday Kickoff: Mourinho, Ozil, Pogba and more

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If Manchester United wants to hire Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils reportedly have just one month to make up their mind.

Mourinho reportedly wants to have a job by May in order to prepare for the 2016-17 season, so Man United faces a deadline to make an official move for him. (REPORT)

German international Mesut Ozil ruled out a return to Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid, saying: “There is no truth in the speculation linking me with a return to Spain.” (REPORT)

Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, said the French star is “ready to renew his contract” with Serie A side Juventus. (REPORT)

Gabriel Agbonlahor is currently under investigation by Aston Villa, and will not play in the club’s matchup against Chelsea on Saturday. (REPORT)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been fined and suspended one game by the English Football Association for his conduct during an FA Cup match on March 12. (REPORT)

West Ham United are reportedly set to offer a bid to sign Yaya Toure from Manchester City. (REPORT)

Human rights non-governmental group Amnesty International has called the reported abuse of migrant workers in Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, a “stain on the conscience of world football.” (REPORT)

Juventus centerback Giorgio Chiellini, who has missed time recently due to a calf injury, said he is eager to return to playing vs. Empoli on Saturday. (REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

U.S. youth international Romain Gall has signed a contract with Swedish first division club Nykƶpings BIS. (REPORT)

Following their 2015 Soccer Bowl victory, SBI previews the New York Cosmos ahead of the 2016 Spring Season. (REPORT)

Mauro Diaz received SBI MLS Player of the Month honors after leading the league in assists (4) and scoring one goal through four games. (REPORT)

Following a weekend of just three matchups, the latest edition of the SBI MLS Power Rankings has a new club inside the top 10. (REPORT)

Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo have filed a wage discrimination complaint against U.S. Soccer. (REPORT)

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  1. BBC World News had a report on the Qatar labor situation last night. I recall something about FIFA (or maybe some other international body) giving them until 2017, or else they would then begin a “formal investigation.” In the meantime, the abuses continue.

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    • I still maintain it won’t happen in Qatar. Maybe it won’t come to the US, given how our DOJ brought FIFA down, but I think it’ll end up in Australia or Japan. I’d love to attend the world cup in either of those countries but I won’t be visiting Qatar, that’s for sure.

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  2. To the USSF; how about you spineless fvcks take a stand on this issue, assuming you have any balls left after overpaying Klinnsman to run our teams into the ground all these years.

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  3. Isn’t that Amnesty report — something like the 5th of its kind — worth a story of its own on here?

    If the 2022 World Cup goes down in Qatar, FIFA won’t see a penny from me, not even TV viewership. If enough people and organizations took that stand, we would see sponsors drop out. That kind of loss would get the requisite attention, I think. But it needs to happen soon.

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