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FIFA: Unsanctioned underwear is "incidental exposure"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 09:26

Three items from the 2014 FIFA World Cup caught our eye on Thursday.

1. The U.S. men's national soccer team lost to Germany, yet still advanced to the next round of the tournament.

2. Uruguay's Luis Suarez is gone for the rest of this year's World Cup and has been banned for four months for his bizarre biting incident.

3. And finally, Brazil's star player Neymar whipped off his shirt after a game earlier this week revealing some colorful undershorts. Unsanctioned underwear, apparently. Brazilian media report the underwear did not come courtesy of the Brazilian team's sponsor, Nike, or FIFA's  official sponsor, Adidas, but from a design house called Blue Man, which sent a pair to everyone on the team. 

John Horan, the publisher of Sporting Goods Intelligence, says sponsors spend millions of money in exchange for brand visibility at sporting events. And sports associations are zealous about making sure players wear sanctioned clothing and equipment.

"They've all been read the riot act about this stuff," Horan says.

A couple years ago, a Danish soccer player also caught flak for flashing non-sanctioned undies at a match. He got fined more than $100,000.

Reports swirled that FIFA, the World Cup's governing body, is conducting an investigation into Neymar's underwear reveal. But in an email, a spokesman waved off the matter, saying the organization "is not in a position to provide detailed individual feedback on every potential ambush marketing incident."

It regards Neymar's slip as "incidental exposure."

Unsanctioned underwear: the new wardrobe malfunction?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-06-26 09:26

Three items from the 2014 FIFA World Cup caught our eye on Thursday.

1. The U.S. men's national soccer team lost to Germany, yet still advanced to the next round of the tournament.

2. Uruguay's Luis Suarez is gone for the rest of this year's World Cup and has been banned for four months for his bizarre biting incident.

3. And finally, Brazil's star player Neymar whipped off his shirt after a game earlier this week revealing some colorful undershorts. Unsanctioned underwear, apparently. Brazilian media report the underwear did not come courtesy of the Brazilian team's sponsor, Nike, or FIFA's  official sponsor, Adidas, but from a design house called Blue Man, which sent a pair to everyone on the team.

Battling Watson loses to Kerber

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 09:19
British number one Heather Watson loses in three sets to German ninth seed Angelique Kerber in round two at Wimbledon.

Global summit raises £16.8bn

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 09:17
An international education summit raises an extra £16.8bn for education in some of the world's poorest countries.

CCTV operator guilty of voyeurism

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 09:07
A CCTV operator is found guilty of repeatedly watching a woman in north Belfast with a police camera.

Why Suarez's ban may be the final straw for Liverpool

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 09:03
Luis Suarez may feel hard done by, but Fifa had to take a stand, says Phil McNulty. But what now for the Liverpool striker?

Police 'failures' over custody death

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:58
The death of a man in police custody after he was ejected from a nightclub in 2003 is partly blamed on failures by two police officers who arrested him, an inquest finds.

Cameron and EU: Defeat and then what?

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:45
PM prepared for "long campaign" as he faces defeat over Juncker

New city maternity and cancer units

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:44
A new maternity unit and cancer centre are to be built at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, it is announced.

Woman dead in flat for six years

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:35
A woman in her seventies is found dead in her ground floor flat in Bournemouth, six years after she died.

VIDEO: Rebekah Brooks: I am innocent

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:21
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and husband Charlie make statement after being cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking trial.

Latinos Pledge Allegiance To More Than One Soccer Team

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:12

For many Hispanics cheering on Team USA and a Latin American team is a win-win. Univision taps into this double patriotism by referring to the U.S. team as "el equipo de todos" — everybody's team.

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New deal on farm payments announced

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:12
A new deal on farm payments and rural development has been endorsed by the Stormont Executive, it is announced.

Banksy artwork 'will be removed'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:06
A Banksy artwork in Cheltenham will be removed before being auctioned for up to £1m, the firm that put up scaffolding around it says.

U.S. Advances In World Cup Despite 1-0 Loss To Germany

NPR News - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:06

The U.S. advances to the round of 16 after a tight loss to Germany, 1-0, and a 2-1 win by Portugal over Ghana. This is the team's second consecutive trip to the knockout round.

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Lindsay Lohan to make West End debut

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:01
Actress Lindsay Lohan is to make her West End and stage debut later this year in a production of David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow.

VIDEO: Savile abuse victim: 'I felt used'

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 08:01
A woman who was abused by Jimmy Savile at Leeds Royal Infirmary when she was 16 has told the BBC that the way she was abused was "seamless" and felt like it had "obviously been done before."

Rise in US cannabis use treatments

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 07:53
Cannabis use in the United States has increased, with more people visiting hospital emergency departments over their use, a UN report says.

Babatunde ruled out of World Cup

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 07:51
Nigeria midfielder Michael Babatunde is ruled out of the rest of the World Cup because of a fractured wrist.

Suarez handed four-month ban for bite

BBC - Thu, 2014-06-26 07:50
Luis Suarez is banned from world football for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.
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