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  • Sporting briefs

    Tadic: Dusan Tadic could return to action when Southampton take on Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a crunch Europa League clash today. Tadic missed Saints’ trip to Crystal Palace last weekend but has been wearing a face mask to protect a nose injury and...

  • Juve beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0

    Juve beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0

    Gonzalo Higuain's stunning strike saw Juventus finish on top of Champions League Group H as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 in Turin. After a lifeless first half, Higuain fired Juve ahead shortly after the break before Daniele Rugani headed in a...

  • Porto crush Leicester City 5-0

    Porto crush Leicester City 5-0

    Porto eased into the Champions League knockout stages with an embarrassingly simple 5-0 win over Leicester City's hapless second-string side in the Estadio do Dragao. With their qualification as Group G victors assured, the English champions...

  • No child abuse claims made against Bob Higgins during his time in Malta - MFA

    No child abuse claims made against Bob Higgins during his time in Malta - MFA

    The Malta Football Association is not aware of any allegations of child sexual misconduct by Bob Higgins during the English coach's spell as MFA youth development officer in the early 1990s. Higgins has been implicated in a sex abuse scandal in...

  • Paris to give his all to help Malta FA move forward

    Paris to give his all to help Malta FA move forward

    Matthew Paris has vowed to do his very best to help the Malta FA move forward after the young lawyer was voted in as vice-president of the local football body yesterday. A tight election featuring no fewer than seven candidates saw Dr Paris, the...

  • Stripes dismiss Besek

    Stripes dismiss Besek

    Drazen Besek has paid the price for Birkirkara’s dismal run after the Croatian was relieved of his duties as head coach of the BOV Premier League club yesterday. The Birkirkara FC hierarchy, headed by president Adrian Delia, moved swiftly to...

  • Malta FA supports FIFA probe

    The Malta FA is fully co-operating with FIFA’s on-going investigations into abnormal betting on the 2018 World Cup Group F qualifying match between Lithuania and Malta, the local governing body said yesterday. A delegation from FIFA will be in...

  • Schembri plays full game but Boavista go down at Pacos

    Andrè Schembri’s Boavista went down 2-1 at Pacos de Ferreira in a Portuguese Primeira Liga game on Monday night. The Malta forward played the whole match but was unable to prevent a second consecutive defeat for Boavista who paid the price for...

  • Lee leaves England job as Southgate looking for fresh ideas

    Lee leaves England job as Southgate looking for fresh ideas

    Sammy Lee has left his role as England assistant as manager Gareth Southgate begins the process of building his own backroom team. Lee was drafted in as right-hand man in the Sam Allardyce regime, which lasted only one match and 67 days before a...

  • Brazil invite Colombia to play in Chapecoense charity match

    Brazil have invited Colombia to play a friendly match next month with proceeds from the game going to families of the Chape-coense players and staff killed in the Medellin air crash, a Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) spokesman said. Last...

  • Strootman handed two-match suspension

    Roma’s Kevin Strootman has been given a two-game ban for his part in the Danilo Cataldi’s sending-off in the Derby della Capitale with Lazio. The injury-prone midfielder scored a 64th-minute opener, and in the celebrations squirted water at the...

  • Co-owner Sullivan backs West Ham boss Bilic

    West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan has backed under pressure manager Slaven Bilic and called for a show of unity at the East London club. Bilic was reported in the British media to be meeting with club owners on Monday following the 5-1 home...

  • Sassuolo hope to turn page after Empoli win

    Sassuolo hope to turn page after Empoli win

    Sassuolo were back to winning ways last weekend after beating Empoli 3-0 at home to move to 14th place in the Serie A standings on 17 points, nine ahead of third-bottom Pescara. The much-needed win saw Sassuolo put an end to a barren run of six...

  • Lawyer claims ‘several’ clubs have paid victims hush money

    The lawyer who helped set up a new Trust to raise money for footballers who were sexually abused as young players has claimed gagging orders have been used by “a number” of clubs. Chelsea on Saturday apologised to former player Gary Johnson for...

  • Football news

    QPR have said they take “very seriously” allegations of historical sexual abuse made against former employee Chris Gieler and will cooperate in investigations. The Championship club are the latest to have been dragged into the ongoing scandal...

  • Sporting briefs

    Alderweireld: Tottenham Hotspur welcome back defender Toby Alderweireld for today’s Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow, but will be without injured Erik Lamela, manager Mauricio Pochettino said yesterday. Alderweireld, who has not played...

  • Paris elected Malta FA vice-president

    Paris elected Malta FA vice-president

    Matthew Paris will succeed Chris Bonett as Malta FA vice-president from January 1 after winning today's election at the Centenary Hall. Dr Paris, the vice-president of Premier League club Floriana, polled 37 votes to top the ballot which was...

  • Birkirkara FC sack their coach after dismal run

    Birkirkara FC sack their coach after dismal run

    Birkirkara football club have sacked coach Drazen Besek in the wake of the team's 2-0 defeat to Ħamrun Spartans on Sunday. Birkirkara were earlier eliminated from the FA Trophy by St Andrew's. Nikola Jaros, who has served as assistant coach, has...

  • Benfica and Napoli face showdown after slip-ups

    Benfica and Napoli face showdown after slip-ups

    Having squandered numerous chances to clinch their knockout stage place, Benfica and Napoli face a Champions League showdown tonight knowing they will only have themselves to blame if they are eliminated. The Group B match could easily have been...

  • Delegation from Fifa visiting Malta to further probe Malta vsLithuania betting claims

    Delegation from Fifa visiting Malta to further probe Malta vsLithuania betting claims

    A delegation from Fifa will be in Malta this week to carry out further inquiries and gather more information regarding the investigations into abnormal betting on the 2018 Fifa World Cup Group F qualifying match between Lithuania and Malta, the...