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  • Updated: Defiant Blatter urges Fifa unity

    Updated: Defiant Blatter urges Fifa unity

    The worst corruption crisis in football history stems from the governing body's decision to award Russia and Qatar the next two World Cup tournaments, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has said. Mr Blatter spoke at the Fifa congress hours before the...

  • Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

    Blatter defies calls to quit as FIFA scandal widens

    The corruption charges engulfing football’s governing body have heaped shame and humiliation on the game, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said yesterday, although he flatly rejected calls to resign over the scandal. With FIFA facing the worst crisis...

  • IOC chief tells FIFA it’s time to clean up its act

    FIFA needs to learn from the Olympic movement’s experience and become more transparent if it is to regain its credibility, the president of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach told delegates at the opening of the FIFA Congress...

  • Darmanin Demajo joins Platini in calling for change

    Darmanin Demajo joins Platini in calling for change

    Malta FA officials have assumed a prominent role in a robust UEFA campaign to try and unseat beleaguered FIFA president Sepp Blatter in the wake of the scandal that has engulfed football after seven senior officials of the world governing body...

  • Aboulezz, Brincat the new faces in Ghedin’s squad

    Aboulezz, Brincat the new faces in Ghedin’s squad

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has included two new faces in his initial squad for the June 8 friendly against Lithuania and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria four days later. Balzan defender Clive Brincat and Tarxien midfielder Firas Aboulezz...

  • Benitez to quit Napoli post amid Real talk

    Benitez to quit Napoli post amid Real talk

    Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has announced he is leaving after two years with the Serie A club amid widespread expectation he is poised to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. Spaniard Benitez, 55, who had a stint in Real’s youth set-up...

  • Mourinho keen to keep Chelsea squad intact

    Mourinho keen to keep Chelsea squad intact

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to let any of his English Premier League title-winning squad depart Stamford Bridge in the close season. The Portuguese, who steered Chelsea to a fifth English title earlier this month, said his focus was...

  • Europa League champs Sevilla face struggle to keep top talent

    Europa League champs Sevilla face struggle to keep top talent

    Sevilla further underlined their European pedigree with a record fourth Europa League title but now face the more daunting task of converting their continental success into a challenge for domestic honours. While Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Dnipro...

  • Ancelotti pondering offer to return at Milan

    Carlo Ancelotti will decide whether or not to manage Milan next season on Wednesday, according to club vice-president Adriano Galliani. Galliani held a second meeting with Ancelotti in Spain yesterday hoping to convince the veteran Italian...

  • Football news

    Real Madrid have denied a report in an Italian newspaper that claimed the La Liga club had made an offer to buy Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba. “Real Madrid have had no contact either with Juventus or the player’s agent and, as a consequence, the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Hernandez: Hull City forward Abel Hernandez has been suspended for three matches for punching Manchester United’s Phil Jones during their 0-0 Premier League draw on Sunday, the FA said. The fracas occurred in the 70th minute as the pair jostled...

  • Putin: US meddling in Fifa affairs

    Putin: US meddling in Fifa affairs

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States is meddling in Fifa's affairs in an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country. Mr Putin said in televised comments that it is "odd" that the probe was launched at the request...

  • Update 2: Blatter 'aims to restore trust'

    Update 2: Blatter 'aims to restore trust'

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he intends to help restore trust in world football after a pair of corruption investigations brought "shame and humiliation" on the sport. Mr Blatter spoke publicly for the first time since the corruption scandals...

  • Ex-Fifa chief Jack Warner arrested

    Ex-Fifa chief Jack Warner arrested

    Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner turned himself over to police in Trinidad and Tobago today, shortly after they issued an arrest warrant at the request of authorities in the US, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer...

  • Bacca helps Sevilla retain title

    Bacca helps Sevilla retain title

    Sevilla retained their Europa League title to claim the trophy for a record fourth time with a 3-2 victory over plucky Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk thanks to Carlos Bacca’s double in an exciting final last night. Colombia striker Bacca netted the winner...

  • Top global heads arrested in US, Swiss corruption cases

    Top global heads arrested in US, Swiss corruption cases

    Seven of the most powerful figures in global soccer faced extradition to the United States on corruption charges after being arrested yesterday in Switzerland, where authorities also announced a criminal investigation into the awarding of the next...

  • UEFA calls for FIFA election to be postponed

    UEFA calls for FIFA election to be postponed

    UEFA has called for tomorrow’s FIFA presidential election to be postponed, secretary general Gianni Infantino told reporters yesterday. “We strongly believe the FIFA Congress should be postponed with new FIFA presidential elections to be organised...

  • Napoli deny Benitez announcement

    Napoli deny Benitez announcement

    Napoli insist a hastily-scheduled press conference has not been organised to confirm the departure of head coach Rafael Benitez for Real Madrid. The Serie A club have called an unexpected briefing with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis and head...

  • Rossoneri chief Galliani ‘won’t give up on Ancelotti’

    Milan have “not given up hope” of bringing Carlo Ancelotti back to the San Siro to guide the team next season. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani met with Ancelotti in Spain on Tuesday evening, less than 24 hours after his sacking by Real...

  • Heartbroken Thomas quits after second health scare

    Heartbroken Thomas quits after second health scare

    Trevor Thomas had high hopes of resuscitating his football career after surviving a serious health scare in September but fate has decreed otherwise. The recurrence of the medical problem that almost cost him his life a few months back has...

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