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  • Verona issued stadium ban

    Verona have been fined 50,000 euros and given a partial stadium ban by the Italian league as punishment for racist chants directed at Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari during Sunday’s Serie A match. The Ghana international was the target of a...

  • Rossi on track in recovery

    Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi is set to return to Italy next month to continue his recovery from a knee ligament injury which has blighted his season. Rossi’s problems with his right knee began in October 2011 when he missed 18 months after...

  • Parma in dire need of points

    Parma in dire need of points

    After almost two months into the 2014/15 Serie A, Parma’s campaign has yet to take off. This is somewhat ironic but at the same time quite a realistic assessment for a side currently anchored at the bottom of the table, with just three points won...

  • UK football results

    The ChampionshipBournemouth vs Reading 3-0; Blackburn vs Birmingham 1-0; Blackpool vs Derby 0-1; Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday 0-0; Cardiff vs Ipswich 3-1; Charlton vs Bolton 2-1; Huddersfield vs Brighton 1-1; Norwich vs Leeds 1-1; Rotherham vs...

  • Football news

    QPR striker Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp who called him overweight and unfit at the weekend. “It’s not true to say I’m not fit. He tried to give an excuse,” Taarabt told reporters yesterday. “I was desperate to play before...

  • Sporting briefs

    Wotte: Mark Wotte has left his role as Scottish Football Association performance director. The Dutchman joined the SFA in June 2011 to oversee the governing body’s performance strategy across all age groups. Wotte said: “I am proud to have been...

  • R. Madrid seek first win over ’Pool, Totti eyes more goals

    R. Madrid seek first win over ’Pool, Totti eyes more goals

    Two of Europe’s greatest clubs with 15 European Cup successes between them renew their rivalry at Anfield tomorrow with Liverpool looking to preserve their unlikely 100 per cent record against Real Madrid in Europe’s elite competition. While that...

  • Give Balotelli time, urges Rodgers

    Give Balotelli time, urges Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted summer signing Mario Balotelli will never match Luis Suarez’s Anfield impact. Rodgers backed the Italy striker to shrug off “unfair” criticism and end his six-game Premier League drought however,...

  • We’re in it together – Agius

    We’re in it together – Agius

    Valletta are in the throes of an early-season crisis. Their grip on the Premier League crown has taken a further blow after the champions went down 2-0 to rivals Birkirkara on Sunday, their fourth defeat in eight games. A shock 2-1 upset to Pietà...

  • Zammit heartened by Stripes’ tactical discipline

    Zammit heartened by Stripes’ tactical discipline

    Paul Zammit has lauded his team’s character and tactical discipline after Birkirkara produced a cohesive performance to overcome champions Valletta on Sunday. Goals from Brazilians Rafael Ledesma and Liliu either side of half-time propelled...

  • BOV Premier League

    BOV Premier League

    Scorers, red cards BalzanPiccioni 5 (1 pen); Guerrero 3; Mifsud Triganza 2, Zarate 2; Micallef, Darmanin, Serrano.Red card: Cassar (vs Naxxar Lions). BirkirkaraEllinton ‘Liliu’ 7; Ledesma 4; Eliandro 2; Grech, Fenech, Camenzuli. FlorianaPlut 4;...

  • Blind rescues United

    Daley Blind’s late second half strike helped a lacklustre Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League last night. United, who have now gone six games without an away win in the Premier...

  • Tonelli strikes late to deny Genoa

    Andrea Bertolacci’s first goal in 23 Serie A matches was not enough to secure Genoa all three points as Empoli rallied to force a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in a Serie A match last night. The Grifone midfielder had not scored since...

  • Football news

    Chievo have appointed Rolando Maran as their new head coach. The 51-year-old replaces Eugenio Corini after the 3-0 defeat at Roma left Chievo perched just outside the Serie A drop zone. Maran had been out of work since leaving Catania in...

  • Sporting briefs

    Thiago: Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is to undergo surgery on his injured knee in Spain today. The 22-year-old flew to Barcelona on Friday to seek help from doctor Roman Cugat. It had been reported over the weekend that Thiago had...

  • Birkirkara add to City’s woes

    Birkirkara add to City’s woes

    Valletta 0Birkirkara 2Ledesma 32; Liliu 65; By Paul Zammit’s admission, Birkirkara have blown hot and cold this season but they served up some sizzling fare yesterday. Facing Valletta, their serial nemesis who denied them a second consecutive...

  • Pietà and Balzan share spoils

    Pietà and Balzan share spoils

    Pietà Hotspurs 1Micallef 50;Balzan 1Zarate 54; Pietà Hotspurs and Balzan had to settle for a point apiece after their match ended in a 1-1 draw yesterday. There was little between these two teams with the Hotspurs enjoying their best spell in the...

  • Gudja back to winning ways

    Gudja back to winning ways

    Gudja United 4Żurrieq 1 Gudja United were back to winning ways after brushing aside neighbouring rivals Żurrieq at the Centenary Stadium. Joe Borg’s Gudja came into the match determined to pick all points after two successive draws and they were...

  • Hernanes’s late goal earns Inter draw against Napoli

    Hernanes’s late goal earns Inter draw against Napoli

    A late flurry of goals at San Siro saw Inter and Napoli share the points from a 2-2 Serie A draw. Both Inter coach Walter Mazzarri and Napoli boss Rafael Benitez were challenging their former clubs with a certain amount of pressure on their...

  • Early goal foils Malta U-17

    Malta U-17 side suffered their second successive defeat in the UEFA Championship qualifiers when they went down to the Netherlands 1-0 in Jakovo, Serbia, yesterday. After Friday’s frustrating 1-0 defeat to hosts Serbia, which saw the Maltese...