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  • Infantino plays down violence fears in Russia

    FIFA president Gianni Infantino has played down concerns about possible violence at the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite several flashpoints involving their supporters at the 2016 European Championship in France. “I’m not concerned about trouble...

  • Spurs lose at Gent, Roma and United win

    Spurs lose at Gent, Roma and United win

    Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League campaign got off to a frustrating start as they were beaten 1-0 by mid-table Belgian outfit Gent in their last 32, first leg tie yesterday despite fielding a strong side. Spurs, who have dropped into the...

  • Xewkija Tigers consolidate lead

    Xewkija Tigers consolidate lead

    Xewkija Tigers extended their positive run in the GFA Division One with a 4-1 win over Oratory Youths to open a four-point lead over champions Għajnsielem as the second round nears its completion. Oratory had shocked Xewkija in the corresponding...

  • Football news

    Leading referee Mark Clattenburg is leaving the Premier League after 12 years to work in Saudi Arabia. The 41-year-old Englishman’s move was confirmed by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the organisation which provides and trains...

  • Sporting briefs

    Championship: Goal-line technology looks set to be used in English soccer’s second tier after Championship clubs agreed in principle yesterday to its introduction next season. Similar technology has been used in the Premier League since 2013-14...

  • Bayern crush Arsenal 5-1

    Bayern crush Arsenal 5-1

    Bayern Munich crushed Arsenal 5-1 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg last night, scoring three goals in a dazzling 10-minute spell in the second half to extend their record to 16 consecutive home wins in the competition. Thiago...

  • Cavani has last laugh over Suarez

    Cavani has last laugh over Suarez

    Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani swapped shirts with Barcelona and fellow Uruguay striker Luis Suarez after Tuesday’s Champions League last-16, first leg tie knowing his was the most valuable on the night after the French champions’ 4-0...

  • Dortmund rue missed chances in Benfica defeat

    Borussia Dortmund were left licking their wounds after wasting several chances in a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Benfica in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash on Tuesday. The Germans misfired throughout the game with their top scorer,...

  • Mourinho believes United could pay price of success

    Mourinho believes United could pay price of success

    Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will end up “in trouble” if they continue to fight on all fronts. Tonight’s  Europa League last-32 first leg against St Etienne kicks off a frantic 11-day period as the second leg in France comes after an...

  • Turkey will bid to host Euro 2024

    Turkey will bid to host the Euro 2024 soccer tournament after three previous unsuccessful attempts, Turkish Football Federation head Yildirim Demiroren said yesterday. The country previously made bids to stage the finals in 2008, 2012 and...

  • Ten Premier League players handed one-match ban

    Ten Premier League players were suspended by the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner yesterday. Leaders Hibernians cannot bank on defender Andrei Agius for their clash against Ħamrun Spartans as the Malta defender received his fourth booking in the...

  • Winning start for Malta U-16

    Malta made a positive start to the UEFA European Boys Youth Under-16 Development Mini-Tournament after beating Armenia 1-0 in their opening game at the Centenary Stadium. Captain Shaun Dimech scored the winning goal with a direct free-kick from...

  • Adrian Mifsud...a fast and deadly goal-poacher

    Adrian Mifsud...a fast and deadly goal-poacher

    Adrian Mifsud was, in my opinion, one of the best strikers of the modern era in Maltese football. Small in stature, Mifsud was a pacey and deadly striker who made a name for himself with Rabat, Hibernians, Sliema and Floriana. Born on December 11,...

  • Brain damage in former players fuels ‘heading’ fears, study says

    Brain damage in former players  fuels ‘heading’ fears, study says

    Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former football players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was...

  • Sporting briefs

    Lovren: Defender Dejan Lovren was the one notable absentee from the Liverpool squad which flew out to Spain for a warm weather training camp yesterday. The Croatia international has not played since the 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on January 31,...

  • Football news

    Stoke City winger Ibrahim Afellay is uncertain where he will ply his trade next season, as there has been no movement in terms of extending his contract beyond the current campaign with the Premier League club. The injury-prone Dutchman has...

  • Napoli are out to stretch unbeaten run against Real

    Napoli are out to stretch unbeaten run against Real

    Real Madrid have mastered the art of winning without hitting top gear this season but that strategy will be severely tested in tonight’s Champions League last 16 showdown against a Napoli side that have developed their own invincible aura. La Liga...

  • Bayern, Arsenal desperate to lift gloom with Euro glory

    Bayern Munich and Arsenal meet in their big-name Champions League round of 16 first leg today, both hoping European success will help lift mid-season gloom on their domestic fronts. Bayern are on track for a record-extending fifth consecutive...

  • Lazio boss Inzaghi rues missed chances against Milan

    Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi could not hide his disappointment as his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Milan at the Stadio Olimpico. Winger Suso struck an 85th-minute equaliser as seventh-placed Milan fought back to earn a point and deny the hosts a...

  • Vella upbeat ahead of UEFA U-16 tournament

    Malta will face Armenia, Andorra and Gibraltar in the UEFA European Boys Youth Under-16 Development Mini-Tournament which gets underway today with the first two games at the Centenary Stadium. Silvio Vella, the Malta U-17 coach, has called a squad...