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  • Sporting briefs

    Suarez: Barcelona are to appeal against the two-match ban given to Luis Suarez following his sending-off in Tuesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final against Atletico Madrid. Suarez was handed his marching orders after picking up two late bookings in the...

  • Manchester United posts 18% rise in second-quarter revenue

    Manchester United posts 18% rise in second-quarter revenue

    English soccer club Manchester United said today it was on course to meet its full-year financial targets as it posted an 18 percent rise in second-quarter revenue despite its absence from the lucrative Champions League. United, whose best known...

  • UEFA’s Ceferin to push on with reforms, fight for WCup spots

    UEFA’s Ceferin to push on with reforms, fight for WCup spots

    Reform, new blood and World Cup places will be on the agenda when the UEFA executive committee (ExCo) meets in Nyon today, its first gathering of 2017. Having campaigned on a promise to introduce term limits, recently-elected president Aleksander...

  • An exciting league game from the early 1950s

    An exciting league game from the early 1950s

    Floriana dominated the championship in 1951-52 to such an extent that they really had no competitors. They were followed from a distance by Ħamrun Spartans but the usual challenges from Sliema Wanderers and Valletta were conspicuous by their...

  • FA chairman will quit if reform proposals are rejected

    FA chairman will quit if reform proposals are rejected

    Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has promised to step down if he fails to convince sports minister Tracey Crouch that the governing body is serious about reforming itself. However Clarke has strongly denied the FA, which will be...

  • Mosta winger Priso banned for two matches

    Mosta player Njongo Priso was handed a two-match ban from the Malta FA Disciplinary Commissioner yesterday. The Cameroon winger was one of six Premier League players sanctioned ahead of next weekend’s programme of matches. Priso was suspended...

  • Barca appeal Suarez suspension from final

    Barca appeal Suarez suspension from final

    Barcelona hope to reverse Luis Suarez’s suspension from the King’s Cup final after launching an appeal against the Uruguayan’s second booking in Tuesday’s semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid. The Cup holders said that they will also appeal...

  • Bayern captain Lahm set to retire

    Bayern captain Lahm set to retire

    Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm, who captained Germany to their 2014 World Cup victory, will retire at the end of the season a year before his contract with the German champions expires, the 33-year-old defender said yesterday. Youth product Lahm,...

  • Football news

    New Zealand plunged into mourning yesterday with the death of former national captain Steve Sumner, who led the side to their first World Cup finals in Spain in 1982. Sumner was 61 and had been suffering from prostate cancer. “What he and the All...

  • Sporting briefs

    Coventry: Coventry are heading back to Wembley for the first time in 30 years after surviving a second-half fightback to beat Wycombe 2-1 in their Trophy semi-final. League One’s bottom club surged into an early 2-0 lead at the Ricoh Arena...

  • Malta's women team fall at the hands of Lithuania

    Malta's women team fall at the hands of Lithuania

    Malta: 0, Lithuania: 3 In the international women's friendly between Malta and Lithuania, the latter registered a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Centenary Stadium. Simona Velicktaite opened the score after 10 minutes of play. She dashed through...

  • Juventus see off Crotone to go seven points clear

    Juventus see off Crotone to go seven points clear

    Updated at 11.15 with late game Juventus extended their advantage at the top of Serie A to seven points after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain secured a 2-0 win at struggling Crotone. Nine-man Milan ended their four-game losing...

  • 2017 series kicks off on Sunday at Żurrieq Ground

    2017 series kicks off on Sunday at Żurrieq Ground

    Building on the success of the first set of The McDonalds FootballPlus For Kids Festivals, held last year at different grounds, the inaugural event for this year’s series will take place on Sunday at the Żurrieq Football Ground. Nine nurseries are...

  • Beerman scores dramatic winner for Rangers U-20

    Beerman scores  dramatic winner for Rangers U-20

    Myles Beerman played a starring role for Rangers U-20 after netting an injury time winner in a 2-1 win away at Hibernian in the Scottish Development League, yesterday. The Malta U-21 full-back, who was given the opportunity to train with the...

  • Calhanoglu waives salary during his FIFA ban

    Bayer Leverkusen’s Hakan Calhanoglu will not be paid his salary or any bonuses during a four-month ban imposed by world soccer’s governing body FIFA. The 22-year-old will miss the remainder of the season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport...

  • Malta to meet Lithuania in friendly double-header

    Malta to meet Lithuania in friendly double-header

    The Malta women’s national team will get their 2017 schedule up and running with two friendly games against Lithuania at the Centenary Stadium this week. The first friendly is being played this evening, with kick-off set at 6.30pm while the second...

  • Birkirkara’s Dimitrov lands January accolade

    Birkirkara midfielder Srdjan Dimitrov was named as the BOV Player of the Month for January. This is the second time that the Serbian has won this individual accolade this season after bagging the award for August. The 24-year-old joined Birkirkara...

  • Ex-Liverpool striker Cisse retires

    Former Liverpool and France striker Djibril Cisse announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35, yesterday. Cisse, capped 41 times by his country, had originally called time on his playing career in October 2015 due to a...

  • Leicester give under-pressure Ranieri ‘unwavering support’

    Leicester give under-pressure Ranieri ‘unwavering support’

    Leicester City said yesterday that Claudio Ranieri would be given the opportunity to turn things around at the relegation-threatened Premier League champions. Ranieri has come under pressure since Leicester’s stunning title triumph last season,...

  • My blind faith changed Chelsea says Conte

    My blind faith changed  Chelsea says Conte

    Antonio Conte believes his “blind faith” has transformed Chelsea from “an ugly duckling into a swan”. Chelsea lead the Premier League by nine points with 14 games to go following last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal. The Blues have won 16 of 18...