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  • Real and Atletico Madrid transfer bans suspended pending appeals

    Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico Madrid have had their bans on signing new players for the next two transfer windows suspended pending the outcome of appeals to FIFA, the clubs said in separate statements last night. The pair, who are...

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    Disgraced FIFA president Sepp Blatter will return to the headquarters of soccer’s governing body on February 16 when his appeal against his ban from the sport will be heard, according to his advisor. Blatter, head of soccer’s scandal-plagued...

  • Sporting briefs

    Pato Signs: Chelsea have signed Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato on loan from Corinthians until the end of the season. “I am so happy to sign for Chelsea. It is a dream for me. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new team-mates...

  • Man Utd beat Derby in FA Cup to ease pressure on Van Gaal

    Man Utd beat Derby in FA Cup to ease pressure on Van Gaal

    Under-pressure Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal enjoyed a rare highlight after weeks of gloom when his side comfortably beat Derby County 3-1 to reach the FA Cup fifth round. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put the...

  • S. America backs Infantino

    S. America backs Infantino

    The South American Football Confederation CONMEBOL threw its support behind Gianni Infantino’s bid for the presidency of football’s crisis-hit governing body FIFA yesterday, days after central American countries pledged to back him. Infantino, a...

  • ‘Whistleblower’ helps Swiss probe against Blatter

    An important witness has offered information to help criminal proceedings against long-time president of the world soccer body FIFA, Sepp Blatter, the Swiss attorney general’s office said yesterday. Spokesman Andre Marty said in an interview with...

  • Pearce set for non-league return at 53 years of age

    Pearce set for non-league return at 53 years of age

    Former England captain Stuart Pearce is set to come out of retirement at the age of 53 to help out a minor league side who have conceded 183 goals in 19 games this season. The one-time defender, who was sacked as Nottingham Forest manager last...

  • Embattled Van Gaal rejects quit claims, turns ire on media

    Embattled Van Gaal rejects quit claims, turns ire on media

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he did not offer to resign after last week’s loss to Southampton. Reports this week claimed the under-pressure Dutchman was talked out of standing down at Old Trafford following a meeting with...

  • League Cup win can be a catalyst for Liverpool, says Milner

    Liverpool’s transition under Juergen Klopp will become easier if the team can win the League Cup title, according to midfielder James Milner. England’s second most successful club have won just one trophy in the last nine years, the League Cup in...

  • Stripes land Croatian striker,revive interest in Muscat

    Stripes land Croatian striker,revive interest in Muscat

    With the end of the January transfer window fast approaching, local clubs have intensified their efforts to further strengthen their squads ahead of the second part of the season. Birkirkara and Tarxien Rainbows maintained their strong recruitment...

  • English FA chairman Dyke to quit this summer

    Greg Dyke has announced he will not seek re-election for another term as Football Association chairman. Dyke had initially said he would stand for a further year in office but opposition to proposed reforms from some FA councillors and a minority...

  • Ħamrun, Valletta and Lija keep up pressure on Luxol

    Ħamrun Spartans, Lija Athletic and Valletta kept up the pressure on leaders Luxol. The Spartans, two points behind Luxol, recorded a stunning 18-2 win over Mdina Knights as Lija and Valletta beat Mqabba (10-2) and Marsaskala (13-0),...

  • Close wins for Xewkija and Kerċem

    Close wins for Xewkija and Kerċem

    Xewkija Tigers and Kerċem Ajax, who face each other this weekend, maintained their chase of leaders Għajnsielem after hard-earned wins over SK Victoria Wanderers and Oratory Youths, respectively. Xewkija struggled to impose their play in the first...

  • Football news

    Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will be out for at least six weeks after tearing ankle and knee ligaments in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final against Everton, according to his agent. “Kevin will be out for at least six weeks but it is...

  • Sporting briefs

    Borriello: Marco Borriello has called time on his short stay with Carpi by joining their Serie A rivals Atalanta. The 33-year-old former Milan and West Ham striker signed for promoted Carpi in the summer and scored four league goals in 12...

  • ‘It’s also thanks to Malta that I’ve landed Palermo job’

    ‘It’s also thanks to Malta that I’ve landed Palermo job’

    Giovanni Tedesco’s last coaching job in Maltese football may have left him with a sour taste but his premature exit from Birkirkara has done nothing to dampen his respect and affection for our country. The 43-year-old readily acknowledged that his...

  • Ten players receive one-match ban

    Ten players were handed a one-match ban after last weekend’s BOV Premier League matches. Tarxien Rainbows were yesterday still counting the cost of their 1-0 defeat to Pembroke Athleta as three of their players were among those on the...

  • Malta to play Czechs, Austria in two pre-Euro friendlies

    Malta will be playing friendly matches against the Czech Republic and Austria in the run-up to the Euro 2016 final tournament in France. The two warm-up games will be staged in Austria with Malta facing the Czechs on May 26 before taking on the...

  • BBC abandons plans to hold debate on TV

    Britain’s BBC has abandoned plans to stage a televised debate with the five candidates vyving for the presidency of football’s scandal-plagued governing body FIFA after one declined to take part and others imposed conditions. The broadcaster had...

  • City reach final

    City reach final

    Manchester City reached the League Cup final after recovering from a shaky start as Sergio Aguero’s brilliant header sealed a 3-1 win over Everton in the semi-final second leg yesterday to clinch a 4-3 aggregate victory. Ross Barkley’s bullish run...

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