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  • Small teams hit back as Lotito row simmers

    Small teams hit back as Lotito row simmers

    Lazio president Claudio Lotito’s disparaging remarks about small clubs got an eloquent response at the weekend when three struggling provincial Serie A sides all drew against the big fish. Yet, as Empoli, Cesena and Parma celebrated unlikely...

  • A lifetime service to football

    A lifetime service to football

    Former international referee Joseph Cassar Naudi passed away yesterday. He was 89. Cassar Naudi will surely be remembered as one of the finest match officials this country has ever produced. During his distinguished career, Cassar Naudi, who took...

  • Ex-Inter defender Cordoba in Malta next month

    Ex-Inter defender Cordoba in Malta next month

    Former Inter defender Ivan Ramiro Cordoba is to visit Malta next month to conduct a one-day training camp for young footballers and meet local Nerazzurri fans. In a statement, the Inter Club Pupi Zanetti Malta said the former Colombia...

  • Football results

    Championship: Cardiff vs Blackburn Rovers 1-1; Rotherham vs Derby 3-3; Reading vs Wigan 0-1. League One: Bristol City vs Peterborough 2-0; Colchester vs MK Dons 0-1; Doncaster vs Crewe 2-1; Notts County vs Sheffield Utd 1-2; Scunthorpe vs...

  • Football news

    The Asian Football Confederation gave itself a proud pat on the back yesterday after declaring that January’s Asian Cup in Australia was free of match-fixing. “It is extremely encouraging to see that the detailed integrity planning and...

  • Sporting briefs

    Brentford: Brentford will part company with manager Mark Warburton at the end of the season despite the club being in the hunt for an unlikely promotion to England’s top flight. The club released a statement saying Warburton and a number of...

  • Former referee Joseph M. Cassar Naudi passes away

    Former referee Joseph M. Cassar Naudi passes away

    Former Malta Football Association referee Joseph M. Cassar Naudi has passed away, aged 89, the MFA said. It said in a statement Mr Cassar Naudi became a referee in 1945 and was appointed president of the Malta Football Referees Association in...

  • Sense of déjà vu as familiar clubs resume quest for Euro glory

    Sense of déjà vu as familiar clubs resume quest for Euro glory

    The Champions League will have an air of familiarity about it when it resumes this week with 11 of the clubs who reached the last 16 stage a year ago involved again. To add to the sense of déjà vu, three of the ties will be repeats from last...

  • Luiz won’t celebrate if he scores against Chelsea

    Luiz won’t celebrate if he scores against Chelsea

    Paris St Germain defender David Luiz, who risked long-term injury by playing for Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final, will not celebrate if he scores against his old club in their last 16 first-leg tie tonight. The Brazil centre-half, sold...

  • Happy Henry sets sights on double

    Happy Henry sets sights on double

    Goalkeeper Henry Bonello has not been very busy as Hibernians’ watertight defence has not given away many chances in the BOV Premier League, conceding only 13 goals in 22 games. Signed on a season-long loan from Sliema Wanderers with an option to...

  • Berlusconi has no plans to sell control of Milan

    Berlusconi has no plans to sell control of Milan

    Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday he was not interested in selling control of Milan, following reports of an offer being made for the soccer club by a Thai businessman. Earlier yesterday local media had said Bee...

  • Sherwood determined to keep Aston Villa up

    Sherwood determined to keep Aston Villa up

    Tim Sherwood (picture) inspired Aston Villa to a 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Leicester City on Sunday and appeared equally upbeat when he met the media yesterday – his first official day as the club’s new manager. Sherwood, watching Villa...

  • United see off Preston to set up Arsenal tie

    United see off Preston to set up Arsenal tie

    Manchester United survived a scare to beat League One Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round last night and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Arsenal. Scott Laird’s deflected 47th-minute strike gave third-tier Preston the...

  • Barca agree TV rights deal with Telefonica

    Barcelona have agreed to sell the rights to screen their La Liga matches next season to a unit of Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, ending a long-standing collaboration with broadcaster Mediapro. The deal was rubber-stamped at a Barca board...

  • Wenger heaps praise on Giroud

    Wenger heaps praise on Giroud

    Arsene Wenger paid tribute on Sunday to his FA Cup match winner Olivier Giroud, recognising how the Frenchman has improved and become a more complete striker in his three years in London. Giroud again demonstrated the quality which persuaded Cup...

  • Football news

    Brazilian midfielder Bernard has not recovered from injury and will not be available for Shakhtar in their Champions League last 16 game against Bayern today. Bernard and suspended defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko did not fly to Lviv with the...

  • Sporting briefs

    Old firm: The Scottish Professional Football League say it will take no action against Celtic or Rangers over the actions of their supporters during the Scottish League Cup semi-final. The Hoops beat their Glasgow rivals 2-0 at Hampden earlier...

  • Man United fight back to see off Preston

    Man United fight back to see off Preston

    Manchester United survived a scare to beat League One Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Arsenal. Scott Laird's deflected 47th-minute strike gave third-tier Preston the scent of a huge...

  • Bradford’s dream continues, Arsenal and Villa win

    Bradford’s dream continues, Arsenal and Villa win

    Bradford City’s unlikely FA Cup journey continued as they knocked out Sunderland 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals yesterday at a rocking Valley Parade. The League One (third tier) side continued where they left off in a stunning 4-2 defeat of...

  • United’s Young hails ‘fantastic’ Di Maria

    United’s Young hails ‘fantastic’ Di Maria

    Ashley Young is sure Manchester United did not make an expensive mistake when they broke the British transfer record to sign Angel di Maria for £59.7 million last summer. United made a bold statement of intent when they smashed the transfer record...

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