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  • Collina calls for steps against referees’ abuse

    Collina calls for steps against referees’ abuse

    Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, has warned of a global shortage of match officials if efforts are not made to tackle abuse and violence towards referees at the grassroots level. Collina, who was in charge of the...

  • Simeone rejected €35m offer to leave Atletico

    Simeone rejected €35m offer to leave Atletico

    Diego Simeone said yesterday he considered quitting Atletico Madrid last summer following defeat to city rivals Real Madrid in the 2016 Champions League final, and turned down a €35 million offer from another club to leave. The former midfielder...

  • Malta crushed by Luxembourg in U-21 friendly

    Malta crushed by Luxembourg in U-21 friendly

    Two early goals either side of Jean Borg’s dismissal dashed the Malta U-21 team’s hopes of gaining a creditable result from their friendly match against Luxembourg this evening as they suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat. Luxembourg secured an early boost...

  • Beckenbauer questioned over World Cup bid

    Former German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer was questioned by Swiss prosecutors yesterday as part of their investigation into his country’s successful bid for the 2006 World Cup. The Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG) opened criminal...

  • Buffon set for 1,000th match of his career

    Buffon set for 1,000th match of his career

    Gianluigi Buffon will play his 1,000th match when Italy face Albania in a World Cup qualifier today with the veteran seemingly no closer to thinking about retirement. The Italy and Juventus goalkeeper, 39, who has previously joked he will retire...

  • Hamilton, Vettel lock horns on eve of new F1 season

    Hamilton, Vettel lock horns on eve of new F1 season

    Ferrari, who have not won a title in more than a decade, are hotly tipped to take the assault to Lewis Hamilton’s all-conquering Mercedes team this season, after an overhaul of the sport’s technical regulations coupled with an encouraging winter...

  • Xewkija back to winning ways

    Xewkija back to winning ways

    Xewkija Tigers bounced back from last week’s unexpected draw against Kerċem Ajax as they eased to a 3-0 win over Oratory Youths to retain a four-point lead at the top ahead of nearest rivals Nadur Youngsters. Xewkija hit the ground running against...

  • Cain Attard included in Ghedin’s final squad

    Birkirkara’s Cain Attard made the cut to Malta’s final squad for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier as coach Pietro Ghedin finalised his list of 20 players yesterday. Attard, who was initially named in the ‘B’ squad, seized his chance when he impressed...

  • Football news

    Defender Jonas Olsson has left West Brom for Sweden’s Djurgarden IF. The 34-year-old, who has spent nine years at West Brom, reached an agreement with the club to terminate his contract so he could join the Stockholm-based side in time for the...

  • Sporting briefs

    St Etienne: St Etienne have been fined €50,000 by UEFA’s disciplinary body following the behaviour of their fans at last month’s Europa League clash with Manchester United. The charges were related to the setting off of a firework, throwing of...

  • Enduro riders test Qala track

    Enduro riders test Qala track

    The fourth round of races from the Assoċjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi Enduro Championship was held in Gozo last Sunday. Sixteen riders competed on the three-kilometre long track at Ħondoq Ir-Rummien in the limits of Qala with the main sponsors...

  • Swieqi Overseas cruise past Falcons

    Swieqi Overseas cruise past Falcons

    Falcons 0Swieqi Overseas 31 Falcons won the toss and decided to kick off with the blustery wind behind them in this Rugby Sevens league match at Marsa last weekend. From a penalty Tessabelle Sultana Evans put in a powerful run up the left wing.

  • MotoGP’s Maverick poses a new challenge for champion Marquez

    Maverick Vinales was the top gun in testing and Valentino Rossi’s new Yamaha team-mate will have triple world champion Marc Marquez in his sights when the MotoGP season starts in Qatar this weekend. Vinales has replaced fellow-Spaniard Jorge...

  • Ħamrun end Mrieħel’s hopes

    Ħamrun end Mrieħel’s hopes

    Ħamrun Tre Angeli came from behind to beat Mrieħel ESS 6-3 to deny their opponents a place in the Elite round of the Gatorade League. The Reds bounced back from a lacklustre first half to score five goals without reply as they sealed the points...

  • Malta U-21s lose 5-0 in Luxembourg

    Malta U-21’s first outing in 2017 ended in disappointment when they suffered a 5-0 defeat to Luxembourg in a friendly at the Stade Albert Berchem, in Kehlen, yesterday. The Maltese youngsters struggled to settle down as they found themselves two...

  • Sports round-up

    Rugby Union: The Welsh Rugby Union is increasing efforts to entice dual-qualified players back to Wales from England after taking over operational control of the Newport Gwent Dragons region, WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips has said. The...

  • Malta coach Ghedin names final 20-man squad

    Malta coach Ghedin names final 20-man squad

    Malta coach Pietro Ghedin has named his final 20-man squad for Sunday’s 2018 World Cup Group F qualifier against Slovakia at the National Stadium (kick-off 8.45pm). Former Malta U-21 player Cain Attard, who had been initially included in the Malta...

  • Argentina must beat Chile to keep their hopes alive

    Argentina must beat Chile to keep their hopes alive

    Argentina head into tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Chile in Buenos Aires with their hopes of reaching the finals in Russia next year in doubt. Four games without a win – including consecutive losses to Paraguay and Brazil – have left...

  • Ferrari must take test results into first race, says Hakkinen

    Ferrari must take test results into first race, says Hakkinen

    Formula One team Ferrari have set expectations high after strong performances in testing and could pay a heavy price if they disappoint in the season’s opening race in Australia, according to retired double world champion Mika Hakkinen. Ferrari...

  • UEFA chief Ceferin suggests new financial controls

    UEFA chief Ceferin suggests new financial controls

    UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin believes European football should consider more restraints on spending, squad limits and changes to the transfer system to stop rich clubs from dominating. The 49-year-old Slovenian, who has been in charge of...