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  • Ronaldo vows to ‘stay quiet’ over allegations

    Cristiano Ronaldo has said “sometimes the best answer is to be quiet” in the wake of allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax office of 14.7million euros (£12.9m). The Portugal captain has been accused by Madrid’s regional state prosecutor of four...

  • Referees can stop games over discrimination at Confederations Cup

    Referees at this year’s Confederations Cup in Russia will have the power to abandon games over discriminatory behaviour by fans as part of a three-step procedure to promote fair play during the tournament, governing body FIFA has said. The...

  • Di Francesco promises to bring attacking philosophy to Roma

    Di Francesco promises to bring attacking philosophy to Roma

    Eusebio Di Francesco promised to bring his attacking philosophy to Roma as he was officially presented as their new coach on Wednesday. The 47-year-old is the eighth coach to occupy the hot seat in the last nine seasons and said he would not be...

  • Gabriel Jesus says no surgery needed

    Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club-mate Nicolas Otamendi last week. The Brazil international was caught by the arm of the Argentina defender during their friendly in Melbourne...

  • Xi tells Infantino China wants to host World Cup

    Xi tells Infantino China wants to host World Cup

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told FIFA boss Gianni Infantino he hoped the Asian nation could host a World Cup “in the future”, the world soccer governing body said on Wednesday, after the two met in Beijing. Xi, an avid soccer fan, has launched an...

  • Saints search for manager with ‘long-term vision’

    Southampton are looking for a manager with a shared “long-term vision” after sacking Claude Puel. Frenchman Puel, 55, took over at St Mary’s last summer and guided Saints to the EFL Cup final, where they lost to Manchester United, and an...

  • Hibernians bring in Austrian defender

    Hibernians bring in Austrian defender

    Hibernians have completed the signing of Austrian defender Martin Kreuzriegler on a one-year contract. The 23-year-old is the Paolites’ first signing of the close season as they step up their preparations for the upcoming Champions League...

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma ready to leave Milan

    Gianluigi Donnarumma ready to leave Milan

    Teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s top clubs on high alert after choosing against renewing his Milan contract. Serie A champions Juventus, La Liga winners Real Madrid and Premier League club Manchester United are all...

  • Football news

    Manchester United defender Phil Jones has welcomed the signing of fellow centre back Victor Lindelof and said it would increase competition for first-team action at the Premier League club. The 22-year-old Lindelof was a key player for Portuguese...

  • Sporting briefs

    Leicester: Leicester City signed Hull City centre back Harry Maguire on a five-year contract. The 24-year-old, who made 36 appearances for Hull last season, will join Craig Shakespeare's side in July ahead of their pre-season camp in Austria.

  • Real Madrid have full confidence in Ronaldo

    Real Madrid insist they have “full confidence” in Cristiano Ronaldo with the forward facing allegations that he defrauded the Spanish tax office of €14.7million. The Portugal captain has been accused by Madrid’s regional state prosecutor of four...

  • Fans federation slams late EPL games proposal

    The Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) has warned that the proposed late evening Premier League matches could lead to “empty stands” as fans will struggle to attend games that are expected to start as late as 7.45pm. The changes were proposed...

  • United complete Lindel of transfer

    Manchester United have completed the signing of Sweden defender Victor Lindelof from Portuguese champions Benfica on a four-year contract with the option of extending it by another year, the Premier League club said yesterday. “Manchester United...

  • Southgate 'realistic' on England’s bid to match the elite sides

    Southgate 'realistic' on England’s bid to match the elite sides

    England were pushed to their “absolute limit” yet still fell short in France – a gap to the elite that does not surprise manager Gareth Southgate. Parachuted into the hotseat in September, a promising four-match interim stint persuaded the...

  • De Biasi quits as Albania coach, says his cycle over

    Albania coach Gianni De Biasi resigned yesterday after six years in charge during which he led them to Euro 2016, their first and only appearance at a major tournament. The 60-year-old, who made his announcement three days after Albania beat...

  • Chelsea to host Burnley in opener

    Chelsea to host  Burnley in opener

    Chelsea will open the defence of their Premier League title at home to Burnley when the season kicks off on the weekend of Aug. 12-13. The full list of fixtures was released yesterday with Antonio Conte’s side also slated for a follow-up game at...

  • Shadows from the past (1,195): Hibs make unusual Double

    Shadows from the past (1,195): Hibs make unusual Double

    At the start of the 1961-62 season, reigning champions Hibernians were firm favourites to retain the championship which they had won for the first time the previous campaign. There were huge expectations in Paola and the least their fans expected...

  • Football news

    Jack Butland wants to dislodge England number one Joe Hart before the 2018 World Cup and declared “bring on the competition”. The Stoke stopper shared goalkeeping duties with Tom Heaton in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat by France, playing the second half to...

  • Sporting briefs

    Tolisso: German champions Bayern Munich yesterday broke their transfer record to sign versatile midfielder Corentin Tolisso for €41.5 million, with the 22-year-old France international penning a five year deal. Tolisso comes from Olympique Lyon,...

  • Souza scores Brazil’s fastest-ever goal in rout

    Souza scores Brazil’s fastest-ever goal in rout

    Diego Souza scored Brazil’s fastest ever goal after just 11 seconds as they thrashed Australia 4-0 in their friendly at the MCG yesterday. The 31-year-old was gifted his first international goal after Australia gave the ball away straight from...