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Category: Football politics

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Said & Done: Ronaldinho, marquee clubs and multiple defamations

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, a fined lion and football’s saddest lament Continue reading…

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Hostile players, irate fans and decisions that haunt you: who’d be a football ref?

From the horror of making a mistake to the teams that came armed with knives, football’s unsung heroes share their storiesIt is a wet Saturday morning in September, the kind when the prickling heat of August feels a distant memory. In Regent’s Park in …

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FA investigation into allegations about Fulham will not delay Wembley vote

• Former club employee rails against would-be Wembley owner• FA to vote on sale to Shahid Khan on 24 October regardlessAllegations of malpractice made against Fulham by their former assistant director of football, Craig Kline, were raised as a potentia…

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Uefa and FA discuss Eleven Sports showing La Liga on Saturday afternoons

• Service set up by Leeds owner Radrizzani breaks broadcast ban• Uefa talks with English and Spanish FAs over breachUefa is in talks with the English and Spanish football associations about Eleven Sports’ breach of the traditional Saturday afternoon br…

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Fifa’s treatment of Women’s World Cup final keeps ‘virus’ contained | Marina Hyde

Gianni Infantino possibly meant well in saying ‘this virus of women’s football will spread’ yet 2019’s showpiece is on the same day as the Copa América and Concacaf Gold Cup finalsLike anyone else waking up after being cryogenically frozen since the 19…

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FA looks into former Fulham assistant director’s allegations

• Craig Kline left club in acrimonious circumstances last year• Fulham say claims are ‘nonsense and bogus’The Football Association has said it is reviewing allegations about Fulham made by the club’s former assistant director of football, Craig Kline, …

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Wembley stadium sale is no cause for concern | Letter

Paul Lorber says Wembley could still be the England football team’s homeAt the time of English Football’s greatest triumph, in 1966, Wembley stadium was owned by a private company. Wembley Stadium Limited owned it from 1923 until the mid-90s, when the …

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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Fifa to discuss plans to curb agents’ fees and re-introduce licensing system

• New regulations will mean only players pay agents• Loan system may be overhauled to end player stockpilingFifa has taken initial steps towards trying to control the vast amounts of money being paid out of football to agents, agreeing in principle to …

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FA technical director Dan Ashworth in talks over Brighton role

• Ashworth is close ally of England manager Gareth Southgate• Brighton one of several clubs to have shown interestThe Football Association is braced to lose its technical director, Dan Ashworth, to Brighton & Hove Albion as the man credited with pl…

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Said & Done: Maradona, fake news media and Nigeria’s naked hex

The season so far – also featuring Fifa 2.0, dog of the week and a ban for being laconicJorge Alberto Hank – hiring Diego Maradona to work for Dorados in Mexico’s drug cartel heartland. “During my conversations with him he’s been very excited to come h…

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Accrington Stanley attack EFL over live streams of Saturday 3pm games

• League One and Two games to appear on iFollow this weekend• Club owner Andy Holt says EFL ‘deliberately misled’ clubsThe Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt has slammed the Football League’s decision to allow this weekend’s League One and Two fixtu…

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Football League clubs balk at loan deals that have too many strings | Paul MacInnes

Lower-division sides help young players develop and benefit from having them but there’s growing disquiet about demands that loanees play regardless of form“You can get a player, an 18-year?old who’s on 10 grand a week, and you do a deal with the club …

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Confusion greets Nations League as Uefa hopes to revive internationals

The 55-nation, four-league tournament has a format to make the brain ache but Europe’s governing body maintains it will be an improvement on the drudge of friendliesType Uefa Nations League into an internet search engine and you will be greeted by a pl…

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Uefa president backs joint home nations bid for 2030 World Cup

• ‘It’s about time it returned to England’ – Aleksander Ceferin• Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina bid will be hard to beatA joint home nations bid for the 2030 World Cup has been given full backing by Uefa’s president, Aleksander Ceferin, who said it wa…

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US federal court sentences José Maria Marin to four years for corruption

• Former president of Brazil Football Federation arrested in 2015• Marin is first Fifa official sentenced after US-led investigationThe former Brazil Football Federation president José Maria Marin has been sentenced to four years in prison by a United …

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Said & Done: Mourinho’s pledge, two bags of granola and 140 goats

Summer roundup – also featuring Neymar’s heart, West Ham’s carpet and no more corruption Related: David Squires on … emo Mourinho’s Premier League 2018-19 preview Continue reading…

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Real Madrid report Internazionale to Fifa over Luka Modric approach

• Inter tried to sign Croatian during transfer window• Atlético Madrid fined £40,000 for breaking ‘third-party’ rulesReal Madrid have reported Internazionale to Fifa over their pursuit of midfielder Luka Modric.A Fifa spokesperson confirmed that footba…

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FA releases plan to increase diversity as figures reveal familiar failings

• Only 5% of those in FA leadership roles from BAME background• FA wants to ensure diversity ‘from bootroom to boardroom’The FA has published a three-year plan to make themselves “as diverse and inclusive as possible” as their chairman, Greg Clarke, de…

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley responds to criticism from MP Chi Onwurah

• Petition submitted by the MP to parliament calling on the government to take action• Ashley responded with a letter to the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sportChi Onwurah, the Labour MP for Newcastle Central, has refused to back d…