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World Cup likely to stay in Qatar despite new bribery accusations in US

US prosecutors say three Fifa officials took bribes during votingQatar supreme committee denies any allegations of wrongdoingThe 2022 World Cup is highly unlikely to be moved from Qatar despite the latest criminal indictment by the US Department of Jus…

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Fifa approves extended player contracts and later transfer windows

Contracts should run until seasons end, says FifaDeals agreed for next season will be delayed by Covid-19 Fifa has approved the extension of player contracts until seasons are able to finish, with the coronavirus pandemic also seeing transfer window da…

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The Fiver | They would do anything (furlough) but they won’t do that

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was celebration today after Liverpool decided to furlough the idea of furloughing their employees, giving in to an outcry from fans, former players and over-opinionated media types with too many …

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Premier League chief defends clubs’ ‘restraint’ in their furloughing of staff

Richard Masters warns ‘very real threat’ of clubs going bustKnight says league must ‘stop defending the indefensible’The chief executive of the Premier League has defended the furloughing of staff, claiming clubs have been acting with “restraint” as he…

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Premier League chief defends clubs’ ‘restraint’ in their furloughing of staff

Richard Masters warns ‘very real threat’ of clubs going bustKnight says league must ‘stop defending the indefensible’The chief executive of the Premier League has defended the furloughing of staff, claiming clubs have been acting with “restraint” as he…

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Greg Clarke warns Covid-19 could force clubs across country to ‘collapse’

FA chairman issues stark warning of economic impact‘We face danger of losing clubs and leagues as finances collapse’Greg Clarke, the chairman of England’s Football Association, has warned that clubs across the country could vanish as their finances col…

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EFL set to contest decision to clear Birmingham of misconduct

Blues docked nine points in 2018-19 for alleged financial breachIndependent commission cleared Birmingham last monthThe English Football League is to appeal against a decision to clear Birmingham of a misconduct charge related to an alleged financial b…

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Dogs, doughnuts and the day Palace pipped Liverpool to the FA Cup final

Crystal Palace had been hammered 9-0 at Anfield earlier in the 1989-90 season but they had the last laugh in the FA CupBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkThe result was never in doubt in the half-time entertainment at Villa Park on 8 April…

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La Liga prepares for return to training and sets target dates for season restart

League president Javier Tebas looking at options from 28 May‘We think we can finish in August,’ Tebas says Spain is preparing a protocol for clubs’ return to training with three proposed dates for La Liga to restart: 28 May, 6 June and 28 June. Matches…

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Football quiz: which managers delivered these angry rants?

Can you recall which fuming bosses uttered these quotes?More quizzes: assists, commentators, managers and keepers”I’ve never commented on referees and I’m not going to change the habit of a lifetime for that prat.”Neil Warnock Ian Holloway Sam Allardyc…

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Sadio Mané: Made in Senegal, trailer for documentary on Liverpool forward – video

Made in Senegal takes an in-depth look at the rise of Liverpool forward Sadio Mané, who is the current African player of the year. The documentary will be exclusively available across Europe on Rakuten TV’s free Rakuten Stories channel from 8 April. Co…

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David Squires on … blaming football (and Joël Bats) for Covid-19

Our cartoonist depicts the hunt for Brighton’s Dan Burn, dinosaurs v Gordon Taylor, and club owners doing their bit for societyBuy copies of David’s cartoons at our print shopTake a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Fifa exco members took bribes for Qatar World Cup votes, US prosecutors allege

Former Conmebol president among executives namedJack Warner allegedly received $5m to back Russia 2018Prosecutors in New York have revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to Fifa executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the…

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Former Fox executives indicted in Fifa bribery scheme

Multimillion dollar scheme involved kickbacks to Fifa officials for broadcast rights to the 2018 and 2022 World CupTwo former senior executives at Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox corporation have been indicted over their alleged role in a multimillio…

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Wolves’ Diogo Jota: ‘I’m coaching Telford United on Football Manager’

The forward on how his club have helped players, missing family in Portugal and his boyhood teamDiogo Jota has not been making headlines recently because, like most people, he has been observing the British government’s lockdown. But in the simpler tim…

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Radomir Antic, former Atlético Madrid manager and Luton player, dies aged 71

The only man to manage Real Madrid, Atlético and BarcelonaAntic famously scored to rescue Luton from relegationRadomir Antic has died after a long illness, aged 71. The Yugoslav footballer and manager whose late goal rescued Luton Town from relegation …

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PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says he will not take cut to his £2m salary

Clubs look set to make individual agreements on players’ pay‘You can’t have one suit fitting all sizes, there is such variance’The chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, Gordon Taylor, has said he will not take a cut to his £2m s…

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English football’s blame culture makes it unable to come together | Jonathan Liew

Matt Hancock is merely the latest patsy to offend a game that was dysfunctional even when it was awash with moneyI don’t expect to make too many friends saying this, but perhaps it’s time we all gave Matt Hancock a break. Isn’t it typical how, as soon …

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Liverpool reverse decision to furlough staff after fierce criticism

Club had said they would furlough around 200 staffChief executive says Liverpool ‘truly sorry’ for mistake Liverpool have reversed a controversial decision to put around 200 non-playing staff on furlough following widespread criticism of their plans to…

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The Fiver | Sean Dyche spreadeagled on a chaise longue in his red silk kimono

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Considering the Fiver’s pre-conceived notion that Sean Dyche would be spending the current lockdown spreadeagled on a chaise longue in his red silk kimono drinking endless martinis while watching rerun…