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  • Collina calls for steps against abuse towards referees

    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.

  • Brazil replace Gabriel Jesus with Firmino for Uruguay clash

    Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino will replace Gabriel Jesus in the Brazil team to play Uruguay in Thursday's crunch World Cup qualifier, coach Tite said on Wednesday.

  • Bale seeks World Cup lift-off against Ireland

    Gareth Bale's Wales hope to recapture the spirit of Euro 2016 when they attempt to revive their flagging World Cup qualifying campaign against Ireland in Dublin on Friday.

  • Sanchez and Ozil contract talks are on hold

    Contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are on hold until the end of the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday.

  • Podolski crowns farewell with winner over Eng

    Germany's Lukas Podolski capped his international swansong with a sensational goal to give the world champions a 1-0 victory over England in a friendly on Wednesday.

  • Make or break for Argentina

    The unthinkable prospect of a World Cup without Argentina or Lionel Messi could move a step closer to becoming reality on Thursday as the South American giants prepare to face arch-rivals Chile in a crucial battle on the road to Russia 2018.

  • Tight security for China v South Korea qualifier

    Chinese authorities have stepped up security for Thursday's tense World Cup qualifier against South Korea, whose fans will receive a police escort after protests over Seoul's decision to deploy a controversial missile defence system.

  • Southgate picks up pieces as Eng rebuild again

    After a year scarred by scandal and sporting catastrophe, Gareth Southgate will begin his attempt to steer England into calmer waters in Wednesday's friendly against Germany in Dortmund.

  • Messi

    Argentina players continue to shun reporters

    Argentina’s players, who have been arriving in Buenos Aires for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Bolivia, are sticking to a decision dating back to November not to talk to the media.

  • Enrique backs Gomes to come good

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insisted midfielder Andre Gomes will become a pillar of the Catalans' midfield after silencing his critics with his first goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Valencia on Sunday.

  • Wenger wants to stay on

    Beleaguered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay at the club, according to British media reports on Monday.

  • Casemiro unlikely hero

    Casemiro was Real Madrid's unlikely hero as he hit the winner to open up a five-point lead on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

  • United fined for failing to control players at Chelsea

    Manchester United have been fined 20,000 pounds ($24,784.00) for failing to control their players in Monday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat at Chelsea, the governing body said on Friday.

  • Aubameyang gives Dortmund win over Ingolstadt

    Borussia Dortmund earned a 1-0 victory over battling Ingolstadt with Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbing his sixth goal in the last four league games to help them close in on second place on Friday.

  • Barcelona to face Juventus in 2015 final repeat

    Barcelona were pitted against Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final draw made on Friday to set up a repeat of the 2015 final which the Spanish side won 3-1.

  • Southgate cannot promise Rooney's Eng return

    Wayne Rooney faces a battle to get back into the England squad due to his lack of playing time at Manchester United, with a number of in-form players currently ahead of him in the pecking order, manager Gareth Southgate has said.

  • Mali banned from international football

    Mali has been suspended from international football after the West African country's sports minister sacked the executive committee of its football federation, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

  • Lefkaritis to leave UEFA executive committee after 21 years

    Veteran soccer official Marios Lefkaritis will end his 21-year stint on UEFA's executive committee in April after European soccer's governing body said the Cypriot had withdrawn as a candidate for re-election.

  • Injured Pogba will miss Boro match

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss Sunday's Premier League trip to Middlesbrough with a hamstring injury, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

  • Rostov's ground shut

    Russia's Premier League has closed Rostov's stadium because of the poor condition of the pitch, a week after Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho slammed the surface as unplayable.

  • Bilbao keeper hospitalised

    Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Alejandro Remiro was rushed to hospital on Wednesday after suffering a head injury when he was struck by a ball in training.

  • Odurate Oblak takes Atletico to last eight

    Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive season but had goalkeeper Jan Oblak to thank for avoiding defeat in a 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh football team

    Bangabandhu Gold Cup pushed back

    The Bangabandhu Gold Cup will get underway from the third week of April with the participation of six nations, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) confirmed yesterday.

  • ‘Too many rule changes will slow the game down’

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that while the introduction of technology and other rule changes may benefit the sport in certain cases there is a real danger that football could become a "stop-and-go game".

  • Nasri brands Vardy 'a cheat' after red card

    Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Jamie Vardy of cheating after the Frenchman was sent off for squaring up to the Leicester forward and bumping foreheads in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

  • Monaco stun Manchester City

    Tiemoue Bakayoko's superb header fired Monaco into the Champions League quarter-finals as Wednesday's 3-1 victory condemned Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to a painful exit on away goals.

  • Kane damages ankle ligament

    Tottenham Hotspur hinted that Harry Kane could return before the end of the season as they confirmed the England striker had suffered ankle ligament damage in last weekend's FA Cup win over Millwall.

  • Casillas breaks Maldini record

    Iker Casillas set a new record when featuring for Porto in their Champions League last 16, second leg against Juventus on Tuesday as he made his 175th appearance in European competition.

  • Dybala fires Juventus

    A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.

  • 'Goetze's season over'

    Borussia Dortmund admitted on Wednesday the season is over for Germany's fallen star Mario Goetze as the World Cup winner battles against an a unspecified metabolism disorder.