Soccer Tickets Online Archives for January 2012

Premier League Games Moving From Fox/ESPN To NBC

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In an upset, NBC's networks have won the rights to the televise the English Premier League in the U.S. in a three-year deal that begins next season. NBC beat out Fox/ESPN buy paying just under $250 million,.

"The Barclays Premier League is the pre-eminent soccer league in the world, and is on the cusp of exponential popularity growth here in the U.

MLS Cup Preview

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For help in previewing the MLS Cup, which gets underway tomorrow night when the Chicago Fire host the Houston Dynamo, I have turned to MLS expert Kyle McCarthy. Kyle is the Revs beat writer for the Boston Herald, and also writes for, and FOX Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @kylejmccarthy.

Micah Richards Ruled Out For Four Months

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards is expected to be our for four months after undergoing an operation on Monday to repair a torn meniscus.

Richards, who picked up the injury against Swansea on Saturday is expected to miss at least 20 matches, and is a big loss for a Man City side that has struggled defensively all season.

Met Police Now Involved In Clattenburg Affair

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The Metropolitan Police has announced that they have started an investigation into alleged comments by referee Mark Clattenburg towards Chelsea players during Manchester United's 3-2 win on Sunday.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said:

"An investigation has been launched into alleged comments made during a football match between Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC at Stamford Bridge on 28 October 2012.

Did Mark Clattenburg Use “Inappropriate Language” Towards Chelsea Players?

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The Football Association has announced that they are looking into allegations made by Chelsea against referee Mark Clattenburg following Manchester United's 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have made a formal complaint against Clattenburg, accusing him of using "inappropriate language" towards two of their players on Sunday.

Looks Like Man City Are Setting The Stage For Guardiola

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Manchester City have denied Roberto Mancini's job is under threat from Pep Guardiola after the club hired Barcelona's former technical director Txiki Begiristain as there new director of football.

Begiristain's arrival, combined with that of recently appointed chief executive Ferran Soriano, another to have worked at the Nou Camp, had led to speculation that the stage is being set for Pep Guardiola to become Man City manager as he would be surrounded by familiar faces at the Ethiad.

La Liga Dominates FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist

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FIFA and France Football has announced the candidates for the FIFA Ballon d'Or and for the FIFA World Coach of the Year. As expected the list is dominated by players who play in La Liga.

The winners of all of the awards, which will be decided by the captains and head coaches of the men's national teams as well as by international media representatives selected by France Football, will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala on 7 January 2013.

Controversy As Man United Win At Stamford Bridge

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Manchester United moved to within a point of leaders Chelsea after beating the Blues 3-2 in a thrilling match at Stamford Bridge.

The match was just four minutes old when Wayne Rooney exchanged passes with Ashley Young, before teeing up Robin van Persie, whose shot came back off a post and rebounded in off David Luiz.

New England Revolution 1 Montreal Impact 0

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Defender A.J. Soares scored the only goal of the game in the 88th minute and goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a career-high seven saves to notch his second straight shutout as the New England Revolution closed the 2012 season with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon at Stade Saputo.

What Is Going On At AC Milan?

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Just when I thought it could not get any worse for AC Milan, we hear that the club's owner Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to four years in prison and will be forced to pay part of a €10m fine for tax evasion.

The verdict was delivered by a Milan court today, six years after the trial which looked at the activity of his Mediaset TV company, originally began.

Fans Guide To Going To The Bernabéu And Watching Real Madrid

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Going to a Real Madrid match at the iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Madrid.

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Why Gazidis Statement That Arsenal Can Compete With World’s Best ‘Within Two Years’ Is Wrong

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Arsenal will be able to compete with the world's biggest clubs "within the next two years," chief executive Ivan Gazidis has told shareholders at the club's annual general meeting.

Once again Gazidis trotted out the line that Arsenal's financial philosophy will pay off when UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations become more rigorously enforced.

2016 Copa America Coming To America

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Huge news today as CONMEBOL announced that they plan to hold the Copa America tournament in the United States in July 2016 to mark the South American confederation's 100th anniversary.

This tournament will include the U.S. and Mexico, along with four other CONCACAF teams and 10 CONMEBOL teams.

Champions League Surprises: Defeats For Arsenal, Real Madrid And Man City

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Real Madrid and Arsenal lost their perfect starts while Manchester City's Champions League dreams lie in shatters after a shocking display defeat in Amsterdam.

Group D is called the Group of Death as it contains the champions of four leagues, and the group is living up to its moniker. Real Madrid's 100% record ended in Germany as they lost 2-1 to an inspired Borussia Dortmund team.

Ferdinands Criticise FA And PFA Over Terry Race Row

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Rio and Anton Ferdinand have criticised the Football Association and the Professional Footballers' Association over the John Terry race row.

A statement issued by Anton and Rio today said:

It has been a year since the incident at Loftus Road. During that time, some of the deep divisions that exist in football have been exposed.

Could Nike Deal With Man United Be Worth £1B?

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Interesting piece in today's Daily Mail about Manchester United's kit deal with Nike, which is coming up for renewal in 2015.

Back in 2002, United signed a 13-year deal with Nike worth £303 million, plus a profit share on retail sales. Even without any profits, that translates to around £23 million a season.

Shakhtar, Man United And Valencia Star On Matchday Three

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Shakhtar Donetsk underlined their ambitions to win the UEFA Champions League by defeating defending champions Chelsea2-1, while Manchester United came from two goals behind to beat Braga.

Shakhtar and Chelsea met in Donetsk, level atop Group E on four points and with both teams in fine domestic form.

European Weekend Review: Messi Stars While Chelsea And Bayern Impress

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Lionel Messi made headlines once again as he scored a club record 15th Liga hat-trick for Barcelona in a thrilling 5-4 win against Deportivo La Coruña. Meanwhile, Chelsea shone in England, Paris Saint-Germain went top in France and Bayern Munich set a Bundesliga record.

Lionel Messi is almost a one-man team as his 21st hat-trick for the club gave Barca a sensational 5-4 win at Deportivo La Coruña on Saturday night.

Glazers Committed To Manchester United

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Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said the Glazer family are not ready to sell Manchester United despite the clubs debts.

Champions League MatchDay Three Preview

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We get back to Champions League football this weekend, and even at matchday three, some teams are facing massive must-win games.

Tuesday 23 October Matches
Group E
Nordsjaelland v Juventus
Shakhtar Donetsk v Chelsea

Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo remains unbeaten in eight Champions League games (five wins and three draws), though the defending champions will face a big test in Donetsk.

Chelsea Start Rebuilding Brand Tarnished By Terry Case

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On Saturday morning, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and chief executive Ron Gourlay sat down for an interview with TalkSport in the club's first step to rebuild an image tarnished by the John Terry racial abuse case.

Buck issued an apology on behalf of the club to Anton Ferdinand and his family saying:

"The press mentioned quite a bit yesterday that Anton Ferdinand was not mentioned specifically in the John Terry apology.

View From The Press Box: New England Beat Chicago Fire 1-0

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In front of their biggest crowd of the year, the New England Revolution beat the Chicago Fire 1-0 tonight. Teen sensation Diego Fagundez with the winner in the first half with a spectacular goal from 25-yards.

This was by far the best 90 minutes New England have played in a long time. They were compact at the back and Bobby Shuttleworth barely had a save to make all night.

Chelsea And Man City Win While Arsenal Lose

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Chelsea remain four points clear at the top the Premier League after an impressive come-from-behind win against Tottenham Hotspur, while Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders after losing 1-0 at Norwich.

In the early game at White Hart Lane, Chelsea dominated the first half and went into half-time deservedly leading 1-0 thanks to an unstoppable volley from Gary Cahill.

Jack Wilshere in Arsenal Squad To Face Norwich

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Jack Wilshere has got his wish. After telling Arsene Wenger that he was ready to play against Norwich this weekend, the Arsenal boss has included the midfielder in the squad for the trip to Carrow Road.

There is no way that Wenger will start Wilshere against Norwich, he only completed his first 90 minute match in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Chelsea on Wednesday, but there is an outside chance he could make the bench.

Brendan Rodgers Is Better Than Mourinho and Ancelotti

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High praise from Glen Driscoll, who is head of performance at Liverpool, who says that Brendan Rodgers is a better manager than Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti. And Driscoll knows a little about Mourinho and Ancelotti having worked with them both at Chelsea.

Driscoll says that Rodgers uses the best of the pair while adding his own extra special ingredients to his management style.

Lazio Fine Shows Uefa Not Serious About Racism

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Uefa have fined Lazio the paltry amount of 40,000 euros (£32,500) following racist chanting by their fans during a Europa League game at Tottenham last month.

Jermain Defoe, Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend were reportedly subjected to monkey chants during the match.

In a whitewashing campaign Uefa is planning on using the Champions League and Europa League matches next week to showcase activities organised by the governing body and the equality group Football Against Racism in Europe.

Scott Parker could be out until Christmas

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Tottenham have had a good start to the season despite being without England midfielder Scott Parker all season due to a persistent Achilles injury.

Parker hurt his Achilles at the end of last season, and took painkilling injections to play for England during this summer's Euros.

As a result, Parker was forced to undergo surgery to fix his Achilles during the summer and Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas does not expect Parker to be back before Christmas.

Is John Terry Still Chelsea’s Captain?

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Really strange press conference with Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo today. As expected Di Matteo was asked about Chelsea captain John Terryreceiving a four-game banfor racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Terry will miss the Blues' next four domestic games but the centre-back is eligible to play in Tuesday's Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk and naturally Di Matteo was asked whether Terry would captain Chelsea against Shakhtar.

“Pepegate” Engulfing Spanish Football

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Barcelona and Real Madrid might be two of the biggest football clubs in the world, but at times they act like petulant children.

According to Catalunya Radio, Barcelona secretly filmed Real Madrid defender's Pepe's during 2010-11's Clasicos, with the goal of recording all his tackles on Barcelona players.

John Terry Accepts FA Ban And Finally Apologizes For Racial Comments

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Almost a year on from racially abusing Anton Ferdinand John Terry has publically apologized for his actions and has accepted the FA's four match ban and £220,000. Terry will now miss the games against Spurs, Man United (league and cup) and Swansea.

In a statement, Terry said:

"After careful consideration, I have decided not to appeal against the FA judgment.

Clueless; Serbia FA Deny Any Racial Incidents In England U21 Game

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Following on the lines of my earlier post about Spain‘s football federation chief denying that racism is a problem in Spanish football the Serbian FA have responded to the English complaints about racism in their U21 match in Krusevac last night.

Taking a page from the Spanish FA's manual, the Serbia FA today denied that England players were subjected to any monkey chants or racist taunts in Tuesday European Championship play-off match, claiming instead that the match was played in a 'sports atmosphere full of respecting fair-play spirit'

Instead Serbia blamed England's Danny Rose for all the problems, saying the England player behaved in an 'inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner' towards supporters after being sent off after the final whistle.

Clueless: Spanish FA chief Denies Racism Problems Exist

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Unbelievable comments last week fromSpain‘s football federation chief who denied that racism is a problem in Spanish soccer despite several racist incidents among its fans at Euro 2012 andLa Ligamatches.

Angel Villa Llona, president of the Spanish FA and a member of both FIFA and UEFA's executive committee was asked how racism in Spanish football compared to the game in England, which has had two high-profile abuses cases in the last year, Villa Llona said:

"There is no racism in Spanish football.

Serie A Owners Blow €2.5 billion In The Last 17 Years

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If you ever wondered why Serie A clubs are such big fans of Uefa's Financial Fair Play Rules, consider that over the last 17 years the patrons ofItaly‘s biggest clubs have ‘invested"€2.5 billion in Italian football, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Serie A's owners have to view FFP as a way to stop themselves from the reckless spending that has driven Italian football for almost two decades.

England And Poland Draw 1-1

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A day after a water-logged pitch postponed there World Cup qualifier, Poland and England finally played their match 20 hours. And after sitting trough a rather tedious 90 minutes, most fans will wonder why they bothered!

The home side started the brighter and created a couple of half-chances inside the first 15 minutes, with Kamil Grosicki missing his kick from Glik's cut-back and Joe Hart taking the ball off Ludovic Obraniak's toes following Łukasz Piszczek's cross.

USA Advances To Next Round Of World Cup Qualifying

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In a game that they could not afford to lose, the U.S.'s World Cup dreams were hanging by a thread less than five minutes into the game against Guatemala when Carlos Ruiz outpaced Carlos Bocanegra to make it 1-0 Guatemala and stun the sold-out crowd of 16,947 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

The U.

Shock Draws For Spain And Germany

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There was no shortage of surprises across Europe on Tuesday and World Cup qualifying continued. Spain were held to a 1-1 draw at home by France, while Germany threw away a four goal lead and had to settle for a 4-4 draw with Sweden. There was frustration forPortugalalso, as they has to score late to get a 1-1 result againstNorthern Ireland.

Major League Soccer Wants Frank Lampard

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is out of contract at the end of the season and is frustrated that team policy means that Chelsea are only offering him a one year deal. One group that is willing to offer Lampard a multi-year contract is Major League Soccer according to MLS commissioner Don Garber.

Fenway Sports Group Decides To Expand Anfield

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Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool FC have announced that they have decided to redevelop Anfield, rather than building a new stadium in nearby Stanley Park.

The project will cost an expected £150m and will increase the capacity from 45,276 to 60,000.

"This is step one as there is land to acquire, plans to be approved," said Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre.

Roy Hodgson With Selection Choices Ahead of Poland Match

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Despite beating San Marino 5-0 on Friday, England boss Roy Hodgson says he has a welcome selection headache ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Poland.

There is a possibility that Hodgson could make up to six changes for the Poland game.

"The players who came in against San Marino did so well," Hodgson said.

USA vs Guatemala – Massive Game For The U.S.

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American soccer fans have taken the USA's participation in the World Cup as a given with the U.S. appearing in every final since 1986.

But that streak is in serious jeopardy, as defeat at home to Guatemala on Tuesday could see them eliminated.

It took an added time winner from Eddie Johnson for the Americans to get by minnows Antigua & Barbuda at the weekend, but Clint Dempsey is still confident that the Americans will get the job done in Kansas City in Tuesday.

Ashley Cole Rejects Chelsea Contract Extension

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It looks like Ashley Cole will he playing for someone else next season after rejecting Chelsea's latest one-year extension.

Chelsea have a new policy that players over the age of 30 will only be signed to one-year contract extensions, a policy that led to Didier Drogba leaving the club this summer.

Relief For The US As They Squeak Past Antigua and Barbuda

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It looked like another poor performance away from home was about to cost the USA dearly in their Wold Cup qualifying campaign. But then Eddie Johnson got behind the Antigua and Barbuda defense and headed home from substitute Alan Gordon's cross in the 90th minute and the U.S. escaped with all three points.

Roys Kids Beat San Marino 5-0

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Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck got two goals each as a young England side beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley.

Why many in the media were expecting England to put up a cricket score, and then criticized them for scoring only five, Roy Hodgson has to take a lot of positives away from England's performance.

Brendan Rodgers Worst Fears Come True

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After letting Andy Carroll to join West Ham on loan 48 hours before the summer transfer window closed, Brendan Rodgers knew he was leaving himself sort of attacking options. But Rodgers let Carroll go because he was assured by Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre that a replacement for Carroll would be brought in.

AC Milan Want Guardiola To Replace Allegri

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Rumours are surfacing that formerBarcelonamanager Pep Guardiola is in talks withAC Milanabout replacing current manager Massimiliano Allegri.

Guardiola is living in New York during his one year sabbatical from football. He of course was brilliant atBarcelonawhere he won threeLa Ligatitles and two European Cups in four seasons.

Klinsmann Says “Pressure Is No Problem”

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Really insightful interview with US coach Jurgen Klinsmann onFIFA.comabout the realities and stresses of playing in CONCACAF, points dropped on the road during World Cup qualifying, and just exactly what it takes to win a positionin hisside. Here are some excerpts from that interview.

Man United And Real Madrid Are Most Popular Shirts

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More proof that Manchester United and Real Madrid are the two biggest and most popular football teams in the world as a new report shows that these two clubs have sold more shirts than any other team over the past five years. Worldwide, the two clubs have sold on average 1.4 million shirts per season over the past five years.

Donovan And Shea To Miss US World Cup Qualifiers

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Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan and FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea were dropped from USA roster for two crucial World Cup Brazil qualifiers due to injuries.

The loss of Donovan is a big blow for the U.S. He is the all-time US leader with 49 goals in 130 matches and his absence focuses the spotlight once again on JurgenKlinsmann's baffling decision not to call upon Jozy Altidore, who has eight goals in eight league matches for Dutch side AK Alkmaar.

John Terry Set To Accept FA’s Four Match Suspension

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Reports suggest that John Terry is set to accept the FA's four-match ban for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, despite being adamant he has been wronged by the findings of an independent disciplinary commission.

Terry strongly believes the FA case should have been dropped after he was found not guilty in a criminal trial in the summer.

Can Juve Invincibles Break AC Milan’s 58-Match Unbeaten Record?

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Juventus have not lost in their last 46 league matches, and they could break AC Milan's seemingly unbreakable record of 59 matches unbeaten against Parma in January. Can they break the Rossoneri's record?

The run by Antonio Conte' side is remarkable. From the last match of the 2010/11 season, through 38 games in 2011/12 and the first seven this season, Juve is unbeaten.

Newcastle United Sponsorship Deal Causing Controversy

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Mike Ashley cannot win for trying. Over the last couple of years he has moved into the background at Newcastle United and let Alan Pardew and his staff run the football side of the club. The results have been terrific, and recently Ashley rewarded Pardew for his efforts, buy giving him and his staff new eight-year contracts.

Klinsmann Drops Altidore For Vital World Cup Qualifiers

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U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has dropped Jozy Altidore from the U.S. roster for the two upcoming critical World Cup qualifiers despite Altidore scoring nine goals in 10 games this season for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

Also dropped were striker Terrence Boyd and Chris Wondolowski as Klinmsann opted instead for an injured Landon Donovan and Eddie Johnson and Alan Gordon up-front.

FA Charges Ashley Cole Over Tweet

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Ashley Cole has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to a Twitter comment he posted about the governing body.

Responding to the FA's judgement in the John Terry racism case, he tweeted on Friday: "Hahahahaa, well done #fa I lied did I, #BUNCHOFT***S".

A brief statement on the FA's website read:

"Ashley Cole has been charged by The FA in relation to a Twitter comment which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

New England Loses To Philadelphia Union 1-0

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Philadelphia Union forward Jack McInerney scored the only goal of the game in the 73rd minute as the New England Revolution suffered a 1-0 loss on Saturday night at PPL Park.

McInerney nodded home his third career game-winning goal against the Revs in the late stages, getting on the end of Keon Daniel's free kick at the back post.

Messi 2 Ronaldo 2 In El Clasico Draw

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo matched each other blow for blow at the Nou Camp tonight, scoring two goals apiece as Barcelona and Real Madrid battled out an entertaining draw in the first Clásico of the La Liga season.

Heading into the game, Real Madrid trailed Barcelona by eight points, so this was billed as must-win win for the champions.

Brilliant Man United Up To Second Place In Premier League

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In their best performance of the season Manchester United beat Newcastle United 3-0 at St. James while Spurs continued their resurgence under André Villas-Boas.

What undid Newcastle today was set pieces as United scored twice from corners in the opening 20 minutes. First Jonny Evans headed in Robin van Persie's corner after eight minutes then Patrice Evra scored from a Wayne Rooney corner.

Chelsea Continue Great Start To Premier League Season

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Premier League leaders Chelsea maintained their excellent start to the season as they cruised to a 4-1 home victory against Norwich City, after champions Manchester City had beaten Sunderland in the lunchtime kick-off.

Video: Chelsea v Norwich City Premier League Highlights 10/06/12

It did not go according to script early on for Roberto Di Matteo's side, though, as Grant Holt put winless Norwich ahead in the 11th minute.

FC Barcelona-Real Madrid El Clásico Preview

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The whole world will once again stop to watch this Sunday's La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Sunday, according to Madrid boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho told French sports channel BeInSport, that nobody, not the players and coaches, nor the expected 400 million strong worldwide TV audience for Sunday's game, had got bored of the rivalry.

Antonio Conte’s Ban Reduced To Four Months

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Surprisingly good news for Juventus and Antonio Conte today after an Italian sports tribunal cut the Juventus coach's ban for involvement in a match-fixing scandal from 10 months to four.

Conte was banned on 10 August for failing to report two incidents of match-fixing in the 2010-11 season when he was coach of then Serie B side Siena.

The FA Finds JohnTerry’s Defence “Implausible”

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John Terry's defence against claims he racially abused Anton Ferdinand was "improbable, implausible, contrived", according to the Football Association panel which found him guilty.

The FA's 63-page report explaining why Terry was banned for four games and fined £220,000 was published on Friday.

Mixed Night In Europa League For Premier League Sides

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It was a win, lose, and draw for Newcastle United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their respective Europa League games tonight.

Newcastle thrashed Bordeaux 3-0 at St. James Park tonight as strikers Shola Ameobi and Papiss Demba Cisse were back among the goals as Newcastle went top of their qualifying group and moved a step closer to the new year knockout stages.

Roy Hodgson Calls Up Celtic Goalkeeper Fraser Forster

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Roy Hodgson surprised quite a few people today when he named his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Hodgson gave first call-ups to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross while also recalling Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs and Spurs winger Aaron Lennon for the

The call-ups of Forster and Shawcros highlights the problem that Hodgson has in that many of his choices are either not playing for their clubs or are injured.

Ronaldo Stars In Real Madrid Win While Joe Hart Saves Man City

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Cristiano Ronaldo notched his second hat-trick of the week as Real Madrid edged a step closer to the Champions League knockout stages with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Ajax in Amsterdam.

Ronaldo, who also got a hat-trick in Sunday's 5-1 La Liga over Deportivo La Coruna, scored in the 42nd, 79th and 81st minutes with Karim Benzema getting Madrid's other goal.

Bayern Munich Shocked In Champions League, Barca, United, Celtic Win

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We got our first upset in the Champions League last night as BATE Borisov stunned in-form Bayern Munich 3-1. Goals Alexander Pavlov and Vitaly Rodionov put the Belarusian champions in charge and although Bayern pulled one back in stoppage time through Franck Ribery, BATE added a third through Renan Bressan to seal their first ever home win in the competition.

Barcelona’s Carlos Puyol Dislocates Elbow

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Barcelona have announced that captain Carlos Puyolhas a dislocated left elbow and will miss this weekend's El Clasico clash with Real Madrid on Sunday.

A statement on the Barcelona web site said:
Tests conducted this morning confirmed that Carles Puyol has a dislocated left elbow. The player will be submitted a conservative treatment.

West Ham Win Leaves QPR Rooted To Bottom Of The Table

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Is it time to start the Mark Hughes firing watch? Despite spending a ton of money on new players this summer, QPR find themselves bottom of the league after West Ham beat them 2-1 win at Loftus Road on Monday.

Video: QPR 1 West Ham 2

Big Sam's West Ham side are up to seventh after first-half goals from Matt Jarvis and Ricardo Vaz Te was enough put the Hammers firmly in control.

Why Demba Ba For Andy Carroll In January Will Not Happen

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Lots of rumours going around that Liverpool are interested in a January swap deal with Newcastle, that would see Andy Carroll return to Tyneside with Newcastle striker Demba Ba heading to Anfield. Just one problem with that story. A players cannot play for three Premier League sides in the same season, and since Carroll has already been registered as a Liverpool and West Ham player, he cannot play for Newcastle.

Chelsea Only Offer Cole And Lampard One Year Deals

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Chelsea's policy of only offering one-year deals to players over 30, is about to cost them Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard, just as it did Didier Drogba last season.

ESPN reported last week that Cole had rejected a one-year contract offer from Chelsea, but is hoping that because he is only 31, that Roman Abramovich will make an exception to the rule.

Houston Dynamo 2, New England Revolution 0

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A pair of late goals from Houston Dynamo midfielders Ricardo Clark and Boniek Garcia sent the New England Revolution to a 2-0 loss on Saturday night in the club's first-ever visit to BBVA Compass Stadium.

Brian Ching came off the bench to help set up both goals, picking up the secondary assists on Clark's opener in the 77th minute and Garcia's insurance strike deep into stoppage time.