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Ex Disney chief in Portsmouth takeover talks

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London (AFP) – The billionaire former chairman of US entertainment giant the Walt Disney Corporation is in talks to buy English fourth-tier club Portsmouth, the south coast side has confirmed.

Following a report in The News, Portsmouth’s local newspaper, that American media mogul Michael Eisner was looking to complete a takeover, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, which owns the club, said in a statement issued Wednesday: “Due to the current interest from Mr Eisner the PST are suspending voting rights for all new Members.

Ex Disney chief in Portsmouth takeover talks

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London (AFP) – The billionaire former chairman of US entertainment giant the Walt Disney Corporation is in talks to buy English fourth-tier club Portsmouth, the south coast side has confirmed.

Following a report in The News, Portsmouth’s local newspaper, that American media mogul Michael Eisner was looking to complete a takeover, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, which owns the club, said in a statement issued Wednesday: “Due to the current interest from Mr Eisner the PST are suspending voting rights for all new Members.

Man Utd charged over FA Cup tie conduct

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Man Utd charged over FA Cup tie conduct

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Man United charged with failing to control players: FA

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Man United charged with failing to control players: FA

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Disgraced UK coach facing eight more child abuse charges

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London (AFP) – A former youth coach at the heart of a child-sex scandal roiling English football has been charged with eight more counts of historical abuse, British prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Barry Bennell will appear in court in northwest England via video link on Monday to face the charges, which relate to two victims and are alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1987.

Saudi-bound Clattenburg remains on ref duty

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London (AFP) – Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will continue to officiate in the English top-flight before taking up his new post in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

It had been expected Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

Saudi-bound Clattenburg remains on ref duty

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London (AFP) – Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will continue to officiate in the English top-flight before taking up his new post in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

It had been expected Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

Manchester City and Monaco load their Silva bullets

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London (AFP) – Manchester City and Monaco go into Tuesday’s Champions League showdown each pinning their hopes on short, left-footed midfield creators from the Iberian peninsula who go by the name of Silva.

Monaco’s Silva is Bernardo, a 22-year-old Portuguese winger whose knack for decisive goals has made him a central figure in their free-scoring surge to the Ligue 1 summit.

Manchester City and Monaco load their Silva bullets

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London (AFP) – Manchester City and Monaco go into Tuesday’s Champions League showdown each pinning their hopes on short, left-footed midfield creators from the Iberian peninsula who go by the name of Silva.

Monaco’s Silva is Bernardo, a 22-year-old Portuguese winger whose knack for decisive goals has made him a central figure in their free-scoring surge to the Ligue 1 summit.

Manchester City fined £35,000 for doping rules breach

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have been fined £35,000 ($44,000, 41,000 euros) after accepting they breached Football Association rules on anti-doping.

A statement issued by the FA, English football’s governing body, on Thursday said City had failed to ensure their “club whereabouts” information was accurate.

Manchester City fined £35,000 for doping rules breach

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have been fined £35,000 ($44,000, 41,000 euros) after accepting they breached Football Association rules on anti-doping.

A statement issued by the FA, English football’s governing body, on Thursday said City had failed to ensure their “club whereabouts” information was accurate.

Guardiola surprised by Jesus’s Manchester City impact

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits even he is surprised by the stunning start Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has made to his career in English football.

The 19-year-old scored twice on his full home debut as City recorded a 2-1 victory over Swansea City on Sunday, meaning the youngster has scored three goals on his first two starts in the Premier League.

Guardiola surprised by Jesus’s Manchester City impact

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admits even he is surprised by the stunning start Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus has made to his career in English football.

The 19-year-old scored twice on his full home debut as City recorded a 2-1 victory over Swansea City on Sunday, meaning the youngster has scored three goals on his first two starts in the Premier League.

English FA faces ‘no confidence’ vote

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London (AFP) British lawmakers will next week debate introducing legislation to force England's Football Association to reform its governance structures, a parliamentary committee announced on Friday.

It comes four months after sports minister Tracey Crouch gave English football's governing body six months to overhaul its board and council or risk losing funding.

English FA faces ‘no confidence’ vote

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London (AFP) British lawmakers will next week debate introducing legislation to force England's Football Association to reform its governance structures, a parliamentary committee announced on Friday.

It comes four months after sports minister Tracey Crouch gave English football's governing body six months to overhaul its board and council or risk losing funding.

I am treated differently, complains Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has risked a new run-in with the English football authorities by claiming he is judged by a different set of rules to rival managers.

He hit out at perceived inconsistencies in a cryptic post-match press conference after seeing his side held to a goalless draw by Hull City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday.

I am treated differently, complains Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has risked a new run-in with the English football authorities by claiming he is judged by a different set of rules to rival managers.

He hit out at perceived inconsistencies in a cryptic post-match press conference after seeing his side held to a goalless draw by Hull City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Leicester City’s Ulloa issues strike threat as Burnley land Westwood

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London (AFP) Traditionally renowned for frantic activity among Premier League clubs, the most notable incident for much of Tuesday's transfer deadline day was Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa's strike threat.

The Argentina front man issued the dramatic warning in a bid to force a move from the defending champions.

Leicester City’s Ulloa issues strike threat as Burnley land Westwood

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London (AFP) Traditionally renowned for frantic activity among Premier League clubs, the most notable incident for much of Tuesday's transfer deadline day was Leicester City forward Leonardo Ulloa's strike threat.

The Argentina front man issued the dramatic warning in a bid to force a move from the defending champions.

Leonardo Ulloa issues strike threat on quiet start to deadline day

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London (AFP) Traditionally renowned for frantic activity among Premier League clubs, the most notable incident in the early hours of Tuesday's transfer deadline day was Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa's strike threat.

The Argentina forward issued the dramatic warning in a bid to force a move from the defending champions.

Leonardo Ulloa issues strike threat on quiet start to deadline day

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London (AFP) Traditionally renowned for frantic activity among Premier League clubs, the most notable incident in the early hours of Tuesday's transfer deadline day was Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa's strike threat.

The Argentina forward issued the dramatic warning in a bid to force a move from the defending champions.

Double-chasing Chelsea down Brentford in FA Cup

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London (AFP) Premier League leaders Chelsea remained on course for a domestic double as they eased into the last 16 of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win at home to second-tier Brentford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues, eight points clear at the summit of English football, were rarely tested by their fellow west London side, who advanced with goals from Willian, Pedro, Branislav Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi.

Double-chasing Chelsea down Brentford in FA Cup

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London (AFP) Premier League leaders Chelsea remained on course for a domestic double as they eased into the last 16 of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win at home to second-tier Brentford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues, eight points clear at the summit of English football, were rarely tested by their fellow west London side, who advanced with goals from Willian, Pedro, Branislav Ivanovic and Michy Batshuayi.

Wenger given four-game ban for touchline row

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London (AFP) Arsene Wenger was given a four-game touchline ban with "immediate effect" by the Football Association on Friday after accepting a misconduct charge following an incident that saw the veteran Arsenal manager sent off in Sunday's dramatic win over Burnley.

Wenger was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss after allegedly using abusive or insulting language towards fourth official Anthony Taylor after Burnley were given a stoppage-time penalty at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool rocked as Bournemouth win Premier League thriller

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Bournemouth (United Kingdom) (AFP) Liverpool's title challenge suffered an unexpectedsetback as they squandered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 at Bournemouth on an astonishing day the south coast club will never forget.

Jurgen Klopp's side missed out on a chance to go second in the Premier League and instead remain four points behind leaders Chelsea after their incredible meltdown in the last 14 minutes at Dean Court.

Sex abuse claims at ’55 English football clubs’

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London (AFP) Fifty-five league and non league clubs have been referred to police in the child sex abuse scandal that has shattered English football's image a source told The Observer newspaper on Sunday.

In other developments English football's embattled governing body the Football Association (FA) have been accused in The Sunday Mirror by Russell Davy, a former Charlton Athletic youth goalkeeper, of not replying to his letter in 1986 warning them of abuse by scout Eddie Heath.

Sex abuse claims at ’55 English football clubs’

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London (AFP) Fifty-five league and non league clubs have been referred to police in the child sex abuse scandal that has shattered English football's image a source told The Observer newspaper on Sunday.

In other developments English football's embattled governing body the Football Association (FA) have been accused in The Sunday Mirror by Russell Davy, a former Charlton Athletic youth goalkeeper, of not replying to his letter in 1986 warning them of abuse by scout Eddie Heath.

Chelsea apologise ‘profusely’ to Johnson over abuse

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London (AFP) Gary Johnson received a public apology from English football giants Chelsea on Saturday over the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player from late scout Eddie Heath in the 1970s.

The club who had been heavily criticised after Johnson claimed he was paid £50,000 ($63,000) by them not to go public with his allegations issued a statement praising Johnson's courage in talking about the traumatic experience.

Sex abuse coach Barry Bennell in hospital over ‘fears for welfare’

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London (AFP) The paedophile coach at the centre of an abuse scandal that has rocked English football has been taken to hospital by police responding to a "fear for welfare incident" it was announced Monday.

Barry Bennell has been at the centre of numerous revelations after former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by the convicted child molester in the 1980s.

Sex abuse coach Barry Bennell in hospital over ‘fears for welfare’

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London (AFP) The paedophile coach at the centre of an abuse scandal that has rocked English football has been taken to hospital by police responding to a "fear for welfare incident" it was announced Monday.

Barry Bennell has been at the centre of numerous revelations after former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by the convicted child molester in the 1980s.

Four English police forces investigate football sex abuse claims

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London (AFP) Four police forces are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against children in English football circles as part of a deepening scandal, it was revealed on Saturday.

Several former footballers have spoken out about being abused after ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by convicted child molester Barry Bennell in the 1980s.

Four English police forces probe football sex abuse claims

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London (AFP) Four police forces are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against children in English football circles as part of a deepening scandal, it was revealed on Saturday.

Several former footballers have spoken out about being abused after ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by convicted child molester Barry Bennell in the 1980s.

Four English police forces probe football sex abuse claims

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London (AFP) Four police forces are investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse against children in English football circles as part of a deepening scandal, it was revealed on Saturday.

Several former footballers have spoken out about being abused after ex-Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward came forward to reveal he was abused by convicted child molester Barry Bennell in the 1980s.

Probes widen into youth sex abuse at English football clubs

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London (AFP) Police investigations into the sexual abuse of youngsters within English football widened Friday as England captain Wayne Rooney praised victims for speaking out.

Jason Dunford, once a youth player with Premier League giants Manchester City, added to the growing tide of abuse accusations that have rocked the English game by alleging that a football paedophile ring was covered up.

Manchester United

Man Utd star confirms that this fan favourite is set for Old Trafford return in June

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is all set to return to the Old Trafford dugout this summer.

The Scottish manager spent 27 years at the club and guided the Red Devils to the top of English football before he retired in 2013.

Mourinho: Everyone knows United is the biggest club

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Ahead of Sunday's game between Manchester United and Liverpool, Jose Mourinho claims he doesn't know whether this game is the biggest in English football, but he does know that United are the biggest club in England.

I don't know. I know that Manchester United is the biggest club in this country.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth charged with FA doping rules breach

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association for a breach of its anti-doping regulations, English football’s governing body said Friday.

The south coast club have been charged with a failure to comply over ‘whereabouts’ rules designed to provide accurate details of training sessions and the location of players so they are available for drug testing at all times.

Bournemouth charged with FA doping rules breach

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association for a breach of its anti-doping regulations, English football’s governing body said Friday.

The south coast club have been charged with a failure to comply over ‘whereabouts’ rules designed to provide accurate details of training sessions and the location of players so they are available for drug testing at all times.