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Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA top job

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

Ceferin comes from nowhere to land UEFA top job

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Ljubljana (AFP) New UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin has been a high profile lawyer in his native Slovenia but had no record in football until he took over his country's football federation in 2011.

The 48-year-old father of three has often appeared on Slovenian television speaking for high-profile defendants represented by his family law firm, never losing his temper and always keeping the image of someone who has the situation under control.

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Disgraced ex-CONCACAF president Webb banned for life

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Zurich (AFP) Former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been banned from all football-related activities for life by the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's Ethics Committee, world football's governing body confirmed on Friday.

Webb was found guilty of charges including conflicts of interest and bribery and corruption.

UEFA threatens Russia, England with Euro disqualification

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Paris (AFP) UEFA said Sunday that Russia and England could be thrown out of the European Championship finals if their fans are involved in more violence.

The UEFA executive committee said in a statement it has warned both countries that on top of any sanctions over trouble in Marseille this weekend, "it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association (FA) and the Russian Football Union (RFU), including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.

Court rules Dutch football body can relegate FC Twente

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The Hague (AFP) A Dutch court Friday ruled the country's football association (KNVB) had the right to relegate FC Twente to the second division in a dispute over financial irregularities at the club.

"The judge believes that the KNVB acted within reason in taking this measure," the court said in a written judgement, adding the club's lawsuit was "inadmissible".

Court rules Dutch football body can relegate FC Twente

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The Hague (AFP) A Dutch court Friday ruled the country's football association (KNVB) had the right to relegate FC Twente to the second division in a dispute over financial irregularities at the club.

"The judge believes that the KNVB acted within reason in taking this measure," the court said in a written judgement, adding the club's lawsuit was "inadmissible".

Tottenham to play European matches at Wembley

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur will play their European fixtures at Wembley Stadium next season, the club and the Football Association announced Saturday.

The 2016/17 season will be the last Spurs spend at their White Hart Lane home in London, with work on a new purpose built £400 million ($585 million, 526 million euros) home close to their existing ground having already started.

Tottenham to play European matches at Wembley

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur will play their European fixtures at Wembley Stadium next season, the club and the Football Association announced Saturday.

The 2016/17 season will be the last Spurs spend at their White Hart Lane home in London, with work on a new purpose built £400 million ($585 million, 526 million euros) home close to their existing ground having already started.

Man City’s Demichelis fined over betting charge

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London (AFP) Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been fined £22,058 ($32,088, 28,473 euros) and warned about his future conduct after accepting a Football Association charge in relation to betting on matches.

Argentina international Demichelis placed 29 bets on football matches between January 22 and February 15 earlier this year.

Man City’s Demichelis fined over betting charge

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London (AFP) Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been fined £22,058 ($32,088, 28,473 euros) and warned about his future conduct after accepting a Football Association charge in relation to betting on matches.

Argentina international Demichelis placed 29 bets on football matches between January 22 and February 15 earlier this year.

Kuwaiti football clubs confident as FIFA eyes lifting ban

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Mexico City (AFP) A delegation from Kuwaiti clubs lobbying for the FIFA Congress to lift a suspension of the nation's football association is confident of victory ahead of Friday's vote in Mexico City.

"So far, we have received a lot of support from the FIFA family and we are very optimistic," said Saad Al-Hootie, captain of the Kuwait team that reached the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

Kuwaiti football clubs confident as FIFA eyes lifting ban

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Mexico City (AFP) A delegation from Kuwaiti clubs lobbying for the FIFA Congress to lift a suspension of the nation's football association is confident of victory ahead of Friday's vote in Mexico City.

"So far, we have received a lot of support from the FIFA family and we are very optimistic," said Saad Al-Hootie, captain of the Kuwait team that reached the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

English Premier League

Aguero to miss Manchester derby after three-game ban

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London (AFP) Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's derby showdown with Manchester United after the Argentina striker was given a three-match ban for violent conduct on Friday.

Aguero was punished retrospectively by the Football Association after television cameras caught him elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid during City's Premier League victory at Eastlands last weekend.

City’s Aguero to miss Manchester derby after three-game ban

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London (AFP) Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's derby showdown with Manchester United after the Argentina striker was given a three-match ban for violent conduct on Friday.

Aguero was punished retrospectively by the Football Association after television cameras caught him elbowing West Ham defender Winston Reid during City's Premier League victory at Eastlands last weekend.

Manchester City contest Sergio Aguero violent conduct charge

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London (AFP) Manchester City will contest a charge of violent conduct against Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Aguero was charged retrospectively by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham defender Winston Reid in the second half of City's Premier League win at Eastlands on Sunday.

City contest Aguero violent conduct charge

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London (AFP) Manchester City will contest a charge of violent conduct against Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to British media reports on Thursday.

Aguero was charged retrospectively by the Football Association after appearing to elbow West Ham defender Winston Reid in the second half of City's Premier League win at Eastlands on Sunday.

Ex-FA executive leaves Aston Villa role

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London (AFP) Former Football Association executive Adrian Bevington has left his advisory post at Aston Villa, the relegated Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Bevington joined Villa in March to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at the ailing Midlands club, who finished the season at the foot of the table with just 17 points.

Ex-FA executive leaves Aston Villa role

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London (AFP) Former Football Association executive Adrian Bevington has left his advisory post at Aston Villa, the relegated Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Bevington joined Villa in March to review and evaluate the managerial position and playing staff at the ailing Midlands club, who finished the season at the foot of the table with just 17 points.

Man Utd bus ‘smashed up’ before West Ham game

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London (AFP) English football authorities launched an investigation after fans pelted Manchester United's team bus with cans and bottles, injuring two people and delaying the last ever game at West Ham's Boleyn Ground.

Manchester United's players took refuge on the floor of the coach after it was held up near the stadium by chanting fans who hurled dozens of missiles and let off smoke bombs, as mounted police tried to keep order.

Man Utd bus ‘smashed up’ before West Ham game

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London (AFP) English football authorities launched an investigation after fans pelted Manchester United's team bus with cans and bottles, injuring two people and delaying the last ever game at West Ham's Boleyn Ground.

Manchester United's players took refuge on the floor of the coach after it was held up near the stadium by chanting fans who hurled dozens of missiles and let off smoke bombs, as mounted police tried to keep order.

Spurs’ Dembele charged over Costa ‘eye-gouge’

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele faces a lengthy ban after the Football Association on Wednesday charged him with violent conduct over an incident involving Chelsea's Diego Costa.

Dembele appeared to gouge Costa's eye during Monday's 2-2 draw between the teams at Stamford Bridge and the FA said that if the Belgian midfielder is found guilty, the standard three-game ban will be "clearly insufficient".

Spurs’ Dembele charged over Costa ‘eye-gouge’

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London (AFP) Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele faces a lengthy ban after the Football Association on Wednesday charged him with violent conduct over an incident involving Chelsea's Diego Costa.

Dembele appeared to gouge Costa's eye during Monday's 2-2 draw between the teams at Stamford Bridge and the FA said that if the Belgian midfielder is found guilty, the standard three-game ban will be "clearly insufficient".

Three-game ban ends Spurs star Dele Alli’s season

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will not play again this season after he was given a three-game ban for violent conduct by the Football Association on Thursday.

The 20-year-old, elected England's Young Player of the Year last weekend, was retrospectively punished after punching Claudio Yacob in the stomach during Spurs' 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Three-game ban ends Spurs star Dele Alli’s season

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will not play again this season after he was given a three-game ban for violent conduct by the Football Association on Thursday.

The 20-year-old, elected England's Young Player of the Year last weekend, was retrospectively punished after punching Claudio Yacob in the stomach during Spurs' 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Spurs’ Dele Alli hit with violent conduct charge

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

The charges relate to an incident involving West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob, whom the 20-year-old Alli appeared to punch during the course of a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Monday that left Spurs' hopes of winning the Premier League title hanging by a thread.

Spurs’ Dele Alli hit with violent conduct charge

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association announced on Tuesday.

The charges relate to an incident involving West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob, whom the 20-year-old Alli appeared to punch during the course of a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Monday that left Spurs' hopes of winning the Premier League title hanging by a thread.

Raging Jamie Vardy leaves Leicester in a bind in Premier League tilt

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His exploits with Leicester City have alerted Hollywood scriptwriters, but an on-pitch indiscretion by Jamie Vardy has compromised his unheralded team's extraordinary bid for the Premier League title.

With 22 goals in the season to date, Vardy has become the symbol of a football fairytale, but his dismissal during last weekend's 2-2 draw with West Ham United leaves Leicester in the lurch.

Raging Jamie Vardy leaves Leicester in a bind in Premier League tilt

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His exploits with Leicester City have alerted Hollywood scriptwriters, but an on-pitch indiscretion by Jamie Vardy has compromised his unheralded team's extraordinary bid for the Premier League title.

With 22 goals in the season to date, Vardy has become the symbol of a football fairytale, but his dismissal during last weekend's 2-2 draw with West Ham United leaves Leicester in the lurch.

Exodus at Aston Villa after two directors quit club

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Aston Villa suffered another blow just days after their relegation from the Premier League as directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King quit with immediate effect on Monday.

Former Football Association chairman Bernstein only joined Villa last month following the February appointment of King, who had previously served as the Governor of the Bank of England.

Exodus at Aston Villa after two directors quit club

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Aston Villa suffered another blow just days after their relegation from the Premier League as directors David Bernstein and Mervyn King quit with immediate effect on Monday.

Former Football Association chairman Bernstein only joined Villa last month following the February appointment of King, who had previously served as the Governor of the Bank of England.

Jamie Vardy charged after red card row

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Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct following the Leicester striker's angry reaction to his red card against West Ham, the Football Association announced on Monday.

Vardy was sent off by referee Jonathan Moss after earning a second booking for diving in an unsuccessful attempt to win a penalty in the second half of Sunday's 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy charged after red card row

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Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct following the Leicester striker's angry reaction to his red card against West Ham, the Football Association announced on Monday.

Vardy was sent off by referee Jonathan Moss after earning a second booking for diving in an unsuccessful attempt to win a penalty in the second half of Sunday's 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.

Manchester City travel to Bournemouth after sliding in league table

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A trip to Bournemouth on Saturday will inspire thoughts of what might have been for Manchester City, who have not recorded back-to-back Premier League victories since crushing the Cherries 5-1 in mid-October.

Manuel Pellegrini's side led the league then and felt certain they would be in contention for a third title in five years, but now they are struggling just to make certain of finishing in the top four.

Manchester City travel to Bournemouth after sliding in league table

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A trip to Bournemouth on Saturday will inspire thoughts of what might have been for Manchester City, who have not recorded back-to-back Premier League victories since crushing the Cherries 5-1 in mid-October.

Manuel Pellegrini's side led the league then and felt certain they would be in contention for a third title in five years, but now they are struggling just to make certain of finishing in the top four.

Former Premier League referees have urged the Football Association to Consider Introducing Video Cameras

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Referees in professional sports are usually the scapegoats when things go wrong because the decisions that they make have an impact on the result of the games that they officiate. As a matter of fact, referees have such an impact on games that online sportsbook soccer odds for teams change depending on the person officiating the game.

Chelsea, West Brom face FA charges after mid-week battle

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Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the Football Association on Friday for failing to control their players during Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

An already feisty encounter boiled over following an off-the-ball trip by West Brom's Claudio Yacob, who had already been booked, on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Chelsea, West Brom face FA charges after mid-week battle

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Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the Football Association on Friday for failing to control their players during Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

An already feisty encounter boiled over following an off-the-ball trip by West Brom's Claudio Yacob, who had already been booked, on Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

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England

Wayne Rooney has been named England’s Player of the Year

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been voted England's Player of the Year for the fourth time after breaking his country's scoring record, the Football Association announced on Tuesday. The 30-year-old took his England tally to 51 goals, breaking Bobby Charlton's longstanding record of 49, and top-scored with seven goals as Roy Hodgson's side qualified for Euro 2016 with a perfect record of 10 wins.

Wayne Rooney has been named England’s Player of the Year

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been voted England's Player of the Year for the fourth time after breaking his country's scoring record, the Football Association announced on Tuesday. The 30-year-old took his England tally to 51 goals, breaking Bobby Charlton's longstanding record of 49, and top-scored with seven goals as Roy Hodgson's side qualified for Euro 2016 with a perfect record of 10 wins.