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Spurs’ Winks drafted into England squad

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Uncapped Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks was brought into the England squad on Monday after Phil Jones and Fabian Delph withdrew through injury, the Football Association announced.

Winks, 21, was promoted from the England Under-21s squad for the senior team’s final two World Cup qualifiers at home to Slovenia on Thursday and away to Lithuania on Sunday.

‘Unacceptable’ Sampson sacked as England Women’s manager

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London (AFP) – England Women’s manager Mark Sampson was sacked on Wednesday after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time at a previous club.

Sampson had been the subject of accusations of racism, harassment and bullying made by former England player Eni Aluko.

‘Unacceptable’ Sampson sacked as England Women’s manager

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London (AFP) – England Women’s manager Mark Sampson was sacked on Wednesday after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time at a previous club.

Sampson had been the subject of accusations of racism, harassment and bullying made by former England player Eni Aluko.

Aluko slams ‘selfish’ England over Sampson celebrations

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London (AFP) – Eni Aluko has slammed her “selfish” former England team-mates following their touchline celebration with manager Mark Sampson during a women’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Aluko’s allegations of racism, harassment and bullying against Sampson caused controversy recently.

Aluko slams ‘selfish’ England over Sampson celebrations

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London (AFP) – Eni Aluko has slammed her “selfish” former England team-mates following their touchline celebration with manager Mark Sampson during a women’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Aluko’s allegations of racism, harassment and bullying against Sampson caused controversy recently.

Mane appeal failure no surprise to Klopp as Sevilla await

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Liverpool (AFP) – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday said he knew the club’s appeal to reduce Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension would be “a waste of time”.

The Senegal winger was shown a straight red card during Liverpool’s 5-0 loss away to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday after his high boot caught goalkeeper Ederson in the face.

FA reject Mane appeal against three-game ban

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London (AFP) – Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had his three-match suspension for a red card received for a high challenge on Manchester City’s Ederson upheld on Tuesday, after the Football Association rejected his claim of excessive punishment.

Senegal winger Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson in the face during City’s 5-0 win in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

FA reject Mane appeal against three-game ban

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London (AFP) – Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had his three-match suspension for a red card received for a high challenge on Manchester City’s Ederson upheld on Tuesday, after the Football Association rejected his claim of excessive punishment.

Senegal winger Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson in the face during City’s 5-0 win in the Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

FA reject Sadio Mane appeal against three-game ban

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London (AFP) – Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had his three-match suspension for a red card received for a high challenge on Manchester City’s Ederson upheld on Tuesday, after the Football Association rejected his claim of excessive punishment.

Senegal winger Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson in the face during City’s 5-0 win in the Premier League at Eastlands on Saturday.

FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Alli over finger gesture

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London (AFP) – England’s Dele Alli could face a suspension after FIFA on Friday confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings over the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s obscene gesture during a World Cup qualifier.

Alli stuck his middle finger up during the national side’s match against Slovakia on Monday but said after the game the hand signal had been directed at teammate Kyle Walker as a joke.

FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Alli over finger gesture

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London (AFP) – England’s Dele Alli could face a suspension after FIFA on Friday confirmed it had opened disciplinary proceedings over the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s obscene gesture during a World Cup qualifier.

Alli stuck his middle finger up during the national side’s match against Slovakia on Monday but said after the game the hand signal had been directed at teammate Kyle Walker as a joke.

Iceland featured in FIFA 18 game

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Iceland fans rejoice. The Nordic country’s national team will be featured in the FIFA 18 video game, its football association announced on Wednesday, after reaching an agreement with the developer EA Sports.

The deal comes nearly one year after Iceland rejected EA Sports’ first offer of two million kronur (around 15,500 euros, $18,400) for the FIFA 17 game because the football association deemed the amount too meagre, especially after the team’s success at Euro 2016.

Iceland featured in FIFA 18 game

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Reykjavik (AFP) – Iceland fans rejoice. The Nordic country’s national team will be featured in the FIFA 18 video game, its football association announced on Wednesday, after reaching an agreement with the developer EA Sports.

The deal comes nearly one year after Iceland rejected EA Sports’ first offer of two million kronur (around 15,500 euros, $18,400) for the FIFA 17 game because the football association deemed the amount too meagre, especially after the team’s success at Euro 2016.

Newcastle’s Mitrovic gets three-match ban

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London (AFP) – Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has been given a three-match ban after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

Mitrovic appeared to catch West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini with an elbow during Newcastle’s 3-0 win on Saturday in an incident that was not seen by referee Neil Swarbrick or his assistants.

‘Lagging’ Football Association damaging China development: official

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football is being held back by poor running of its football association, a senior FA official has admitted in unusually forthright terms, saying “there is no vision or foresight”.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has hit international headlines with a wave of big-name foreign signings but the national team ranks a lowly 77th in the FIFA world rankings, with their 2018 World Cup hopes effectively over.

‘Lagging’ Football Association damaging China development: official

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Shanghai (AFP) – Chinese football is being held back by poor running of its football association, a senior FA official has admitted in unusually forthright terms, saying “there is no vision or foresight”.

The Chinese Super League (CSL) has hit international headlines with a wave of big-name foreign signings but the national team ranks a lowly 77th in the FIFA world rankings, with their 2018 World Cup hopes effectively over.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

South Korea urges talks on joint football World Cup

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Seoul (AFP) – South Korea’s football association Tuesday said it wanted talks with China and Japan about a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup along with North Korea, an initiative aimed at easing tensions in the region.

The South’s new President Moon Jae-In first proposed the ambitious idea to FIFA chief Gianni Infantino in a meeting Monday, although Korean officials acknowledge China is likely to be lukewarm.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

Pep Guardiola not keen on diving clampdown

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has questioned the need to ban players for diving, suggesting instead that it would be better to concentrate on giving Premier League referees help by using more video technology.

Guardiola believes referees need more assistance from television because they find it difficult to keep up with play because the game is so quick.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

Indonesia vow on permits for footballers after Essien debacle

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s football association pledged Wednesday that work permits for foreigners would be issued faster after high-profile moves by former English Premier League stars Michael Essien and Carlton Cole were almost scuppered by red tape.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Indonesia vow on permits for footballers after Essien debacle

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Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia’s football association pledged Wednesday that work permits for foreigners would be issued faster after high-profile moves by former English Premier League stars Michael Essien and Carlton Cole were almost scuppered by red tape.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Essien, Cole caught without Indonesia work permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Essien, Cole caught without Indonesia work permits

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Bandung (Indonesia) (AFP) – Michael Essien and Carlton Cole are facing problems in Indonesia after their new club admitted it had not obtained work permits for the ex-English Premier League players.

The two were signed with great fanfare last month by Persib Bandung, one of the country’s best clubs, in a boost for Indonesian football as it seeks to bounce back from a FIFA suspension and launch a new league.

Argentina fire national football team coach Bauza

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

It was the first big move by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) since it last month picked new executives tasked with ending three years of turmoil in the Argentine game.

Bauza fired as Argentina national football team coach

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

It was the first big move by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) since it last month picked new executives tasked with ending three years of turmoil in the Argentine game.

Bauza fired as Argentina coach – AFA

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – Argentina’s football association fired Edgardo Bauza as coach of the crisis-hit national team as it struggles to qualify for next year’s World Cup, the head of the body said Monday.

It was the first big move by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) since it last month picked new executives tasked with ending three years of turmoil in the Argentine game.

English FA invites brain disease research

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London (AFP) – England’s football authorities on Thursday invited applications for independent research into whether playing the sport heightens the risk of degenerative brain disease in later life.

It follows a campaign by the family of former West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle, whose 2002 death from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was linked to repeatedly heading heavy leather footballs.

English FA invites brain disease research

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London (AFP) – England’s football authorities on Thursday invited applications for independent research into whether playing the sport heightens the risk of degenerative brain disease in later life.

It follows a campaign by the family of former West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle, whose 2002 death from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was linked to repeatedly heading heavy leather footballs.

Manchester City fined £35,000 over Liverpool protest

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have been fined £35,000 ($44,000, 40,000 euros) by the Football Association for a failure to control their players against Liverpool earlier this month.

City pleaded guilty to a misconduct charge last week after several players were seen protesting against the award of a penalty to Liverpool in a Premier League match at Eastlands on March 19.

Manchester City fined £35,000 over Liverpool protest

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have been fined £35,000 ($44,000, 40,000 euros) by the Football Association for a failure to control their players against Liverpool earlier this month.

City pleaded guilty to a misconduct charge last week after several players were seen protesting against the award of a penalty to Liverpool in a Premier League match at Eastlands on March 19.

European Soccer

Thursday Kickoff: Tuchel, Argentina, Messi and more

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In the wake of the bus explosion that rocked the club, Borussia Dortmund's manager hit out at UEFA for what he saw as a "lousy" decision.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel ripped UEFA for the quick turnaround following the attack on the club's bus that injured Marc Bartra. (REPORT)

Sevilla released a statement warning Argentina not to pursue hiring head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has been linked with the job in recent weeks.

Friday Kickoff: Griezmann, Mane, FIFA and more

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A number of the world's biggest teams continue their pursuit of one of the world's best forwards, headlining Friday's news.

Antoine Griezmann's adviser says the Atletico Madrid forward is a target of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid. (REPORT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane is officially ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

The Rest

FA’s ban on diving is a good idea even with flaws

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In a strong move, one that has been in demand for a while now, the Football Association voted in favour of introducing retrospective bans for diving.

Under the new rules, passed by the governing body, a panel will review footage each Monday, looking for instances of simulation.

The group will comprise a former manager, an ex-player and a former referee, who will watch the footage independently.