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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.

Dier wants England football fans to be ‘respectful’

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London (AFP) – Eric Dier has called on England fans to back the team in the “right way” following the offensive behaviour of some travelling supporters during Wednesday’s friendly international loss in Germany.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was overshadowed by away fans booing the German national anthem and singing unsavoury songs about the Second World War.

Dier wants England football fans to be ‘respectful’

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London (AFP) – Eric Dier has called on England fans to back the team in the “right way” following the offensive behaviour of some travelling supporters during Wednesday’s friendly international loss in Germany.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was overshadowed by away fans booing the German national anthem and singing unsavoury songs about the Second World War.

England’s Smalling out of Lithuania qualifier

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London (AFP) – Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is injured and will play no part in England’s World Cup qualifier with Lithuania on Sunday, the Football Association said on Friday.

In his place Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson got his first senior England call-up for the match at Wembley.

England’s Smalling out of Lithuania qualifier

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London (AFP) – Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is injured and will play no part in England’s World Cup qualifier with Lithuania on Sunday, the Football Association said on Friday.

In his place Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson got his first senior England call-up for the match at Wembley.

Manchester City charged with failing to control players: FA

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London (AFP) – Manchester City face a charge of failing to control their players by the Football Association for their surrounding the referee Michael Oliver when he awarded a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Oliver, the same referee who was surrounded by Manchester United players in the fractious FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea last week and resulted in the club being fined £20,000 (23,000 euros, $24,700), awarded a penalty to Liverpool when he judged Gael Clichy to have fouled Roberto Firmino in the 50th minute.

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.

Tottenham and Millwall to assist FA with probe into Son abuse

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall have both promised to assist a Football Association inquiry into the racist abuse directed towards Spurs forward Son Heung-Min during Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

South Korea star Son was taunted by Millwall supporters during Tottenham’s 6-0 victory at White Hart Lane and responded to the jibes with a hat-trick against the third-tier side.

Tottenham and Millwall to assist FA with probe into Son abuse

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London (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall have both promised to assist a Football Association inquiry into the racist abuse directed towards Spurs forward Son Heung-Min during Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final.

South Korea star Son was taunted by Millwall supporters during Tottenham’s 6-0 victory at White Hart Lane and responded to the jibes with a hat-trick against the third-tier side.

Bournemouth’s Howe backs banned ‘gentle giant’ Mings over stamp

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has come to the defence of “gentle giant” Tyrone Mings, saying Friday the defender did not deserve his five-match ban for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mings was suspended by the Football Association on Wednesday for standing on the head of the veteran forward during last weekend’s 1-1 draw in the Premier League at Old Trafford.

Mings gets five-game ban for Ibrahimovic stamp

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has been given a five-match ban for stamping on the head of Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

Bournemouth said they were “extremely disappointed” with the decision, which they described as “extraordinary”.

Mings gets five-game ban for Ibrahimovic stamp

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings has been given a five-match ban for stamping on the head of Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Football Association said on Wednesday.

Bournemouth said they were “extremely disappointed” with the decision, which they described as “extraordinary”.

Fourth sub introduced for FA Cup’s latter stages

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London (AFP) – Teams competing in the latter stages of this season’s FA Cup will be able to use a fourth substitute in extra-time, the Football Association announced on Friday.

The English FA last year agreed to play a lead role in testing the idea, which was proposed by football’s law-making-body the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

English Premier League

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.

Blow for Manchester United: Zlatan Ibrahimovic to serve three-match ban

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Swede striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will miss Manchester United's next three domestic games after he accepted his Football Association charge for violent conduct.

Ibrahimovic has been one of the top performers for United this season and has scored 26 goals in all competitions.

The FA had chargedboth Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings for separate incidents that took place during Manchester United's Premier League clash last Saturday.

Marc Bartra

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.