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Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote dies aged 30

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.

Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

Africa Cup of Nations winner Tiote dies: spokesman

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London (AFP) – Ivory Coast international midfielder Cheick Tiote has died aged 30 while training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, his spokesman announced in a statement on Monday.

Tiote, who was part of the Ivory Coast squad that delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23 year drought although he was injured for the final, had only moved to China in February after ending a seven year stay with English outfit Newcastle United.

Blatter loses appeal against ban – spokesman

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Lausanne (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday upheld a six year ban against former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, the disgraced powerbroker's spokesman told AFP.

Blatter, who was ousted over a suspicious payment to ex-UEFA leader Michel Platini, called the verdict "incomprehensible" in a statement released even before the tribunal had officially given its decision.

Polish fan threw TV out of third-storey window after Russia scored

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When Alan Dzagoev put Russia ahead in their heated Group A tie with Poland, the co-hosts may have feared the kind of onslaught the Russians delivered to the Czech Republic in their opening game.

One Polish supporter was so distraught by this prospect that he 'pulled a Keith Richards' and threw his TV out of his third-storey window in frustration.

UEFA

UEFA working on Euro 2016 ‘contingency plans,’ says spokesman

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UEFA is not considering staging the European Championships in France behind closed doors but is working on "contingency plans" because of security fears after the Brussels attacks, a UEFA spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed-doors," spokesman Pedro Pinto said.

UEFA working on Euro 2016 ‘contingency plans,’ says spokesman

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UEFA is not considering staging the European Championships in France behind closed doors but is working on "contingency plans" because of security fears after the Brussels attacks, a UEFA spokesman told AFP on Wednesday.

"We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed-doors," spokesman Pedro Pinto said.

Liverpool

Video: Liverpool supporters throw flares at Man Utd fans

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Video footage has emerge that seemingly shows flares being thrown at Manchester United fans from the Liverpool end during last night's Capital One Cup meeting between the two sides. The FA is now investigating the matter following reports that four flares were thrown by somebody among the 7,200 Liverpool supporter in attendance at Old Trafford.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United monitor ‘the new Neymar’

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A host of Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on 17-year-old Santos starlet Victor Andrade, who is touted a 'the new Neymar'. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle United are all monitoring the forward, who is yet to sign a new contract with the Brazilian side. His agents, NVA Entertainment Group, confirmed [.

Is Liverpool striker Luis Suarez set for shock Arsenal transfer?

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Liverpool star Luis Suarez is rumoured to be on his way to Arsenal after bookies William Hill stopped taking bets on the deal. A series of massive bets made in Spain on the Uruguayan moving to the Gunners forced the bookermakers to close the market, with a spokesman adding that it "would suggest they have [.

Valencia Hire Mauricio Pellegrino As Their New Coach

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Valencia have announced the appointment of former defender Mauricio Pellegrino as their new coach. The former assistant manager to Rafael Benitez at Liverpool and Inter Milan, Pellegrino has signed a two-year deal with Valencia.

Valencia president Manuel Llorente told the club's official website:

"The board have signed and ratified the agreement reached this past Friday with Mauricio Pellegrini, who will be the first-team manager for the next two seasons.

Branson Calls For Cup Rethink

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Virgin boss Richard Branson has asked the Football Association to rethink the timing of next month's FA Cup final in the light of travel problems faced by Liverpool fans.
Major maintenance work means rail travel, of which Virgin are the main providers, is likely to be severely disrupted over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Reds Land Crewe Starlet

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Crewe Alexandra has confirmed that midfield starlet Dan Smith has signed for Liverpool.
Manchester City was also keen on the 16-year-old midfielder, who is an England youth international.
But Liverpool has now moved to agree a deal reported to be worth around £250,000, although if he makes the first-team it could possibly rise to £1million.

Liverpool sign Crewe Alexandra teenager Dan Smith

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The Reds have beaten Manchester City to Snap up the highly-rated 16-year-old Dan Smith from Crewe Alexandra for a fee thought to be in the region of £300,000.

Crewe had hoped the England youth international would stay after his proposed switch to Manchester City fell through last month however Liverpool were quick to hijack the move and sealed a deal for the 16-year-old.

Liverpool thought the racist gesture was a highlight of the Manchester United game

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Liverpool have apologised after they used footage of a fan making a racist gesture towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in a highlights package on their official website. A spokesman for Liverpool FC told the BBC: "We can confirm that footage was mistakenly included in the highlights package that appeared on the website.

Arsenal

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust criticise Arsene Wenger’s obsession with kids

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Arsenal Supporters' Trust has said Arsene Wenger risks holding the club back because of his "obsession" with developing young players. Tim Payton, a spokesman for AST, has criticised the Gunners manager following Saturday's 1-3 home defeat to Aston Villa. Payton said: "We don't know what's going on but clearly there's a manager that by his [.

Shakhtar Donetsk offer ‘best financial package’ for Arsenal target Bernard

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Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk have made the best offer for Arsenal transfer target Bernard, according to his current club Atletico Mineiro. The Gunners, Shakhtar and Porto are all vying for the Brazil international's signature. Arsene Wenger's side were the favourites to land the 20-year-old just a few days ago, but they now appear to be [.

Van Persie wants quick resolution to Arsenal exit (and prefers Juventus?)

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Another day and yet another story about Robin Van Persie I'm afraid as he has been in the papers again, and wants an early meeting with the Arsenal management to get his future sorted out as quick as possible. After his carefully worded insult to Arsene Wenger, Peter Hill-Wood and the club in general, it [.

Abuja Stadium will NOT be re-grassed ahead of Arsenal match

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The JustArsenal team got completely slated by our Nigerian readers the other day for daring to suggest that the Abuja National Stadium would not be ready in time for the game against Arsenal on August 5th. After an inspection in May, a spokesman for the organizers said that the pitch would be fixed before Arsenal's [.

West Brom to give Roy Hodgson a mask tribute send-off

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West Brom supporters are plotting to give manager Roy Hodgson a fond farewell as he departs to take the England job by donning masks of his face. Baggies fans are planning an England-themed day for Hodgson's final game in charge at the Hawthorns, which is against Arsenal on May 13. Thousands of supporters are [.

Jose Mourinho’s spokesman of course had something to say about Barca-Milan

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Though Jose Mourinho claimed he would not watch the second leg of Barcelona and Milan's Champions League quarterfinal, the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic invoked his name after the referee gave Barca two decisive penalties must have called Mourinho's attention to the situation.

So, Jose's official spokesman Eladio Parames (who may or may not be one of Jose's pseudonyms) went on Twitter after the match and shared a very Mourinhoish point of view about Barcelona in the Champions League.

Manchester United

Wayne Rooney asks to leave Manchester United, request turned down

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford but his request was refused by the club. The England star made a verbal transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson two weeks ago. This was dismissed by United. A United spokesman said: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale." Rooney, who is being linked [.

Man United Shirt Deal With Chevy Worth A Reported $559M

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Manchester United's new shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet is worth an "incredible" $559 million under its seven-year shirt sponsorship agreement.

Chevrolet takes over from the insurer Aon starting with the 2014-15 season. Manchester United said it will receive $70 million during the first season of the new deal.

English Premier League

Portsmouth charge Carlisle £20 to park their team bus

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Ever since Premier League sides stopped rolling over for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team, parking the bus had been considered to be disappointing tactics for a team to employ but it doesn't usually invoke a financial penalty. That's all changed now after Portsmouth charged opponents Carlisle £20 to park their coach during Saturday's 1-1 draw [.

Future News: Owen Hargreaves announces he will join Chelsea in FIFA 13

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Former England international Owen Hargreaves has announced that he intends to sign with Chelsea in the upcoming EA Sports video game FIFA 13. The 31-year-old midfielder, who made just four appearances with Manchester City before he was released at the end of last season, was unable to find a new club during the summer transfer window.

Tevez To Make City Comeback Against Preston

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Some good news for City fans as their striker Carlos Tevez is set to star for City in a reserve League Cup tie against Preston on Tuesday. According to a spokesman for the club, Tevez who only resumed training with the first team last Thursday, is expected to make a relatively 'gentle competitive' appearance in Tuesday's match.

Glasgow Rangers Head Towards Administration

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Shocking news out of Scotland where Rangers have filed notice of their intention to enter administration as they admitted they could be facing a tax bill of 'substantially more than £50million'.

Rangers lodged papers at the Court of Session in Edinburgh and said a final decision would be taken in the next two weeks.

Major League Soccer

Sounders Injury Report Improving

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Today's Sounders U23 v Sounders FC scrimmage saw both Steve Zakuani and Josh Ford get time on the field. As of today's MLS Injury Report both are moving towards healthy on the four step report. David Estrada's injury in practice does not make the report.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); DF Patrick Ianni (lower back pain); DF Leo Gonzalez (L quad strain); DF Adam Johansson (R hamstring strain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture); QUESTIONABLE: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture)

A Seattle Sounders FC spokesman has confirmed that Ford is still on the short-term Injured List.

Galaxy add Brazilian pair

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Less than a week after bringing American Edson Buddle back to Los Angeles, the team has bolstered the roster further by unveiling two Brazilians.

Earlier this week, the Galaxy officially announced that the club had reached an agreement with Brazilian club São Paulo FC, allowing midfielder Juninho to return on loan for the 2012 season.

Roberto Carlos

Lokomotiv Moscow Dismiss Banana Thrown At Anzhi’s Chris Samba As ‘Surreptitious’ Set-Up

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By Chris Wright

It is being reported that Anzhi centre-half Christopher Samba was given the ol' Russian Banana Salute (as given to Roberto Carlos and Peter Odemwingie before him) by Lokomotiv Moscow fans during Sunday evening's game between the two sides.

Man who threw banana at Roberto Carlos says he did it out of anger, not racism

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The Russian fan who threw a banana at Roberto Carlos back in June -- the second banana incident involving the Brazilian during his time with Anzhi -- has been aprehended and confessed to the police, but he claims he didn't do it out of racist intent, just general fury.

From RIA Novosti:

"The person who threw it was arrested with the help of surveillance cameras.

The Rest

QPR defender Stephane Mbia tweets Joey Barton to ask if they can swap clubs again

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QPR have launched an internal investigation after Stephane Mbia took to Twitter to begin talks about a move away from the club. Mbia tweeted Joey Barton who moved to Marseille on loan as part of the deal that saw Mbia move to Loftus Road asking if they could swap back. He tweeted: "Do [...]

Ever Banega’s new Ferrari burnt to a crisp, continuing his bad experiences with his own cars

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Valencia's Ever Banega has terrible luck when it comes to cars. Back in February, he suffered a broken ankle that kept him out for six months after it rolled backwards while he was filling up at a gas station because he forgot to set the handbrake. Now, his super expensive new Ferrari has been charred to a crisp because of a mysterious "short circuit.

Jose Mourinho’s Eye-Poke Ban Lifted For Spanish Cup

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Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's ban for poking Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in the eye last year was lifted Tuesday, clearing the way for the pair to meet at the Spanish Super Cup next month.

Mourinho had been banned for poking Vilanova in the eye during an on-field brawl at the end of a Super Cup match last year.

QPR Reporting Back for Training in Ten Days (Training Day Flashbacks)

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Llama backs Chelsea in Champions League final

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Since the death of Paul, the oracle octopus who had a perfect record in predicting winners at the 2010 World Cup, there have been many other animals to copy his schtick and they have all been pretty terrible. But since Bayern Munich are playing the Champions League final at their home ground, Chelsea will need all the support they can get.

Neymar: Social Networking Or Notworking?

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A month after Neymar posted his mobile number on Twitter, the Santos player's services were called upon to launch a new social media network for footie fans. The 20-year-old spokesman wore a backwards cap to Monday's Palpiteros.com presser in Brazil, which really accentuated the animosity in his stellar 'bitch, please!

Questions loom ahead of Majors season

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The spring portion of the Wisconsin Adult Soccer Association Major League's 2011-12 season is scheduled to start April 29 – and it could be the organization's last season overseeing adult soccer in the state.

The U.S. Soccer Federation Board of Directors revoked the membership of the Wisconsin Soccer Association/WASA as the adult state association for Wisconsin on Jan.

Bahrain face FIFA investigation after suspicious 10-0 win

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Bahrain went into last night's World Cup qualifier with Indonesia needing to overcome a nine-goal deficit to have any hope of progressing out of their group. As luck would have it, they managed to beat their feckless opponents 10-0.

Following the serendipitous result — in which they even managed to miss two penalties — the side managed by former England head honcho Peter Taylor now face a match fixing probe from FIFA.

Yes, I am kicking this back up.

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Directly from an EPL spokesman back in 2006:"As a rule, if the initial attempt is goal-bound, it is credited to the player making the goal attempt. However, if the deflection means that a wayward effort results in a goal then it is attributed to the player who had the last definitive touch of the ball.

Harry Redknapp Cleared Of Tax Evasion

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In a decision that was undoubtably cheered at the FA's headquarters, a jury today cleared Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric of tax evasion.

Speaking on the steps of Southwark Crown Court, Redknapp said the case "should never have come to court".