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Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the opening goal during his side's World Cup Group B clash against Morocco on June 20, 2018
Referee criticised for requesting Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt
Morocco midfielder Nordin Amrabat alleges that referee Mark Geiger asked Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt during his side's 1-0 loss to Portugal at the Luzhniki Stadium.
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Football Association condemns anti-Semitic behaviour by England fans at World Cup
The Football Association condemns the "disgraceful conduct" of a group of purported England fans displaying anti-Semitic behaviour at the World Cup in Russia.
20:23
Gareth Southgate during an England training session on May 28, 2018
England boss Gareth Southgate suffers dislocated shoulder
The Football Association reveals that England manager Gareth Southgate suffered a dislocated shoulder while running near the team's World Cup base in Repino.
19:50
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Lord Alan Sugar sorry for comparing Senegal World Cup players to beach sellers
Businessman and Tottenham Hotspur owner Lord Alan Sugar apologises for a tweet comparing Senegal's World Cup team to merchandise sellers on the "beach in Marbella".
19:09
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia pictured on August 13, 2016
Tony Xia aiming to sell stake in Aston Villa?
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia reportedly considers selling a stake in the club to ease its financial troubles.
17:11
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Osama bin Laden planned to target England in World Cup terror plot?
Claims in a new book suggest that Osama Bin Laden planned to carry out a terrorist attack on the England team at the 1998 World Cup.
Jun 19, 14:03
England's Harry Kane scores their second goal in the game against Tunisia on June 18, 2018
Tunisia-England game in World Cup most-watched programme in 2018
The BBC says that Monday's World Cup fixture between England and Tunisia attracted a peak television audience of 18.3m, making it the most-watched programme of 2018.
Jun 19, 11:40
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Multiple injuries in Moscow after taxi crashes into pedestrians
Police in the World Cup host city of Moscow say that at least seven people have been injured after a taxi crashed into pedestrians on a pavement near Red Square.
Jun 16, 19:37
Chelsea loanee Kenedy in action for Newcastle United during his side's Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion on April 28, 2018
FA planning transfer changes after Brexit?
The FA reportedly proposes that top-flight clubs should be banned from loaning overseas players to each other after Brexit.
Jun 16, 11:12
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool in Kiev
Eleven Sports working on Sky deal for La Liga
Eleven Sports is reportedly working on a deal to bring a new channel showing La Liga games to Sky customers.
Jun 16, 10:49
Rainbow laces in action
England players to wear rainbow laces?
England players are reportedly given free choice over whether to wear rainbow laces at the World Cup in Russia.
Jun 16, 10:38
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during a Portugal training session on June 5, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo 'accepts two-year suspended prison sentence'
A report claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted a two-year suspended prison sentence, on top of paying £16.5m, to end his long-running tax fraud case.
Jun 15, 14:46
The World Cup trophy pictured in February 2018
England 'in pole position for 2030 World Cup'
England are reportedly in a strong position to be awarded the World Cup in 2030 following the announcement for the 2026 tournament on Wednesday.
Jun 14, 12:47
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Birmingham City rename stadium
Birmingham City announce that their stadium's name will change as part of a new rights partnership with investment company Trillion Trophy Asia Ltd.
Jun 14, 11:10
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Three Championship players arrested in Ibiza?
Three players for a London-based Championship team are reportedly arrested in Ibiza following allegations of a sexual assault.
Jun 14, 08:18
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia pictured on August 13, 2016
Aston Villa 'set to hold talks with Football League to discuss financial plans'
Aston Villa are reportedly set to meet with EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey to discuss the financial situation of the club ahead of next season.
Jun 13, 20:59
England's Ashley Young during the press conference on May 28, 2018
England players 'request to watch Love Island while on World Cup duty'
The England squad reportedly ask for ITV2's Love Island to be broadcast in their hotel rooms in Russia.
Jun 13, 19:29
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia pictured on August 13, 2016
Aston Villa 'seeking £30m cash investment'
Owner Tony Xia is reportedly looking to secure a £30m investment to improve Aston Villa's financial situation before the start of next season.
Jun 13, 16:02
The World Cup trophy pictured in February 2018
USA, Canada, Mexico to host 2026 World Cup
The USA, Canada and Mexico win the right to host the 2026 World Cup after a joint bid.
Jun 13, 12:02
Liverpool players model their new away kit for the 2018-19 season
Liverpool unveil new purple away kit
Liverpool unveil their new purple away kit for the upcoming campaign.
Jun 13, 11:25
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US tycoon Peter Freund 'ends interest in Aston Villa takeover'
US tycoon Peter Freund reportedly cools his interest in a potential takeover of Aston Villa.
Jun 12, 22:09
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier in action during the Premier League clash with Leicester City on May 13, 2018
Eric Dier: 'Tottenham Hotspur players addicted to Mate tea'
Eric Dier admits that some of his Tottenham teammates will be packing 'Mate' tea to the World Cup in Russia next week.
Jun 12, 21:52
Romelu Lukaku and Pepe in action during the international friendly between Belgium and Portugal on June 2, 2018
Romelu Lukaku unveils reasons behind not signing a boot deal
Romelu Lukaku reveals the reason he did not sign a boot deal last season, having most recently played in Puma boots in Belgium's friendlies ahead of the World Cup.
Jun 12, 20:42
General view of Borussia Dortmund fans at Signal Iduna Park on April 12, 2017
Borussia Dortmund increase stadium capacity by six seats
Borussia Dortmund add six more seats to their Signal Iduna Park stadium, taking the overall capacity to 81,365 ahead of the new season.
Jun 12, 11:42
Javier Hernandez in Mexico training on October 4, 2017
Javier Hernandez: 'No escorts at pre-World Cup party'
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez denies claims that there were escorts present at a recent house party with his international teammates.
Jun 12, 10:46
Harold Cummings in action for Panama in May 2016
Harold Cummings: 'Panama players banned from sex during World Cup'
Panama defender Harold Cummings reveals that head coach Hernan Dario Gomez has banned his players from seeing and having sex with their partners during the World Cup.
Jun 11, 21:29
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Former England international Stan Anderson dies, aged 85
Former Sunderland, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough captain Stan Anderson dies at the age of 85.
Jun 11, 20:19
FIFA HQ pictured in September 2017
Association of Football Agents rejects income cap proposal
The Association of Football Agents tells FIFA that it would welcome more regulation as part of new transfer proposals but has rejected the idea of an income cap.
Jun 11, 19:53
Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness attends a news conference in Beijing, China, July 18, 2016
Report: Keith Wyness to sue Aston Villa for constructive dismissal
Keith Wyness is suing Aston Villa for constructive dismissal after departing the club, according to a report.
Jun 11, 19:15
The World Cup trophy pictured in February 2018
Robbie Williams to sing at World Cup opener
Robbie Williams will be part of the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday, it has been confirmed.
Jun 11, 10:51
Jermain Defoe in action for Bournemouth on December 17, 2017
Jermain Defoe has "mixed emotions" after OBE award recognition
Jermain Defoe says that he feels "mixed emotions" after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his charitable work away from the football field.
Jun 9, 19:01
Maria Bueno pictured at an exhibition match in December 2005
Brazilian tennis legend Maria Bueno dies, aged 78
Brazilian tennis legend Maria Bueno passes away at the age of 78.
Jun 9, 17:52
FIFA HQ pictured in September 2017
FIFA to introduce January transfer window cap?
FIFA is reportedly discussing a potential January transfer cap that would limit clubs to a maximum of four signings in the window.
Jun 9, 14:00
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Russia 'to ban spirits on trains during World Cup'
Russia is said to be implementing a ban on the sale of spirits on trains during the World Cup finals.
Jun 8, 22:51
Kenny Dalglish pictured on October 14, 2017
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours list
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish receives a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Jun 8, 22:32
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia pictured on August 13, 2016
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia "heartbroken" over financial crisis
Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia admits that he has been left "heartbroken" by the club's financial turmoil.
Jun 8, 22:09

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