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Prince Ali claims FIFA rival failed to protect imprisoned players amid torture allegations

dailymail.co.uk — Prince Ali has accused Sheikh Salman of not protecting Bahrain players Some players were imprisoned and allegedly tortured in the country Sheikh Salman is a member of the Bahrain royal family but denies claims Players were detained in 2011 during pro-democracy demonstrations The contest for the FIFA presidency has taken on a personal edge after the favourite was accused by one of his rivals of failing to protect players.

Champions League could see overhaul as Europe's top clubs review ways to make UEFA competition 'more attractive'

dailymail.co.uk — European Clubs' Association (ECA) to review Champions League this year ECA also to review Europa League in bid to make both 'more attractive' Clubs also want say in proposals to increase number of World Cup teams ECA argue international burden on players has already reached its limit Europe's leading clubs have played down the prospect of a breakaway from the Champions League but say changes to the competition may be needed to make it more attractive.

Big guns stay quiet as lesser lights dig deepest in transfer window

irishexaminer.com — Premier League clubs spent £175m (€231m) in the January transfer window - some £50m (€66m) short of the record - as clubs near the top of the table resisted the temptation to panic buy.

Gianni Infantino would be 'an ideal FIFA president', says senior international players' union and PFA figure Bobby Barnes

dailymail.co.uk — FIFPro president Philippe Piat endorsed Frenchman Jerome Champagne FIFPro's European Division president and PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes has backed Swiss candidate Gianni Infantino Barnes said not all 209 FIFA members should have an equal vote Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Prince Ali Bin Hussein, Tokyo Sexwale contest February 26 election against Infantino and Champagne One of the leading figures in the international players' union FIFPro has endorsed Gianni Infantino in the FIFA presidential election contest.

IFAB to decide on further trials for sin bins and video assistance for referees after receiving feedback from experiments with UEFA

dailymail.co.uk — The IFAB will look into the use of sin-bins and white cards Initial trials for the sin-bin took place at a Under-16 tournament UEFA president Michel Platini has called for measures to counter dissent Football's lawmakers will decide whether to proceed with trials for sin-bins as well as video assistance for referees next month.

BBC commits to showing Olympic Games until 2024 despite widespread cuts to sport

dailymail.co.uk — BBC has signed a new deal to show the Olympics for next eight years Director general Tony Hall said the Games 'unites the nation' The deal comes despite corporation's cuts to sports broadcasting Viewers were unable to see Andy Murray in Australian Open final The BBC has secured a deal to show the Olympics until at least the 2024 summer Games despite the corporation's fierce £35million cutbacks to its sports broadcasting.

Swiss prosecutors' FIFA probe aided by new information from whistle-blower

dailymail.co.uk — Swiss attorney general says case against FIFA making progress Formal charges against Sepp Blatter could be brought by end of the year A witness has provided 'interesting information' relevant to the case Swiss prosecutors say they have been given important evidence by a whistle-blower in their investigation into FIFA and its suspended president Sepp Blatter.

FA chairman Greg Dyke will not seek re-election in June

standard.co.uk — Greg Dyke will not seek re-election as Football Association chairman when his current term ends in June, he has said in a statement. More to follow

BBC cancels FIFA presidential candidates live debate as one candidate says no and others try to 'move the goalposts'

dailymail.co.uk — BBC have abandoned its planned FIFA presidential candidates debate Presenter Victoria Derbyshire said candidates would not agree to terms It is the third debate between the hopefuls that has been cancelled The BBC has been forced to abandon its plans to hold a debate between the FIFA presidential candidates.

IAAF likely to run with Nike as adidas pull plug over doping scandal

irishexaminer.com — The IAAF is expected to offer Nike the opportunity to take over as a top sponsor from rivals adidas after it was revealed the German sportswear giant is set to end its deal four years early. Adidas is in talks with athletics' world governing body to withdraw its sponsorship in the wake of the doping scandal which has rocked the sport.
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Feb 11, 2016

RT @james_corbett: @martynziegler Interesting enough for PA to pick up? No, because it's bollocks; based on hacked & doctored emails https:…

Feb 11, 2016

@CDegney @patrick_nally the German mag? Never heard of it before. Interesting Salman targeted well before he said he was standing

Feb 11, 2016

RT @richard_conway: Adidas terminate their contract with Sunderland's Adam Johnson. pic.twitter.com/HcpseUQq5F

Feb 11, 2016

This is interesting - a "disinformation campaign" planned against Sheikh Salman twitter.com/patrick_nally/…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @fieldproducer: Oh my @okgo have released a new video shot in zero gravity and it is incredible, mind-blowing choreography facebook.com/okgo/videos/10…

Feb 11, 2016

Announcement of new MUFC academy manager sounds in the offing - not had one since Brian McClair left in June: Chocs away.

Feb 11, 2016

Woodward admits pressure on big clubs to bring in players who can hit the ground running and are world class immediately.


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