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Celtic pitted against Robin van Persie — Celtic have the prospect of facing Robin van Persie and Nani's new side Fenerbahce plus Ajax and Molde from Norway in Group A after they were drawn together in the Europa League group stages. The financial rewards of the Europa League have been increased by Uefa this season - and there is the carrot of the winners qualifying automatically for next season's Champions League.

UEFA president Michel Platini announces he will step down in 2019 if he fails to win FIFA election to replace Sepp Blatter — Michel Platini has announced he will step down as UEFA president in 2019 if he fails to win FIFA's top job in next year's election. Platini appeared at a UEFA news conference in Monaco but refused to speak in any detail about his campaign for the FIFA presidency - a move understood to prevent any suggestion that he is using UEFA resources in his bid to succeed Sepp Blatter.

UEFA Europa League draw: Tottenham face Anderlecht, Monaco and long-haul trip to Azerbaijan while Liverpool get Rubin Kazan and Celtic are handed Fenerbahce and Ajax | Daily Mail Online — Tottenham face a 12-hour round trip to Azerbaijan after being handed a tough group in the Europa League along with Anderlecht and Monaco. Mauricio Pochettino's side will play Qarabag from the Azerbaijani capital of Baku while Liverpool also face a long trip having been drawn with Russian side Rubin Kazan.

Manchester City drawn in group of death again — Manchester City's Champions League curse returned to haunt them yesterday after they were drawn with last season's finalists Juventus and Europa League winners Seville for the group stage of the competition. City, who have suffered tough draws in the last four seasons of the Champions League, were selected in Group D - with the other team being Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach.

Kevin De Bruyne has an astonishing offer from Manchester City, reveals Wolfsburg chief Klaus Allofs ahead of £54m transfer — Manchester City have offered Kevin De Bruyne more than £200,000-a-week The Belgium international is set to join City in a club record £54m deal Director of sport Klaus Allofs admits his club cannot compete with City Allofs expects a deal with Manchester City to be agreed by Friday morning Manchester City have made an 'astonishing' salary offer to Kevin De Bruyne, Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs has revealed.

Jose Mourinho could face former employers Real Madrid — Uefa's new seeding system means Jose Mourinho faces the possibility of his Chelsea side being in the same group as his old team Real Madrid when the draw for the Champions League takes place in Monaco today.

Lord Sebastian Coe condemns stain of drug cheats in athletics but insists IAAF have played no part in a cover up — THE bitter row over doping allegations in athletics has intensified with the two blood experts at the centre of the claims standing by their views despite a fierce attack by Sebastian Coe.

IAAF hit back at doping allegations as 'sensationalist and confusing' after claims 'at least one third' of distance running medal winners are using drugs | Daily Mail Online — IAAF released a statement on Tuesday defending their methods of testing New TV documentary claims drug use is prevalent in distance running Explosive claims based on blood values obtained from IAAF testing Ten medals at London 2012 were won by athletes with dubious test results German broadcaster ARD Claimed to

British Olympic and Paralympic funding is 'at odds with the current financial climate,' warns the Government — Government says overall cost of success is at odds with financial climate Tracey Crouch has launched public consultation on sport in the UK Numbers of participants in sport has continued to decline rapidly The increasing cost of funding success for Britain's Olympic and Paralympic athletes is 'at odds with the current financial climate', the Government has warned.
Aug 04, 2015

Funding for UK's Olympic + Paralympic athletes under threat in government shake-up of sport:…

British athletes caught doping will get life ban from funding, warns UK sport chief — UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl issues warning to British athletes Drugs scandal c laims over 800 athletes had suspicious blood test results Nicholl says UK sport have 'zero tolerance of doping' approach Any British athlete caught up in the latest drugs scandal to rock athletics faces a life ban from receiving funding if doping is proved.
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Sep 03, 2015

@footballmc nice one Cyril, and those Laoatians are meant to be hot stuff!

Sep 03, 2015

RT @brianhomewood: Carrard's first press conference a complete damp squib. Reveals nothing.

Sep 03, 2015

FIFA reform chief Carrard says 1st meeting "productive" - will please all those ethnic + schoolgirl players in USA […]

Sep 03, 2015

@RobStewart_ 90,000 at Wembley last Sat? No chance, loads + loads of empty seats.Truth of course is neither is better than the other

Sep 03, 2015

Man Utd spokesman says claims De Gea will be frozen out if doesnt sign new deal "rubbish" + "The team will always be picked solely on merit"

Sep 03, 2015

@DavidCushnan @dodo938 England 2018 WC bid v careful not use 'coming home' line. Strategy paid off in securing its one vote...

Sep 03, 2015

@kab45m ha ha yes exactly it is not just huge steaks.. hope you are well I'll drop you an email later

Sep 03, 2015

South Africa facing up to serious problem of high school rugby players taking steroids - my column from (cont)

Sep 03, 2015

@paulsimpsonHN Peckham's always been an under-rated place for wildlife

Sep 02, 2015

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