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Snub for Prince William as FA blocks plan to modernise

thetimes.co.uk — The winds of change may be sweeping through Fifa and Uefa, but moves to modernise the FA have been mothballed despite a personal plea from the Duke of Cambridge. Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, arrived in Budapest yesterday for the Uefa Congress, his last before he steps down in July, in the knowledge that his whole programme of reforms has been shelved by the FA board.

Bournemouth fined £7.6m for losses in Championship

thetimes.co.uk — Bournemouth have had to pay a fine of £7.6 million for breaching financial fair play rules after piling up huge losses last season as they won promotion to the Barclays Premier League, the club's accounts have revealed.

Leicester ready to cash in on title glory

Leicester ready to cash in on title glory
thetimes.co.uk — Leicester City will earn £93 million from the distribution of Premier League television money if they are crowned champions - £21 million more than last season - but the full financial value of winning the title will not become apparent to the club until next year.

Tour of Britain snubbed by Osborne’s ‘unfair’ funding plan

Tour of Britain snubbed by Osborne’s ‘unfair’ funding plan
thetimes.co.uk — The government has been accused of unfairly propping up the Tour de Yorkshire to the detriment of the Tour of Britain. Organisers of the national race say that public funding for the Yorkshire event is helping to prevent their race passing through Britain's biggest county.

Platini appeal goes to court

Platini appeal goes to court
thetimes.co.uk — Michel Platini's appeal against a six-year ban will take place in Switzerland today, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport still able to impose a lifetime suspension if it judges that bribery and corruption were a factor. Fifa's ethics committee, which imposed the original ban, had accepted that corruption could not be proved, but the three-member CAS panel will examine the evidence afresh.

Olympic stars play it cool in lighter, faster Rio kit

Olympic stars play it cool in lighter, faster Rio kit
thetimes.co.uk — Britain's athletes will be kitted out for the Rio Olympics in outfits that are cooler and lighter than those worn for London, although the medal-winning diver Tom Daley admitted that there was little room for marginal gains in his micro trunks.

Sutton quits over para-cycling and sexism slurs

Sutton quits over para-cycling and sexism slurs
thetimes.co.uk — Shane Sutton has resigned as technical director of British Cycling after allegations of discrimination and bullying behaviour towards women and disabled cyclists, plunging the sport into turmoil with only 100 days to go to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Hillsborough guilty ‘should be shaking in their boots’

Hillsborough guilty ‘should be shaking in their boots’
thetimes.co.uk — Dalglish warning on day deaths ruled unlawful Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to the Hillsborough families and the survivors of the tragedy, but said that those who were responsible for the subsequent cover-up should be "shaking in their boots" with the prospect of "recompense" looming large after an inquest ruled yesterday that the 96 victims of the disaster had been unlawfully killed.

Terrace violence made way for women and high prices

Terrace violence made way for women and high prices
thetimes.co.uk — English football changed for ever after Hillsborough. It was the fifth disaster at British football grounds in the 20th century, and the second that decade, but it was only then that laws were brought in that fundamentally altered the sport.

Blatter hails Queen’s football feel

Blatter hails Queen’s football feel
thetimes.co.uk — New book by former Fifa president reveals love of Boleyn Ground and bid to oust African president It may have been a throwaway comment, but the fact that the Queen once remarked to Sepp Blatter at a Buckingham Palace function that she recognised him was enough to propel her to fifth place in his league table of the world leaders who know most about football.
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May 02, 2016

@RobStewart_ Atleti defenders not lying down when the winger is running at them helps too, I understand

May 02, 2016

You probably know this but Atletico's 'goals conceded' column is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/cDSeEzaPoK

May 02, 2016

RT @legsidelizzy: written something for Cricket Monthly - it's very personal and not very good but hey read it anyway....please. https://t.thecricketmonthly.com/story/995775/h…o/bCwpaBOGdO


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