Chief Sports Reporter, Press Association, views entirely my own, gags probably stolen.

Dave Whelan accepts FA charge relating to comments about Jewish and Chinese people — The Guardian interviewed Whelan in the wake of his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club's new manager, at a time when the Scot was the subject of an investigation into reported racist and anti-Semitic texts sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.

Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United given transfer embargoes after breaking Financial Fair Play rules — The Championship trio will be unable to sign players from January 1 2015 All three have been punished for breaking Financial Fair Play rules However the clubs can still make signings if certain criteria are met They can have their embargoes lifted at the end of the season if they prove they have stayed within the maximum deviation of £6million Blackburn, Leeds and Nottingham Forest will all have a transfer ban for the January window after breaching the Football League's financial fair play (FFP) rules.

Football League highlights set for switch from BBC to Channel 5 — It is understood Channel 5 will show the highlights at 9pm on Saturday evenings with the prime-time TV slot hugely appealing to the Football League clubs who want to attract younger audiences. The BBC has scheduled its highlights of matches from the Championship, League One and League Two beginning after Match of The Day - usually starting just before midnight and ending after 1am.

Friday night games: Premier League matches to be screened on Friday night from 2016-17 — Up to 10 games will be shown live on Friday evenings under the terms of the new broadcasting rights agreement. The Premier League has issued invitations to tender (ITT) for the broadcast rights for three seasons starting in August 2016 with 168 live matches available in total - 14 more than are currently shown and which means that 44 per cent of all Premier League games will be available live.

FIFA executive committee set to vote on publication of Michael Garcia's report into corruption in World Cup bidding process — FIFA's executive committee will meet next week in Marrakech They will be asked to vote on the publication of Michael Garcia's report Theo Zwanziger will formally put forward the proposal at the meeting Germany's member says names contained in report should be redacted FIFA's executive committee will be asked to vote on whether the Michael Garcia report into World Cup bidding should be published, it can be revealed.

Olympic events such as triple jump and swimming races under threat — The IOC will give greater flexibility to the Olympic programme New rules will allow future Olympic Games host cities to stage new sports IOC member Dick Pound has named sports which should be dropped Sebastian Coe responded to Pound by defending triple jump Historic Olympic events such as the triple jump and swimming races are in the line of fire after new rules were agreed by the IOC to allow more sports into future Games.

Sebastian Coe: Reputation of Athletics being disproportionately damaged by doping cases — Sebastian Coe claims doping cases in a small number of countries is damaging the reputation of Athletics Coe has promised that investigation into allegations of systematic doping in Russia will be completely independent Sebastian Coe claims athletics' reputation is being disproportionately damaged by doping cases involving a small number of countries and has promised that the investigation into allegations of systematic doping in Russia will be completely independent.

Louis van Gaal: I'm "not interested" whether Radamel Falcao is happy to be on Manchester United's substitutes bench — Van Gaal said Falcao's lack of match fitness means he can only play for 20 minutes or so in the fast pace of the Premier League, and that the demands of the squad mean he has to continue in that role as cover for other strikers rather than work on his fitness.

IOC set to increase number of Olympic sports... and could impose age limits that Sepp Blatter called discriminatory — International Olympic committee set to announce shake-up of the games Number of sports, currently 28, will be increased But number of athletes will remain set at 10,500 This means some sports may have to reduce the number of events The International Olympic Committee is set to bring in the biggest shake-up of the Games since 1999 when a raft of new proposals are put to the vote.

Chris Smalling: Manchester United are driven on by seeing City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool in the Champions League — Chris Smalling admits even the Champions League music makes them sad Manchester United are looking to qualify for the elite competition next year Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are in it this season 'We'll be making sure we don't miss out again next time,' insists Smalling The misery of being forced to watch other clubs in the Champions League this season is driving Manchester United to ensure that is not their fate next year, defender Chris Smalling has admitted.
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Dec 17, 2014

Over in Marrakesh, popping of corks heard in rooms occupied by Villar Llona, Makudi and D'Hooghe.

Dec 17, 2014

Michael Garcia confirms he has resigned as FIFA's independent ethics investigator. Highly predictable.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @gdunbarap: Michael Garcia has resigned as FIFA ethics prosecutor in protest

Dec 17, 2014

RT @RobHarris: AP Exclusive: FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia resigns - slams leadership, loses faith in Eckert. From @gdunbarap

Dec 16, 2014

RT @damonwake: Looks sadly likely that final #PeshawarAttack death toll will exceed 139 and thus become the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history.

Dec 16, 2014

WADA showing it means business - appoints hard-hitting former president Dick Pound to head investigation into Russian doping allegations.

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