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Burnley defender Michael Duff set for new deal as Sean Dyche plans for next season — Michael Duff has confirmed that he wants to continue playing next season The 37-year-old defender will be out of contract at the end of June Steven Reid will retire after facing Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday Sean Dyche wants to finish with a final day win after suffering relegation Burnley will bid farewell to one veteran player at Aston Villa on Sunday when Steven Reid takes his final bow, but 37-year-old Michael Duff will remain as part of the team next season.

Premier League should distribute more of their wealth to grassroots football, insists sports minister Tracey Crouch — Tracey Crouch has questioned why grassroots football is not receiving more funding from the Premier League The Premier League will receive £5.1billion from television rights The league has promised to donate £1billion to teams outside top flight However only a third of that will go to clubs in grassroots football New sports minister Tracey Crouch says the Premier League should give more of its riches to grassroots football - and says there are a 'variety of levers' to encourage the top flight to do so.

Russia should be stripped from hosting 2018 World Cup because they are 'waging a war', says Poland FA chief Zbigniew Boniek — Zbigniew Boniek, the former Poland international who is now chairman of the Polish Football Association, has called for Russia to be stripped of the 2018 World Cup because of its involvement in the Ukraine civil war. Boniek, who played at Juventus alongside UEFA president Michel Platini, said he will make his position clear at FIFA's Congress in Zurich next week.

PSG fans against UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules vow to continue fight in French courts — The Association of Angry Fans against Financial Fair Play are suing UEFA Fan group has vowed not to withdraw its legal action until rules change UEFA's president Michel Platini has confirmed restriction will be slackened But the group claim merely easing the rules is not enough A fans' group which is suing UEFA over financial fair play rules says it will not withdraw its legal action until there is a 'complete change' to the key regulations.

Michael van Praag pulls out of race for FIFA presidency and gives Prince Ali bin Al Hussein backing in battle with Sepp Blatter — Michael van Praag's race is run to become the next FIFA president The Dutch FA president will 'join forces' with Prince Ali bin Al Hussein Former Portugal international Luis Figo is still in contention Dutch FA president Michael van Praag has pulled out of the race for the FIFA presidency and has given his backing to Prince Ali bin Al Hussein.

Manchester United 'pleased' with Louis van Gaal's first season, insists Ed Woodward — United have all but qualified for the Champions League play-offs, the target given to Van Gaal when the Dutchman took over in the summer, and Woodward said the club's financial future was also looking rosy.

FIFA plan to reinstate vice-president Angel Villar Llona as head of referees despite being investigated over World Cup bidding

New sports minister Tracey Crouch is a Tottenham fan and FA-qualified coach who has spoken out against Russia and Qatar World Cups — Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, named new sports minister The 39-year-old is an FA qualified coach and is a Tottenham fan Crouch spoke out against World Cup being hosted in Russia and Qatar New sports minister Tracey Crouch is a Football Association-qualified coach who has raised questions over the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

Michael van Praag receives ITUC backing as Dutchman continues campaign to oust Sepp Blatter from FIFA hotseat — Dutch FA president Michael van Praag is one of three candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the presidency of FIFA He is being backed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Van Praag has spoken out against the poor living and working conditions imposed upon migrant workers involved in the Qatar World Cup Michael van Praag, the Dutch FA president who is one of three candidates challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, has been given the backing of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

QPR vow to fight any possible Financial Fair Play fine — Legal proceedings between QPR and the Football League remain ongoing QPR could face £58m fine if they are found guilty of breaching rules Charges relate to the west London side's accounts during 2013-14 season Relegated QPR have insisted they will fight any attempt by the Football League to impose a fine on the club for Financial Fair Play breaches.
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May 22, 2015

Full story on new sports minister @tracey_crouch calling on Premier League to give more to grass-roots:…

May 22, 2015

@Hughesy84 true tho she did specifically say that was just the UK rights

May 22, 2015

The sports minister's 1st interview since getting the job was on BBC Radio Kent - mistakenly referred to PL TV deal as £6bn not £5.1bn.

May 22, 2015

New sports minister @tracey_crouch calls for PL to give more money to grass-roots + says there are a ``variety of levers'' to encourage it.

May 22, 2015

@JoshRobinson23 @owen_g ta - even when Hayatou stood in 2002 more than half of the African nations voted for Blatter.

May 22, 2015

@owen_g @JoshRobinson23 good piece Josh - football same as just about every sport, v difficult to be incumbent - + who is 'Mohapi' ?

May 21, 2015

At this rate the 2022 World Cup will finish in 2024.

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