UK-based sports reporter for The Associated Press, covering news, off-field issues, finances & live action. Broadcast appearances too. Previously general news

UK mulls criminal probe into FIFA bids case

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - A criminal investigation into allegations of World Cup bidding corruption could be opened in Britain. The Serious Fraud Office has said in a letter to a British legislator seen by The Associated Press that it is pursuing "every reasonable line of inquiry, including working closely with appropriate overseas authorities."

Rule-making panel against plan for video replays

bigstory.ap.org — BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - Soccer's rule-making panel is against FIFA president Sepp Blatter's plan to begin testing video replays to help referees. Blatter has said he wants replays to be tested in a domestic league and at next year's Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, giving coaches the right once or twice in each half to challenge a refereeing decision.

Valcke: FIFA faces 'years' to rebuild reputation

bigstory.ap.org — BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke acknowledged Tuesday that it will take "years to rebuild our reputation" following the World Cup bidding corruption investigation.

Irish football chief sorry for nationalist song

bigstory.ap.org — BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) - The Football Association of Ireland chief executive apologized on Tuesday for any offense caused by singing an Irish nationalist song in a pub. A video posted on YouTube shows John Delaney in a pub singing "The Ballad of Joe McDonnell" about a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died in a 1981 prison hunger strike.

Record crowd at Wembley for England women's team

news.yahoo.com — LONDON (AP) - The first England women's game at the new Wembley Stadium was spoiled by Germany, with the European champions sweeping to a 3-0 victory in the landmark friendly on Sunday. Building on a steady but growing interest in women's sport here after the 2012 London Olympics, all 55,000 tickets were sold, although around 10,000 fans didn't turn up amid bad weather and local transport closures.

Premier League TV rights sale under investigation

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - English Premier League fans at home could have access to as many matches live on television as audiences abroad after an investigation was launched by Britain's broadcasting watchdog on Tuesday. Most games kick off at 3 p.m.

News from The Associated Press

hosted.ap.org — LONDON (AP) -- For the third straight game, the United States wilted under late pressure. Teofilo "Teo" Gutierrez headed in a tiebreaking goal in the 87th minute, and Colombia rallied to beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in an exhibition at Fulham's Craven Cottage "In a way, you've got to be men.

US falters late in 2-1 loss to Colombia in London

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - For the third straight game, the United States wilted under late pressure. Teofilo "Teo" Gutierrez headed in a tiebreaking goal in the 87th minute, and Colombia rallied to beat the United States 2-1 Friday night in an exhibition at Fulham's Craven Cottage.

England rejects FIFA criticism of World Cup bid

bigstory.ap.org — The English Football Association rejected criticism of its failed bid for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday after it was accused by a FIFA ethics judge of damaging the integrity of the bid process. FIFA judge Joachim Eckert's report found "potentially problematic facts and circumstances" surrounding the bid, specifically criticizing England's attempts to woo disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

Qatar to World Cup critics: We're no vampires

news.yahoo.com — DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Qatar's sports minister says the 2022 World Cup will set a benchmark of excellence that will be "almost impossible to beat" and promised in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press that the Gulf nation will implement labor reforms in the next few months.
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Nov 26, 2014

Full statement from Football Association of Ireland backing its nationalist-song singing chief executive to stay fai.ie/domestic/news/…

Nov 26, 2014

FAI: "John has publicly apologised if he offended anyone for singing the nationalist song ... we are happy to bring the matter to a close"

Nov 26, 2014

FA of Ireland backs CEO despite singing nationalist song: “Board is more than pleased with the way John Delaney is running the Association"

Nov 26, 2014

RT @SamWallaceIndy: Q: You seemed to be having a discussion with Ramos at the end. Klopp: 'No, a discussion would be two people talking. Only I spoke'

Nov 26, 2014

Klopp: "We have to admit we aren't as confident and easy going as in positive periods. Did I say it yesterday or dream it?"

Nov 26, 2014

Klopp has identified first problem he needs to solve as Arsenal manager, questioning why no microphone in press conference for questions

Nov 26, 2014

Wenger says Jack Wilshere sees specialist on Thursday, unclear if needs operation yet

Nov 26, 2014

Wenger: Arteta calf problem that "looks quite serious"

Nov 26, 2014

Wenger: "I don't try to think anymore what people think"

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