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

David Ginola’s improbable FIFA campaign - and the constantly changing messages

medium.com — For a presidential campaign based on making FIFA more transparent, the messages from David Ginola's team have been changing rapidly. The campaign team said on Saturday: "We expect crowd funding to reignite if we succeed in getting officially on the ballot. We have always been clear this needs to be a fan backed campaign.

Details of BBC’s £204m, 3-year deal to retain Premier League highlights 2016-19

medium.com — Premier League statement The Premier League has concluded the sales process for its UK highlights rights for the three seasons 2016/17 to 2018/19. The BBC has retained the rights with a bid of £204m. These rights cover the Saturday evening Match of the Day (MOTD) programme, the Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2 on Sunday evenings and other evenings when Premier League fixtures justify a programme.

Someone who won’t be running against Blatter …

medium.com — Someone who won't be running against Blatter ... "I would like to show my appreciation for everyone in Chile and abroad who voluntarily offered to work on the campaign. Many of them made big contributions with great ideas and useful suggestions.

Defying soccer logic, FA Cup provides weekend to savor

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - Forget for a moment how illogical it was that $300 million worth of soccer talent lost to a team which cost $12,000 to assemble. Forget how embarrassing it was for Jose Mourinho to see his Premier League-leading Chelsea side beaten by Bradford of the third tier.

Bookmaker-funded Ginola campaign could breach FIFA rules

washingtontimes.com — LONDON (AP) - Even if David Ginola gains the nominations required by Thursday's deadline to stand against Sepp Blatter, his improbable bookmaker-funded campaign could be scuppered by FIFA's gambling rules. Ginola's campaign is being organized by stunt-prone Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which is paying the former France international 250,000 pounds ($375,000) to seek the FIFA presidency.

Bookmaker-funded Ginola campaign could breach FIFA rules

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - Even if David Ginola gains the nominations required by Thursday's deadline to stand against Sepp Blatter, his improbable bookmaker-funded campaign could be scuppered by FIFA's gambling rules. Ginola's campaign is being organized by stunt-prone Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which is paying the former France international 250,000 pounds ($375,000) to seek the FIFA presidency.

Why are footballers so silent on issues at FIFA (the governing body - not the computer game)?

medium.com — @RobHarris IT DOES not take long to find footballers talking regularly and passionately about FIFA. Just glance through social media. If they are not training or playing, FIFA is keeping many of the game's biggest stars occupied. With one hand on their phone, and the other on their X-Box console.

ROB HARRIS

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Messi's uncertain future, potential $600M cost to a buyer

bigstory.ap.org — LONDON (AP) - Lionel Messi left FIFA's awards ceremony without a personal accolade again. Collecting a copy of FIFA's weekly magazine on the way out might have been worthwhile if he really needs to convince Barcelona of his ongoing value.

Lampard finally signs MLS contract to play for NY City FC

washingtontimes.com — Frank Lampard has finally signed his Major League Soccer contract to play for New York City FC. NYCFC confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that earlier this week Lampard signed a two-year contract to start in July - midway through the new team's first season in MLS.
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Jan 30, 2015

@joeasbridge @fizzer18 the outraged brigade on Twitter is always searching for a target

Jan 30, 2015

RT @AlexStone7: FIFA DOES develop football for those in need. “@SomaliFA: Senior FIFA officials makes historic visit to Somalia. somsoccer.com/english/articl…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @LeeW_Sport: Sport Matters: Too Black To Coach? Written pieces to accompany special prog about lack of black football managers: aljazeera.com/programmes/201…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @LeeW_Sport: Coming up at HALF PAST this hour on @ajenglish Sport Matters. Where are the black coaches? Seedorf, Sol Campbell, Hasselbaink among guests

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Iandennisbbc: The FA has confirmed Juventus Stadium will be the venue for Italy v England on 31 March. #bbcfootball

Jan 30, 2015

RT @_PaulHayward: The @GNev2 column on Costa makes the wider point that games need physical battles as well as skill to enthral us telegraph.co.uk/sport/football…

Jan 30, 2015

@changeFIFA do you get to keep your bookmaker payment despite the Ginola campaign lasting just 2 weeks?

Jan 30, 2015

RT @sportingintel: This YouGov blog shows how Ginola's bookie got themselves talked about ... but have damaged their brand. yougov.co.uk/news/2015/01/2…

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