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    Diego Costa refuses to train after Atletico Madrid fine him for sending off in crunch Barcelona game


    Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa refused to train on Thursday after being told that his club is to fine him for a verbal outburst in a recent defeat to Barcelona, Spanish newspapers including AS, El Pais and Marca...

    Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa refused to train on Thursday after being told that his club is to fine him for a verbal outburst in a recent defeat to Barcelona, Spanish newspapers including AS, El Pais and Marca reported.

    Newcastle will not overspend to remain in the Premier League, insists Charnley


    Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has warned that the club will continue to live within its means after reporting an £18.6million profit after...

    Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has warned that the club will continue to live within its means after reporting an £18.6million profit after tax.

    Pochettino not ruling out Kane return before end of season


    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the possibility of Harry Kane playing again this...

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule out the possibility of Harry Kane playing again this season.

    Alex McLeish axed as Scotland manager


    Alex McLeish has been sacked as Scotland head coach, the Scottish Football Association has...

    Alex McLeish has been sacked as Scotland head coach, the Scottish Football Association has announced.
    Liverpool unveil new 1980s-inspired pin-striped kit for next season

    Liverpool unveil new 1980s-inspired pin-striped kit for next season


    Liverpool have unveiled their new kit for next season, which takes inspiration from legendary former manager Bob Paisley's final, title-winning season of of...

    Liverpool have unveiled their new kit for next season, which takes inspiration from legendary former manager Bob Paisley's final, title-winning season of of 1982/83.
    Joey Barton breaks silence over alleged ‘tunnel row’

    Joey Barton breaks silence over alleged ‘tunnel row’


    Fleetwood manager Joey Barton says he "emphatically" denies all allegations made against him following Saturday's defeat at...

    Fleetwood manager Joey Barton says he "emphatically" denies all allegations made against him following Saturday's defeat at Barnsley.
    Aidan Fitzmaurice: '12 questions the FAI must answer, the public deserves better than ‘no comment’'

    Aidan Fitzmaurice: '12 questions the FAI must answer, the public deserves better than ‘no comment’'


    After the party comes the hangover. And for those eager for real change at the very heart of Irish football, the sound of champagne corks popping, when Minister for Sport Shane Ross revealed that the entire board had offered to step down and facilitate a...

    After the party comes the hangover. And for those eager for real change at the very heart of Irish football, the sound of champagne corks popping, when Minister for Sport Shane Ross revealed that the entire board had offered to step down and facilitate a new board, with the added punch of a demand from Ross that the FAI completely revamp their own structure, was potentially a hollow sound.
    Pep Guardiola says Fernando Llorente’s ‘cruel’ winner could have been disallowed

    Pep Guardiola says Fernando Llorente’s ‘cruel’ winner could have been disallowed


    Pep Guardiola has claimed that Fernando Llorente’s "cruel" decisive late winner that sent Tottenham through to the Champions League semi-finals could have been disallowed for...

    Pep Guardiola has claimed that Fernando Llorente’s "cruel" decisive late winner that sent Tottenham through to the Champions League semi-finals could have been disallowed for handball.

    Football rumours from the media


    The future of Marcus Rashford at Manchester United has been called into question, with the Daily Mirror reporting talks have stalled between the striker and the club over a new contract. The paper reports Rashford, who has scored 10 times this season, is...

    The future of Marcus Rashford at Manchester United has been called into question, with the Daily Mirror reporting talks have stalled between the striker and the club over a new contract. The paper reports Rashford, who has scored 10 times this season, is demanding wages of £200,000 a week.

    Pochettino proud as Tottenham make history with Champions League win


    Tottenham dashed Manchester City’s quadruple dream on a dramatic Champions League night at the Etihad Stadium – thanks to...

    Tottenham dashed Manchester City’s quadruple dream on a dramatic Champions League night at the Etihad Stadium – thanks to VAR.
    Major football projects reliant on the allocation of State funding

    Major football projects reliant on the allocation of State funding


    There are a number of significant football projects that are reliant on State funds. Reforms to the FAI's governance structure will be required in order for these facilities to gain the necessary funding for...

    There are a number of significant football projects that are reliant on State funds. Reforms to the FAI's governance structure will be required in order for these facilities to gain the necessary funding for completion.
    Sam Wallace: 'Ajax expose flaws in plan to make Champions League a closed shop'

    Sam Wallace: 'Ajax expose flaws in plan to make Champions League a closed shop'


    Like all great cup runs for the most famous underdogs in history, the Champions League adventure of Ajax Amsterdam began when the rest were hardly watching, 10 days after the World Cup final was played, with a home win over Sturm Graz on July 25 last...

    Like all great cup runs for the most famous underdogs in history, the Champions League adventure of Ajax Amsterdam began when the rest were hardly watching, 10 days after the World Cup final was played, with a home win over Sturm Graz on July 25 last year.
    'We will go on the attack,' insists Emery

    'We will go on the attack,' insists Emery


    Unai Emery has vowed to go on the attack in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final as Arsenal look to prevent a Napoli resurgence in...

    Unai Emery has vowed to go on the attack in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final as Arsenal look to prevent a Napoli resurgence in Italy.
    Llorente's sub-plot sends Tottenham through after City are denied in dramatic VAR finale

    Llorente's sub-plot sends Tottenham through after City are denied in dramatic VAR finale


    Silence. That is what it was. It was total silence. This was the most extraordinary end to a Champions League tie as Tottenham Hotspur held on to defeat Manchester City on away goals and reach their first ever...

    Silence. That is what it was. It was total silence. This was the most extraordinary end to a Champions League tie as Tottenham Hotspur held on to defeat Manchester City on away goals and reach their first ever semi-final.
    Luke Edwards: 'Pep Guardiola yet again haunted by failures on biggest stage as City crash out'

    Luke Edwards: 'Pep Guardiola yet again haunted by failures on biggest stage as City crash out'


    Pep Guardiola is the greatest manager of his generation, a serial trophy winner who has revolutionised the way football is played, yet he is one who must tolerate being called a failure again because the video assistant referee ruled out an injury-time...

    Pep Guardiola is the greatest manager of his generation, a serial trophy winner who has revolutionised the way football is played, yet he is one who must tolerate being called a failure again because the video assistant referee ruled out an injury-time goal that would have sent Manchester City through.
    Daniel McDonnell: 'FAI staff seem to be looking to future without John Delaney'

    Daniel McDonnell: 'FAI staff seem to be looking to future without John Delaney'


    History may well be kind to the FAI's handling of the manic Monday that concluded with uncertainty around John Delaney's position within the association. It's a major lingering issue from a dramatic couple of days which continues to generate...

    History may well be kind to the FAI's handling of the manic Monday that concluded with uncertainty around John Delaney's position within the association. It's a major lingering issue from a dramatic couple of days which continues to generate discussion.
    ODCE officers have started finance probe into FAI affairs

    ODCE officers have started finance probe into FAI affairs


    The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) has already visited the FAI headquarters as part of its investigation into the finances of the organisation, the Irish Independent has...

    The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) has already visited the FAI headquarters as part of its investigation into the finances of the organisation, the Irish Independent has learned.
    St Patrick's Athletic object to Waterford's Europa League spot

    St Patrick's Athletic object to Waterford's Europa League spot


    St Patrick's Athletic have formally begun the process of objecting to Waterford's participation in this year's UEFA Europa...

    St Patrick's Athletic have formally begun the process of objecting to Waterford's participation in this year's UEFA Europa League.
    Liverpool show clinical side to set up tie with familiar faces

    Liverpool show clinical side to set up tie with familiar faces


    The image circulating ahead of the Champions League quarter-final was of Mohamed Salah on the cover of 'Time' magazine. Maybe this year it is for...

    The image circulating ahead of the Champions League quarter-final was of Mohamed Salah on the cover of 'Time' magazine. Maybe this year it is for Liverpool.
    Full range of emotions on display as Poch and Pep hail 'heroes' and 'incredible' players after epic tie

    Full range of emotions on display as Poch and Pep hail 'heroes' and 'incredible' players after epic tie


    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino declared his players were 'heroes', as they secured a dramatic away goals win against Manchester City in a Champions League quarter-final tie that ended 4-4 on...

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino declared his players were 'heroes', as they secured a dramatic away goals win against Manchester City in a Champions League quarter-final tie that ended 4-4 on aggregate.
    Jurgen Klopp relishing Barcelona showdown as Liverpool send out a Champions League warning

    Jurgen Klopp relishing Barcelona showdown as Liverpool send out a Champions League warning


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side are better prepared for Champions League glory this season, as they moved into the semi-finals for second successive season with a 6-1 aggregate win against...

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side are better prepared for Champions League glory this season, as they moved into the semi-finals for second successive season with a 6-1 aggregate win against Porto.

    'There is no quick fix' - Graeme Souness thinks it will take many transfer windows to turn Man United around


    Graeme Souness believes Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez may be high profile fall guys at Manchester United, as he suggested manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need several transfer windows to get the club back to winning...

    Graeme Souness believes Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez may be high profile fall guys at Manchester United, as he suggested manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need several transfer windows to get the club back to winning ways.
    Revealed: The statistics that highlight why Man United need a defensive overhaul this summer

    Revealed: The statistics that highlight why Man United need a defensive overhaul this summer


    Manchester United's defensive frailties were exposed by Lionel Messi and Barcelona in Tuesday night's Champions League tie at the Nou Camp and their overall defensive record this season makes for pretty grim...

    Manchester United's defensive frailties were exposed by Lionel Messi and Barcelona in Tuesday night's Champions League tie at the Nou Camp and their overall defensive record this season makes for pretty grim reading.

    Brighton boss Hughton calls for togetherness


    Chris Hughton has issued a rallying cry to Brighton’s under-performing players as they attempt to arrest an alarming slump which has left them in serious danger of Premier League...

    Chris Hughton has issued a rallying cry to Brighton’s under-performing players as they attempt to arrest an alarming slump which has left them in serious danger of Premier League relegation.

    Football rumours from the media


    Nicolas Pepe is being eyed up by Chelsea as a replacement for Eden Hazard, the Daily Mirror reports. The Blues have lined up the 23-year-old Lille winger in case their appeal against their transfer ban is successful, the paper says. Pepe has also been...

    Nicolas Pepe is being eyed up by Chelsea as a replacement for Eden Hazard, the Daily Mirror reports. The Blues have lined up the 23-year-old Lille winger in case their appeal against their transfer ban is successful, the paper says. Pepe has also been linked to Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

    Pep Guardiola calls on Manchester City fans to find their voice


    Pep Guardiola has called on fans to find their voice at the start of a critical week in Manchester City’s quadruple...

    Pep Guardiola has called on fans to find their voice at the start of a critical week in Manchester City’s quadruple challenge.
    Jason Burt: 'United caught trying to cover deep wounds with bandages'

    Jason Burt: 'United caught trying to cover deep wounds with bandages'


    Nothing summed it up more than the sight of Lionel Messi beating Phil Jones once, twice and the second time with a nutmeg, to create another chance for...

    Nothing summed it up more than the sight of Lionel Messi beating Phil Jones once, twice and the second time with a nutmeg, to create another chance for Barcelona.
    How company law affects FAI

    How company law affects FAI


    Auditors Deloitte issued a formal notice to the Company Registration Office stating that "proper accounting records" were not kept at the FAI, which is a limited company and subject to company...

    Auditors Deloitte issued a formal notice to the Company Registration Office stating that "proper accounting records" were not kept at the FAI, which is a limited company and subject to company law.
    New name could help in rebuilding trust, says Quinn

    New name could help in rebuilding trust, says Quinn


    Former Ireland international Niall Quinn has proposed a renaming of the FAI under root-and-branch measures to reform the embattled...

    Former Ireland international Niall Quinn has proposed a renaming of the FAI under root-and-branch measures to reform the embattled association.
    Unstoppable Messi highlights United's failure to make any real progress in post-Ferguson era

    Unstoppable Messi highlights United's failure to make any real progress in post-Ferguson era


    There is only one Champions League anniversary of theirs that Manchester United can say has been honoured in appropriate fashion this season, and that is the 10 years they have spent trying in vain to stop Lionel...

    There is only one Champions League anniversary of theirs that Manchester United can say has been honoured in appropriate fashion this season, and that is the 10 years they have spent trying in vain to stop Lionel Messi.
    Classy Ajax turn back clock to send Juventus reeling

    Classy Ajax turn back clock to send Juventus reeling


    Ajax have now turned football on its head twice. And if you would bet against them doing it a third time next month and a fourth time in June then you should start paying...

    Ajax have now turned football on its head twice. And if you would bet against them doing it a third time next month and a fourth time in June then you should start paying attention.
    Cautious Milner takes Porto's gushing praise with large dose of salt

    Cautious Milner takes Porto's gushing praise with large dose of salt


    James Milner last night dismissed a lavish tribute from Porto coach Sergio Conceicao and insisted that Liverpool must deliver a trophy before they are worthy of the description: "best team in the...

    James Milner last night dismissed a lavish tribute from Porto coach Sergio Conceicao and insisted that Liverpool must deliver a trophy before they are worthy of the description: "best team in the world".
    Battling Cardiff leave Hughton's Brighton on rocks

    Battling Cardiff leave Hughton's Brighton on rocks


    Cardiff are still alive. Victory last night against the only team they can realistically catch in the scramble to remain in the Premier League means reports of Welsh demise were more than a little...

    Cardiff are still alive. Victory last night against the only team they can realistically catch in the scramble to remain in the Premier League means reports of Welsh demise were more than a little premature.
    Guardiola urges reluctant fans to turn Etihad in to cauldron

    Guardiola urges reluctant fans to turn Etihad in to cauldron


    Pep Guardiola challenged Manchester City's supporters to prove to him they want to win the Champions League as he questioned their appetite for European football's elite...

    Pep Guardiola challenged Manchester City's supporters to prove to him they want to win the Champions League as he questioned their appetite for European football's elite competition.

    Hennessey defence shows need for education – Kick It Out


    Wayne Hennessey has been told that he requires “appropriate education” to understand the horrors of Nazism after saying he did not know what a Nazi salute was when charged with making the offensive...

    Wayne Hennessey has been told that he requires “appropriate education” to understand the horrors of Nazism after saying he did not know what a Nazi salute was when charged with making the offensive gesture.

    Warnock proud as Cardiff keep their season alive


    Neil Warnock declared Cardiff’s Premier League survival bid “alive and kicking” after securing a vital 2-0 win at fellow strugglers...

    Neil Warnock declared Cardiff’s Premier League survival bid “alive and kicking” after securing a vital 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Brighton.
    Messi magic torments Man United as Barcelona ease into Champions League semi-final

    Messi magic torments Man United as Barcelona ease into Champions League semi-final


    Lionel Messi delivered another reminder of his enduring star quality as Barcelona quashed Manchester United's hopes of another improbable Champions League comeback at the Nou...

    Lionel Messi delivered another reminder of his enduring star quality as Barcelona quashed Manchester United's hopes of another improbable Champions League comeback at the Nou Camp.

    Cardiff boost survival hopes after vital win over Brighton


    Cardiff boosted their hopes of a Premier League great escape with a vital 2-0 victory which increases the relegation fears of fellow strugglers...

    Cardiff boosted their hopes of a Premier League great escape with a vital 2-0 victory which increases the relegation fears of fellow strugglers Brighton.

    West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass handed one-match ban


    West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass has been handed a one-match ban after an Independent Regulatory Commission found him guilty of misconduct towards UK Anti-Doping officials, the Football Association has...

    West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass has been handed a one-match ban after an Independent Regulatory Commission found him guilty of misconduct towards UK Anti-Doping officials, the Football Association has announced.

    Everton midfielder Andre Gomes given three-match ban


    Everton midfielder Andre Gomes is to miss the club’s next three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent...

    Everton midfielder Andre Gomes is to miss the club’s next three matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

    Scholes charged by the FA over alleged betting breach


    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to its betting...

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to its betting rules.
    Shane Ross reveals entire FAI board to step down, while auditors say 'proper accounting records not kept'

    Shane Ross reveals entire FAI board to step down, while auditors say 'proper accounting records not kept'


    THE FAI's own auditors have notified authorities of potential failures in the company's accounts - and the sports minister has revealed that the entire board of the football association is to step...

    THE FAI's own auditors have notified authorities of potential failures in the company's accounts - and the sports minister has revealed that the entire board of the football association is to step down.

    Xhaka: Race for top-four finish takes priority over Europa League bid


    Arsenal will prioritise finishing in the Premier League top four over their bid to win the Europa League, according to midfielder Granit...

    Arsenal will prioritise finishing in the Premier League top four over their bid to win the Europa League, according to midfielder Granit Xhaka.

    A look at the top four battle in the Premier League


    Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford moved Unai Emery’s side into fourth place and put them in pole position to claim the final Champions League qualification...

    Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford moved Unai Emery’s side into fourth place and put them in pole position to claim the final Champions League qualification berth.
    WATCH: Troy Parrott bags glorious free kick and a brace for Tottenham

    WATCH: Troy Parrott bags glorious free kick and a brace for Tottenham


    Ireland teenager Troy Parrott is continuing to impress for Tottenham as he bagged a brace - including a sublime 20-yard free kick - in last night's Under-23 win over...

    Ireland teenager Troy Parrott is continuing to impress for Tottenham as he bagged a brace - including a sublime 20-yard free kick - in last night's Under-23 win over Swansea.
    St Pat's unhappy with Dublin City Council's decision to ignore proposals to build 12,000-seater Richmond Arena

    St Pat's unhappy with Dublin City Council's decision to ignore proposals to build 12,000-seater Richmond Arena


    ST PATRICK'S Athletic Football Club have released a statement revealing their frustration at Dublin City Council's decision to ignore their plan for the St Michael's Estate area of Inchicore, a site in which the League of Ireland club have offered to...

    ST PATRICK'S Athletic Football Club have released a statement revealing their frustration at Dublin City Council's decision to ignore their plan for the St Michael's Estate area of Inchicore, a site in which the League of Ireland club have offered to build a new stadium, town centre, housing and retail facilities.

    Football rumours from the media


    Barcelona are eyeing up a potential £100million move for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, the Daily Mirror reports. The Spanish giants have identified the England striker as one of their top targets this summer, the paper says. Rashford, who has...

    Barcelona are eyeing up a potential £100million move for Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, the Daily Mirror reports. The Spanish giants have identified the England striker as one of their top targets this summer, the paper says. Rashford, who has one year left on his current contract, has yet to agree a new deal with United.
    Association had used up all funding when €100,000 loan was received

    Association had used up all funding when €100,000 loan was received


    The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) had used all available funding from its various bank accounts at the time former CEO John Delaney provided it with a €100,000...

    The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) had used all available funding from its various bank accounts at the time former CEO John Delaney provided it with a €100,000 loan.

    Ronaldo the big threat to Ajax hopes of a fairytale


    Ajax are in the unknown now and they want to keep going. Win this and they will be in their first Champions League semi-final since 1997, when they were beaten by Juventus, back then the reigning European champions. They won that title on penalties...

    Ajax are in the unknown now and they want to keep going. Win this and they will be in their first Champions League semi-final since 1997, when they were beaten by Juventus, back then the reigning European champions. They won that title on penalties against Ajax the previous year but that was a different football generation.
    Our advantage is 'dangerous' warns Ter Stegen

    Our advantage is 'dangerous' warns Ter Stegen


    Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes their one-goal advantage over Manchester United is "not enough to defend" ahead of tonight's return leg of the Champions League...

    Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes their one-goal advantage over Manchester United is "not enough to defend" ahead of tonight's return leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
    Solskjaer tells his misfiring strikers it's time to deliver

    Solskjaer tells his misfiring strikers it's time to deliver


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his misfiring Manchester United forwards to step up and show their worth against Barcelona after warning his side to forget all the talk about fate by writing their own Champions League...

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his misfiring Manchester United forwards to step up and show their worth against Barcelona after warning his side to forget all the talk about fate by writing their own Champions League history.
    Watford offer up gifts to Gunners as Deeney endures an off day

    Watford offer up gifts to Gunners as Deeney endures an off day


    There is plenty to be gained from speaking your mind as a footballer, as Troy Deeney knows well. But there is a reason that so many stick rigidly to cliche, and it is to guard against the sort of humiliation that the Watford captain suffered here, a week...

    There is plenty to be gained from speaking your mind as a footballer, as Troy Deeney knows well. But there is a reason that so many stick rigidly to cliche, and it is to guard against the sort of humiliation that the Watford captain suffered here, a week after leading his club to the FA Cup final.
    Hoban's last-gasp spot-kick sinks Bohs

    Hoban's last-gasp spot-kick sinks Bohs


    There was late, late drama at Oriel Park last night as Patrick Hoban's 95th-minute penalty snatched Dundalk a victory that they really didn't deserve against...

    There was late, late drama at Oriel Park last night as Patrick Hoban's 95th-minute penalty snatched Dundalk a victory that they really didn't deserve against Bohemians.
    Defences on top in Showgrounds stalemate

    Defences on top in Showgrounds stalemate


    Both sides left with a degree of satisfaction despite a stalemate at the...

    Both sides left with a degree of satisfaction despite a stalemate at the Showgrounds.
    Sam Wallace: 'Barca with point to prove spells trouble for Manchester United'

    Sam Wallace: 'Barca with point to prove spells trouble for Manchester United'


    The last English team to win a Champions League knockout game at the Nou Camp were that awkward bunch at Liverpool in the mid-part of the last decade, who reached two finals, and came to Barcelona in February 2007 just as the cracks were showing in Frank...

    The last English team to win a Champions League knockout game at the Nou Camp were that awkward bunch at Liverpool in the mid-part of the last decade, who reached two finals, and came to Barcelona in February 2007 just as the cracks were showing in Frank Rijkaard's side.
    O'Neill spot on to leave Rebels reeling

    O'Neill spot on to leave Rebels reeling


    Gary O'Neill's dramatic injury-time penalty helped UCD to earn a sensational win over 10-man...

    Gary O'Neill's dramatic injury-time penalty helped UCD to earn a sensational win over 10-man Cork.
    Toner red costs Pat's after early Derry blitz

    Toner red costs Pat's after early Derry blitz


    First-half goals from Patrick McClean, Gerardo Bruna and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe blitzed 10-man St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park to lift Derry City up to second place in the Premier Division...

    First-half goals from Patrick McClean, Gerardo Bruna and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe blitzed 10-man St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park to lift Derry City up to second place in the Premier Division table.