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General view of stadium before the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg match between Barcelona and FC Bayern Muenchen at Nou Camp on May 1, 2013
Barcelona to pay tribute to victims of Catalonia terror attacks
Barcelona announce a number of tributes to victims of the recent terror attacks in Catalonia ahead of their first La Liga fixture this weekend against Real Betis.
A general shot of Wembley Stadium before the EFL Cup final between Southampton and Manchester United on February 26, 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 'face 20,000 empty seats for Chelsea clash'
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly been denied the chance to sell out Wembley in their first league match there, as restrictions have been imposed by local authorities.
Aug 17, 20:17
Neymar in action during the Ligue 1 match between Guingamp and Paris Saint-Germain on August 13, 2017
Paris Saint-Germain ace Neymar hires UFC star as personal bodyguard
A report claims that Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has splashed out to hire a personal bodyguard in an attempt to stay out of trouble.
Aug 17, 19:44
A general view of the outside of the ground ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Derby County at Griffin Park on November 1, 2014
Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods announces loss of baby
Ryan Woods thanks his friends and family for their "love and compassion" after announcing the tragic loss of his baby.
Aug 16, 14:03
Jamie Vardy rocks up for the Premier League game between Sunderland and Leicester City on April 10, 2016
Jamie Vardy 'punched wall' after Arsenal defeat
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy reportedly punches a wall after seeing his side lose to Arsenal in the final 10 minutes of their Premier League season opener.
Aug 13, 23:06
Philippe Coutinho readjusts during the EFL Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Southampton on January 25, 2017
Liverpool store takes down Philippe Coutinho poster
Liverpool's official club shop takes down a poster of Philippe Coutinho from its window.
Aug 13, 19:39
Man of the match Kevin De Bruyne applauds after the Premier League game between Southampton and Manchester City on April 15, 2017`
Sky to pay £1.8 billion more for Premier League rights?
Sky is expected to have to pay £600m more per season in order to keep hold of the TV rights to the Premier League.
Aug 12, 13:56
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose in action during the Premier League clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on January 1, 2017
Danny Rose 'fined £130,000' by Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose is reportedly fined £130,000 following his controversial interview with The Sun.
Aug 12, 13:43
Tom Cairney of Fulham in action during a Pre Season Friendly between Fulham and Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on August 1, 2015
Sky Sports retains EFL TV rights?
Sky Sports reportedly retains the rights to the EFL in a deal worth £120m a season.
Aug 11, 14:30
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Ryan Atkin becomes UK football's first openly gay referee
Referee Ryan Atkin becomes the UK's first openly gay professional football official.
Aug 10, 21:45
A maniacal Jose Mourinho tries to figure out how many matches his side have drawn at Old Trafford this season during the Premier League clash with Arsenal on May 7, 2017
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United in dispute over 2018 tour?
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly at odds with the club's board over where to stage their pre-season tour next summer.
Aug 9, 17:39
Gareth Bale after Real Madrid's Champions League final victory over Juventus on June 6, 2017
UEFA denies New York Champions League claims
UEFA denies reports that the final of the 2019-20 Champions League will be staged in New York.
Aug 9, 17:31
Neymar in action for Brazil on November 18, 2014
Report: Neymar to lodge formal complaint to FIFA over unpaid loyalty bonus
Neymar is considering a formal complaint to FIFA against his former club Barcelona over an unpaid loyalty bonus, according to reports.
Aug 8, 19:29
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TV host Helen Chamberlain to leave 'Soccer AM' after 22 years
Helen Chamberlain leaves football-based talkshow Soccer AM after 22 years.
Aug 7, 22:09
A general view of the Bill Bremner statue outside the ground before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Middlesbrough at Elland Road on August 16, 2014
Leeds United owner: 'Digital future for football rights'
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani predicts that digital services such as Netflix and Amazon will be the future of broadcasting football matches.
Aug 7, 16:09
Massimo Cellino President and Director of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014
Massimo Cellino to buy Serie B side
Massimo Cellino, controversial former owner of Leeds United, is said to be on the verge of acquiring Serie B side Brescia.
Aug 5, 13:01
Britt Assombalonga of Nottingham Forest is congratulated after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Wigan on February 11, 2015
EFL 'to double TV rights income'
The EFL is set to more than double the income it receives from TV rights under the next broadcast deal.
Aug 5, 12:42
Carl Ikeme of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the npower Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Barnsley at Molineux on August 21, 2012
Carl Ikeme thanks football world for support since leukaemia diagnosis
Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme thanks "the football world and especially the Wolves fans" for the support he has received since his leukaemia diagnosis.
Aug 4, 22:36
Juan Mata of Manchester United in action during their Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on November 6, 2016
Juan Mata pledges 1% of salary to charity
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata pledges 1% of his future footballing salary to charity.
Aug 4, 14:50
Oscar Pistorius appearing at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013
Oscar Pistorius suffers heart attack?
Oscar Pistorius is reportedly rushed to hospital in South Africa after suffering a suspected heart attack in prison.
Aug 3, 17:08
Arsenal celebrate with the trophy after winning the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27, 2017
BBC secures additional FA Cup rights
The BBC secures the rights to broadcast matches from the qualifying stages of the FA Cup.
Aug 3, 16:18
Joey Barton for QPR on May 10, 2015
Joey Barton joins 'talkSPORT' team
Former Burnley midfielder Joey Barton joins the team at talkSPORT as a pundit for the upcoming season.
Aug 1, 16:39
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in the final match during day seven of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona on April 24, 2016
Amazon poaches ATP tennis rights from Sky
Amazon poaches the UK broadcast rights to the ATP tennis tour from Sky.
Aug 1, 16:28
A general view of Old Trafford is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 4, 2015
Dating app Tinder to become Manchester United shirt-sleeve sponsor?
Manchester United are reportedly in talks with online dating company Tinder over a £12m sponsorship deal.
Aug 1, 11:13
The Olympic rings are unfurled on August 5, 2016
Los Angeles reaches agreement to host 2028 Olympic Games
Los Angeles reaches a deal to host the 2028 Olympic Games, leaving Paris to stage the 2024 event.
Jul 31, 21:19
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo watches on from the sidelines during his side's Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City on April 26, 2016
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo "visibly uncomfortable" during court appearance
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was "visibly uncomfortable" during his court appearance to answer charges of tax evasion.
Jul 31, 19:59
A general view of the stadium during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on February 21, 2015
Darron Gibson under microscope after expletive-ridden rant about Sunderland
Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson faces punishment after being filmed making a drunken expletive-ridden rant about the club.
Jul 31, 19:26
Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates after defeating Marcos Maidana by majority decision in their WBC/WBA welterweight unification fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 3, 2014
Sky Sports wins rights to show Floyd Mayweather Jr, Conor McGregor
Sky Sports Box Office will screen the highly-anticipated showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor on August 26.
Jul 31, 17:44
Cristiano Ronaldo at the Best FIFA Football Awards on January 9, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo releases statement after court appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo releases an official statement after appearing in court on Monday morning to answer claims of unpaid tax.
Jul 31, 15:06
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho before his side's Premier League match with Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 2, 2016
Manchester United hit with UEFA anti-doping charge
Manchester United are charged with breaching UEFA's anti-doping regulations, and subsequently fined £9,000 following the 2017 Europa League final.
Jul 31, 14:40
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 12, 2014
Chapecoense crash survivor Alan Ruschel to feature against Barcelona
Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, one of just three players to survive last year's tragic plane crash, is to make his comeback in next week's friendly against Barcelona.
Jul 30, 17:46
General view of the Caledonian Stadium, home of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC taken prior to the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC and Motherwell FC at The Tulloch Stadium on May 04, 2013
Inverness Caledonian Thistle investigating porn tweet
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are left red-faced after their official Twitter account 'likes' an explicit Twitter post.
Jul 29, 13:00
Joey Barton and Georginio Wijnaldum during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool on March 12, 2017
Joey Barton banned from playing in Grenfell Tower game
Joey Barton reveals that he has been prohibited from playing in a charity match for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster due to his ongoing ban from football.
Jul 28, 22:35
Ross Barkley arrives ahead of the Premier League game between Swansea City and Everton on May 6, 2017
Police drop probe into "unprovoked attack" on Ross Barkley
Merseyside Police confirm that an investigation into an alleged attack on Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has been dropped.
Jul 28, 15:00
Joey Barton and Diego Costa during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley on February 12, 2017
Joey Barton suspension reduced to 13 months
Joey Barton's 18-month suspension from all football activity is reduced to 13 months by the Football Association following a successful appeal.
Jul 27, 21:17
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring during the Champions League last 16 first leg against AS Monaco at the Etihad Stadium on February 21, 2017
Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane gets tattoo of himself celebrating a goal
Manchester City midfielder Leroy Sane gets a full-spine tattoo apparently showing him celebrating a goal against AS Monaco last season - a tie City would go on to lose.
Jul 25, 10:52
Sunderland's Jermain Defoe with fan Bradley Lowery at the Premier League match against Everton on February 25, 2017
Everton to host charity game at Goodison Park in memory of Bradley Lowery
Everton announce that they will host a charity football match at Goodison Park this September in memory of young Bradley Lowery.
Jul 24, 20:29
General view at the Riverside Stadium ahead of the Premier League clash between Middlesbrough and Chelsea on November 20, 2016
Middlesbrough's Anthony Renton diagnosed with leukaemia
Middlesbrough reveal that 18-year-old academy player Anthony Renton has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
Jul 24, 14:48
Chelsea's Kenedy during the Premier League match against Watford on May 15, 2017
Chelsea 'face ban from China following Kenedy comments'
A report claims that Chelsea face the prospect of being banned from entering China following the recent insensitive comments made by Kenedy on social media.
Jul 24, 11:38
A general view showing the Liverpool club badge at The Kop end prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 22, 2015
Liverpool fan group holds public meeting over stadium safe standing areas
Liverpool fans will be able to vote on whether they agree with safe standing areas after supporters' union Spirit of Shankly held a public meeting on the issue.
Jul 22, 22:08