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Report: French authorities investigating Russia and Qatar World Cup bids
French prosecutors are investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and have questioned former FIFA president Sepp Blatter, according to reports.
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Sylvain Marveaux in action for Guingamp on November 1, 2014
Ex-Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux arrested in tax fraud probe
Sylvain Marveaux is one of four men arrested in France in relation to the ongoing tax scandal probe, which saw Newcastle United and West Ham United's grounds raided.
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Alexis Sanchez reacts at the end of the Champions League game between Arsenal and PSG on November 23, 2016
Carl Frampton tweets Alexis Sanchez after "swollen lip"
Two-weight world champion Carl Frampton calls Alexis Sanchez "embarrassing" after the Arsenal star posted a picture on social media of a "swollen lip".
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A general shot of the new Main Stand at Anfield ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Watford on November 6, 2016
Liverpool's new kit to mark 125th anniversary
Liverpool reveal their new home kit for the 2017-18 campaign as they mark their 125th anniversary.
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Peter Crouch of Stoke City gestures during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Fulham and Stoke City at Craven Cottage on September 22, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Peter Crouch reveals oatcake addiction
Veteran Stoke City striker Peter Crouch reveals an addiction to oatcakes with "just butter and cheese".
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 Shawnacy Barber of Canada competes in the Men's Pole Vault final during day three of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 24, 2015
Olympic pole vaulter Shawn Barber comes out
World champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber comes out in a post on Facebook.
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Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Leicester City on April 15, 2017
Jamie Vardy mansion 'under attack from foxes'
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has installed a steel ring around his £2.5m mansion to protect his land from foxes, according to a report.
Apr 26, 20:36
Ugo Ehiogu of MK Dons in action during the pre season friendly match between MK Dons and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stadiummk on July 28, 2009
Ugo Ehiogu's wife sets up JustGiving page to create charity in memory of footballer
Ugo Ehiogu's wife Gemma receives more than £11,000 in donations after setting up a JustGiving page with the aim of creating a charity in memory of the late footballer.
Apr 24, 20:41
Ross Barkley in action during the Premier League game between Everton and Burnley on April 15, 2017
'The Sun' apologises to Everton midfielder Ross Barkley for "gorilla" slur
The Sun prints an apology to Everton and England footballer Ross Barkley over an article in which former editor Kelvin MacKenzie compared him to a gorilla.
Apr 22, 09:49
Adam Johnson pictured on March 1, 2016
Adam Johnson 'brags about sexual assault' in secret film
Former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is secretly filmed in jail saying that he wishes he had raped his 15-year-old victim.
Apr 21, 13:08
Dortmund's fans cheer their team during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 on October 25, 2014
Man arrested, charged over Borussia Dortmund bus attack
Prosecutors in Germany confirm that a man suspected of being behind the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus on April 11 has been arrested and charged.
Apr 21, 10:39
Ugo Ehiogu of MK Dons in action during the pre season friendly match between MK Dons and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stadiummk on July 28, 2009
Ugo Ehiogu dies after cardiac arrest at Tottenham Hotspur training ground
Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu dies in hospital after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground on Thursday morning.
Apr 21, 09:18
A general shot of St Mary's Stadium prior to Southampton's Premier League clash with Chelsea on October 30, 2016
Southampton's multi-million pound Chinese investment back on?
A report claims that Southampton could still be subject to a takeover attempt from a Chinese firm, as Lander Holdings are looking to get a deal over the line.
Apr 20, 20:14
Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish during the npower Championship match between Crystal Palace and Peterborough United at Selhurst Park on May 04, 2013
Crystal Palace chairman joins 'Dragons' Den'
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish joins the lineup of BBC business series Dragons' Den.
Apr 20, 18:50
A general view of Prenton Park prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Tranmere Rovers and Northampton Town at Prenton Park on December 28, 2014
Tranmere Rovers ban 'The Sun' newspaper
National League outfit Tranmere Rovers join fellow Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton in banning The Sun newspaper.
Apr 20, 18:09
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GB Olympic high jump medallist Germaine Mason killed in motorbike crash
Germaine Mason, a high jump silver medallist for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games, dies at the age of 34 following a motorbike accident in Jamaica.
Apr 20, 14:49
Aaron Hernandez sits in the courtroom of the Attleboro District Court during his hearing on August 22, 2013
Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison, where he was serving a lifetime sentence for murder.
Apr 19, 17:32
Serena Williams in action at the Australian Open on January 26, 2017
Tennis star Serena Williams 'announces she is 20 weeks pregnant'
Tennis star Serena Williams appears to announce on Snapchat that she is 20 weeks pregnant.
Apr 19, 16:37
 Force India chairman Vijay Mallya attends a press conference on October 23, 2015
Vijay Mallya arrested, bailed in London
Force India boss Vijay Mallya was arrested in London on Tuesday.
Apr 19, 10:08
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watches on from the stands ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on November 6, 2016
Jose Mourinho 'wins £1,000 in Manchester United sweepstake'
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho earns £1,000 from his players and staff after drawing Sergio Garcia in a Masters sweepstake.
Apr 18, 17:13
Jack Wilshere sits injured during the Premier League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth on April 15, 2017
Jack Wilshere: 'Belief in God motivates me'
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere reveals that a belief in God helps him through periods out injured.
Apr 18, 16:58
Anthony Stokes of Celtic controls the ball during the Scottish Premiership League Match between Celtic and Dundee United, at Celtic Park on August 16, 2014
Anthony Stokes victim of explicit video leak
Blackburn Rovers striker Anthony Stokes falls victim to a hack which sees explicit photos and videos of him and his girlfriend leaked online.
Apr 18, 16:17
A general shot of St Mary's Stadium prior to Southampton's Premier League clash with Chelsea on October 30, 2016
Southampton Chinese investment called off
Talks over proposed investment into Southampton by Chinese firm Lander Sports is abandoned.
Apr 18, 16:06
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Football fan dies after being pushed from stand in Argentina
An Argentine football fan dies from head injuries two days after being pushed from the stand by fellow supporters who accused him of cheering on a rival team.
Apr 18, 15:22
Saul Niguez in action for Spain Under-21s against Italy Under-21s on March 27. 2017
Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez reveals bladder problem
Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez says that he has been forced to play "with an internal catheter" due to a bladder problem.
Apr 17, 12:54
Jamie O'Hara of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the npower Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Amex Stadium on May 4, 2013
Jamie O'Hara fined and given ultimatum by Billericay Town
Billericay Town owner Glenn Tamplin fines Jamie O'Hara and warns him of his future conduct after confronting a Leatherhead fan in Billericay's 3-2 defeat on Saturday.
Apr 17, 09:17
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Panama midfielder Amilcar Henriquez shot and killed
Panama midfielder Amilcar Henriquez dies after being shot while leaving his home in Colon province on Saturday.
Apr 16, 10:30
Dortmund's fans cheer their team during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 on October 25, 2014
Marc Bartra released from hospital after Borussia Dortmund bus attack
Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra is released from hospital four days after being injured in an attack on the team's bus.
Apr 15, 22:04
Dortmund's fans cheer their team during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 on October 25, 2014
Investigators: 'Borussia Dortmund bus attack may not have Islamist links'
German prosecutors doubt the authenticity of letters linking the attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus on radical Islamists, with suspicion now turning to the far right.
Apr 15, 12:40
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'The Sun' suspends columnist Kelvin MacKenzie over Liverpool article
The Sun suspends columnist Kelvin MacKenzie over his derogatory remarks regarding the people of Liverpool, one day before the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Apr 14, 20:16
Dortmund's fans cheer their team during the German First division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 on October 25, 2014
Marc Bartra: 'Borussia Dortmund bus attack was worst experience of my life'
Borussia Dortmund's Marc Bartra says that he experienced the "longest and hardest 15 minutes" of his life on Tuesday night following the team bus bomb attack.
Apr 14, 15:32
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Report: Premier League clubs reminded of 'severe' security threat level
Premier League clubs are reportedly reminded that the security threat level in the UK remains at 'severe' following Tuesday's attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus.
Apr 13, 23:05
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Leicester City working to establish 'full facts' over Madrid clashes
Leicester City confirm that they are working with UEFA and the Spanish authorities to discover the "full facts" behind scuffles involving fans and police in Madrid.
Apr 13, 20:14
A general view of San Siro Stadium with only few fans before the AC Milan v Livorno serie A match on February 11, 2007
AC Milan sold to Chinese consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux
Italian giants AC Milan are sold to Chinese consortium Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux, previous holding company Fininvest confirm.
Apr 13, 14:38
The Belgian flag flies at half mast following the Brussels attacks on March 23, 2016
Security stepped up for Manchester United's Europa League tie in Brussels
Manchester United will be followed by armed police en route to the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium on Thursday night as security is stepped up, a report claims.
Apr 13, 09:12
Ross Barkley in action for Everton on December 15, 2014
Ross Barkley lawyer says Everton midfielder was "victim of an unprovoked attack"
Matt Himsworth, Ross Barkley's lawyer, confirms that the Everton midfielder was the victim of an "unprovoked attack" in a Liverpool bar on Sunday.
Apr 10, 14:55
Ross Barkley reacts to a miss during the Premier League game between Watford and Everton on April 9, 2016
Merseyside Police looking into video reportedly showing assault on Ross Barkley
Merseyside Police say that they are making enquiries after a video emerged on social media appearing to show Everton midfielder Ross Barkley being punched in the face.
Apr 10, 13:15
Former British Lions player Brian Moore speaks in a press conference during a British and Irish Lions tour sponsor announcement at London Zoo on April 21, 2013
Ex-England star Brian Moore suffers heart attack
Former England hooker Brian Moore is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Apr 8, 13:45
Koke for Atletico Madrid on October 4, 2014
Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke 'robbed at gunpoint in Spanish capital'
A report claims that Koke was threatened at gunpoint for his £70,000 watch, less than 48 hours before Atletico Madrid's derby meeting with Real Madrid.
Apr 7, 22:35
Isco for Real Madrid on October 29, 2014
Real Madrid star Isco forced to deny Barcelona rumours after crisp packet photo
Real Madrid midfielder Isco rubbishes transfer rumours linking him to arch-rivals Barcelona after a social media faux pas involving a Barca-branded packet of crisps.
Apr 7, 12:45