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A general shot of Queens Park Rangers' home ground Loftus Road on April 4, 2011
Met Police launch investigation into child sex abuse allegations
The Metropolitan Police becomes the latest force to launch an investigation into widespread child sex abuse allegations in football, focusing solely on clubs in London.
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Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick lift the FA Cup trophy on May 21, 2016
Football Association announces televised FA Cup games
The Football Association reveals which FA Cup third-round fixtures will be televised in January, with West Ham United's game with Manchester City kicking off the weekend.
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A view inside St Mary's ahead of the game between Southampton and Everton on August 15, 2015
Lawrie McMenemy "horrified" by abuse allegations
Former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy says that he is "disgusted and horrified" by the allegations of child sex abuse at the club.
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Bob Higgins 'showered naked' with young players
Former Southampton youth officer Bob Higgins is accused of routinely showering naked with young players during his time with the Malta FA.
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Joey Barton celebrates with teammates as his deflected free kick goes in for the opening goal during the Championship match between Preston North End and Burnley at Deepdale on April 22, 2016
Joey Barton back in Burnley team WhatsApp group
Joey Barton reveals that he has rejoined the Burnley squad's WhatsApp group as he continues to train with his former side.
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Conor McGregor celebrates winning a fight with his Irish flag and belt
Conor McGregor set for 'Game of Thrones' role
UFC champion Conor McGregor has reportedly earned a role in the new season of Game of Thrones.
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Kevin De Bruyne in action for Manchester City on November 19, 2016
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne announces engagement to girlfriend
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne announces engagement to partner Michelle Lacroix after two years together.
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Chapecoense air crash survivor Alan Ruschel begins recovery in hospital
Chapecoense footballer Alan Ruschel takes his first steps in recovery after surviving the devastating plane crash which killed 19 of his teammates.
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Report: Dario Gradi to be quizzed by FA over ex-Chelsea scout Eddie Heath
The Football Association are reportedly set to interview Dario Gradi over allegations of helping to 'smooth over' a complaint of an alleged child sex assault at Chelsea.
Dec 7, 18:34
A general view shows Queens Park Rangers stadium ahead of the English Premier football match against Liverpool at Loftus Road in London on December 30, 2012
Former Queens Park Rangers player comes forward with child abuse allegations
A former Queens Park Rangers player anonymously claims that he was sexually abused as a 15-year-old by the club's ex-chief scout Chris Gieler.
Dec 7, 17:51
A general view of the ground ahead of the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Inverness Caley Thistle at Celtic Park on May 24, 2015
Former Celtic kit man Jim McCafferty arrested over child sex abuse claims
Jim McCafferty, a former kit man at Celtic, Hibernian and Falkirk, is arrested in Northern Ireland after confessing to sexual abuse of children in the 1980s and 1990s.
Dec 7, 15:44
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Celtic fan throws burger at police horse
A Celtic fan is arrested four hours before kickoff in his side's game with Manchester City for throwing a hamburger at a police horse while drunk.
Dec 7, 11:44
Jurgen Klopp watches on during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Liverpool on December 4, 2016
Liverpool squad on "bonding trip" to Barcelona
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp takes his players on a two-day "bonding trip" to Barcelona.
Dec 7, 10:35
General detail of a golf ball next to a hole during the first round of the Majorca Classic 2004 at Pula Golf Club on October 14, 2004
Anne-Lise Caudal's caddie dies after collapsing on course with heart problem
Anne-Lise Caudal's caddie dies after collapsing on the course with a heart problem during the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Dec 7, 09:05
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Matt Le Tissier given 'naked massage' by man at centre of abuse scandal
Matt Le Tissier reveals that a former Southampton coach at the centre of the sexual abuse scandal once gave him a "naked massage".
Dec 6, 21:07
The logo of Brazilian Serie A side Chapecoense
Chapecoense 'refuse relegation immunity'
Stricken club Chapecoense reportedly reject calls to grant the club relegation immunity next term.
Dec 6, 19:56
Cristiano Ronaldo in action during the La Liga game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on December 3, 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo facing "minimum six years" in prison
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could face a minimum of six years in prison if found guilty of tax fraud totalling £127m.
Dec 6, 16:40
A general view shows Queens Park Rangers stadium ahead of the English Premier football match against Liverpool at Loftus Road in London on December 30, 2012
QPR respond to sexual abuse allegations against former chief scout Chris Gieler
Queens Park Rangers announce that they will cooperate with any investigation into allegations of historic child sexual abuse against former chief scout Chris Gieler.
Dec 6, 10:36
Wayne Rooney (2nd R) of England walks to console Gary Cahill (1st L), Joe Hart (2nd L) and Dele Alli (1st R) after their defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France
England's Euro 2016 failure most-tweeted about event in UK this year
England's early exit from Euro 2016 was the most-tweeted about event in the UK this year.
Dec 6, 10:13
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Clive Sheldon QC to lead FA review into child sex abuse in football
The FA announces that Clive Sheldon QC will lead a review into allegations of historic child sexual abuse, replacing Kate Gallafent just one week after she was appointed.
Dec 6, 09:21
Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli plays during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014
Report: Liverpool paid Mario Balotelli £1m for avoiding three red cards in one season
Liverpool reportedly gave former striker Mario Balotelli a £1m bonus for not being sent off more than three times in a season.
Dec 5, 18:44
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy during his side's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on October 15, 2016
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy 'sickened' by child sex abuse scandal in football
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy describes the historic child sex abuse scandal in football as "sickening".
Dec 5, 10:59
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on the touchline during his side's Premier League clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho denies money laundering allegations
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho denies allegations of money laundering.
Dec 5, 09:23
A general shot of St Mary's Stadium prior to Southampton's Premier League clash with Chelsea on October 30, 2016
Ex-Southampton coach accused of abuse 'not vetted'
A former Southampton youth coach accused of sexual abuse by six players was reportedly not police checked before taking on another coaching position elsewhere.
Dec 4, 22:47
General view of a Chelsea Football Club sign during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge on November 1, 2014
Chelsea apologise to sex abuse victim Gary Johnson
Chelsea intend to launch an external review into why an investigation was not carried out exploring Gary Johnson's claims that he was sexually abused while at the club.
Dec 3, 22:12
A general shot of St Mary's Stadium prior to Southampton's Premier League clash with Chelsea on October 30, 2016
Ex-Southampton abuser 'still active in football'
One of the men accused of sexually assaulting young footballers is said to be still active in the sport.
Dec 3, 13:56
Yaya Toure in action during the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Manchester City on November 19, 2016
Report: Yaya Toure charged with drink driving
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is allegedly charged for drink driving.
Dec 3, 13:43
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, Cristiano Ronaldo accused of laundering millions
Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are embroiled in a supposed "tax evasion" scheme, which has come to light following an investigation by 12 European media outlets.
Dec 2, 23:11
John Stones in action for Manchester City on August 24, 2016
Manchester City defender John Stones gets tattoo of childhood sweetheart
John Stones further declares his love for long-term partner Millie Savage by getting her face tattooed on his arm, just a few days after being accused of cheating on her.
Dec 2, 20:47
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi takes place prior the Italian Serie A football match between Parma vs AC Milan at Ennio Tardini Stadium in Parma on March 17, 2012
Silvio Berlusconi: "Chinese bureaucracy" delaying AC Milan sale
AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi claims that the impending sale of the club is being delayed by "Chinese bureaucracy".
Dec 2, 12:44
A general view of a corner flag ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on January 31, 2015
Chelsea 'offer Gary Johnson £50,000 to keep sexual abuse claims quiet'
Former Chelsea player Gary Johnson says that he was paid £50,000 by the club to keep his claims of child sexual abuse quiet.
Dec 2, 09:23
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UEFA confirms minute's silence for Chapecoense in Champions League, Europa League games
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirms that all Champions League and Europa League matches next week will observe a minute's silence to commemorate Chapecoense.
Dec 1, 15:44
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Police: '350 victims of sexual abuse in football clubs come forward'
Police announce that around 350 people have come forward to report allegations of sexual abuse in football clubs.
Dec 1, 14:49
Jonjo Shelvey for Newcastle United during the Premier League match with Everton at Goodison Park on February 3, 2016
Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey to have racial abuse hearing before Christmas
Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will argue against an FA charge of racist abuse at a hearing beginning in the week of December 19.
Dec 1, 13:01
England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate looks on during his side's match against Croatia Under-21 on October 10, 2014
Gareth Southgate commends "bravery" of abuse victims
New England manager Gareth Southgate commends the 'exceptional bravery' of the former players who have come forward to reveal their sexual abuse as youngsters.
Dec 1, 12:02
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Ex-Newcastle United player David Eatock claims he was sexually abused
Former Newcastle United footballer David Eatock claims that he was sexually abused by coach George Ormond between the ages of 18 and 21.
Dec 1, 10:48
Edinson Cavani celebrates scoring during the Champions League game between Arsenal and PSG on November 23, 2016
PSG star Edinson Cavani booked after paying tribute to Chapecoense victims
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is controversially booked for paying tribute to the victims of the Chapecoense air disaster.
Dec 1, 09:48
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Five more police forces open historical sexual abuse probes
Five more police forces open investigations into reports of historical sexual abuse in football.
Nov 30, 21:35
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Chapecoense plane 'ran out of fuel during flight'
The tragic flight which crashed with members of the Chapecoense football team on board is said to have run out of fuel.
Nov 30, 20:26
David De Gea looks on during the FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United on May 21, 2016
Man United's David de Gea mourns death of ex-teammate in Chapecoense plane crash
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea reveals that one of the victims of the tragic plane crash in Colombia was a former teammate of his.
Nov 30, 10:24