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A close-up view of the Premier League trophy on August 5, 2015
Premier League defends record in improving facilities for disabled supporters
The Premier League defends its record in improving facilities for disabled fans after claims that a number of top-flight clubs are failing to meet their own targets.
A general view of the stadium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014
Report: Porn movie filmed at Brazil's Maracana stadium
A sex scene has reportedly been filmed at Brazil's iconic Maracana stadium as part of a porn movie.
A photo shows the FIFA sign at the entrance of the world football's governing body headquarters in Zurich taken on September 25, 2015
Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick given six-year ban by FIFA
FIFA has banned Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick for six years from all football-related activities for violating several articles of its code of ethics.
A general view of Wembley Stadium on May 3, 2012
England fans 'facing commuter chaos' as Tube strike announced
Tube strike action has been announced for October 5, which is the day that England are scheduled to take on Slovenia in a qualifying fixture at Wembley Stadium.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the third during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Everton on September 17, 2017
Manchester United 'seek advice' over Romelu Lukaku penis chant
Manchester United confirm that they are "seeking advice" about a fan chant referencing Romelu Lukaku's penis.
A general view of the Balaidos stadium ahead of a friendly match between RC Celta de Vigo and Southampton at Balaidos stadium on August 3, 2013
Celta Vigo fined for low attendances
Celta Vigo are issued with a fine by La Liga for failing to meet minimum attendance requirements at the Balaidos.
A general view of the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2014
Leicester City issue bans for homophobic abuse
Leicester City announce that they have issued stadium bans to three fans after homophobic abuse at the home game with Brighton & Hove Albion last month.
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
Manchester United fans caught up in RyanAir chaos
Manchester United fans react angrily after RyanAir cancel flights to Lisbon ahead of their Champions League clash with Benfica.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Everton on September 17, 2017
Anti-racism group Kick It Out want chant about Romelu Lukaku's penis banned
Manchester United are reportedly seeking advice after Kick It Out call for a chant about Romelu Lukaku's penis to be banned.
A dejected Wayne Rooney during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Everton on August 27, 2017
Wayne Rooney apologises after accepting drink-driving charge
Wayne Rooney apologises to Everton supporters after being given a two-year driving ban at Stockport Magistrates' Court.
Sep 18, 11:04
Wayne Rooney takes a shot during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Everton on September 17, 2017
Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving charge
Everton's former England international striker Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to charge of drink-driving at Stockport Magistrates' Court.
Sep 18, 10:39
Everton's Oumar Niasse introduces himself to the crowd on the pitch before the match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on February 3, 2016
Oumar Niasse watches Everton loss to Manchester United with away fans
Everton striker Oumar Niasse watches his side's 4-0 defeat to Manchester United amongst the away supporters at Old Trafford.
Sep 17, 20:34
Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao celebrates after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco and FC Lorient at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco on September 15, 2013
Radamel Falcao 'to plead guilty to tax fraud'
Monaco striker Radamel Falcao will reportedly plead guilty to tax fraud during his time with Atletico Madrid.
Sep 17, 17:31
Sam Allardyce looking pretty in pink ahead of the Premier League game between Sunderland and Manchester United on February 13, 2016
Sam Allardyce for 'I'm A Celebrity'?
Former England manager Sam Allardyce is reportedly approached to appear on ITV reality series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Sep 17, 14:13
General views of the ground the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on April 26, 2014
West Bromwich Albion 'reject American takeover'
West Bromwich Albion owner Guochuan Lai reportedly turns down a takeover bid from an American company.
Sep 16, 12:04
Big Tom Cairney in action during the FA Cup game between Cardiff City and Fulham on January 8, 2017
Fans asked to arrive early after terror incident
The EFL issues a statement encouraging supporters to arrive early at games today following the terrorist attack in west London yesterday.
Sep 16, 11:08
A general view of the stadium prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at The Stadium of Light on December 3, 2014
Fan arrested after bottle throwing incident in Sunderland, Sheffield United game
Sunderland confirm that an individual has been arrested after a bottle was thrown at a Sheffield United player in Saturday's Championship game at the Stadium of Light.
Sep 15, 22:15
General views of Oakwell Stadium on September 5, 2011
Report: 'Moneyball' pioneer Billy Beane part of consortium to take over Barnsley
"Moneyball" baseball pioneer Billy Beane is reportedly joining a consortium including Chinese businessman Chien Lee and American investor Paul Conway to acquire Barnsley.
Sep 15, 20:34
Former Northampton Town player Clarke Carlisle before the FA Cup First Round match between Bishop's Storford and Northampton Town ProKit UK stadium on November 10, 2013
Former footballer Clarke Carlisle found "safe and well" in Liverpool
Lancashire Police confirm that former footballer Clarke Carlisle has been found safe and well in Liverpool after going missing in Manchester
Sep 15, 19:32
Gareth Bale during the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
Gareth Bale abused during Real Madrid fan event
Gareth Bale is jeered by Real Madrid supporters while attending a sponsorship event in the Spanish capital.
Sep 15, 18:32
Generic image of a locker room
Ex-footballer Clarke Carlisle 'goes missing in Manchester'
The family of Clarke Carlisle, formerly of Queens Park Rangers, Watford and Burnley among others, are seeking information as to his whereabouts.
Sep 15, 13:53
German fans urinate in a street near the Emirates ahead of the Europa League game between Arsenal and FC Koln on September 14, 2017
FC Koln fans 'made Nazi salutes, urinated'
ITV's political editor Robert Peston claims that FC Koln fans made Nazi salutes and urinated in doorways ahead of last night's Europa League game at Arsenal.
Sep 15, 09:46
A general view inside the ground prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2015
Metropolitan Police confirms four arrests made following trouble at Arsenal game
The Metropolitan Police confirm that four people have been arrested following disturbances ahead of Arsenal's Europa League game with FC Koln.
Sep 14, 22:47
Aitor Karanka, manager of Middlesborough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesborough at Molineux Stadium on October 24, 2015
Aitor Karanka pays tribute after death of father
Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka posts a tribute on social media after his father passes away.
Sep 14, 18:19
Graham Taylor in the dugout during his time with Aston Villa in March 2002.
Graham Taylor 'warned of abuse claims'
Late former Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor was allegedly "warned" about the sexual abuse of young players in the 1980s.
Sep 14, 18:13
England's head coach Mark Sampson walks on the field at the Moncton Stadium on June 8, 2015
FA to reopen racism case against Mark Sampson?
The FA could reportedly reopen its investigation into racism claims against England Woman manager Mark Sampson.
Sep 14, 17:40
Monchengladbach's Belgian midfielder Thorgan Hazard (R) and Cologne's midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Cologne vs Borussia Monchengladbach in Cologne, western Germany on Septemb
FC Koln fans bring West End to standstill
Around 20,000 fans of FC Koln descend on London ahead of the club's Europa League tie with Arsenal this evening.
Sep 14, 16:26
A general view of the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2014
Leicester City fan fined for homophobic abuse
A Leicester City fan is forced to pay fines of more than £400 after admitting to homophobic chanting at the home game with Brighton & Hove Albion in August.
Sep 14, 16:17
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
Celtic Park pitch invader hit with UK-wide stadium ban
A Celtic fan receives a UK-wide football stadium ban after confronting Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe in Tuesday's Champions League encounter between the two clubs.
Sep 13, 20:36
Liverpool unveil Emile Heskey as their club-record signing on March 10, 2000.
Emile Heskey family "wiped out" by Hurricane Irma
Former England and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey says that several members of his family are missing in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma swept through the region.
Sep 13, 17:10
General views of Oakwell Stadium on September 5, 2011
Terminally-ill Barnsley owner pens open letter to fans
Terminally-ill Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne pens an open letter to the club's fans.
Sep 13, 16:58
Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United in action during the Capital One Cup Second Round between Newcastle United and Northampton Town at St James' Park on August 25, 2015
Jamaal Lascelles 'agrees new bonus deal' with Mike Ashley
Newcastle United skipper Jamaal Lascelles reportedly agrees a new bonus scheme for the squad with Magpies owner Mike Ashley.
Sep 13, 12:21
A general view of Home Park ahead of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round match between Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town at Home Park on October 7, 2014
EFL sponsors Sky Bet to refund Blackpool fans for Plymouth Argyle trip
EFL sponsor Sky Bet announces that it will refund Blackpool fans who are making the 642-mile round trip journey to Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.
Sep 12, 20:02
Eric Dier celebrates with teammates after scoring during the World Cup qualifier between England and Slovakia on September 4, 2017
World Cup tickets to go on sale Friday
FIFA confirms that the first wave of tickets for the Russia World Cup will go on sale this Friday.
Sep 12, 16:51
Jamie Vardy reacts to missing a shot during the Premier League game between Leicester City and Chelsea on September 9, 2017
Jamie Vardy 'installs high-tech security system amid death threats'
Jamie Vardy installs new high-powered cameras inside and outside his Lincolnshire mansion after receiving death threats, according to a report.
Sep 12, 14:12
Danny Batth celebrates scoring during the EFL Cup game between Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 23, 2017
Sky Sports, EFL announce major new deal
Sky Sports retains the rights to the EFL until 2024 and will broadcast all midweek Championship games live from next season.
Sep 12, 10:04