Monthly Archives: September 2015

Be it Santa or the Pope, what’s wrong with a bit of fancy dress in the stands?

A politician complaining about the press is like a sailor complaining about the sea, so goes the old line, considered unsurpassable until this week, when a group of Twickenham residents took themselves beyond the reach of all the absurdist metaphor an...

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Sepp Blatter: And now the stench of Fifa clings to Platini, too

Taxi for Platini, you have to say. We have known ever since the day in June when Sepp Blatter – recalcitrant and unapologetic to the bitter end – told us he would be stepping down as Fifa president that the FBI or the Swiss Attorney General would soon have their hands on his collar. It was simply a matter of which. But it looks like Platini is going all the way down with him.











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Oldham Athletic’s David Dunn rues lack of dedication – and that failed ‘rabona’

David Dunn is sitting in the Oldham Athletic manager’s office reflecting on the unfairness of it all. He is in the 18th season of his professional football career, a career that brought 378 appearances for his hometown club Blackburn Rovers and England recognition, yet to some people he is best known for a single banana-skin incident.











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Brendan Rodgers, Dick Advocaat and Steve McClaren are all suffering under clubs’ recruitment policies

It is repugnant to bet on people losing their jobs, but that does not stop the bookmakers setting odds on which Premier League manager will be the first to leave his post. Barely a month into the campaign the 20-strong field already appears reduced to...

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Sepp Blatter Q+A: What is the Fifa president accused of, could he got to prison, is Michel Platini implicated in criminality too?

What is Sepp Blatter accused of doing?

Two things. One involves "criminal mismanagement" of Fifa's funds, and relates to a contract for TV rights signed with the disgraced former head of Caribbean Football, Jack Warner, a deal on which Warner later made £11m personal profit.











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Sepp Blatter: Swiss authorities open criminal proceedings against Fifa president over ‘criminal mismanagement or misappropriation’

Criminal proceedings have been opened against Fifa President Sepp Blatter, over "criminal mismanagement" of Fifa's money, and a "disloyal" £1.4m payment to the head of European football, Michel Platini.











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Premier League statistical preview; including Tottenham vs Manchester City, Leicester City vs Arsenal, Newcastle vs Chelsea

Tottenham vs Manchester CityBoth of these sides will be looking to bounce back from disappointment, with a comfortable win over Sunderland in the cup unlikely to have detracted too much from their shock defeat to West Ham last weekend. Spurs, meanwhil...

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