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Russian World Cup doping claims ‘made-up news’

Russian World Cup doping claims ‘made-up news’

The Confederations Cup is being played in Russia as the country prepares for next year’s World Cup Russian football does not have a doping problem, and claims that suggest otherwise are “made-up news”, says 2018 World Cup chief Alexey Sorokin. Fifa has confirmed it is investigating whether Russian players benefited from the state-sponsored doping programme […]

Fifa: Video technology in use at Confederations Cup ‘must improve’

Fifa: Video technology in use at Confederations Cup ‘must improve’

Cameroon boss Hugo Broos said he “didn’t understand” why Ernest Mabouka was sent off Problems with the video technology system in use at the Confederations Cup must be solved if it is to be employed at the 2018 World Cup, Fifa says. Law-making body International Football Association Board will decide next March if video assistant […]

Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace appoint Dutchman as new manager

Frank de Boer: Crystal Palace appoint Dutchman as new manager

De Boer spoke to former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal before taking the Palace job Crystal Palace have named former Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new boss on a three-year contract. The 47-year-old Dutchman succeeds Sam Allardyce, who left after helping Palace avoid relegation last season. “The aim is […]

Tiemoue Bakayoko: Chelsea close to signing Monaco midfielder

Tiemoue Bakayoko: Chelsea close to signing Monaco midfielder

Tiemoue Bakayoko (left) made his debut for France earlier this year Chelsea are close to signing midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from French champions Monaco. Blues manager Antonio Conte has identified France international Bakayoko as a player who can strengthen the Premier League champions’ squad. Talks have taken place and the transfer – which would be Chelsea’s […]

Honest & hard working – what to expect from De Boer

Honest & hard working – what to expect from De Boer

De Boer was a big domestic success at Ajax – winning four straight league titles Crystal Palace have appointed Frank de Boer as their new manager – but what sort of man will be in charge at Selhurst Park next season? There is no doubting his pedigree as a player. The 47-year-old former defender was […]

‘I am not a bad guy’ – Diouf on spitting and Stevie G ‘doing nothing for England’

‘I am not a bad guy’ – Diouf on spitting and Stevie G ‘doing nothing for England’

Image caption El Hadji Diouf now lives and works in his native Senegal El Hadji Diouf is a hero in Senegal. Everywhere he goes, he is mobbed by fans both young and old. His countrymen are still grateful for the stellar role he played during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. But […]

Gossip: Sigurdsson to cost Leicester at least £40m

Gossip: Sigurdsson to cost Leicester at least £40m

<!– For the latest gossip and debate, check out our Sportsday rolling news service every weekday, and for a list of all the completed deals, see our transfers page. Transfer news (latest update 12:00 BST) Arsene Wenger is set for talks with France forward Olivier Giroud, 30, over his future as Arsenal seek to complete […]

Palace to announce De Boer as new boss on Monday

Palace to announce De Boer as new boss on Monday

De Boer, 47, was Netherlands assistant manager from 2008 to 2010 Crystal Palace are set to name ex-Ajax and Inter Milan manager Frank de Boer as their new boss at 14:00 BST. It is understood the former Netherlands defender was the first choice of chairman Steve Parish and Palace were De Boer’s preferred option. He […]

‘No better time to be an English player’ as U21s prepare for Euro semi

‘No better time to be an English player’ as U21s prepare for Euro semi

England won two and drew one of their three group games England Under-21 defender Calum Chambers says “there has been no better time” to be an English player as they aim to become the fourth England youth side to reach a final in two months. England won the U20 World Cup and the Toulon Tournament […]

Fifa looking into Russia football doping claims from McLaren report

Fifa looking into Russia football doping claims from McLaren report

Fifa says no Russia player from the 2014 World Cup returned a positive drugs test Fifa says “it is still investigating allegations” that footballers were involved in a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia. At least 30 sports, including football, covered up samples involving more than 1,000 athletes between 2011 and 2015, according to the McLaren […]