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Fatma Samoura: Fifa executive cleared by ethics team

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Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura has been cleared by the governing body’s ethics committee of any wrongdoing following an investigation. BBC Sport revealed on Wednesday she was the subject of a complaint[1] concerning an alleged conflict of interest. Members of Fifa’s World Cup bid evaluation task force said she had an undeclared family link with Morocco 2026 bid ambassador El ...

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Payet inspires Marseille to first-leg win over Salzburg

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Dimitri Payet set up both goals as Marseille beat Austria’s RB Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Stade Velodrome. The Ligue 1 side have won eight of their nine games at home in this season’s competition. Florian Thauvin headed their opener from ex-West Ham forward Payet’s free-kick and Cameron winger Clinton Njie doubled the ...

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Besiktas refuse Fenerbahce replay after violence

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Besiktas say they will not turn up to replay their Turkish Cup semi-final second leg against rivals Fenerbahce. The original match at Fenerbahce’s Sukru Saracoglu Stadium was abandoned[1] after 57 minutes when Besiktas coach Senol Gunes was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd. Football chiefs ordered the game to be completed behind closed doors on ...

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Southampton's Boufal training with U23s after row with boss Hughes

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Southampton midfielder Sofiane Boufal has been ordered to train with the club’s under-23 side and will miss Saturday’s match with Bournemouth following a row with boss Mark Hughes. The Moroccan, who was on the bench for April’s 3-2 loss to Chelsea,[1] reportedly angered Hughes by refusing to warm up. The two are believed to have then clashed later in the ...

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Exiled Berahino & Rodriguez won't be recalled by Stoke

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Saido Berahino and Jese Rodriguez will not be recalled to Stoke’s first team despite the club’s lack of goals, says manager Paul Lambert. Stoke are four points adrift of safety and on an 11-game winless run where they have scored just seven goals. Lambert has limited forward options for Saturday’s trip to Liverpool (12:30 BST) but will not give either ...

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Wigan fined for pitch invasion after beating Man City

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Media playback is not supported on this device Wigan Athletic have been fined £12,500 for a pitch invasion following their shock 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round in February. Latics forward Will Grigg struck 11 minutes from time to secure a 1-0 win[1] for the hosts at the DW Stadium. Home fans invaded the pitch, ...

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Ibrahimovic will not play for Sweden at World Cup

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be coming out of retirement to play for Sweden at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The LA Galaxy and former Manchester United forward, 36, said recently he would attend the tournament but would not say in what capacity. Swedish FA chief Lars Richt said: “I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He announced he did not ...

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