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Five candidates for Fifa presidency

 Posted by at 6:14 PM
Jan 262016
 

Fifa has confirmed that five candidates will battle for the presidency of football’s world governing body when voting takes place on 26 February.

Those five are Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne.

The election, prompted by Sepp Blatter’s decision to stand down amid a growing corruption scandal at Fifa, will be held in Zurich.

Blatter has been in charge since 1998.

Sheikh Salman, head of the Asian Football Confederation, and Infantino, the Uefa general secretary, are seen as the frontrunners.

Uefa president Michel Platini was the early favourite to succeed Blatter but was banned from football for eight years by Fifa’s ethics committee.

The Frenchman has taken his case to Fifa’s appeals committee and is expected to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if that fails.


Candidates:

Age: 45

Nationality: Italian/Swiss

Current position: Uefa general secretary (since 2009)

Previous positions: Joined Uefa in 2000 as a lawyer and secretary general of the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) at the University of Neuchâtel


Tokyo Sexwale

Age: 62

Nationality:
South African

Current position: Mining tycoon

Previous positions:
Anti-apartheid campaigner (jailed for 13 years on Robben Island), former government minister, member of Fifa anti-discrimination task force, South Africa Apprentice presenter


Prince Ali bin al-Hussein

Age: 40

Nationality:
Jordanian

Current position: President of Jordan Football Association and founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation.

Previous positions:
Former Fifa vice-president


Jerome Champagne

Age: 57

Nationality: French

Current position: Consultant in international football

Previous position: A former diplomat, he worked for Fifa for 11 years as an executive and an advisor to president Sepp Blatter, before leaving in 2010


Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa

Age: 50

Nationality: Bahraini

Current position:
Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president

Previous position: Former head of Bahrain FA

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Van Gaal did not offer to resign

 Posted by at 5:19 PM
Jan 262016
 

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal did not offer to resign at the weekend, despite reports to the contrary.

Van Gaal, 64, was
said to have told  executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward he would be prepared to quit following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Southampton.

Sources have told BBC Sport no such conversation took place.

Van Gaal returned to United’s training ground on Tuesday as they begin preparations for Friday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Derby County.

Woodward, meanwhile, has club commitments in London rather than north-west England.

United are maintaining their long-established position of refusing to publicly discuss Van Gaal’s future.

More to follow.

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Burnley 4-1 Derby County

 Posted by at 5:10 AM
Jan 262016
 
73:25

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Boyd.

72:16

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Derby County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Thorne.

70:35

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

69:05

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:05

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Abdoul Camara replaces Bradley Johnson.

67:31 Booking

Booking Bradley Johnson (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:05

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

67:05

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 4, Derby County 1. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Lowton.

63:41

Stephen Warnock (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:41

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

63:12

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Thorne.

61:57

Hand ball by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

60:16

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:16

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

59:42

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:42

Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

57:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 3, Derby County 1. Sam Vokes (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

56:51 Booking

Booking Jason Shackell (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

56:30

Penalty conceded by Jason Shackell (Derby County) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

53:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 2, Derby County 1. Andre Gray (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

52:49

Penalty conceded by Richard Keogh (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

52:49

Penalty Burnley. Andre Gray draws a foul in the penalty area.

51:38

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michael Keane.

50:50

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

50:18

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

46:24

Tom Ince (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:24

Foul by Stephen Ward (Burnley).

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 1, Derby County 1.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 1, Derby County 1.

45:00 +0:26

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

45:00 +0:26

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:41

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

43:28

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass.

39:49

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:23

Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Arfield.

37:40

Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

35:59

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

35:59

Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:37

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:37

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

32:43

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass following a corner.

32:08

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by George Boyd.

32:07

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

31:03

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joey Barton.

29:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Derby County 1. Jacob Butterfield (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Martin.

28:07 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Richard Keogh, Derby County. Burnley 1, Derby County 0.

26:08

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

25:26

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

25:26

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:59

Nick Blackman (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:59

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

20:24

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Scott Arfield.

19:46

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:46

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

18:25

Hand ball by George Thorne (Derby County).

18:08

Attempt missed. Jason Shackell (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross following a corner.

17:36

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ben Mee.

17:11

Attempt blocked. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

16:55

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Andre Gray.

16:25

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Michael Keane.

12:53

George Thorne (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:53

Foul by George Boyd (Burnley).

12:32

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Derby County).

12:32

Matthew Lowton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:34

Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

9:57

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

8:02

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

2:22

Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

2:22

Jason Shackell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:24

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:44

Foul by Joey Barton (Burnley).

0:44

Stephen Warnock (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Ramires nears £25m move to China

 Posted by at 12:19 AM
Jan 262016
 

Chelsea’s Ramires is close to a £25m move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.

The 28-year-old Brazil midfielder,
signed from Benfica for about £17m in 2010, agreed
a new four-year deal in October but has only started seven Premier League games this season.

Jiangsu finished ninth in China’s top tier in 2015 and are managed by former Blues defender Dan Petrescu.

Ramires has helped the Blues win the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

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