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UEFA seals deal with top European leagues to avoid UCL clashes

Aleksander Ceferin has said he is looking forward to working closely with European Leagues.

UEFA has sealed a working agreement with Europe's top leagues in order to avoid clashes between domestic and Champions League games.

In June, Lars-Christer Olsson, the chairman of the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL), said the deal was being finalised and would be ratified in September.

European football's governing body has confirmed that the leagues group will get seats on its decision-making bodies, including voting rights on the executive committee.

A UEFA statement issued after...

FIFA investigates Manchester City over recruitment of youth players

Leroy Sane scored on either end of a West Brom goal to lead Manchester City to victory in the Carabao Cup.
The draw for the next round of the Carabao Cup has already taken place, which the FC panel dissect for solid match-ups.
Craig Burley scoffs at the idea of the Premier League title being a two-horse race between United and City this season.

FIFA has confirmed that it is carrying out an investigation into Manchester City's recruitment of youth players.

However, City have said they have no knowledge of the investigation and world football's governing body has not asked them to provide any information.

FIFA did not confirm details of the matters being looked at, with a spokesperson telling ESPN FC: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing."

A City source questioned whether the investigation was linked to an ongoing inquiry into...

Chelsea deny wrongdoing as FIFA confirms transfer investigation

Chelsea's Antonio Conte says he has no intention of appealing David Luiz's red card.
Antonio Conte believes Charly Musonda is a promising young talent who could play in a range of positions for Chelsea.

FIFA has opened an investigation into Chelsea's transfer dealings amid suggestions that the Premier League leaders have breached regulations concerning the recruitment of youth players.

The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that FIFA had launched an inquiry into Chelsea's conduct when recruiting foreign players under the age of 18.

Contacted by ESPN FC, FIFA said: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing, but we cannot provide any details concerning the matters under investigation."


 By PA Sport

FIFA bans Caribbean football chief Gordon Derrick for six years

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Gordon Derrick replaced Jack Warner as CFU boss in 2012.

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick has been banned from all football-related activities for six years by FIFA's ethics committee.

Derrick, who is also the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda FA, has been found guilty of six different breaches of FIFA's ethics code, including offering and accepting bribes, mismanaging funds and abusing his position.

A director of the Antigua Commercial Bank, Derrick replaced the notorious Jack Warner as CFU boss in 2012 and was favoured...

Burkina Faso challenge FIFA's order to replay South Africa-Senegal game

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Joseph Lamptey was banned for life for his actions in the

The Burkina Faso Football Federation has challenged FIFA's ruling to replay a World Cup qualifying game because the referee was corrupt.

Burkina Faso filed an appeal against a November replay of South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Tuesday.

The federation called the ruling "abuse of power" by a FIFA World Cup organising committee panel.

FIFA had never before ordered a game to be played again because of match-fixing. Its investigation found that...

 By PA Sport

FIFA accused of violating good conduct standards by ex-UN commissioner

South African judge Navi Pillay made the criticism in her resignation email to the FIFA general secretary.

The former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told FIFA she could no longer serve on its governance committee because its officials "violate the norms and standards of good conduct."

South African judge Navi Pillay made the criticism in her resignation email to FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura, also a former UN official, on May 17.

The email, now published on the website of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee, confirms Pillay's decision to quit the governance...