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Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-FIFA, UEFA join Chelsea in condemning racist incident

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA have joined Chelsea in condemning an incident captured on video in the Paris metro, showing Chelsea fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting “we’re racist”.

The video was filmed before Chelsea’s Champions League match against French champions Paris St Germain at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening.

Feb 18, 2015

Glory and more awaits Europa League winners

LONDON (Reuters) – The race to become the first club to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League hots up on Thursday when Europe’s secondary competition restarts with 32 teams chasing glory in Warsaw in May.

UEFA’s decision to reward the winners with a place in at least the playoffs for next season’s Champions League should spice up the knockout stage, which includes the eight teams who have dropped down from Europe’s top tier.

Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-Glory and more awaits Europa League winners

LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The race to become the first club to qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League hots up on Thursday when Europe’s secondary competition restarts with 32 teams chasing glory in Warsaw in May.

UEFA’s decision to reward the winners with a place in at least the playoffs for next season’s Champions League should spice up the knockout stage, which includes the eight teams who have dropped down from Europe’s top tier.

Feb 16, 2015

Man United to face Arsenal if they see off Preston

LONDON (Reuters) – Joint record FA Cup winners Manchester United and Arsenal will meet in the quarter-finals of this season’s competition if United beat League One Preston North End in their fifth-round tie on Monday.

United and holders Arsenal, who have both won the Cup 11 times, were paired in the draw made before the kickoff at Deepdale in the first meeting for 43 years between Preston and United, whose last FA Cup final win came in 2004.

Feb 16, 2015

Soccer-Man United to face Arsenal if they see off Preston

LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Joint record FA Cup winners Manchester United and Arsenal will meet in the quarter-finals of this season’s competition if United beat League One Preston North End in their fifth-round tie on Monday.

United and holders Arsenal, who have both won the Cup 11 times, were paired in the draw made before the kickoff at Deepdale in the first meeting for 43 years between Preston and United, whose last FA Cup final win came in 2004.

Feb 12, 2015

Hodgson hints Kane and Ings are set for England call-up

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Burnley’s Danny Ings are set to be called up by England for the first time when manager Roy Hodgson names his squad next month for internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

Hodgson, holding a media briefing on Thursday, was full of praise for both players, who have impressed him with a series of outstanding performances for their clubs, and gave the strongest indication that they would be called up.

Feb 12, 2015

Soccer-Hodgson hints Kane and Ings are set for England call-up

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Burnley’s Danny Ings are set to be called up by England for the first time when manager Roy Hodgson names his squad next month for internationals against Lithuania and Italy.

Hodgson, holding a media briefing on Thursday, was full of praise for both players, who have impressed him with a series of outstanding performances for their clubs, and gave the strongest indication that they would be called up.

Feb 11, 2015

Bedford hopes Premier League keeps grassroots promise

LONDON (Reuters) – Former 10,000 metres world record holder David Bedford knows all about competing at the highest level of elite sport, and also about life in the less than glamorous world of English non-league soccer.

As a director of north London part-timers Hendon FC, who play in the premier division of the Isthmian League, the seventh tier of the pyramid, he is not exactly rubbing his hands in gleeful expectation at the prospect of thousands of pounds landing on Hendon’s doorstep any day soon.

Feb 11, 2015

Soccer-Bedford hopes Premier League keeps grassroots promise

LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Former 10,000 metres world record holder David Bedford knows all about competing at the highest level of elite sport, and also about life in the less than glamorous world of English non-league soccer.

As a director of north London part-timers Hendon FC, who play in the premier division of the Isthmian League, the seventh tier of the pyramid, he is not exactly rubbing his hands in gleeful expectation at the prospect of thousands of pounds landing on Hendon’s doorstep any day soon.

Feb 11, 2015

Politicians fume after Premier League chief’s wage remarks

LONDON (Reuters) – Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore was criticised on Wednesday for saying he saw no problem with clubs paying staff the minimum wage after the league sold its British TV rights for 5.1 billion pounds ($7.80 billion).

He also said the Premier League was a “success story” and not a charity following demands from politicians calling for more money from the sale of the rights to reduce ticket prices, invest in grassroots football and pay staff a living wage.