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Feb 9, 2015

Soccer-Man City cannot afford any more slip-ups, says Milner

LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s chances of winning the Premier League title for the third time in four seasons will almost certainly end if they lose at Stoke City and Chelsea beat Everton on Wednesday.

The gap between the leaders and the champions widened to seven points on Saturday when Chelsea won 2-1 at Aston Villa and City drew at home with Hull City, needing a stoppage-time free kick from James Milner to grab a point from a 1-1 draw.

Feb 5, 2015

Villa and Hull facing more misery from Chelsea and Man City

LONDON (Reuters) – Things might well get a lot worse before they get any better for relegation-threatened Aston Villa and Hull City who face title-chasing Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Villa, who host leaders Chelsea, were accused of being “gutless” by former Villa striker Stan Collymore when they were beaten 5-0 at Arsenal on Sunday, an unwanted club record sixth successive league game without a goal.

Feb 5, 2015

Soccer-Villa and Hull facing more misery from Chelsea and Man City

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Things might well get a lot worse before they get any better for relegation-threatened Aston Villa and Hull City who face title-chasing Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Villa, who host leaders Chelsea, were accused of being “gutless” by former Villa striker Stan Collymore when they were beaten 5-0 at Arsenal on Sunday, an unwanted club record sixth successive league game without a goal.

Feb 3, 2015

FIFA’s ‘culture of intimidation’ must end, says Prince Ali

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan launched his bid for the FIFA presidency on Tuesday and said it was time for the “culture of intimidation” in world soccer’s governing body to end.

He also called for a public debate among the four candidates in the race including incumbent Sepp Blatter “to set out our positions and for people to know exactly where we stand.”

Feb 3, 2015

Soccer-FIFA’s ‘culture of intimidation’ must end, says Prince Ali

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan launched his bid for the FIFA presidency on Tuesday and said it was time for the “culture of intimidation” in world soccer’s governing body to end.

He also called for a public debate among the four candidates in the race including incumbent Sepp Blatter “to set out our positions and for people to know exactly where we stand.”

Feb 3, 2015

English clubs hit spending record despite sluggish January sales

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Premier League clubs spent a record 950 million pounds ($1.43 billion) on the August and January transfers this season even though spending in the winter window matched last year’s figure of 130 million, according to accountancy firm Deloitte.

Despite clubs’ “relative restraint” in January, the total spending in 2014-15 surpassed the 2013-14 record of 760 million pounds, Deloitte said.

Feb 3, 2015

Soccer -English clubs hit spending record despite sluggish January sales

LONDON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – England’s Premier League clubs spent a record 950 million pounds ($1.43 billion) on the August and January transfers this season even though spending in the winter window matched last year’s figure of 130 million, according to accountancy firm Deloitte.

Despite clubs’ “relative restraint” in January, the total spending in 2014-15 surpassed the 2013-14 record of 760 million pounds, Deloitte said.

Feb 2, 2015

Soccer-FIFA open disciplinary case against West Ham and Sakho

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against West Ham United and their Senegal striker Diafra Sakho after he did not go to the African Nations Cup claiming a back injury but played in the FA Cup at Bristol City.

A FIFA statement issued on Monday read: “Disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the player Diafra Sakho and the club West Ham United for a potential violation of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.”

Feb 1, 2015

Chelsea stay five clear after 1-1 draw with Man City

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea and Manchester City drew 1-1 in their top-of-the-table Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, leaving Jose Mourinho’s team five points clear of City but with the champions still believing they can retain their title.

Chelsea’s run of 10 straight home league wins came to an end when David Silva cancelled out Loic Remy’s opener just before half-time. There were no further goals, and very few on-target attempts in the second half which City edged in terms of possession.

Jan 31, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea stay five clear after 1-1 draw with Man City

LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Chelsea and Manchester City drew 1-1 in their top-of-the-table Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, leaving Jose Mourinho’s team five points clear of City but with the champions still believing they can retain their title.

Chelsea’s run of 10 straight home league wins came to an end when David Silva cancelled out Loic Remy’s opener just before half-time. There were no further goals, and very few on-target attempts in the second half which City edged in terms of possession.