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Nov 7, 2014

Fulham owner Khan targets top-six finish for improving side

LONDON (Reuters) – It’s not everyone who can watch two clubs he owns in two different sports while staying on his own yacht moored in the middle of London, but that’s the pleasant situation Shahid Khan finds himself in this weekend.

The 64-year-old billionaire, who made his money in the motor trade, will watch Fulham play Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage in the English soccer Championship (second division) on Saturday and will then see his Jacksonville Jaguars team take on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL at Wembley on Sunday.

Nov 7, 2014

Soccer-Fulham owner Khan targets top-six finish for improving side

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – It’s not everyone who can watch two clubs he owns in two different sports while staying on his own yacht moored in the middle of London, but that’s the pleasant situation Shahid Khan finds himself in this weekend.

The 64-year-old billionaire, who made his money in the motor trade, will watch Fulham play Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage in the English soccer Championship (second division) on Saturday and will then see his Jacksonville Jaguars team take on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL at Wembley on Sunday.

Nov 7, 2014

Allardyce honour fitting reward for West Ham’s revival

LONDON (Reuters) – West Ham United’s transformation under Sam Allardyce was recognised on Friday when he was named Premier League Manager of the Month after three straight league wins in October.

There was a double celebration for the east London club too as Diafra Sakho, one of a number of exciting new arrivals in the summer, was named the league’s Player of the Month after scoring a goal in each of the three victories.

Nov 7, 2014

Soccer-Allardyce honour fitting reward for West Ham’s revival

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – West Ham United’s transformation under Sam Allardyce was recognised on Friday when he was named Premier League Manager of the Month after three straight league wins in October.

There was a double celebration for the east London club too as Diafra Sakho, one of a number of exciting new arrivals in the summer, was named the league’s Player of the Month after scoring a goal in each of the three victories.

Nov 5, 2014

Who am I to question Rodgers team selection? says Platini

BURTON-ON-TRENT England (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should explain to the fans his team selection against Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B match, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.

Many Liverpool supporters were seething that he left Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Mario Balotelli and Philippe Coutinho out of the starting lineup in the 1-0 defeat, with one eye on Saturday’s Premier League match with Chelsea.

Nov 5, 2014

Champions League final in June 2022 no problem for Platini

BURTON-ON-TRENT England (Reuters) – UEFA is prepared to move the Champions League semi-finals and final to June in 2022 if the World Cup is played in Qatar that winter, its president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after his first visit to the FA’s national training base in the Midlands, Platini said moving the matches would not cause a problem if the World Cup finals were played in January and February 2022.

Nov 5, 2014

Soccer-Who am I to question Rodgers team selection? says Platini

BURTON-ON-TRENT, England, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should explain to the fans his team selection against Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B match, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.

Many Liverpool supporters were seething that he left Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Mario Balotelli and Philippe Coutinho out of the starting lineup in the 1-0 defeat, with one eye on Saturday’s Premier League match with Chelsea.

Nov 5, 2014

Soccer-Champions League final in June 2022 no problem for Platini

BURTON-ON-TRENT, England, Nov 5 (Reuters) – UEFA is prepared to move the Champions League semi-finals and final to June in 2022 if the World Cup is played in Qatar that winter, its president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after his first visit to the FA’s national training base in the Midlands, Platini said moving the matches would not cause a problem if the World Cup finals were played in January and February 2022.

Nov 4, 2014

Racist abuse “a disgrace” and FIFA must act, says Toure

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said the abuse he suffered on social media is “a disgrace” and called for world soccer’s governing body FIFA to reassess the way they deal with racism.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating claims that the Ivorian was racially abused within hours of re-activating his Twitter account on Monday.

Nov 4, 2014

Soccer-Police investigate abuse aimed at Toure

LONDON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Greater Manchester Police are investigating claims that Manchester City’s Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was racially abused within hours of re-activating his Twitter account on Monday.

The force said they had been contacted following complaints that he had been targeted after tweeting again following a five-month break.