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Liverpool silent on claims club could face youth transfer ban over 'tapping up'

Liverpool silent on claims club could face youth transfer ban over 'tapping up'Liverpool are not commenting on claims they could face a transfer ban on academy players if they are found guilty of 'tapping up' a Stoke youngster.The case, which involves allegations of a forbidden inducement offered to a 12-year-old, has been ongoing for some time, but details only emerged last week.Reports today suggested matters are coming to …

TG4 announce their coverage of a jam-packed Sunday of League action

TG4 announce their coverage of a jam-packed Sunday of League actionTG4 have announced their coverage plan for Sunday's Allianz League action.They will have live coverage of the Division One football clash between Monaghan and Dublin which throws in at 2pm. This will be followed by the hurling quarter-final between Galway and Waterford which begins at 4pm. The station will then have delayed coverage of the hurling …

FIFA reveal proposed breakdown of slots for 48-team World Cup

FIFA reveal proposed breakdown of slots for 48-team World CupFIFA has announced its proposed allocation of places for the 48-team 2026 World Cup and revealed a six-nation play-off could be used to determine the last two spots.Football's world governing body has proposed there will be 16 direct slots for European teams at the expanded tournament, which is the quota UEFA had sought.The recommendations will be …

Neil Lennon on confrontation with opposition manager: ‘He wants his square go, and I’ll oblige him’

Neil Lennon on confrontation with opposition manager: ‘He wants his square go, and I’ll oblige him’Hibernian manager Neil Lennon and Greenock Morton boss Jim Duffy were involved in a touchline bust-up last night, which resulted in both managers and two players being sent-off, writes Stephen Barry.The Hibs manager first took offence to Kudus Oyenuga’s red-card challenge on Jordan Forster in front of his technical area. Then, Lennon became more …

Donegal’s League hopes hit by major blow

Donegal’s League hopes hit by major blowDonegal's hopes of landing the Division One crown in the Allianz Football League have been dealt a blow. Ryan McHugh has been ruled out of action for between three and four weeks after suffering an ankle injury in last week's drawn game with Monaghan. The tendon problem will keep the 22-year-old out of Sunday's meeting with Mayo, and a potential Le…

Four Russian athletes found guilty of doping at 2012 Olympics, taking total sanctioned to 34

Four Russian athletes found guilty of doping at 2012 Olympics, taking total sanctioned to 34Four more Russian athletes have been found guilty of doping at the London 2012 Olympic Games following a wave of re-testing by the International Olympic Committee.The positive samples take to 34 the number of Russian athletes who have been sanctioned following the re-analyses ordered in line with recommendations made by the McLaren report into dopi…

Pochettino: ‘It would be impossible’ for me to manage Barcelona

Pochettino: ‘It would be impossible’ for me to manage BarcelonaTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino claims he could never join Barcelona due to his past at Espanyol just as it would be impossible for him ever to manage Arsenal.Pochettino met Barcelona's president Josep Bartomeu last week at a bar in the Spanish city but the Argentinian insists it was a chance encounter and the pair have been friends for 15 ye…

One famous pundit is ranked 229th in Fantasy Football worldwide

One famous pundit is ranked 229th in Fantasy Football worldwideLike many ex-footballers before him, Owen Hargreaves has turned to punditry to keep him involved in the game, writes Stephen Barry.He may be a solid, if unspectacular, contributor on our TV screens, much like he was during his playing career, but there’s one sign that, maybe, just maybe, he could become one of the punditry elite.Hargreaves has us…

Martin Dwyer granted licence to ride at Aintree in honour of late father

Martin Dwyer granted licence to ride at Aintree in honour of late fatherDerby-winning jockey Martin Dwyer is thrilled to have been granted a jumps licence so he can ride at next week's Grand National meeting at Aintree.Dwyer is set to partner the Iain Jardine-trained Loud And Clear in the Grade Two bumper on Friday week in honour of his later father.Loud And Clear, a game winner at Ayr in October, is owned by the Tapas…

Funes Mori out for the season as Everton’s injury woes continue

Funes Mori out for the season as Everton’s injury woes continueEverton say defender Ramiro Funes Mori is likely to miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn meniscus playing for Argentina against Bolivia earlier this week.The Toffees, who face Liverpool in the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday, have already lost right-back Seamus Coleman for several months after an horrific double fracture of his leg…