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Diego Costa on his way back to Atletico Madrid after Chelsea agree £58m sale

MADRID/LONDON: Atletico Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea to re-sign former striker Diego Costa from the Premier League champions. The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico in July 2014, scoring 59 goals in 120 appearances. A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea Football Club ...
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Sampson sacked as England women’s coach as FA finally ends confusion

LONDON: Mark Sampson has been sacked as England Women’s manager after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time in club football. Sampson, 34, has in recent weeks been the subject of accusations of racism, harassment and bullying made by former England player Eni ...
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Atletico Madrid’s new home to stage Champions League Final in 2019

NYON: European football federation UEFA has selected Atletico de Madrid’s new Estadio Metropolitano to host the Champions League Final in 2019. A UEFA statement on this and other issues – including the likely replacement of Brussels by Stockholm or Cardiff in the Euro 2020 finals ...
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Russia's Vitaly Mutko lost his place on the FIFA Council because of a conflict of interest over his political role as a deputy prime minister

Political tangles still the worst danger to future health of worldwide sport

JAMES M DORSEY —- Efforts to clean up international and regional sports governance six years into one of the worst crises in its history have yet to tackle the elephant in the room: the incestuous and inseparable relationship between sports and politics as indicated in Play ...
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FIFA ethics committee bans CFU president Derrick for six years

ZURICH: The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has banned Gordon Derrick, the president of the Caribbean Football Union and general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association for six years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national ...
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FIFA: The Best Football Awards 2017 – finalists announced

—- The Finalists for the Best FIFA Football Awards™ were announced today at a special media event held in London with the FIFA Legends Andriy Shevchenko, Peter Shilton, Jay Jay Okocha, Alex Scott and Roberto Di Matteo. The winners will be crowned at the London ...
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All-change again in UCI as Lappartient ousts Cookson from presidency

BERGEN: Brian Cookson has been ousted as president of the world cycling federation (UCI) by Frenchman David Lappartient. The 66-year-old, who had been in charge since 2013 and was beaten by 37 votes to eight, said the UCI was “unrecognisable” from when he took over ...
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Macron welcomes IOC president Bach to Marseille’s 2024 sailing centre

PARIS/MARSEILLE: The Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo today joined French President Emmanuel Macron in welcoming IOC President Thomas Bach to the city of Marseille, home to the Sailing venue for Paris 2024. President Bach, arriving in France for the first time since Paris were awarded the 2024 ...
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Fok takes over at head of Asian Electronic Sports Federation as confusion grows

ASHGABAT: Hong Kong’s Kenneth Fok has been elected as the new president of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation (AESF) as uncertainty and confusion grows about the coexistence of electronic games and ‘Olympic sports.’ Fok, who is currently the Vice-President of the Sports Federation and Olympic ...
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