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Harry Kane says he feels ‘not far off’ standard required to win Ballon d’Or

Tottenham’s Harry Kane tells Football Focus he “has work to do” but feels “not far off” the standard required to win the Ballon d’Or, after being named in the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 award. You can hear more from Harry Kane on Football Focus at 12:00 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website. WATCH MORE: Root predicts goals galore in Spurs v Liverpool game Source link

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Football transfers: Fifpro legal bid to outlaw transfer system dropped, says Fifa

Neymar became the world’s most expensive player when he moved from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain for £200m in the summer World players’ union Fifpro is to drop a legal bid to outlaw football’s transfer system, says the sport’s governing body Fifa. But Fifpro, which took its case to the European Commission in 2015, says Fifa is being “premature”. Fifa believes the union has agreed to end the matter as part of a wider arrangement on player payments. That includes rule changes making it easier for players to quit clubs when…

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Eni Aluko: Lee Kendall investigated over behaviour towards striker

Eni Aluko has won 102 caps for England The Football Association is to investigate England women’s coach Lee Kendall’s alleged “unacceptable behaviour towards Eni Aluko”. The announcement comes a day after the FA apologised to striker Aluko for racially discriminatory remarks by former England boss Mark Sampson. Nigeria-born Aluko accused goalkeeping coach Kendall of speaking to her in a fake Caribbean accent. Welshman Kendall, 36, was appointed in 2014. In evidence given to a Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday, Aluko said: “I don’t think…

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SA football boss Danny Jordaan ‘raped singer Jennifer Ferguson’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Danny Jordaan is a prominent member of the governing ANC party South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country’s football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago. He “overpowered” her and “painfully” raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has alleged in a blog. Mr Jordaan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment. Now living in Sweden, Ms Ferguson said she had been moved…

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‘Serious doubts’ over whether FA bosses should continue as evidence is questioned

Greg Clarke (left) and Martin Glenn (right) faced questions from MPs in parliament on Wednesday There are “serious doubts” over whether FA bosses are fit to stay on after a “shambolic” performance at a hearing in parliament, MP Damian Collins says. FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were answering questions after discrimination claims against ex-England boss Mark Sampson. “What the FA wouldn’t do was acknowledge their failings,” Collins told BBC sports editor Dan Roan. “It raises doubts about whether they are right to take the FA forward.”…

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Mark Sampson: FA sorry over race remarks to Eniola Aluko & Drew Spence

FA chief’s request ‘bordering on blackmail’ – Aluko The FA has apologised to two players after new evidence showed sacked England’s women’s boss Mark Sampson made remarks which were “discriminatory on the grounds of race”. An independent barrister ruled Sampson made unacceptable “ill-judged attempts at humour” on two occasions, to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence. Katharine Newton said despite this, she did not believe he is racist. She also concluded Aluko was not subjected to “a course of bullying”. Newton’s initial report, completed in March, had cleared Sampson, but the…

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Denmark women will not play Sweden as employment conditions row continues

Denmark women were beaten 4-2 in the final of the 2017 Euros by Netherlands Denmark women will not play Sweden in Friday’s World Cup qualifier as the row with the Danish Football Association (DBU) over employment conditions continues. The DBU informed Sweden the game was off on Wednesday morning. The team remain on strike after the DBU rejected two recent proposals. They included an offer of £60,000 a year for the women from the men’s team, and to have the same basic rights as the men have in their agreement….

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Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham scored their first goal against Real Madrid after failing to score in their previous four meetings Tottenham Hotspur showed they “can handle” playing at the highest level, striker Harry Kane said after his team took a big stride towards the Champions League knockout phase with a point at Real Madrid. Spurs made the 12-time European champions fight back for a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. The Premier League side led when Kane’s clever run forced Madrid defender Raphael Varane to divert Serge Aurier’s right-wing cross into his…

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Craig Shakespeare: Leicester City sack manager four months after appointment

Shakespeare said his side showed “spirit and resilience” to earn a home draw with West Brom on Monday Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare just four months after he signed a three-year deal to take the job on a permanent basis. The Foxes are third from bottom in the Premier League and have not won any of their past six league matches. Shakespeare, 53, succeeded title winner Claudio Ranieri in February, initially on a temporary basis. Michael Appleton will take caretaker charge of the squad, who were not told…

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