ENGLISH FOOTBALL

  • Mario Balotelli banned for 1 match for social media post 2 days ago

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is banned from Sunday's match against Arsenal as punishment for posting racially offensive comments online. The FA on Thursday imposed the one-match ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds ($39,000), while also ordering Balotelli to attend an education program for the "aggravated breach" of its discrimination rules. Balotelli...
  • Mario Balotelli charged by FA for instagram message December 5, 2014

    Mario Balotelli was charged by the English Football Association on Friday for posting a message on a social media site that was criticized for being racist and anti-Semitic. Balotelli uploaded on Instagram a picture of the video-game character Super Mario, with whom the Italy international shares a nickname, with text around...
  • English FA imposes worldwide betting ban on players May 21, 2014

    All professional players in English soccer will be banned from betting on matches anywhere in the world, the Football Association said on Wednesday. The ruling, which will come into force from Aug. 1, was ratified at the governing body's Annual General Meeting and covers players from the Premier League down to...
  • Football Association proposes English Premier League B teams May 8, 2014

    An FA commission wants to use the blueprint of the Spanish and German football leagues and allow Premier League clubs to enter B teams in lower divisions in a bid to improve the England national side, it said on Thursday. The Football Association is proposing a major overhaul of English soccer...
  • Seven more English league players arrested for match-fixing April 4, 2014

    London: Another seven players from league clubs in northwest England have been arrested for allegedly fixing football matches. The BBC cited the National Crime Agency as saying that the seven footballers are aged between 18 and 30. It added that six other men originally arrested in December on suspicion of involvement...
  • Synthetic pitches to be allowed in FA Cup next season March 24, 2014

    London: Synthetic pitches will be allowed in every round of the FA Cup from next season, the English Football Association announced on Monday. Current rules bar the use of so-called 3G (third generation) surfaces after the first round. FA general secretary Alex Horne said the rule change had been recommended by...
  • Former England managers rubbish Campbell claims March 4, 2014

    Two former England managers and one of the country's most famous black players have rubbished allegations by Sol Campbell that he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white. Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender Campbell, who was born in east London to Jamaican parents,...
  • Nicolas Anelka denies FA racism charge over gesture January 24, 2014

    London: West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka will face an English Football Association disciplinary hearing after formally denying a racism charge for celebrating a goal with a gesture deemed antiSemitic. Anelka repeatedly has insisted that his use of the gesture, which is known in France as a "quenelle" and has been...
  • Hull owner will walk away if Tigers name not sanctioned January 14, 2014

    London: The owner of Hull City says he will quit if the English Football Association does not allow him to change the club's name to Hull Tigers. Assem Allam wants to drop "City" from the 109yearold name and rebrand his Premier League club, but the idea has been met by fierce...
  • Manchester United manager David Moyes charged with misconduct by FA January 10, 2014

    London: Manchester United manager David Moyes has been charged with misconduct by the English Football Association for his comments about match officials after a loss to Sunderland in the League Cup. Following the 21 defeat in the first leg of the semifinals on Tuesday, Moyes criticised referee Andre Marriner and his...
  • English football over Christmas time: a unique pileup December 24, 2013

    Manchester: With their sixfigure weekly salaries, flashy cars, plush houses and supermodel wives and girlfriends, sympathy is usually in short supply when it comes to footballers in the lucrative English Premier League. Except, maybe, over the Christmas and New Year period. When you are sitting down to a big dinner, drinking wine...
  • Swansea, Hull fined USD 32,700 for mass confrontation December 18, 2013

    London: The English Football Association has fined both Swansea and Hull 20,000 pounds ($32,700) for a mass confrontation between players during a Premier League match. The FA says the clubs admitted to failing to ensure their players "conducted themselves in an orderly fashion." The incident happened in the 80th minute of the...
  • Wenger believes English game is clean, but danger lurks November 29, 2013

    London: Matchfixing cannot be eradicated but English soccer in 99.9 per cent clean, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday shortly before two men were remanded in custody after being charged with conspiracy to defraud. The arrest on Thursday of two men alleged to be part of an illegal betting syndicate...
  • Indianorigin men arrested for football fixing in England: report November 29, 2013

    Two men of Indian origin, Chann Sankaran and Krishan Sanjey Ganeshan, have been arrested for their involvement in alleged fixing in football matches played in England, Hindustan Times reported on Friday. Sankaran and Ganeshan have been remanded for custody with charges of conspiracy to defraud as part of an international betting...
  • Norwich fined for scuffle in game against Cardiff November 5, 2013

    London: The English Football Association has fined Norwich 20,000 pounds ($32,000) after players were involved in a scuffle during a Premier League match. The confrontation happened near the end of a 00 draw against Cardiff last month. Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer had attempted to score from a throwin when Cardiff had...
  • Coaches to blame for workmanlike English players: Liverpool manager October 19, 2013

    England's coaches need to take the blame for local players' stodgy, workmanlike football, having made them terrified of making mistakes by stifling their creativity, according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers, whose team lie second in the Premier League, also criticised the English Football Association's (FA) new coaching hub St...
  • Crystal Palace manager Holloway to serve two-match ban September 4, 2013

    London: Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will serve a two-match ban after deciding not to appeal the sanction handed down by the English Football Association. The FA said it has received notification from the South London club that Holloway accepted the ban he received after confronting the match officials following his...
  • FA charges Crystal Palace manager Holloway with misconduct August 20, 2013

    London: The English Football Association has charged Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway with misconduct after confronting the match officials following the team's Premier League opener against Tottenham. Holloway was unhappy that a penalty was awarded against his newlypromoted side, allowing Roberto Soldado to give Tottenham a 10 win from the spot....
  • English football club director banned for betting August 19, 2013

    England: The English Football Association says Accrington Stanley managing director Robert Heys has been suspended from all football activity for 21 months after breaching its betting rules. The third tier club's director has also been fined 1,000 pounds ($1,550) following a hearing at an independent regulatory commission. In a statement on his...
  • Leeds United owner quietly sells off more than half stake August 15, 2013

    Zurich: The Dubaibased investment firm that bought English soccer club Leeds United in December after lengthy negotiations sold more than half of its 100 per cent holding less than six months later, financial statements show. GFH Capital, a subsidiary of Bahraini Gulf Finance House GFHB.BH(GFHK.KW), offloaded a 10 per cent stake...
  • Cash crunch hits clubs below Premier League: Survey August 13, 2013

    London: Clubs at lower levels in English football remain concerned about their finances despite record amounts of cash flowing to teams in the elite Premier League, a survey showed on Tuesday. Faced with the need to tighten their belts, clubs are willing to comply with curbs on losses or wages that...
  • English FA wants technology to determine penalties August 11, 2013

    London: Having successfully persuaded FIFA to introduce goalline technology, the English Football Association now wants cameras to be allowed to settle other contentious situations in games. New FA chairman Greg Dyke says it is a "nobrainer" that referees should be permitted to defer to video replays for penalty and offside decisions. While...
  • FIFA should consider moving 2022 World Cup: English FA August 10, 2013

    London: The new head of the English Football Association on Friday called on FIFA to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar either to winter or to another country, adding to mounting criticism of the decision to give the tournament to the tiny desert nation. Qatar won the hosting rights three...
  • Wolves chairman apologises after backtoback relegations May 5, 2013

    London: Wolverhampton Wanderers chairman Steve Morgan apologised to the fans on Saturday after the club was relegated to the third tier of English soccer for the first time since 1989. Wolves lost 20 at Brighton and Hove Albion to finish second from bottom of the Championship, twelve months after they dropped...
  • Premier League set to adopt goalline technology: FA April 9, 2013

    London: English Football Association (FA) general secretary Alex Horne believes the Premier League will approve the introduction of goalline technology from next season at a meeting this week. Horne told the BBC he thought the equipment was always an "ideal piece of technology to allow into the game" ahead of...
  • FIFA fines Hodgson's agent over rules breaches February 8, 2013

    Zurich: England coach Roy Hodgson's agent, Leon Angel, was warned by FIFA about his future conduct on Friday after breaking rules in a transfer involving Brazil goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Angel breached two clauses in players' agents regulations during the deal which took Gomes to Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in July...
  • FA fines Ferguson for implying official was biased February 8, 2013

    London: The English Football Association has fined Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson 12,000 pounds ($18,900) for implying a referee's assistant was motivated by bias. After a 11 draw at Tottenham last month, Ferguson was angry that linesman Simon Beck didn't award a penalty when United was leading 10. Ferguson claimed in...
  • Blackburn Rovers' Indian owners abused by fans January 22, 2013

    London: Blackburn Rovers' Indian owners from the Venky's group were subjected to abuse and attacked with snowballs by fans before the side's defeat by Charlton Athletic at home. Jitendra Desai, husband of owner Anuradha, was hit in the face as he got out of their limos at the entrance to...
  • Newcastle boss Pardew charged with misconduct August 21, 2012

    London: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association on Monday after he pushed a match official on the opening day of the Premier League season. Pardew was sent to the stands during Saturday's 21 victory over Tottenham for shoving referee's assistant Peter Kirkup following a...
  • 'Liverpool can kickstart season at Wembley' February 25, 2012

    London: Victory for Liverpool in Sunday's League Cup final against second tier Cardiff City could help turn a difficult season into a success story, manager Kenny Dalglish said on Friday. The Merseyside club started the campaign brimful of optimism, having invested heavily in a squad overhaul. That earlyseason confidence has...