FA CUP

  • West Bromwich's Chris Brunt suspended by FA March 17, 2015

    London: The English Football Association says West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been suspended for one match and fined 8,000 pounds ($11,800) after admitting a misconduct charge of abusing a match official during his side's 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their FA Cup quarterfinal. The FA says Tuesday that...
  • Reading win replay to book FA Cup semi-final with Arsenal March 17, 2015

    Second-tier Reading booked an FA Cup semi-final meeting with holders Arsenal at Wembley after brushing aside 10-man Bradford City 3-0 in their replay on Monday. After the first game failed to yield a goal, Reading roared into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes at the Madejski stadium. Hal Robson-Kanu headed...
  • Manchester United fan commits suicide after loss against Arsenal March 14, 2015

    A Manchester United supporter committed suicide after the Red Devils' 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Arsenal on Monday. According to reports, the man was very confident that the Red Devils will humiliate Arsenal in the cup clash, but goals from Nacho Monreal and former United player Danny Welbeck sealed...
  • FA Cup exit adds to Manchester United's post-Ferguson agony March 10, 2015

    Few Manchester United fans thought life after Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford would be easy but fewer would have imagined the possibility of a second successive season without any silverware and devoid of Champions League football. Monday's 2-1 home defeat by Arsenal, which eliminated United from the FA Cup, means United...
  • Angel Di Maria red card adds to Louis van Gaal's woes March 10, 2015

    Another unconvincing display from Manchester United was compounded by a needless red card for Angel Di Maria on Monday as the Argentine added to manager Louis van Gaal's woes. With United trailing 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-final, Di Maria was booked for diving and minutes later grabbed the...
  • West Bromwich's Chris Brunt charged for verbally abusing officials March 10, 2015

    West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been charged by the Football Association with verbally abusing match officials following the FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday. "It is alleged that in or around the tunnel area after the end of the fixture the player used abusive and/or insulting words...
  • Danny Welbeck scores winner as Arsenal sink Manchester United 2-1 in FA Cup March 10, 2015

    Discarded striker Danny Welbeck returned to demolish Manchester United's hopes of silverware by netting the winner in Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final victory at Old Trafford on Monday. England international Welbeck, who joined the Londoners in September after his United career stalled, pounced on a horrendous back pass by Antonio Valencia...
  • Memories of great Cup goal resurface amid Ryan Giggs speculation March 9, 2015

    London: A combination of a stony countenance and a couple of throwaway comments from an old chum was all it took to spark speculation about Ryan Giggs' future at Manchester United this week. It all came before a match guaranteed to remind every United fan what a revered position Giggs holds...
  • Liverpool forced to play FA Cup replay after being held to draw March 8, 2015

    Liverpool were left frustrated by Championship side Blackburn Rovers who defended heroically to draw 0-0 at Anfield on Sunday and force a replay in their FA Cup quarter-final. After an even first half Liverpool dominated after the break but wave after wave of attack was thwarted by a Blackburn side who...
  • West Brom deeply concerned about pitch invasions at Villa March 8, 2015

    West Bromwich: West Bromwich Albion said on Sunday they are deeply concerned about the pitch invasions during and after their FA Cup quarter-final loss to Aston Villa that "clearly compromised" the safety of the team's players. Dozens of Villa fans spilled onto the pitch in premature celebration during stoppage time of...
  • FA Cup: Arsene Wenger still haunted by Giggs wonder goal March 8, 2015

    London: Arsenal's FA Cup quarter-final at Manchester United on Monday will revive bitter memories for manager Arsene Wenger who says he is still spooked by a Ryan Giggs wonder goal in 1999. Giggs scored one of the most memorable goals ever in the competition's long history when he weaved his way...
  • Breaking from top-4 tussle, Liverpool host Blackburn in FA Cup March 8, 2015

    London: The priority is returning to the Champions League for Manchester United. Winning the FA Cup, though, would provide a bonus prize at the end of a first stuttering season in England for coach Louis van Gaal. Knock out Arsenal in the quarter-finals and the path to Wembley Stadium would become...
  • FA Cup QF goes to replay as Bradford, Reading play out goalless draw March 7, 2015

    London: Third-tier Bradford's chances of reaching the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley Stadium remain alive after drawing 0-0 with Reading in the last eight on Saturday. Bradford's run to the quarterfinals has been the feel-good story of this season's competition, with the team having already eliminated Premier League sides Chelsea and...
  • Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans handed hefty bans for spitting March 7, 2015

    London: Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse has been banned for seven matches and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans for six after they spat at each other during a Premier League match, the Football Association (FA) said on Saturday. The incident, which was not spotted by match officials, occurred in the 38th...
  • Wembley should be saved for FA Cup final, says Brendan Rodgers March 7, 2015

    Liverpool are just one game away from playing at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup but their manager Brendan Rodgers rather wishes they were not. If Liverpool beat Blackburn Rovers in their quarter-final on Sunday, they will travel to London to play the semi-final at English football's most famous stadium but...
  • Wayne Rooney, inspired by memory of Manchester United loss, eyes first FA Cup March 6, 2015

    Wayne Rooney has never won an FA Cup winner's medal and the Manchester United captain is desperate to get his hands on one having fallen in love with the competition watching his team lose the final 20 years ago. In a glittering 13-year career, the oldest cup competition in soccer remains...
  • Danny Welbeck criticism wide of the mark, says Wenger March 6, 2015

    Striker Danny Welbeck is playing an important role in Arsenal's season despite being moved into an unpreferred wide role, manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday. Arsenal face Welbeck's former club Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday and the England international is again likely to be shunted out to...
  • Wayne Rooney apologised to me for diving: Preston goalkeeper February 18, 2015

    London: English Preston North End FC goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann claimed on Wednesday that striker Wayne Rooney has apologised for his alleged "dive" during Manchester United's 3-1 win in FA Cup. Rooney won a controversial penalty after allegedly diving to get the verdict in his favour and converted it to score his...
  • Louis van Gaal's change of tactics bears fruit February 17, 2015

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was rewarded for a bold change of tactics as his team came from behind to beat Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday. A turgid first-half display in which United dominated possession against their third-tier opponents but failed to create...
  • Manchester United beat Preston 3-1 to reach FA Cup quarters February 17, 2015

    Preston: Manchester United had to come from behind to avoid an FA Cup upset at Preston, rallying with three second-half goals to beat the third-tier club 3-1 and reach the quarter-finals. Preston looked set to spring another major surprise in this year's competition when Scott Laird put the hosts ahead in...
  • Olivier Giroud has been transformed at Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger February 16, 2015

    Arsene Wenger paid tribute on Sunday to his FA Cup match winner Olivier Giroud, recognising how the Frenchman has improved and became a more complete striker in his three years in London. Giroud again demonstrated the quality which persuaded Cup holders Arsenal to pay around 10 million pounds ($15.42 million) for...
  • New boss Tim Sherwood makes instant impact at Aston Villa February 16, 2015

    Tim Sherwood was supposed to have only a watching brief on his first day as Aston Villa manager but his unexpected halftime pep talk made all the difference as they reached the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. Scott Marshall, Villa's first-team coach, was in charge of affairs for the fifth round...
  • FA Cup: Third tier Bradford oust Sunderland, Arsenal advance February 15, 2015

    London: Third-tier Bradford produced another FA Cup upset against Premier League opposition on Sunday, beating Sunderland 2-0 to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in 39 years as holders Arsenal ousted Middlesbrough by the same score. Jon Stead scored for a fifth consecutive round in the second half after an...
  • Liverpool edge past Palace to advance to FA Cup quarterfinals February 15, 2015

    London: Liverpool came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, keeping alive the chances of captain Steven Gerrard finishing his career at the club with a final trip to Wembley Stadium. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana scored early in the second half as...
  • Brown Ideye powers West Bromwich into FA Cup quarter-finals February 14, 2015

    London: Resurgent record signing Brown Ideye scored twice as West Bromwich Albion progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with an emphatic 4-0 victory against West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Nigerian Ideye, signed for 10 million pounds from Dynamo Kiev in July but yet to shine, applied...
  • Minnows Preston next test for unconvincing Manchester United February 14, 2015

    This season's cup competitions are providing Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal with the opportunity to visit some of England's more obscure footballing outposts in his first year in Britain. After a stunning 4-0 loss at third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the second round of the League Cup in August, Van...
  • Louis van Gaal charged by FA over alleged media comments February 5, 2015

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been charged by the English FA for comments made after the FA Cup fourth-round match at Cambridge United last week. United were held to a 0-0 draw by the fourth-tier side before winning the replay 3-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday. "Every aspect of the...
  • Liverpool come from behind to beat Bolton 2-1 in FA Cup February 5, 2015

    Bolton: Philippe Coutinho struck a stoppage-time winner for Liverpool as they beat Bolton 2-1 in the FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday. Last season's Premier League runners-up were on the verge of exiting the competition after Eidur Gudjohnsen converted a second-half penalty in the 59th minute. However, Raheem Sterling struck in...
  • West Ham fined by FIFA for using Sakho in FA Cup match February 4, 2015

    West Ham United have been fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($108,061) by FIFA following a dispute with the Senegalese FA over Diafra Sakho who played in an FA Cup match having withdrawn from the squad for the African Nations Cup. West Ham claimed Sakho, who was issued with a reprimand, could not...
  • Louis van Gaal targets FA Cup to provide first silverware February 4, 2015

    Shorn of European excitement and with only a remote hope of winning the Premier League, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal wants the FA Cup to garnish his first season in charge. His side needed two attempts to beat fourth tier Cambridge United, comfortably winning a fourth round replay 3-0 at...