Football Association

  • English FA proposes total ban on betting 09-04-2014 10:37 PM

    The FA has proposed a complete ban on anyone involved in England's top eight tiers from betting on any soccer match or competition anywhere in the world, it said in a statement on Wednesday. Participants are currently blocked by Rule E8(b) from betting on a match or competition they have...
  • Seven more English league players arrested for match-fixing 04-04-2014 02:24 PM

    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...
  • Synthetic pitches to be allowed in FA Cup next season 24-03-2014 08:15 PM

    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...
  • Sol Campbell calls FA 'racist' after England captaincy snub 02-03-2014 10:53 AM

    Former England defender Sol Campbell believes he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white, according to extracts from his new biography that is being serialised by The Sunday Times newspaper. Campbell, 39, who was born in east London to Jamaican parents, claimed...
  • Nicolas Anelka denies FA racism charge over gesture 24-01-2014 09:44 AM

    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 anti-Semitic. Anelka repeatedly has insisted that his use of the gesture, which is known in France as a "quenelle" and has...
  • Hull owner will walk away if Tigers name not sanctioned 14-01-2014 11:25 PM

    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 109-year-old name and rebrand his Premier League club, but the idea has been met by...
  • Manchester United manager David Moyes charged with misconduct by FA 10-01-2014 10:49 PM

    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 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the semi-finals on Tuesday, Moyes criticised referee Andre Marriner and...
  • Theo Walcott cleared over 'scoreline' gesture 06-01-2014 10:19 PM

    London: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will not be punished by England's Football Association for taunting Tottenham fans during his team's 2-0 win in the FA Cup on Saturday. As he was being taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury, Walcott signaled the 2-0 score with his fingers to...
  • Lionel Messi recovers from injury, can start fitness work 21-12-2013 08:19 AM

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi has recovered fully from his thigh muscle injury and can begin work on his fitness although no date has yet been set for his return to action, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Friday. The Argentina captain was given the good news by team doctors at...
  • Swansea, Hull fined USD 32,700 for mass confrontation 18-12-2013 10:35 PM

    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...
  • Hull fans pledge to fight name change from City to Tigers 12-11-2013 11:03 PM

    London: Angry Hull City fans are hoping the Football Association will block any attempt by chairman Assem Allam to change the name of the 109-year-old club to Hull Tigers. The 74-year-old Egypt-born businessman, who arrived in Hull as a 29-year-old student in 1968, changed the name of the club's holding...
  • Norwich fined for scuffle in game against Cardiff 05-11-2013 06:13 PM

    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 0-0 draw against Cardiff last month. Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer had attempted to score from a throw-in when Cardiff...
  • South Africa bans 15 football officials for life 04-11-2013 02:55 PM

    Johannesburg: The South African Football Association (SAFA) has banned 15 officials for life for trying to take the national association to court in violation of FIFA rules. SAFA says the officials from the central Free State province should have resolved their grievances over voting procedures in the run-up to the...
  • Rio Ferdinand added to FA commission after diversity criticism 21-10-2013 11:04 AM

    London: Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand was added to a commission set up by the English Football Association to improve the national team on Sunday after it was criticised by an FA board member for lacking diversity. The FA said that England manager Roy Hodgson had also been added to the...
  • Harry Redknapp hits out at Football Association 07-10-2013 07:12 PM

    London: Harry Redknapp accused the Football Association of being clueless and said he "would not trust them to show him a good (England) manager if their lives depended on it". The Queens Park Rangers manager was a favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England manager last year while he was...
  • Andre Villas-Boas calls Fernando Torres decision 'a disgrace' 02-10-2013 11:06 PM

    The FA's decision not to take action against Chelsea's Fernando Torres for scratching Jan Vertonghen's face was "a disgrace" and "farcical", Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Wednesday. Television replays showed the Spaniard digging his fingers into Vertonghen's face after the two came together following Torres's trip on the Belgian...
  • Giovanni Trapattoni sacked as Ireland coach 11-09-2013 04:42 PM

    Dublin: The Football Association of Ireland has terminated coach Giovanni Trapattoni's contract after the Italian veteran struggled to keep the team in contention for next year's World Cup. The federation and Trapattoni say they have mutually decided to end the contract a year early. Trapattoni had been due to stay...
  • Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert fined by FA 06-09-2013 11:24 PM

    London: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has been fined 8,000 pounds ($12,500) by the Football Association after accusing a referee of bias towards Chelsea following a Premier League match between the teams last month. Villa lost the game 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on August 21 after having a penalty appeal...
  • Crystal Palace manager Holloway to serve two-match ban 04-09-2013 05:48 PM

    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...
  • FA charges Crystal Palace manager Holloway with misconduct 20-08-2013 09:46 PM

    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 newly-promoted side, allowing Roberto Soldado to give Tottenham a 1-0 win from the...
  • English football club director banned for betting 19-08-2013 04:28 PM

    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...
  • English FA wants technology to determine penalties 11-08-2013 04:48 PM

    London: Having successfully persuaded FIFA to introduce goal-line 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 "no-brainer" that referees should be permitted to defer to video replays for penalty and offside...
  • FIFA should consider moving 2022 World Cup: English FA 10-08-2013 09:05 AM

    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...
  • Bhaichung upset with SFA attitude 20-06-2013 04:28 PM

    Gangtok: Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday said he was upset with the attitude of the Sikkim Football Association (SFA) as it had 'ignored' the demands of the clubs of the state. Bhutia, CEO of United Sikkim Football Club, said the recently formed Football Club Association of Sikkim...
  • FA approves minimum five-match ban for racial abuse 17-05-2013 08:54 AM

    London: Racist and homophobic abuse by players in England will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season. The Football Association says the sanction will be the entry-level punishment for the least serious discriminatory offenses, with longer bans possible. The FA Council agreed on Thursday to the sanctions first reported...
  • FIFA probe Uruguay's Suarez for Jara 'punch' 12-04-2013 08:48 AM

    Montevideo: Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is being investigated by FIFA for allegedly punching Chile defender Gonzalo Jara during a South American World Cup qualifier last month. "FIFA have opened a case against Suarez," Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Sebastian Bauza's secretary Fabiana told Reuters on Thursday. "Our lawyers are looking...
  • Premier League set to adopt goal-line technology: FA 09-04-2013 03:04 PM

    London: English Football Association (FA) general secretary Alex Horne believes the Premier League will approve the introduction of goal-line 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...