Football Association

  • England captain Steven Gerrard announces international retirement July 21, 2014

    England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, the Football Association said on Monday. The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. "I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and it is...
  • World Cup 2014: Uruguay football chief seeks to retain coach Tabarez June 24, 2014

    Montevideo: Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) president Wilmar Valdez said he favoured extending the national team's coach Oscar Tabarez's contract post the FIFA World Cup. "I am speaking on my own behalf. If it were up to me, the process should continue as it has until now," Valdez said on Monday, reports...
  • 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...
  • Luis Suarez named England's Footballer of the Year May 5, 2014

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was named England's Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers' Association (FWA) on Monday, completing an award double after taking the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) accolade last month. The 27-year-old Uruguayan finished ahead of team-mate Steven Gerrard and Yaya Toure of Manchester City in the poll. The...
  • English FA proposes total ban on betting April 9, 2014

    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 been...
  • 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...
  • Sol Campbell calls FA 'racist' after England captaincy snub March 2, 2014

    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 the...
  • 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 anti-Semitic. 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 109-year-old 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 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the semi-finals on Tuesday, Moyes criticised referee Andre Marriner and his...
  • Theo Walcott cleared over 'scoreline' gesture January 6, 2014

    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 the...
  • Lionel Messi recovers from injury, can start fitness work December 21, 2013

    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 the...
  • 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...
  • Hull fans pledge to fight name change from City to Tigers November 12, 2013

    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 company...
  • 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 0-0 draw against Cardiff last month. Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer had attempted to score from a throw-in when Cardiff had...
  • South Africa bans 15 football officials for life November 4, 2013

    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 election...
  • Rio Ferdinand added to FA commission after diversity criticism October 21, 2013

    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 group,...
  • Harry Redknapp hits out at Football Association October 7, 2013

    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 in...
  • Andre Villas-Boas calls Fernando Torres decision 'a disgrace' October 2, 2013

    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 which...
  • Giovanni Trapattoni sacked as Ireland coach September 11, 2013

    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 through...
  • Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert fined by FA September 6, 2013

    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 turned...
  • 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 newly-promoted side, allowing Roberto Soldado to give Tottenham a 1-0 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...
  • English FA wants technology to determine penalties August 11, 2013

    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 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...
  • Bhaichung upset with SFA attitude June 20, 2013

    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 (FCAS)...
  • FA approves minimum five-match ban for racial abuse May 17, 2013

    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 by...