Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women

Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations.In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe. Continue reading...

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FA Cup: Southampton 2-2 Derby County (3-5 pens) Highlights

Derby come from two goals down before beating Southampton 5-3 on penalties in a thrilling FA Cup third-round replay.

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Frank Lampard hits out at Bielsa after Derby sink Southampton in shootout

Marcelo Bielsa might have been able to tell everyone this before the game but penalties were required to separate Southampton and Derby in their third-round FA Cup replay. It was Frank Lampard’s side who held their nerve and go through to face Accrington Stanley in the fourth round after Nathan Redmond was the only man to miss in the shootout, the winning kick struck home by the unlikely figure of Richard Keogh. Related: Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds have spied on every opponent this season Continue reading...

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Arsenal’s sunny outlook is now threatened by gathering clouds

After grand plans, unbeaten runs and good vibes come shabby results, transfer issues and Sven Mislintat’s impending exitThree months ago, with the autumn sunshine beaming into the boardroom Arsenal built to overlook the pitches of their Hertfordshire training base, ambition seemed to course from the new leadership team promoted to run the club in place of the outgoing Ivan Gazidis. Related: Football transfer rumours: Arsenal to secure James Rodríguez for £3m? Continue reading...

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‘Football is a message of peace’: Saudi Arabia and Qatar put politics aside

Their governments may be locked in a diplomatic stand-off but off-field issues are played down before their Asian Cup matchNo wonder the Asian Football Confederation bans all talk of politics at its competitions. Plenty of games on the continent come with off-pitch baggage: the Korean Derby, Iran v Iraq and Vietnam v Cambodia to name just a few. But, traditionally, Saudi Arabia v Qatar has not been anything to write home about – not until now. These days one cannot write home to Riyadh if one is in Doha and vice versa and that is just one reason why Thursday’s Asian Cup clash between the two is eagerly awaited.Some have been calling the meeting in Abu Dhabi, capital of the host nation the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the “Blockade Derby”. The UAE – along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt – cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2017. The claim was that, among other things, Doha was guilty of supporting terrorism. Continue reading...

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Leeds: MOTD pundits on Marcelo Bielsa 'spying' claims

Alan Shearer and Jermaine Jenas discuss Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa's revelation that he spied on Derby County's training session.

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The Fiver | Something to tell their children about. And their children's children

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was a point in the game between Blackeye Rovers and Newcastle United when Isaac Hayden, who had come on for the injured Jamaal Lascelles, who had come on for the injured Ciaran Clark, went down injured. For a while the crowd held their breath. They were, it seemed, about to witness the substitution of a substitute’s substitute. This was something they could tell their children about, and their children’s children. Continue reading...

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Transfer window January 2019 – every deal from Europe's top five leagues

All the latest deals and club-by-club guides for the top divisions in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany Continue reading...

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Solskjær's joy of six, Liverpool's grind, Declan Rice and spies – Football Weekly

Melissa Rudd, Barry Glendenning, Barney Ronay and Jonathan Wilson discuss Manchester United’s win at Wembley, Mike Ashley’s money, Declan Rice’s future, Burnley’s 2-1 win without a shot on target and SpygateJoin the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.We look back at the weekend of football just gone, starting with Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Spurs at Wembley, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s sixth victory in his six games in charge. Continue reading...

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Masters Snooker 2019: Mark Selby beats Stephen Maguire to progress in Masters

Watch the best shots from three-time Masters champion Mark Selby's 6-2 win over Stephen Maguire as he progresses to the quarter-finals.

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Australian Open 2019: Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova progress to third round

Elina Svitolina eases into the Australian Open third round but is left feeling awkward after an on-court interview about her relationship with Gael Monfils.

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Wilder v Fury II: WBC says Briton is entitled to greater share of rematch purse

The WBC says Tyson Fury is entitled to a greater share of the purse for his rematch against heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

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Bet365 obtained details of punter’s account via Skrill in McCann case

• Skrill complied with order to reveal details of McCann’s account• Megan McCann suing bookie for nearly £1m in unpaid winningsA legal case from January 2017 which relates to Megan McCann’s long-running attempt to sue Bet365 for £1m appears to suggest co-operation between Britain’s biggest online bookmaker and the leading money-transfer company, Skrill.McCann is suing Bet365 over a £25,000 bet on four races in Britain and Ireland which was placed and accepted via the firm’s website in June 2016. The winnings due on the bet amount to just over £975,000 but Bet365 has refused to pay out, or return the initial £25,000 stake, because it claims that the stake was provided by a “third party” in contravention of its Terms and Conditions (T&Cs). Continue reading...

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Sports quiz of the week: excellence, excuses, exits and exemptions

Who was schooled? Who is going global? Who stayed at home?Who has launched an athletics team and hopes to enter the Olympics for the first time?San Marino Vatican CityGibraltarSomalilandWho is the only manager still working in English football who has won the FA Cup?Pep GuardiolaRafa BenítezRoberto MartínezTony PulisArsenal and Manchester United will meet in the fourth round of the FA Cup. What was unusual about the last time they met in the final of the competition?United scored twice in the last five minutes but still lostIt was the first FA Cup final decided by a penalty shootoutIt was the first final with a red cardIt was the first final at the new WembleyPádraig Harrington will captain Europe at the Ryder Cup next year, becoming the second Irishman to take the job after Paul McGinley. What do the two men have in common?Neither won the Ryder Cup as a playerThey were born on the same dayThey both won three majorsThey went to the same school in DublinThe Australian Open begins on Monday. In which of these years was the tournament not played?1969198619972000Why was Venus Williams given a point penalty at the Australian Open 20 years ago?She shouted the words “stupid person” at herself after a bad shotSome of her hair beads came loose and scattered on to the courtShe changed her shirt, which she had put on back to frontShe stood in front of a line judge and stared at her for 20 secondsMo Salah was crowned African player of the year this week. Who else won the award while playing for Liverpool?Sadio Mané El Hadji Diouf Kolo Touré Rigobert Song Why did Finland forward Riku Riski refuse to play in a football match against Sweden this week?He was born in Sweden and said facing them would be “ultimately self-defeating” He was at the Golden Globes, where he was nominated for best original song His brother plays for Sweden and he promised his mother they would never face each otherThe game was held in Qatar and he declined to travel due to “the ethical reasons”Who reacted to a cup exit by saying: “The wind didn’t help. Players struggled to control the ball”?Marcelo Bielsa Claude Puel Jürgen KloppClaudio Ranieri Paris Saint-Germain were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday as they lost to Guingamp in Paris. When had PSG last lost a game in one of France's two cup competitions?Last SundayLast JanuaryTwo years agoFive years ago1 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score2 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score3 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score4 and above.Oh dear. A fine effort but not a great score5 and above.Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend6 and above.Nicely done. Enjoy your weekend7 and above.You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend8 and above.You've smashed it. Enjoy your weekend9 and above.You hero. Enjoy your weekend10 and above.You hero. Enjoy your weekend0 and above.Oh dear. Continue reading...

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Reece Prescod: ‘I want to run sub-10 seconds for the 100m at every meet’

The fast-finishing sprinter has record-breaking ambitions for 2019 which all begin with work he has done to improve his start“I don’t wake up to be average,” says Reece Prescod, as he outlines his plans to go global in 2019. “And if I don’t aim for great things, then I won’t achieve anything.” And then it all tumbles out. His ambition to topple Linford Christie’s 25-year-old British 100m record. His intention to break 20 seconds in the 200m. And – for good measure – to finish off the year by taking gold at the world championships in Doha. Related: Calls for ‘warts and all’ examination into UK Athletics after chairman goes Continue reading...

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Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner: WBA world champion ready for 70th pro fight

Manny Pacquiao says he will prove turning 40 means little when he defends his world title against Adrien Broner on Saturday.

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FA Cup: Southampton v Derby - pundits on disallowed goal

Match of the Day pundits discuss the VAR decision to disallow a Derby goal against Southampton in the FA Cup third-round replay.

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MCC granted planning permission for £50m Lord’s redevelopment

• Capacity of the ‘home of cricket’ will increase to 31,000• Permission granted for work on Edrich and Compton standsThe capacity of Lord’s will increase to 31,000 after planning permission was granted for work on the Edrich and Compton stands. Work will begin in August and the seating should be ready for the 2020 season at a cost of £50m, with full completion – including catering facilities – to be ready for 2021. Related: Joe Root finds touch in England warm-up but Jonny Bairstow fails at No 3 Continue reading...

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Masters 2019: Unexplained whistle interrupts Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson first-round match

An unexplained 'whistle' noise interrupts Judd Trump's first-round match against Kyren Wilson, with commentator John Virgo suggesting the kettle might have boiled.

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