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    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says Frank Lampard's "ghost" goal at the 2010 World Cup played a decisive role in the introduction of goal-line technology.
    The International Football Association Board voted unanimously in favour of introducing the technology on Thursday.
    Blatter said: "That [Lampard goal] was the moment for me to say, 'You can't afford for something similar to happen in the next World Cup'.
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    Former West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola has been confirmed as the new manager of Championship side Watford.

    Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou has joined French side Lille on a four-year deal.

    Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Park Ji-sung from Manchester United.

    Manchester City will open up with a £15m bid for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, 28, but Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain also want the player, who has decided against signing a new contract.

    Brendan Rodgers is close to making Roma striker Fabio Borini, 21, his first signing as Liverpool manager after lengthy negotiations in Italy.

    England striker Jermain Defoe, 29, has been told he cannot leave Tottenham by new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

    Luka Modric, 26, is close to agreeing a £28m deal to leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid.

    Aston Villa and Sunderland want £9m-rated Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis, 27, who turned down the chance to join Everton two years ago.

    Newcastle have turned down the chance to sign Blackburn winger Junior Hoilett, 22, but are closing in on Australia Under-20 international Curtis Good, 19, from Melbourne Heat.

    But QPR are in for Hoilett with a bid that tops a rival offer from Everton. Sunderland and Germany's Borussia Monchengladbach are also interested.

    Tottenham are set to battle rivals Arsenal for Italian keeper Emiliano Viviano, 26, who is co-owned by Serie A sides Inter Milan and Palermo.

    Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, 25, will hold talks with Ajax in a bid to resolve the dispute which is holding up his £9m transfer to Spurs.

    Spurs are set to make a third bid for Internacional striker Leandro Damiao, 22, after seeing the Brazilian side sign a potential replacement in Uruguay's Diego Forlan.

    Preston manager Graham Westley, 44, has allegedly sent a text message to eight of his players telling them to stay away from pre-season training.

    Manchester City will win the Champions League if Robin van Persie moves to Etihad Stadium, according to Blues defender Kolo Toure. (I agree, that's why I picked them in my predictions)

    Ex-Arsenal defender Sol Campbell, 37, tells his former club that the only way of keeping Van Persie is by embarking on a £100m spending spree.

    And Nigel Winterburn, another former Arsenal player, has warned the Gunners they are in danger of becoming Premier League also-rans unless they stop the exodus of players.

    Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood says attacks on the way the club is run are "utter rubbish".

    QPR owner and chairman Tony Fernandes has warned Joey Barton, 29, that he will not tolerate a repeat of the player's behaviour when he was sent off at Manchester City on the final day of last season.

    Nicolas Anelka, 33, is plotting an instant return to the Premier League after his relationship with Shanghai Shenhua soured, following an angry spat with a fan over bowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgaffer View Post
    Scotland's governing bodies have until Friday to agree a package that will persuade Scottish Football League clubs to allow Rangers into Division One.
    This is revealed in the resolution, obtained by BBC Scotland, on which they will vote as they consider the new Rangers' application for membership.
    Newco in division one isn't going to happen without Scottish football dying. Most of these clubs need the season ticket sales which makes up the majority of their budget, and if fans don't come (as is going to happen if Newco get dropped into the First Division) then these clubs will be facing bankruptcy so they'll go with what the fans want which is a Newco starting at the bottom tier at least.

    Fans are not going to take Rangers worst punishment being the Newco formed from their ashes being dropped into the First Division in a desperate attempt to minimise the hit the SPL sponsorship deals will take which mainly favour the Old Firm anyhow.

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    Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs has been named as Great Britain captain for the Olympics.
    Coach Stuart Pearce said a number of players were capable of the role, but Giggs was the "standout captain" in his 18-man London 2012 squad.
    "He's got the respect of all the members of the group," said Pearce, whose side face Senegal at Old Trafford in their opening game on 26 July.
    Casey Stoney has been named the Team GB women's captain by manager Hope Powell.
    Giggs, 38, told BBC Sport: "It's a tremendous honour to be captain."
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    Chelsea have re-entered the race to sign Tottenham's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 26.

    Meanwhile, Blues midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, has pledged to remain at Stamford Bridge despite interest from LA Galaxy and China.

    New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is ready to challenge former employees Chelsea for Borussia Dortmund's 23-year-old Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who is rated at £20m.

    Marseille's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 22, is back in Chelsea's transfer plans, as Roberto Di Matteo continues his search for a new full-back.

    Chelsea have beaten off a host of Premier League clubs to sign 15-year-old AS Cannes defender George Brady, nephew of West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady.

    Robin van Persie, 29, is back in England for showdown talks with manager Arsene Wenger as Arsenal fear he is holding out for a dream move to Real Madrid.

    Wenger wants Fiorentina's £25m-rated striker Stevan Jovetic, 22, to replace Van Persie.

    New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has no intention of selling 32-year-old forward Craig Bellamy.

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is poised to make a move for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher, 25, following Asamoah Gyan's permanent move to United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain.

    Stoke City are close to signing Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron, 26, who has won five caps for the USA.

    Aston Villa are facing defeat in their efforts to lure Champions League winner Ryan Bertrand, 22, from Chelsea as the player is set for a Stamford Bridge pay rise.

    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown expects midfielder Fraser Fyvie to be sold before the start of the season, with Fulham poised to renew their interest in the 19-year-old.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says Victor Wanyama will not be allowed to leave the club despite the midfielder and his agent talking up interest from Liverpool, QPR and Stoke City while he was on international duty with Kenya.

    Roberto Mancini, 47, has been offered £35m to manage Russia as contract talks with Manchester City drag on.

    Arsene Wenger insists he will never change the way he operates at Arsenal - even if his star players keep leaving.

    Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has invited Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, 39, to the Euro 2012 winners' training camp to discuss ideas and philosophies.

    Joe Cole, 30, has dismissed uncertainty about his Liverpool future and committed himself to the club.

    QPR will reveal plans for a new 35,000-seater stadium within weeks.

    The proposed Scottish Professional Football League would give top-fight clubs preferential shares with greater voting rights compared to those in the lower three divisions - and have two operational boards, one for the top two divisions and one for the bottom two.

    Tottenham Hotspur are close to signing defender Jan Vertonghen after agreeing a fee with Ajax.
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    Just learned something today. Apparently one of the clauses in Gary Cahill's transfer to Chelsea is that they would loan us a player this season (I'm guessing terms and conditions were set so that we don't get sent just anyone) and Coyle has asked for Oriol Romeu.
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    Rangers are no longer going to be playing football. Table football that is...

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/sc...6908-23906256/

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    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he would consider letting striker Andy Carroll go out on loan.

    Birmingham City have secured the signing of former Newcastle United forward Peter Lovenkrands.

    Manchester City hope striker Emmanuel Adebayor will move to Tottenham for £5m to pave the way for a deal for Arsenal forward Robin van Persie.

    A Manchester United delegation will arrive in Brazil on Tuesday intent on tying up a £30m deal for Lucas Moura, 19, before the Sao Paulo midfielder, also wanted by Inter Milan, heads off on Olympic duty with Brazil.

    Chelsea will beat Tottenham to sign Internacional's Brazilian striker Oscar, 20, in a £25m deal.

    AC Milan have joined Juventus and Inter Milan in the race to sign Manchester City's unsettled left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, 26.

    AC Milan are also prepared to pay £20m for City's Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko, 26.

    Real Madrid will sweeten their move for Tottenham's Luka Modric by offering Portuguese defender Ricardo Carvalho, 34, who worked with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas at Porto, as part of the deal. Tottenham want £35m for Croatian midfielder Modric.

    Liverpool want to sign Fulham's American forward Clint Dempsey, 29, before they head off on a tour of the United States.

    England striker Andy Carroll is fighting for his Liverpool career under new manager Brendan Rodgers, who is concerned that the 23-year-old cannot fit into his preferred style of play.

    Arsenal are battling with Barcelona to sign Toulouse's French midfielder Etienne Capoue, 23, who could cost £9.5m.

    Sunderland have been told they will have to pay £15m for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher.

    Wigan are hoping a £3m move for Watford defender Adrian Mariappa, 25, will kick off their summer spending.

    Tottenham are set to beat Arsenal to sign Nottingham Forest's England U19 defender Jamaal Lascelles, 18.

    Steven Nzonzi has not travelled to Austria for Blackburn's pre-season training camp as the French midfielder, 23, looks for a move away from Ewood Park. Rovers want £10m for Nzonzi, who has been linked with Arsenal, Stoke City, Spartak Moscow, Villarreal and Borussia Dortmund.

    Manchester United are closing in on a £16m deal to sign England and Everton full-back Leighton Baines, 27.

    Everton are weighing up a move for versatile full-back Reto Ziegler, 26, after he was put up for sale by Juventus.

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's new five-year deal is worth £7.5m a season.
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    The Rangers newco has applied to join the Scottish Football League after having their bid to replace the old Ibrox club in the Scottish Premier League rejected.
    Chief executive Charles Green says the relaunched Rangers will play in whatever division the SFL deems fit , but manager Ally McCoist favours an entry to the bottom tier, the Third Division.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgaffer View Post
    The Rangers newco has applied to join the Scottish Football League after having their bid to replace the old Ibrox club in the Scottish Premier League rejected.
    Chief executive Charles Green says the relaunched Rangers will play in whatever division the SFL deems fit , but manager Ally McCoist favours an entry to the bottom tier, the Third Division.
    The real story is that Green and McCoist tried to bully and threaten clubs into voting them into the SPL, and now the First Division, and I think McCoist is playing a bluff here.

    Also, I'm still trying to get an answer as to where exactly Newco's income is coming from. Newco fans seem very quiet on that point.

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    Aaron Ramsey will be consulted on whether Ryan Shawcross should be invited to represent Wales.
    Ramsey's leg was broken in six places in 2010 after a tackle by Shawcross and Wales manager Chris Coleman admits his captain could be reluctant to play alongside the Stoke City defender.

    Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is not interested in becoming Russia's next manager.

    Diego Maradona has been sacked from his role as manager of United Arab Emirates side Al Wasl after 14 months in charge.
    The legendary Argentinian's position had been in doubt since June when the club's entire board resigned following a trophyless season.

    Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman has joined Swansea City on a season-long loan.

    Tottenham are close to a deal to sign France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon - but they will need to raise their offer by £3m to about £15m.

    West Ham hope midfielder Kevin Nolan - a close friend of Andy Carroll's - can persuade the Liverpool striker to move to Upton Park on loan.

    Liverpool are prepared to accept a £20m loss on striker Andy Carroll this summer. However, with little optimism at Anfield that he could command even a price of £15m, a loan deal for the 23-year-old remains most likely.

    But England striker Carroll will oppose attempts to send him out on loan next season as he would rather fight for his place at Anfield and prove he has the ability to play in a Brendan Rodgers side.

    QPR goalkeeper Paddy Kenny will link up with Neil Warnock for a third time after agreeing a £400,000 move to Leeds.

    AC Milan have revived their bid to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

    Former Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega, 26, is close to signing for Fulham on a free transfer despite interest from Everton.

    Liverpool are lining up a £7m move for Celtic's 23-year-old midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is ready to let defender Nathaniel Chalobah, 17, go out on loan to the Championship after impressing for England at the European under-19 finals.

    Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is interested in the role of Russia coach with a meeting already planned with the Russian national federation. However, he faces competition for the role from former England manager Fabio Capello and ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has turned down an offer to coach the Brazil national team.

    The Glazer family's timing for floating Manchester United is facing criticism from some analysts who claim they are deliberately avoiding having to present United's expected decline in financial performance in 2011-12.

    Former footballers Alan Shearer, Iain Dowie and Graham Fenton have recreated the famous viral video of a dog called Fenton being chased by his owner through Richmond park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgaffer View Post
    Aaron Ramsey will be consulted on whether Ryan Shawcross should be invited to represent Wales.
    Ramsey's leg was broken in six places in 2010 after a tackle by Shawcross and Wales manager Chris Coleman admits his captain could be reluctant to play alongside the Stoke City defender.
    If I were Ramsey I'd still be wanting to knock Shawcross out. If he does say yes then he's a better man than most of us.
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    West Ham hope midfielder Kevin Nolan - a close friend of Andy Carroll's - can persuade the Liverpool striker to move to Upton Park on loan.

    Liverpool are prepared to accept a £20m loss on striker Andy Carroll this summer. However, with little optimism at Anfield that he could command even a price of £15m, a loan deal for the 23-year-old remains most likely.

    But England striker Carroll will oppose attempts to send him out on loan next season as he would rather fight for his place at Anfield and prove he has the ability to play in a Brendan Rodgers side.
    I'm puzzled why Rodgers wants to get rid of a player who's growing in confidence and ability as his Euros performances showed.
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    AC Milan have revived their bid to sign Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
    Someone fucking sign him. Please.
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    The Glazer family's timing for floating Manchester United is facing criticism from some analysts who claim they are deliberately avoiding having to present United's expected decline in financial performance in 2011-12.
    Is that Manchester Utd (Cayman Islands) Ltd?

    I only hope HMRC turn their attention upon the English top flight soon.

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    Remember Marco Negri?

    He was an Italian striker who played for Rangers in the late 90's who made an amazing impact scoring goals for fun and being an obviously irreplaceable player but as quickly as he rose to the top, he was quickly dropped by Rangers after picking up some injuries and spent seasons rotting in the reserves til his contract ran out and then I (like a lot of people) forgot about him.

    Today I was looking at the Rangers Tax Case blog and a poster stuck up this quite remarkable interview with Negri from an Italian magazine. I'm assuming this has been translated and since my Italian consists of ordering pizza, I can't check how real this is but it's an old interview but if true, it does fill the gaps in certain rumours.

    Enjoy...

    LB- Luigi Bruno (Interviewer)

    MN- Marco Negri

    LB- Marco, you left Rangers under very strange circumstances, why was that?

    MN- Strange? There was nothing strange in anything that happened there, they simply did not want me there any longer.

    LB- Why was that?

    MN- The honest answer is that I didn't know then and I still don't know even today. Nobody ever explained why I had fallen out of favour.

    LB- Your goal record at Rangers was fantastic and when fit and available you were scoring for fun. I, and many others still do not understand why you left under a cloud.

    MN- Let's just say you are getting very close to why I think that I was frozen out. Scotland is a very claustrophobic place where everything is examined and analyzed endlessly. Scottish society is in many ways a backward place.

    LB- What do you mean by that?

    MN- The culture, the underlying culture of Rangers was not good. The first team players had a habit of drinking vast amounts of alcohol during the week. As you know here in Italy we have a different culture as professional footballers. We know that it is our duty to keep ourselves fit and healthy. Some of the players there like Paul Gascoigne and Andy Goram would turn up smelling of drink BEFORE training. I could not understand why such behaviour was tolerated by Walter Smith who was manager then".

    LB- Marco we are well aware of Paul Gascoigne's problems and it is sad to see his decline, we saw it earlier at Lazio. Are you saying that the players were out of control?

    MN- Absolutely, I tried to point this out to Walter Smith several times but he became very defensive and said that I needed to understand Scottish footballing culture. He would hear no criticism of Goram and especially Gascoigne who could literally do anything he wanted to and still get away with it! It wasn't just their drinking however, they had some really extreme political and religious views.

    LB- Could you elaborate on this please?

    MN- Of course. They hated Catholics. All of them. I never understood why they were so filled with hatred. Several of us who were Catholic players and all foreigners were told upon arrival, never to bless ourselves at Ibrox as it could cause problems for us. I began to understand that Rangers was an extreme club very similar to Lazio here in Italy. You know, a right wing club with right wing supporters. I personally am not a practicing Catholic but my wife Anna Maria is, and it used to cause me pain when I heard what they said about my fellow Catholics. Lorenzo Amoruso and Jorg Albertz, just kept quiet and kept their heads down.

    LB- What finally brought things to a head?

    MN- I was rapidly disillusioned by Rangers and especially their supporters. As part of my professional duties I was strongly encouraged to attend social functions which meant going to several Rangers supporters clubs. The last one I attended really brought home to me the fact that I had nothing in common with these people. The anti-Catholic feeling was venomous and the songs they sang that evening filled me with disgust. It was at that point I decided not to give my all for a club that condoned such behaviour. I went sick. Walter Smith knew the real reason for my 'illness' and he just ignored it. But I wasn't lying, I was sick, sick of Rangers and sick of what they stood for and that is the truth.

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    Steve Cotterill has been sacked as Nottingham Forest manager.
    The 47-year-old's exit comes after he met Forest's new owners the Al-Hasawi family, who assumed control on Tuesday.
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