We confess to feeling a bit embarrassed talking about violence in Italian football. Even though the circumstances are always different, they are all reprehensible, and trigger debates that are very similar and, for this reason, very embarrassing.
May 3 – Stoke City have unveiled their new kit for the 2015-16, the first kit that will be produced by New Balance. Last month New Balance unveiled Liverpool's new strip for next season as it expands its brand presence in British football.
May 4 – The Uralmash stadium in Yekaterinberg, scheduled to be a training base for the 2018 World Cup is, according to local reports, 80% complete and once landscaping is complete will open this summer.
May 2 - Manchester United have added a third date in a third country for their United: LIVE travelling roadshow that takes the Man Utd experience to fans outside England with a mix fanzones, live entertainment, appearances by club legends and ending with the screening of a live match from the Premier League.
By Mark Baber May 2 - Newly crowned Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich, have announced a ten year extension of their deal with kit supplier Adidas. The new deal extends the current deal, which had been due to run until 2020, up until 2030.
May 4 - The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Sportradar have the signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that is intended to beef up the co-operation and information sharing in the war on match-fixing.
By Matt Scott May 1 - Knuckledusters, clubs, grenades and bombs have been the weapons of choice as a match-fixing cartel terrorises Greek football. That is the shocking finding of an Insideworldfootball special investigation into the deepening corruption crisis in the Hellenic Football Federation [HFF] and several of the Super League clubs under its jurisdiction.
By Andrew Warshaw in Manama, Bahrain May 1 - The head of Palestinian football insists his association will not give in to any pressure to withdraw its proposal calling for Israel to be thrown out of the sport at the FIFA Congress later this month. Palestinian Football Association president Jibril Rajoub says nothing has changed for the better in the West Bank and Gaza in terms of the free movement of players and equipment since a year ago when he was persuaded to drop a similar proposal.
By Andrew Warshaw in Bahrain May 1 - UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino has reiterated that his organisation will not hesitate to carry out its threat to suspend Greece from its competitions if there are no concrete moves, by the end of next week, to stop government interference in football.
By Mark Baber May 1 - Following reports in the Spanish media, suggesting Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will face FIFA sanctions for breaching the regulations on the signing of foreign minors, both clubs have issued statements dismissing the reports and denying any wrongdoing. FIFA say their investigations are ongoing.
By Paul Nicholson May 1 – The soft face of news from Russia on World Cup 2018 preparations, met the harder of face football's geo-politics this week. As the 2018 organisers launched a competition to create the mascot for the 2018 World Cup, the organisers were pushed into defending the possibility of housing teams in 2018 in the volatile North Caucasus regions, including Chechnya.