74 days to go to the AFC Asian Cup, UAE 2019

Manchester City sign £100 million deal with Etihad Airways

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By David Gold

July 8 – Manchester City has announced a 10-year deal with Etihad Airways worth a potential £100 million, which involves renaming their stadium and shirt sponsorship, marking a significant step towards compliance with UEFA’s financial fair play rules, though the nature of the deal could attract attention from Europe’s governing body.

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I lied, claims Qatar 2022 whistleblower

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By Andrew Warshaw

July 10 – Qatar officials confirmed today that they had received an official apology from the so-called whistleblower who appears to have duped the world’s media and caused an international outcry over the credibility of the Gulf state’s 2022 World Cup campaign.

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Strasbourg sale in the balance

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By David Gold

July 8 – The future of Racing Club Strasbourg is in doubt still with a takeover bid from Sebastien Graeff running into a stumbling block as minority shareholder Dominique Pignatelli stalls on accepting the offer.

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Anelka drops libel case against French newspaper

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By David Gold

July 7- Nicolas Anelka has dropped his claim for €150,000 (£132,000/$211,000) in damages from French sports newspaper L’Equipe, over their reporting of the confrontation the Chelsea striker had with former national team coach Raymond Domenech at the World Cup.

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