English FA gets tough with Ferdinand on Twitter and Clattenburg on travel

FA logo on WembleyBy Andrew Warshaw
October 30 - English football authorities have split public opinion by clamping down hard on former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and one of the country's top referees, Mark Clattenburg, for two unrelated misdemeanours.

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Euro 2016 build provides ‘20,000 job’ boost for France

Euro 2106 logoBy David Owen
October 30 – The construction and renovation of the 10 football stadia to be used for Euro 2016 is generating a total of 20,000 jobs in the building and services sector, according to Patrick Kanner, the French Sports Minister.

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Bolton left wondering over mooted east Asian tie-up

Reebok Stadium BoltonOctober 30 - English second-tier club Bolton Wanderers are playing down rumours of a potential takeover by a Thai consortium which would represent the latest foreign incursion into English football.

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Real sign £20m sponsorship with Abu Dhabi petrol giant

Real Madrid and IPICOctober 30 - Real Madrid have struck another deal with affluent Gulf investors as they bid maintain their status as the world's richest club.

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UEFA cuts CSKA fan ban but warns it is still watching

CSKA-and-Roma-fans-clashOctober 29 - UEFA has reduced on appeal CSKA Moscow's stadium ban imposed for serious fan trouble at their Champions League match at Roma - but any further outbreaks over the next five years and UEFA will almost certainly come down even harder on the club.

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Poland's I Liga pushes for stadium upgrades to secure new TV rights deal

tv coverageBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
October 29 – Poland's I Liga, the second tier of the country's professional football league, is pushing local clubs to upgrade their stadiums with the aim of securing a new broadcasting rights deal. Starting in the 2015/2016 season, the sides will be required to install lighting at their sports facilities to enable evening matches.

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Blatter says Russia 2018 is well advanced and boycott would be pointless

Blatter and PutinBy Andrew Warshaw
October 29 - Sepp Blatter has re-iterated his view that boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia will serve no legimitate purpose but has revealed for the first time that if they qualify Ukraine will not be placed in the same group as the hosts unless relationships between the two neighbours improve.

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Rumours mount of AC Milan links to Hong Kong billionaire

Barbara BerlusconiBy Mark Baber
October 28 - The presence of Hong Kong-based businessman Richard Lee with Silvio and Barbara Berlusconi (pictured) at AC Milan's 1-1 draw with Fiorentina on Sunday has sparked media speculation of a China link for the Rossoneri.

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Real appeal Zidane ban, saying he has the right coaching badges

Zinedine ZidaneOctober 28 - Real Madrid are to appeal against a three-month suspension slapped on former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane for not having the right coaching qualifications.

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