Fifa’s youth transfers investigation: six key questions | Paul Wilson

15-11-2018 What are Fifa’s rules on signing minors? Which clubs have fallen foul of them? And what are the consequences?No, Barcelona were handed a two window ban in 2014 for irregularities over the signing of players under the age of 18, when they had a number of prospects from Korea and Africa on their books. The club appealed and succeeded in getting the ban pushed back to 2015, shrewdly using the time thus bought to bring in a clutch of new signings including Luis Suáraz, Ivan Rakitic, Marc-André ter Stegen and Thomas Vermaelen. A year later both Madrid clubs were found guilty of the same offence and forbidden to make any new signings for two windows. Both appealed to the court of arbitration for sport. Atlético had their ban upheld while Real Madrid, who had signed minors including the sons of the then coach Zinedine Zidane, had their punishment reduced to a single window. Continue reading...

David Squires on … Mourinho, Ederson and all the Manchester derby fallout

15-11-2018 Our resident cartoonist picks over the bones of Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over their city rivalsIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book: Goalless Draw Continue reading...

Players called for Rooney to captain England and wear No 10 against USA

15-11-2018 • Rooney will be given armband when he comes on as substitute• Gareth Southgate says players called for a fitting tributeWayne Rooney will end his glittering England career wearing the No 10 shirt and the captain’s armband against the United States after the squad’s senior players determined that would be the most appropriate way for the side’s record goalscorer to bow out.Gareth Southgate will hand Rooney a second-half cameo in Thursday’s friendly fixture at Wembley, 734 days after he earned his 119th and most recent cap, having described the 33-year-old as the best striker he ever played alongside. The current captain, Harry Kane, who will not start against the US, had led the player delegation championing the returning forward to reclaim the No 10 shirt he wore over much of the second half of his England career. Continue reading...

Soccer and soju: The football match that kicked off Korean peace

15-11-2018 How a friendly chat on the sidelines opened the door for North and South Korea to start talking.

Uber driving golfer upstages bigger names at Australian Open

15-11-2018 Adam Stephens led at one point at The LakesTournament favourite Cameron Smith strugglesHe is an Uber driver ranked No 1,939 in the world but now Adam Stephens is threatening to turn the Australian Open on its head. As many in the field – including defending champion Cameron Davis and pre-tournament favourite Cameron Smith – floundered during a wet and wild first round in Sydney, Stephens’ dazzling three-under-par 69 left him just two shots off the pace.“My mate told me yesterday ‘you’re 251 to 1 to be the first-round leader’. I said that sounds all right but I’d much rather have you put money on me,’” Stephens said after mixing five birdies with two bogeys at The Lakes. Continue reading...

José Mourinho: People who don't understand football analyse with statistics – video

15-11-2018 Manchester United manager José Mourinho has blamed exertions for his side's 3-1 derby defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester City.United fought back for a 2-1 victory against the Italian champions Juventus in Turin on Wednesday while City cruised through a home game against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0.'Everybody has to agree - it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes and another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed. We arrived in different circumstances,' said the Portuguese coach. But in contrast with some defeats this season, Mourinho was unwilling to criticise his team's attitude and effort, saying 'for me zero words against my players, everything is positive. I am with them and they are with me.'Sportblog: Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? Continue reading...

Richard Scudamore: Departing Premier League chief to receive £5m farewell gift

15-11-2018 Outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will get a £5m farewell bonus paid by clubs, the Premier League confirms.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy has operation on injured knee

15-11-2018 • No timescale has been given for defender’s recovery• Mendy was sidelined for the majority of last seasonBenjamin Mendy will be sidelined again for Manchester City after undergoing a knee operation on Wednesday.The defender had surgery on his left knee in Barcelona after pulling out of the France squad, City confirmed. Continue reading...

England v Japan: Joe Cokanasiga to start Twickenham Test

15-11-2018 Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan as Eddie Jones makes sweeping changes from the side that lost to New Zealand.

Chelsea accused of paying Andreas Christensen’s father for work he did not do

15-11-2018 • Football Leaks says father was paid £11,400 plus VAT a month• Chelsea say they ‘do not comment on confidential contracts’Chelsea are facing further allegations that they breached Fifa and Premier League rules by making illegal payments to the father of Andreas Christensen in order to sign the Denmark defender.According to documents obtained by Football Leaks, and published on Thursday by the Danish newspaper Politiken, Chelsea recruited Sten Christensen as a scout on the day they signed Andreas from Brondby six years ago. Continue reading...

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Ricky Hatton and Freddie Roach to work Briton's corner

15-11-2018 Former world champion Ricky Hatton and trainer Freddie Roach will work in Tyson Fury's corner when he meets Deontay Wilder.

Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career in numbers – video

15-11-2018 Former England captain Wayne Rooney will bring down the curtain on his record-breaking international career with an honorary appearance against the USA on Thursday.The 33-year-old has been invited back into the national team squad to mark his achievements as the country’s all-time leading goalscorer and as the outfield player with the most capsFootball quiz: Wayne Rooney (on and off the field) Continue reading...