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Former ref lambasts festive Premier League refereeing

Former Fifa ref Keith Hackett has named five referees he says should be dropped from the English Premier League for "major errors" over Christmas.

English football clubs the biggest spenders

English Premier League clubs spent a record £725mn in this season's transfer windows, with Man United's Juan Mata the most expensive January signing.

Liverpool’s young stars shine against Norwich

A Luis Suarez hat-trick and goals from Steven Gerrard and Nuri Sahin has ended Liverpool's worst start to a Premier League season for 101 years.

Ready, set, go: Olympic Games begin

The Olympics kick off on Wednesday with a women's soccer match between Britain and New Zealand, and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt vowing to win again.

Rooney’s return gives Hodgson a headache

England manager Roy Hodgson says he will definitely pick Wayne Rooney for his first match at Euro 2012 against Ukraine.

Blatter claims Muamba’s recovery a ‘miracle’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says Fabrice Muamba's collapse has brought back memories of Marc-Vivien Foe who died in similar circumstances in 2003.

Fifa attacks Brazil’s World Cup plans

Fifa general secretary Jérôme Valcke made a scathing attack on Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup on Friday, saying "not a lot is moving".

City held at Liverpool

Manchester City failed to win in the Premier League for only the second time in 13 matches this season when they drew 1-1 at Liverpool.

Wales manager Speed found dead at age of 42

Gary Speed, the manager of the Wales national team, was found dead on Sunday at the age of 42, the Football Association of Wales said.

British teams banned from wearing the poppy

Fifa have banned British teams from wearing embroidered poppies on their shirts to mark Remembrance Day in friendlies this week.

Arsenal beat Chelsea in eight-goal thriller

Skipper Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-3 after twice coming from behind in a remarkable Premier League match.

Man United rescued by super-sub Hernandez

Steven Gerrard scored on his first start before Javier Hernandez headed a late equaliser as Liverpool and Manchester United battled to a 1-1 draw.

Blackburn stuns Arsenal 4-3 for first win of season

Blackburn Rovers heaped more misery on Arsenal when they came from behind to beat Arsene Wenger's side 4-3 in the Premier League.

Bitter memories for England defender

Former defender Gary Neville says England is unlikely to win a major soccer tournament for at least 10 years because of too few good players.

Kidd praises City, backs United to bounce back

Brian Kidd was probably the only man at Wembley on Saturday to feel genuine delight at Manchester City's victory.

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SABC retrenchment process set to be finalised on Friday

At a portfolio committee meeting on Tuesday, developing a sustainable funding model for the SABC was top of the agenda

Slain top cop blamed for not cooperating with police

The widow of Charl Kinnear submitted a petition to parliament to find out why protection services were withdrawn before her husband’s assassination

Zuma not at court to hear his arms-deal trial start date

The former president’s lawyers asked last week that he be excused from appearing in person, although no such arrangements were made for his snubbing of the Zondo commission

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