Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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The last game between the Republic of Ireland and England in 1995 was abandoned amid rioting instigated by far-right organisation Combat 18

Republic of Ireland vs England: Police fear return of hooligans ahead of Dublin clash

England supporters urged not to sing anti-IRA songs during friendly

Unai Emery is in London this week for talks with West Ham

West Ham lag behind big-spending Napoli in the race to land Seville coach Unai Emery

The Italians need a replacement for Rafa Benitez who has joined Real Madrid

Rafa Benitez is lost for words during his press conference

Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool boss's eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions about Ronaldo and Bale if he is to succeed

Rafa Benitez at his unveiling; Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling transfer news: Midfielder 'known very well' to Rafa Benitez, but Real Madrid manager refuses to be drawn on links

The Spaniard was today confirmed as Carlo Ancelotti's successor at the Bernabeu after agreeing a three-year deal

Sepp Blatter poses for a picture in London back in 2005

Sepp Blatter resignation: The exit of the Fifa president must lead to real change

COMMENT: The risk is that Sepp Blatter goes, the stables are cleaned and everyone sails off into the sunset, writes Ian Herbert

Brendan Rodgers (centre) will feel the pressure when the new season begins

Brendan Rodgers' job safe for now but Liverpool owners plan for improvement

The manager has signed up to plans which have been laid for an improvement following last season's failure to qualify for the Champions League

Jack Wilshere was given a cameo role at Wembley

Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0: Jack Wilshere forced to accept loss of status in battle for starting role at Gunners

The search for the Arsenal central midfield role which seemed his entitlement has become scrambled

Jack Wilshere puts the trophy on his head

Jack Wilshere taunts aimed at Tottenham overshadow Arsenal title ambitions

Midfielder says Arsenal can follow FA Cup triumph with Premier League but joins fans in mocking north London rivals Spurs

Sepp Blatter’s refusal to step aside has left his opponents wondering what to do next

How do you solve a problem like Sepp Blatter and Fifa? The world is waiting for a manager or a player to speak up for the game's soul

COMMENT: Whilst Prince William has added his voice to those concerned, it's not enough, writes Ian Herbert

Hypocrisy the winner as Fifa votes for yet more Sepp Blatter

COMMENT: Fifa re-elected man who ended the notion of football being the people’s game, writes Ian Herbert

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