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Luis Suarez debut: Real Madrid vs Barcelona El Clasico date confirmed

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A professional football club in a European league is being run by organised criminals for the purposes of match-fixing, according to the head of the International Centre for Sport Security.

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Italian newspaper claims former Chelsea defender is struggling to settle at his new club

Manchester City FFP fine to be shared among other Champions League clubs

The Premier League champions were fined £50m

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Austrian player Ismail Gunduz handed enormous 70-match ban for head-butting referee

The amateur league player was sent-off while playing for SK Rum when he lost his head and has also been sacked by the club

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Franck Ribery: Michel Platini vows to ban midfielder for Bayern Munich matches if refuses to play for France

The 31-year-old retired from France last month

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'They stopped me playing in World Cup final,' claims Argentina midfielder
World Cup blow: Di Maria

Angel Di Maria hits out at Real Madrid: Real refused to pay me what I'm worth (unless I managed to win the Ballon d'Or)

Wounded by accusations of greed, the Argentina midfielder is determined to thrive at Old Trafford – if only to get back at his former club
Ronaldo is increasingly disillusioned at the Bernabau

Cristiano Ronaldo: Unhappy forward is ready to quit Real Madrid, according to Angel Di Maria

Former team-mate Di Maria says Ronaldo is 'not very happy' at Real

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard ready to return to 'the number one competition in the world' as Reds prepare for Champions League campaign

Gerrard admits he has had to look on with jealous eyes during Liverpool's four-year absence from Europe's elite competition

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Legia fans were furious after they were handed a default 3-0 defeat to Celtic, costing them a place in the Champions League play-offs

A tale of two transfers: Xabi Alonso is the master of his destiny, Manchester United signing Radamel Falcao a pawn in others' game

Who would bet against Bayern’s signing Alonso winning the European Cup for a third time? Falcao seemed to have little clue about where his career will take him

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Manchester City loanee booed and whistled by fans there to greet him

Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez

Monaco fans demand refund after Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez exit club

Messages posted on a fan site show supporters of Ligue 1 club furious

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The young Spaniard impressed in the opening match of the season

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