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Tom Peck: Fifa's backers have the clout to produce change

If the storm around Fifa really is moving towards some kind of end-game, the sponsors are the key pieces.

Sony 's deal with Fifa was worth around £180m

World Cup bidding process: Embattled Fifa hit by loss of second major sponsor as Sony decides not to renew deal

The governing body will now need to find a new top electronics firm, with Samsung thought likely to step in

Fifa president Sepp Blatter at the launch of the 2018 World Cup logo

First Coca Cola, now Sony: as sponsors turn their backs on Fifa, is it finally game over for the Qatar World Cup?

Big name sponsors Coca Cola, McDonalds and Adidas criticised Fifa's handling of their report summary but Sony Corp have decided not to renew their

Head of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney

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Pele in 'stable' condition after he's admitted to hospital for the second time this month

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Olivier Giroud not able to play against Borussia Dortmund as Arsenal didn't register him for the Champions League because of injury

French striker was not meant to return from injury until after the group stage

West Brom striker Saido Berahino

Saido Berahino arrested: West Brom and England striker Berahino stopped by police on suspicion of drink-driving and speeding

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Almost 10,000 ticket holders did not make it to Wembley at all, with just 46,000 of the 55,000 who had bought tickets managing to get into the stadium

FA under fire for scheduling major women's international during Tube engineering works

Nearly 10,000 ticket holders couldn't make it into Wembley Stadium to watch England lost to Germany on Sunday

Rayo Vallecano relocate and pay rent for 85-year-old supporter who was made homeless

La Liga side vowed to pay for Carmen Ayuso's rent after she was evicted

Leandro Castan: Roma defender will undergo brain surgery next month

Brazilian's condition 'does not represent a threat to his life'

The Wigan Athletic chairman, Dave Whelan, returns the applause of fans as he takes his seat at the DW Stadium on Saturday

Ian Herbert: Complacency about discrimination is the scandal, not dinosaur Dave Whelan

Discrimination is infinitely more subtle than bananas and taunts thrown at players

England vs Germany: From sleeping in tiny beds on trains to the five-star luxury of St George’s

England coach Marieanne Spacey tells Peter Lansley how the women’s game has been transformed

Wigan owner Dave Whelan

Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged

Perth midfielder Ruben Zadkovich sent off 17 seconds after coming on against Wellington

Perth Glory went on to win 2-1 despite red card

Leon Osman in reflective mood

Leon Osman interview: 'If I hit a brick wall, I try to find a way around it'

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