Stretford considers appeal over FA charges

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One of the game's leading agents, Paul Stretford, has failed in his attempt to be able to answer Football Association charges in a public court.

Stretford, of Proactive Sports Management, was charged by the FA in June over alleged breaches of regulations, including his acquisition of the right to represent the Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney. Although the FA will publish the results of the disciplinary proceedings, Stretford is considering an appeal.

"The charges brought against me by the FA are without foundation and are damaging to my reputation and to the Proactive business," he said. "I think it is indicative of the FA's stance in pursuing this case against me that they are not prepared to allow me to defend the charges publicly."

Liverpool's Premiership match at Blackburn has been put back to 16 April to avoid a clash with the Hillsborough Memorial service at Anfield. The match at Ewood Park was scheduled to kick-off at 3pm on 15 April - the 17th anniversary of the disaster. It was later put back to 5.15pm to avoid clashing with the memorial service at Anfield but, after the Champions' League exit, the clubs discussed moving the match to a different day. The game will now kick-off at 2.30pm on the Sunday.

Fifa has named the 10 stadiums which will host the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Four stadiums will be built - Greenpoint Stadium (Cape Town), Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth), King's Park Stadium (Durban) and Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit). A further six will be upgraded - Royal Bafokeng Stadium (Rustenburg), Free State Stadium (Bloemfontein), Loftus Versfeld Stadium (Pretoria), Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane), Soccer City and Ellis Park (both Johannesburg).