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Watchdog fiddles with €25m lifeline as Colosseum crumbles

Plans to restore Rome's crumbling Colosseum have hit another snag, after Italy's anti-trust watchdog declared that a €25m lifeline thrown by a luxury goods company breaks competition laws.

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Fulham have made an offer for Catania striker Maxi Lopez, according to the Italian club.

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Palermo fired coach Devis Mangia on Monday, six weeks after extending his contract until the end of next season.

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Brazil football legend Socrates dies aged 57

The Brazilian Football Federation have paid tribute to former national team captain Socrates, who died today aged 57.

The Colosseum contracts have been awarded to large-scale building firms without specialist knowledge

'Cowboy builders' blamed for Rome's crumbling Colosseum

An ambitious attempt to save Rome's Colosseum from collapse is being undermined by the authorities' cost-cutting decision to employ ordinary builders rather than specialists to perform the delicate overhaul, restoration experts have claimed.

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Sinisa Mihajlovic steps down as Fiorentina manager

Sinisa Mihajlovic has stepped down as coach of Italian club Fiorentina and has been replaced by Delio Rossi.

England bonus after Ramsey helps Wales end their barren run

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Manchester City target Alessio Cerci wants to remain at Fiorentina next season.

Milan reveal Aquilani interest

AC Milan are hopeful of landing Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani.

Arsenal snap up £12m Jadson as 'new Cesc Fabregas'

Nasri agrees five-year deal on £165,000 a week – and City want him to play Monday

Obertan can lift the cloud over Tyneside

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Pardew seeks to silence Twitter critics after fall-out with Barton

Sir Alex Ferguson, lawyers, Twitter and Joey Barton. It is a combination that sounds like tabloid heaven, but in fact it's merely the latest plot twist in the on-going soap opera that is Newcastle United.

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Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has a 50 per cent chance of joining Fiorentina, according to his agent.

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