Sport Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects another PSG bid for Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle accepted a bid from the French side understood to be in the region of £20m

Pardew lines up Amalfitano deal

Newcastle are expected to sign midfielder Romain Amalfitano in the summer. The 22-year-old Frenchman's contract runs out at Reims at the end of the current season.

Laurent Blanc critical of Samir Nasri performance for France

France coach Laurent Blanc hailed the contribution of Marvin Martin after last night's 1-1 friendly draw with Chile, but felt Samir Nasri "has the ability to do better".

Chamakh believes Nasri and Fabregas are history

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh has admitted his fear that both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will "likely" leave the club. Both players have been the subject of interest from elsewhere this summer, and Chamakh conceded on French television that the pair would probably depart, but only if manager Arsène Wenger finds replacements. France coach Laurent Blanc later said that Nasri was in talks to leave Arsenal.

Newcastle signing hoping for France call-up

Newcastle new boy Sylvain Marveaux is hoping his exploits in the Barclays Premier League can win him international recognition with France.

France boss Laurent Blanc cleared of discrimination

France coach Laurent Blanc was today absolved of any blame following the controversy surrounding limiting the presence of ethnic minority players in the national set-up.

Support for coach Blanc in French racism row

The French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno will announce on Monday the initial findings of an inquiry into alleged racial discrimination within the country's football federation. Laurent Blanc, the national coach, has been implicated in the affair but has yet to attend a ministry hearing into reports the federation wanted quotas for African and Arab players in its youth teams.

France set up commission over 'race quotas'

The French Football Federation's internal commision set up to probe allegations concerning race quotas will present their conclusions on Thursday, according to reports in France.

In black and white: Blanc is on the brink

He may be a skilled France coach but Laurent Blanc is no politician – after his naive handling of the 'race quota' row even his World Cup-winning team-mates want him out

French Federation begins inquiry into racism row over quotas

The French Football Federation has begun an inquiry into claims that national coach Laurent Blanc and other coaches secretly agreed to restrict the number of black and Arab players in national training programs.

Sam Wallace: After years courting United, one night of Mourinho madness has hurt his plan to follow Ferguson

Talking Football: Mourinho's behaviour must have given Gill and Ferguson cause to consider his suitability to be United manager when the day comes

Thuram 'hurt' by reports of French racial quotas

Lilian Thuram, a former World Cup winner and long-time campaigner against racism in France, believes reports that members of the French Football Federation (FFF) sought to restrict numbers of players from ethnic minorities exposes "something very serious".

French accused of plan to limit 'African' footballers

The French Sports Minister, Chantal Jouanno, called yesterday for an investigation into allegations that the nation's football body tried to set up discriminatory quotas to limit the number of players of African origin in France's youth system.

Nicolas Anelka not missing international duty

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka does not miss international football and insists he has no plans to come out of retirement for Euro 2012 once he completes his 18-match ban.

Ribéry and Evra expect jeers from France fans

Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra expect to attract boos and whistles tonight when they make their first home appearance for France since being banned for leading a mutiny during last year's World Cup.

Evra: Time to forget World Cup strike saga

Patrice Evra wants to "turn the page" on his role in France's World Cup revolution as he returns to the squad for the first time since. It is a stance that Laurent Blanc, France's coach, readily agrees with as he seeks to open a new chapter in French football, but the fallout from the extraordinary events of last summer continue to dog his side despite an improvement in results.

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