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

Platini backs Blanc for top job as France try to plan ahead

The Uefa president Michel Platini believes Laurent Blanc should be the next France coach, although he admits he has little influence on the decision.

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Birmingham

The club have been charged by the Football Association with failing to control their players during the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday. Defender Stephen Carr has received a separate charge of improper conduct.

Gourcuff unhappy with media criticism

Bordeaux midfielder Yoann Gourcuff has accused the press of causing his club's downfall from 2009 Ligue 1 champions to also-rans this campaign.

Blanc calls on Bordeaux to 'erase' errors

The Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc insists his side can recover from their string of recent setbacks to mount a final push for the Ligue 1 title over the closing weeks of the season.

Chamakh's strike in vain as Lyons hold firm

Bordeaux 1 Lyons 0 <i>(Lyons win 3-2 on aggregate)</i>

Lyons in bullish mood after victory in battle of France

Lyons reminded Bordeaux that they were still alive and the rest of Europe that they could still be a threat in the Champions League with their victory in a thrilling first leg of the all-French quarter-final on Tuesday night.

Wenger desperate to get rid of final scars

There are many reasons why Arsenal and their manager are desperate to win a European Cup, and the manner of their failure in the final four years ago is high on the list. Memories of that unfortunate meeting with Barcelona will be revived when the Catalans come to London for the first leg of this season's quarter-final on Wednesday, and can be used as extra incentive, should any be required against unquestionably the finest club side in the world at present.

Bordeaux find vintage European form

Laurent Blanc was a relieved man after seeing his Bordeaux side finally deliver a performance befitting their championship-winning status on Tuesday night.

Ibrahimovic gives Bar&ccedil;a the edge

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's second-half equaliser earned Champions League holders Barcelona a hard-fought draw from the first leg of their last-16 tie against Stuttgart last night. Cacau, fresh from his four-goal haul against Cologne at the weekend, had given Stuttgart a deserved half-time lead but Ibrahimovic struck just after the interval to put Barça in charge heading into the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Matt Derbyshire: 'I've got the beach, the pool... you can't pop out in Lancashire and find that'

It was a wrench for Blackburn boy Matt Derbyshire to join Olympiakos but, ahead of his Champions League debut tonight, he tells Simon Hart he's loving Greek life

Eurozone: Messi magic keeps Bar&ccedil;a cruising

With Barcelona's Gerard Piqué sent off for a wild and late challenge on Getafe defender Rafa midway through the first half, this looked like being the day Real, who hammered Espanyol 3-0, closed the five-point gap at the top of La Liga, but Lionel Messi, Xavi, and Andres Iniesta played second-half keep-ball and so Barça made it 21 games unbeaten this season, prevailing 2-1.

France dismiss Blanc reports

Federation chief Jean-Pierre Escalettes has rubbished reports that Laurent Blanc has agreed in principle to take over as France coach.

Blanc plays down Manchester United link

Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has rubbished speculation linking him to either the France job or Manchester United.

Bordeaux dismiss Chamakh Arsenal transfer

Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has rubbished reports Marouane Chamakh is set for a January move to Arsenal as a replacement for the injured Robin van Persie.

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