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President’s response dismissed as ‘totally inadequate’ after he says Fifa cannot ‘change things’

Terry and Lampard face final on bench

Avram Grant is considering leaving both Frank Lampard and John Terry out of his starting line-up for Sunday's Carling Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur. Both players, who have only recently returned from injury, are understood to privately fear they will be excluded but if the Chelsea manager goes ahead with his plan it will be a remarkably bold move drawing a line under the Jose Mourinho era of "untouchables".

League chief vows to convert 39th game doubters

The Premier League's ambition to stage an "international round" of games from 2011 is "certainly not a dead duck", its chief executive, Richard Scudamore, insisted to a parliamentary committee yesterday, although he agreed that the plans would need backing from Fifa, the FA and the Football League to go ahead.

Scudamore proposals in the 'trash bin', claims Madejski

Reading's chairman John Madejski said yesterday that proposals to play extra Premier League matches abroad had "already been consigned to the trash bin".

Deal that might be best thing for English football

Richard Scudamore now knows why he gets paid that reported salary of £1m. Nine days that shook English football, the Premier League chief executive under sustained attack and barely a peep from a single club owner, chairman or chief executive in support. He has been left alone on stage like Saddam Hussein's doomed spokesman who preached defiance while the American tanks rolled into shot behind him.

Blatter blasts Premier League proposal

The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has condemned Premier League proposals to play matches overseas as "unacceptable" and an "abuse of football".

Scudamore set to pursue overseas plan despite doubts

The Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore insists his plan to introduce a 39th game played at venues around the world still has the support of all 20 top-flight clubs.

FA silent on Premier League plans to play overseas

The Football Association yesterday remained resolutely non-committal to the Premier League's controversial plans to play a 39th game overseas in 2011 – despite claims some FA board members were "excited" by the prospect. The governing body is keeping its powder dry on the topic, well aware that for once the Premier League desperately needs its support.

America deals blow to Scudamore's global plan

The Premier League's plans for an "international round" of games starting in January 2011 were given an ambivalent welcome yesterday by the leading football official in America, one of the countries where the League hopes matches might be played.

Scudamore confident of green light for overseas matches

The Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore yesterday defended proposals to play matches abroad and said he expects the plan will go ahead.

The Nick Townsend column: Nothing gets lost in translation from this straight talker

Italian coach of new England retains mystique as the master with forthright opinions on Beckham, Bentley and Owen

James Lawton: Premier League's idiocy driven by same impulse that killed the Brooklyn Dodgers

The Premier League is simply a vehicle for the making of ever increasing profit

Chase for cash threatens to rob game of its founding principle

Eighty thousand Saudi Arabians sitting desolate through a 0-0 draw between Middlesbrough and Derby. A stadium full of Taiwanese all wondering why Wigan are playing five in midfield against Blackburn Rovers. Lots of Koreans politely applauding as Dean Ashton misses the only chance of a game that cost them a week's wages to attend.

Premier League plans games overseas in bid to rule world

The revolution in English football, which was set in train with the launch of the Premiership 16 years ago, yesterday announced its Great Leap Forward with the revelation that the game is preparing to go global on the field as well as off.

Premier League clubs look to overseas games

The 20 Premier League clubs are planning a radical change that would see each team playing an extra match a season in a foreign city.

Mary Dejevsky: The French election is not a two-horse race

So they're off, and it's Sarko leading Sego by a length and extending his advantage, despite Sego's frantic efforts to make up lost ground. On this side of La Manche, these are the only two runners we can spy through our binoculars. And we are urging on Sarko as though there were no tomorrow. Much though we like the idea of France with a Presidente, we just prefer to back a winner - and Sarko's appetite for the race suggests he would be our kind of guy. Why hesitate, when the odds are so unambiguously in Sarko's favour?

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