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Hawk-Eye is justifiable considering the anguish it will curb, but any further technological advances would harm the pure of nature football

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Silvio Berlusconi reacts angrily to Sepp Blatter's comments about Kevin-Prince Boateng

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Clashing symbol: Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel competes in the Club World Cup in Japan while on ‘day release’ from a woefully inadequate domestic ban

The Last Word: FA anti-racist action plan is just an insult

Football's leaders need to produce more than tokenism to prove they are up for the fight

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Uefa's Euro 2020 plans could open door for Wembley to host another major final

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The Football Association and Fifa today moved to heal the rift between the organisations that developed after England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

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