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Goal-line technology is where football intervention must end

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

Jermain Defoe taps in his goal for England

Sam Wallace: Even in San Marino no one cares about the national team

England beat them 8-0 on Friday

Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: welcome back Rio, those bags won't walk themselves on to the team bus

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AC Milan forward Kevin-Prince Boateng invited to UN event

Former Tottenham player staged a walk-off in face of racist abuse

Barcelona's Lionel Messi becomes most decorated player in history after winning unprecedented fourth straight Ballon d'Or

James Lawton: Lionel Messi makes us smile – Luis Suarez shows football's ugly new face

Messi’s argument for Andres Iniesta winning the Ballon D’Or was that he was the heartbeat and creative force of Spain’s historic achievement of winning three straight major international tournaments

Walk-off part: An angry Kevin-Prince Boateng of Milan (right) leaves the field in response to the racist abuse

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

Fifa president says AC Milan forward was wrong to walk off

The Sports Matrix: Monday 7 January 2013

Handball storm as sneaky Suarez ruins Stags' night

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

This year's tournament, won by Spain, was held in Poland and Ukraine

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

FA likely to bid for chance to host matches

Thawing of relationship between Fifa and FA

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

Pat McQuaid saw no problem with the huge donation to the UCI by Lance Armstrong

James Lawton: Shameless is the word for response to Lance Armstrong scandal from 'Teflon' Pat McQuaid and his UCI pals

Pat McQuaid defended the indefensible. The comparison with Fifa’s Sepp Blatter is clear

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Aston Villa announce appointment of Simone Farina as community coach

Simone Farina, who played a key role in helping to stop a match-fixing attempt in Italy last year, has joined Aston Villa as a community coach.

Terence Blacker: Saying sorry – a user's manual

Every day brings news of fresh apologies. Researching for my song "The Sorry News", which celebrates the art of public apology, I began to appreciate the many shades of sorry.

Uruguay FA complain to Fifa about vice-president's 'cancer' comments regarding to Luis Suarez

The Uruguay Football Association have written to FIFA complaining about vice-president Jim Boyce's comments in relation to Luis Suarez.

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