From the Back Pages, June 5: Fifa made payment to Football Association of Ireland over Thierry Henry handball
Fifa’s battered reputation threatened to sink even lower this evening as John Delaney, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive, confirmed his organisation had been paid by the world governing body to keep quiet about Thierry Henry’s controversial handball in the 2010 World Cup play-off. (The Times)
James Milner is not a boring signing - he is a real transfer coup for Liverpool. Chris Bascombe: The England international will add experience and endeavour to Brendan Rodgers’ young squad and can act as a leader in the dressing room. (The Telegraph)
The Premier League will not have a title sponsor starting from the 2016-17 season, it has confirmed. The move reflects the organisation’s desire to mirror major American sports leagues like the NBA and NFL in presenting a ‘clean’ brand. (Daily Mail)
England can host the World Cup in 2022, should Qatar be stripped of the tournament, says Culture John Whittingdale. There are growing calls for the bidding process for the 2022 tournament to be re-run in the wake of serious allegations of corruption and bribery in relation to the awarding of the next two World Cups. (The Independent)
DICK ADVOCAAT has signed a one-year deal at Sunderland after a dramatic turnaround. (The Express)
Raheem Sterling is open to a move to Manchester United, although the player is concerned how the transfer would be received given the fierce rivalry between the clubs. (The Guardian)
Juventus will be without Giorgio Chiellini for Saturday’s Champions League final. The Italian pulled out of training on Wednesday, complaining of a pain in his left calf and was examined by club doctors to determine the extent of the injury. (The Mirror)
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