A football referee has been banned for life for allegedly head butting a fellow referee during a junior football match.
The Chief Executive of Aston Villa Football Club Paul Faulkner has announced in a statement he is stepping down.
A charity from Herefordshire has been working in Brazil during the World Cup to try and combat exploitation and trafficking.
Some of the world's best footballers have arrived in the Midlands for a pre-season training camp.
Barcelona will use facilities at St. George's Park in Burton-on-Trent until Saturday.
Andres Iniesta is likely to be in action as they prepare for the season ahead.
It is one of the first times the team have got together under their new coach Luis Enrique.
The team will be speaking to the media at a press conference later today.
Derby County midfielder, George Thorne, has posted on social media of his devastation that he will miss up to 9 months of football action with an injury.
Obviously gutted doesn't really cut it, but I know how to handle it. Appreciate all the messages guys
Dont forget what the team achieved last year. Exciting season ahead & I'll join them for the run in. Look forward to seeing the iPro rocking
Derby County have been dealt a huge injury blow as new signing George Thorne has been ruled out of action for up to 9 months.
The 21-year-old only joined Derby last weekend after his transfer from West Bromwich Albion, but got injured during his first pre-season friendly against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.
Scans have confirmed he has injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee, and will have to undergo surgery.
Derby boss, Steve McClaren told the club website:
– Steve McClaren on dcfc.co.uk
At the time it looked to be innocuous as there was no-one near George and we thought he had just jarred his knee...
... It is a huge disappointment for George personally and we wish him a speedy recovery.
His team mates have taken to Twitter to send their best wishes:
Gutted for @georgethorne15 massive loss for us! But know he will bounce back again! Get yourself back for the run in bro x
Gutted for you @georgethorne15 hope the operation goes perfect.
West Brom have announced the club-record signing of Nigeria striker Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kiev.
The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth, and moves for an undisclosed fee in excess of that paid for Stephane Sessegnon when the midfielder moved from Sunderland last year.
Albion head coach, Alan Irvine, said:
Brown is a quality striker and I'm looking forward to working with him.
He's a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of Champions League and international experience.
Ideye has been handed the number nine shirt at the Hawthorns and will join up with the squad when they return from a pre-season training camp in California.
He scored 34 goals in three seasons in Ukraine, having previously played for Sochaux and Neuchatel Xamax after starting his career in his homeland with Ocean Boys.
He has won 24 caps for Nigeria, scoring five times including in the semi-final as the Super Eagles won last year's African Nations Cup.
Derby County has confirmed signing of George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion.
The 21-year-old midfielder has joined the club on a four-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Baggies.
Thorne was identified as one of Derby’s top transfer targets this summer after he impressed during a loan spell with the Rams last season.
He made 12 appearances in total and scored twice.
Head Coach Steve McClaren, said:
We’re really pleased that George Thorne has joined us on a permanent basis.
I am sure the fans will be delighted to welcome him back and we’re equally pleased that he sees Derby County as the right place for him at this point of his career.
He was one of the first players Ispoke about with our Head of Football Operations Chris Evans when he arrived inNovember, and we were well aware of his qualities when he joined us on loan in January.
After being patient in waiting for his chance in the side, he showed what he could do on the pitch. His level of performance was excellent.
The Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is confident his number two Roy Keane will benefit from his joint role as Aston Villa's assistant manager.
O'Neill told the Irish Independent:
– Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland manager
My view is if it doesn't impinge on the job here with Ireland, then in actual fact it will end up being good for him.I know that if we couldn't have made it work, he wouldn't have taken the job in the first place.If his commitments to us - both on the commercial side and certainly from my viewpoint in terms of the time working with players - is not impinged at all, then I'm happy for it to go ahead, genuinely happy.Villa have agreed to give him all that time with us and therefore I don't really have a problem with it.
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Belgium international defender Sébastien Pocognoli from Hannover 96.
The 26-year-old left-back has become the Baggies’ fourth summer signing on an undisclosed fee. He has signed a three-year deal, plus a year’s option in the club’s favour, after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.
Pocognoli, who has 12 Belgium caps, narrowly missed out on a place in his country’s Brazil-bound World Cup squad after injury saw him miss the final six weeks of last season.
The 6ft player has top-flight experience in Belgium, Holland and Germany following spells with Genk, AZ Alkmaar, Standard Liege and Hannover.
Pocognoli will meet his new team-mates for the first time when he reports for pre-season training on Monday.
The owners of Coventry City have posted an open letter to supporters on the club's website, telling them that the biggest problem in the row over the Ricoh Arena is not rent. They say it is the club's access to matchday revenues.
Part of the open letter from Joy Seppala and Tim Fisher reads:
...We understand that you want to hear from us about what is going on. You want the Sky Blues to return to play home games in Coventry. We do too. But any return to the Ricoh Arena has to be driven by Financial Fair Play. We want what is best for the club for the long term and this must be built on financial stability.
We appreciate that some of you have pledged to pay the rent for the Ricoh Arena. We are grateful. But unfortunately the rent is not the biggest problem. We have always been happy to pay a competitive rent but we need to access the match day revenues.
The club’s proposal is very simple. We are happy to pay a rent which is competitive in League One. But, we must have access to our very own match day revenues. That is, under Financial Fair Play Rules, all the business that is generated on a match day is managed by the club so that 60p in every £1 generated can be allocated to Steven Pressley to spend on improving and growing the calibre of the first team squad with promotion to the Championship and beyond in mind...
SISU also promised to share more about what is going on behind the scenes than they have previously, and communicate with supporters.
...We know that reconciliation will need effort from all sides but we will do all we can as long as it does not jeopardise the long term future of the club. We know we haven’t done enough to communicate with you. We want this to change. We promise to share as much as we can about what is going on.
We are all passionate about the club becoming an essential part of the Coventry City community, determined to secure its long term future and build a team that continues to make us all proud for generations to come.?