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Ginola finally admits his FIFA presidential race is over

The former Tottenham player David Ginola has ended his campaign to become president of FIFA after failing to gain the five nominations he needed.

Having not obtained required five nominations by deadline I will not be able to continue with FIFA presidential candidacy. Just as I did as a player, I gave everything until the final whistle.

– David Ginola


Footballer Clarke Carlisle out of hospital after road collision

Clarke Carlisle used to be Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association. Credit: PA

The former QPR defender Clarke Carlisle is out of hospital six weeks after he was seriously injured in a road collision with a lorry on the A64 near York. His wife Gemma tweeted this message:

Chelsea striker Diego Costa suspended for three games after stamping incident

Costa is Chelsea's leading scorer this season. Credit: PA

Chelsea's Diego Costa will miss three games, including tomorrow's crunch Premier League match against Manchester City, after an Independent Regulatory Commission found he had stamped on Liverpool's Emre Can during a match on Tuesday.

Diego Costa will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after a charge of violent conduct against him was found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Friday 30 January 2015.

– Football Association

He will also miss Premier League matches against Aston Villa and Everton.

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Schurrle to complete £23m move from Chelsea to Wolfsburg after Friday medical

World Cup winner Andre Schurrle is poised to complete his £23m transfer from Chelsea to Wolfsburg after undergoing a medical on Friday, according to Bild.

Schurrle is on his way to Wolfsburg. Credit: PA

The German international has struggled to force his way into Jose Mourinho's thinking this season, and first team opportunities would only have diminished further following the expected arrival of Juan Cuadrado.

Schurrle's appearances this season have been restricted to substitute cameos and domestic cup outings.

The 24 year-old will link up with former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner at the high-flying Bundesliga side.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry supports Chelsea striker Diego Costa over appeal

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has offered his support to Diego Costa over the striker's appeal for violent conduct.

Chelsea striker Costa has appealed a three match ban for his 'stamp' on Martin Skrtel during Tuesday's League Cup semi-final against Liverpool.

Henry believes Costa was fortunate to escape punishment for the incident, but claims that charging the striker retrospectively would be incorrect.

The Brazilian forward will discover on Friday whether his appeal is successful and he can play against Man City in Saturday's top-of-the table Premier League clash.


Ginola promises to fight on in race for FIFA presidency

Ginola announced his bid at a press conference two weeks ago. Credit: PA

The former Tottenham footballer has said he is not giving up his bid to be president of football's governing body FIFA. The Frenchman launched his Team Ginola campaign two weeks ago though his bid was criticised after he admitted he was being paid £250,000 by a bookmaker to stand. Yesterday, the bid looked to be over when this message appeared on the bid's website:

A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. The funding page is now closed. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged.

– Team Ginola website

However, Ginola later tweeted this:

Ginola was voted Footballer of the Year when he played for Tottenham. Credit: PA

However, Ginola needs to get support from five FIFA member associations to become an official candidate which is unlikely to happen. The Football Association has decided to back the Jordanian candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.

Brooklyn Beckham poses in Arsenal kit for first time

Brooklyn Beckham has posed alongside his team mates in his Arsenal kit. David Beckham's eldest son currently trains at the team's ground at London Colney in Hertfordshire. Brooklyn posted the picture on his Instagram account - with the simple caption of 'Squad'.

Diego Costa facing the prospect of a three-match ban

  • Costa faces the prospect of a three-match ban, which would rule him out of Saturday's Premier League title showdown with Manchester City as well as matches against Everton and Aston Villa
  • There is no right of appeal
  • The incident happened in close proximity to the dugouts, but was missed by the officials
  • As the Capital One Cup is a Football League competition, the disciplinary process differs slightly from a Premier League match where a three-man panel of former referees would decide whether he should be charged
  • Referee Michael Oliver was asked by the FA whether he or any of the officials saw the incident and, as they did not, footage was reviewed
  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who earlier on Wednesday was fined £25,000 for claiming there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea, has insisted that both stamps were "absolutely accidental"
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