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NFL boss open to Wembley franchise idea

Oakland Raiders played at Wembley earlier this year. Credit: PA

The prospect of an NFL franchise to be based at London's Wembley Stadium will be explored in detail, the sport's UK chief has said.

England football matches could be taken around the country again from 2018 if the Football Association secures the NFL franchise for Wembley.

Alistair Kirkwood, managing director of NFL UK, told BBC Radio Five Live: "Moving from one game to three games in a couple of years is a sign of real momentum and fan growth.

"We are going to have a look at seeing if we can grow from that over the next couple of years and see where we go from there.

"We're very interested in exploring the idea of a British-based franchise and seeing if we can pull it off. That's the way of making our sport much more mainstream."

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The FA confirm Hull City name change appeal

Hull fans are strongly opposed to any name change. Credit: PA

The Football Association has confirmed that Hull City will appeal the FA Council's decision to reject an application to change the Premier League club's name.

In a statement, the FA revealed that Hull City have "chosen to commence an arbitration under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association to challenge the decision of The FA Council."

Although FA rules state that any such challenges must remain confidential, they have decided to confirm the arbitration "in the interests of the supporters" and promised to make a further announcement once a decision has been reached.

In April 2014, the FA Council rejected an application from Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

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FA chief: 'Fifa could consider stripping Qatar of Cup'

The chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has added his voice to calls for a re-run of the 2022 World Cup bidding process if allegations of corruption in Qatar's bid are proven.

Mr Dyke told Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it clearly has to be investigated as a matter of urgency by Fifa.

"And I think if it is shown that the process was corrupt or was corrupted then I do think there will have to be a whole discussion about whether or not you take it away from Qatar.”

England hotel fined for not providing condoms

The hotel where the England team will be based in Rio has been fined for not providing condoms to guests, says Brazil's health inspector group Procon.

The news comes after out-of-date food was found at both the England and Italian teams hotels in Rio de Janeiro.

The consumer health group said:

In Sao Conrado, at the Hotel Royal Tulip, where the England team will be based, 2.362kg of unusable butter, Parma ham and salmon was seized.

The hotel was also fined for not providing condoms to guests.

– Procon Website

The agency also said neither hotel provided condoms for sale at cost, nor information about sexually transmitted diseases, as required by law.

Both hotels have 15 days to make official explanations to the government agency before any fines can be levied.

Chef 'happy with the cleanliness' of England's hotel

The chef responsible for cooking meals for England's World Cup stars, has assured the FA that he is happy with the cleanliness of the hotel facilities, despite reports of expired food.

An FA Spokesman said:

The England chef has visited the Royal Tulip hotel several times and is happy with the cleanliness of the facilities.

He will also closely supervise all the players' food intake.

– FA Spokesman

Expired food seized at England team's hotel in Rio

Unusable food has been seized at the England's World Cup hotel in Rio de Janeiro, but the Football Association have insisted that they are not worried by the reports.

Manager Roy Hodgson has set a diet for all players while in Brazil for the World Cup. Credit: Virga­lio Rodrigues/Atlantico/PA

A search of the hotel found 4.5lb of butter, parma ham and salmon which was past its expiry date.

The food was then seized by health inspectors Procon from the Royal Tulip hotel in Rio, 15 days before the World Cup kicks off.

An inspection at the Italian teams' base similarly found expired produce.

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