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Crewe defender taken to hospital after clash of heads

George Ray was treated on the pitch for 15 minutes. Credit: PA

Crewe Alexandra defender George Ray was stretchered off and taken to hospital after clashing heads with Wigan Athletic's Jordi Hiwula.

The Wales Under-21 international was treated on the pitch for 15 minutes before being taken to hospital.

League One Crewe later confirmed the defender had regained consciousness.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi cleared over tax fraud case

Prosecutors have dropped their tax fraud case against Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Spanish prosecutors have cleared Barcelona star Lionel Messi of wrongdoing in a tax fraud case, but have called for the arrest of his father.

The Argentine footballer had been expected to stand trial in relation to unpaid taxes totalling more than €4 million (£3m).

A Spanish judge recently rejected an appeal filed by the player's lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case.

Prosecutors are still seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain's tax office in unpaid taxes from 2007 to 2009.

In the documents made public on Tuesday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (£1.5m) for the father of the Argentina playmaker.


Beckham backs Giggs to be Man United boss

David Beckham will be back at Old Trafford next month. Credit: PA

David Beckham is convinced Ryan Giggs will be a successful Manchester United manager one day.

Beckham will grace the pitch at Old Trafford once more next month when he takes part in a charity match which aims to raise funds for UNICEF.

I have always said that Giggsy has this streak running through him that you see in top managers.

I saw it as a player. He is so determined and when you have got someone like that at a club like this, someone who is from this part of the world and knows so much about this club - it's so embedded into him - it means so much to fans, so I hope that at some point Giggsy does take over.

It might not be for the next five or 10 years but at some point it would be amazing for the fans to have him.

To have Giggsy sat on the line preparing himself to become a manager is exciting.

– David Beckham

Barcelona want Neymar for life

Neymar. Credit: PA

Brazilian forward Neymar will remain at Barcelona "for life" – so wishes the club's technical director Roberto Fernandez.

The 23-year-old underlined his status as one of the best players in his team last season when he scored 43 goals in all competitions as Barcelona won a Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.

Neymar is tied to the European champions until June 2018 and Barca recently expressed their intention to reward the Brazil star with a new deal that would make him the second highest paid player at the club behind Lionel Messi.

"We are currently working on Neymar's contract extension and I don't think there will be any type of problem," Fernandez said, as reported in Marca.

"I have no doubt in my mind that Neymar will spend the rest of his life at Barcelona."


Chelsea manager Mourinho charged with misconduct

Not for the first time, Mourinho has been charged by the FA. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in relation to media comments he made after Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Southampton, the Football Association has announced.

Mourinho claimed that officials were afraid to give decisions in Chelsea's favour during an emotionally charged and lengthy post-match interview.

Earlier this afternoon, Chelsea released a statement offering Mourinho their full support despite the club languishing in 16th spot after eight matches, ten points behind Man City.

Liverpool approach Jurgen Klopp's representatives

Klopp is favourite to take over at Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool have approached Jurgen Klopp's representatives about his availability to replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

The popular German manager has been out of football since stepping down from his position at Dortmund at the end of last season.

It's thought a move to England and Liverpool appeals to Klopp even though the two parties are nowhere near striking a deal just yet.

Klopp would be prove a popular appointment with Liverpool's fans after guiding Dortmund from the Bundesliga's lower reaches in 2008 to consecutive league titles and the Champions League final in 2013.

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