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Commons debate about Fifa scheduled for June 10th

Tracey Crouch, left, with respond for government. Credit: PA

A House of Commons debate on Britain's relationship with FIFA will be held on Wednesday June 10th in Westminster Hall involving sports minister Tracey Crouch who will respond for the Government.

Damian Collins, the MP who is campaigning for reform of FIFA has secured the debate, said:

"I want to take forward the case for a boycott of FIFA and the 2018 World Cup if Sepp Blatter remains president. This should also include planning now for an alternative World Cup to be organised for 2018."


Romelu Lukaku sends alarm bells ringing at Everton

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku's insistence he wants to win trophies and will not settle for "shadowing" the top sides is likely to put a number of clubs on alert.

How long will Lukaku stay at Everton? Credit: PA

The 22-year-old's first season at Goodison Park after a £28m move from Chelsea fell well short of the previous campaign he spent on loan with the Toffees when they challenged for Champions League qualification.

And despite 20 goals, including being the joint-top scorer in the Europa League, the Belgium international wants to be involved in big games.

"I want to win titles, not just be shadowing at the top," he told Sport/Voetbal magazine.

"I want to know how it feels to play in the big games. I'm 22. It's time to win trophies."

Liverpool target drops hint about future

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette has offered a boost to the Ligue 1 club by hinting that his future lies there for at least another year.

The 24-year-old was Ligue 1's top scorer with 27 goals in the season recently concluded, earning him a recall to the France squad and sparking speculation over a summer switch to champions PSG or Liverpool.

Alexandre Lacazette could be staying at Lyon. Credit: PA

"At Lyon there is everything needed to have another good season," Lacazette told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Staying in France reduces the risk, especially in the year leading up to the Euro. But all the rumours about PSG are unfounded."


Liverpool target Benteke 'not thinking' about Villa

Christian Benteke has remained tight-lipped over his Aston Villa future but insisted he knows what he wants.

Benteke could be leaving Aston Villa this summer. Credit: PA

The striker has offered no promises he will stay at Villa after the summer following his stunning end-of-season form.

He has been linked with a move to Liverpool and has a release fee clause in his contract, with agent Eris Kismet reportedly saying the Belgium international is keen to play for a club in Europe.

And Benteke refused to offer any assurances he will remain at Villa Park.

"It's about him (Kismet), he knows what I want and I'll let him do the job," said the 24-year-old, currently with his national side ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales and friendly with France.

"I don't know, I don't think about Aston Villa now. I did my season with Villa and now I am focused with the national team.

"It's important to play. If you want to be in the first 11 you have to play in your club."

Letter instructing $10m payment addressed to Valcke

A $10m from Fifa to an account controlled by the disgraced former vice-president Jack Warner followed a letter from South Africa to Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke, it can be revealed.

The payment followed a letter from South African FA president Molefi Oliphant to Valcke asking for the payment to be withheld from World Cup funds and paid instead to Warner to support football in the Caribbean.

The payment is at the heart of the FIFA bribery scandal - a US justice department indictment of 18 people on corruption charges says the money was paid to Warner and his deputy Chuck Blazer in return for them voting for the 2010 World Cup to be played in South Africa.

A Fifa statement had claimed Valcke was not involved, but that the payment was made at the request of the South African government and FA, and authorised by Julio Grondona, the former finance chief and long-time ally of president Sepp Blatter. Grondona died last year.

A copy of the letter published by Press Association (above) contains detailed instructions for the payment.

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