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Brazil 2014 World Cup stadium in Natal up for sale

Brazil's World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale as the company that owns it is suffering from cash flow problems following a corruption scandal.

The 2014 World Cup stadium in Natal is up for sale. Credit: PA

Natal's Dunas arena is being sold by owner Grupo OAS, with the company also trying to sell the 50 percent share it owns of the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador.

The company has struggled for months with the impact of a corruption investigation at state-controlled oil company Petrobras, which undercut the builder's access to financing.

An economic downturn, government austerity and a slumping currency has also taken its toll, leading to Grupo OAS to announce it is selling its stakes in the stadiums and other businesses to focus on the core construction business.


Liverpool winger addresses 'money grabbing' rumours

Sterling doesn't want to be seen Credit: PA

Raheem Sterling has told the BBC he doesn't want to be seen "as a money grabbing 20 year-old" as rumours circulate about his contract discussions at Liverpool.

Reports in various UK newspapers this month have suggested that Sterling is refusing to sign a new £100,000 a week deal, although the only official comment from Liverpool revealed that talks have been postponed by Sterling's representatives until the summer.

Speaking to the BBC, he said:

I don't want to be perceived as a money grabbing 20 year-old. I just want to be seen as the kid that loves to play football.

– Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling

Man Utd captain admits being 'upset' in dressing room

Man United captain Wayne Rooney admits he and his England team-mates were upset by the sloppy, uninspired way they started in Italy on Tuesday night.

Rooney wasn't happy with the first half display. Credit: PA

Nine months on from meeting at the World Cup, the Three Lions faced the Azzurri once more in a glamour friendly at the Juventus Stadium.

Hopes were high after seven straight wins but Roy Hodgson's men struggled in the first half, deservedly falling behind to a Graziano Pelle header in Turin.

However, half-time brought with it renewed enthusiasm and England dominated the second period, levelling in style through Andros Townsend and going close to turning a 1-1 into an away triumph.

We have (moved on from the World Cup) and I think that's why we were so disappointed with the first half.

We know we're better than that. Even though we had a lot of changes, we know we are a better team than what we showed first half.

We were upset, I'll be honest, in the dressing room after the first half. Everyone was upset with the way we performed.

– England and Man United captain Wayne Rooney

England fans sing anti-IRA songs in Italy

England fans sang anti-IRA songs during Tuesday's friendly in Italy despite efforts from the Football Association to stamp the chants out in the wake of last year's match in Scotland.

A view of the England fans in Turin on Tuesday night.

England fans caused controversy last November when they chanted "F*** the IRA" during the 3-1 victory at Celtic Park.

Even though the FA liaised with fan groups after the Scotland game to try to prevent such chants happening again, they were heard during England's 1-1 draw at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Tuesday.

Any repeat during England's next match against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on June 7 would lead to yet more criticism.

After the win in Scotland, the FA made it clear it was unhappy about the chants.

We apologise for any offence caused by a section of the England support at the match with Scotland. The FA does not condone inappropriate and offensive chanting and intends to meet with supporters' groups to discuss the wider issues.

We have consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others - particularly from a religious or political perspective.

– FA spokesman after the match in Glasgow


Young Spurs midfielder suffers ankle ligament damage

Swansea's England Under-21 international Tom Carroll faces up to six weeks on the sidelines due to ankle ligament damage.

Carroll faces up to six weeks out. Credit: PA

Carroll, who is on loan from Tottenham, was hurt during England Under-21s' 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic last Friday.

He scored the only goal as England triumphed in Prague.

A Swansea spokesman has confirmed that the 22-year-old midfielder is now expected to be out for between four and six weeks.

Carroll has so far made 18 appearances for the Swans after joining them last summer on a season-long loan.

Swansea manager Garry Monk, meanwhile, is understood to be awaiting results of a scan on winger Jefferson Montero, who reportedly suffered a muscle strain playing for Ecuador against Mexico last weekend.

Swansea resume their Premier League on campaign on Saturday when they host Hull City.

Stoke hope to tie down Arsenal and Liverpool target

Asmir Begovic has a choice to make. Credit: PA

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes says the club are hopeful of getting Asmir Begovic to sign a new deal.

The Bosnian goalkeeper, who has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Arsenal, has a contract that runs to next summer and Stoke believe they can match his ambitions.

Clearly Asmir is a terrific goalkeeper and we are very keen to keep him at the club.

I think when you've got extremely good players it is only natural that there will be speculation about their future.

These players are also very ambitious and I include Asmir in that. He is a very focused, very talented and very ambitious young man.

He wants to make sure he can play at the very best levels his abilities will enable him to and to have a very good and successful career in the game .

We hope that we can fulfil all of those things at Stoke City.

– Tony Scholes speaking to The Sentinal

Arsenal forward makes 'silly' comment in French media

Who will score more goals this season? Credit: PA

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has told Frence media outlet RMC Sport that he wants to score more goals than Alexis Sanchez this season in what he describes as a "silly" comment.

The Gunners pair have 13 goals apiece in the Premier League while Sanchez has bagged two more than Giroud's 17 in all competitions.

Speaking during the international break, French striker Giroud said:

I'm not going to say something silly because it'll be reported, but why not finish ahead of Alexis?

We push each other, we're on 13 goals, and I would like to score some more to help the team achieve its objectives.

– Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
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