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Gillingham charged over race victimisation

The Football Association have charged League One club Gillingham and chairman Paul Scally over the dismissal of their former striker Mark McCammon, who was racially victimised according to the governing body.

Both the club and Scally are charged with breaching FA rule E3.

Mark McCammon Credit: PA

It is alleged McCammon, who previously won £70,000 from an employment tribunal, was victimised due to his race by the club.

The club and Scally are said to have "failed to act in the best interests of the game, and/or brought the game into disrepute by committing an act of race victimisation by dismissing Mark McCammon".

Gillingham and Scally have until November 14 to respond.

The club have refused to comment on the matter.


Suarez sees therapist over biting problem

Luis Suarez admits he has sought professional help in the hope he can cure his impulse to bite.

During the World Cup Giorgio Chiellini was his third on-pitch biting victim, seeing the Uruguayan banned four months.

Luis Suarez, right, nibbled Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. Credit: PA

The Barcelona striker, who is sent to make his club debut on Saturday against Real Madrid, told the Guardian: "I think all the bad things I have been through are in the past. I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people."

“Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way. There are other players who react by breaking someone’s leg, or smashing someone’s nose across their face. What happened with Chiellini is seen as worse. I understand why biting is seen so badly.”

Real Madrid and Barca prepare for El Clasico

Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique are putting the final touches to their sides ahead of El Clasico on Saturday.

Real Madrid and Barcelona will face off in one of the biggest games in world football at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Luis Suarez, left, is set to make his debut alongside Leo Messi, right. Credit: Reuters

There will be some added spice as Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is set to return from his latest ban in the game.

Madrid boss Ancelotti said in the build up to the game: "There isn't a game in world football with this quality on show."

Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to keep his impressive run going. Credit: Reuters

The match will see the world's two best players Cristiano Ronaldo - who already has 20 goals to his name this season - and Leo Messi face each other once more.

Newcastle midfielder returns after two years out

Ryan Taylor is set to return to action after more than two years out injured, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed.

The midfielder was first struck down with a serious knee injury in August 2012. A return in April 2013 was ruined by a similar problem that ruled him out once.

Ryan Taylor has missed two years of football. Credit: PA

After recently completing 90 minutes for the club's under-21 side, Taylor is in contention to be in the squad for the Spurs game on Sunday.

Pardew said: "Ryan should return this week. It's an inspirational story. I'm so pleased to put his name on the sheet to travel."


Barca boss confirms Suarez will make debut

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says striker Luis Suarez will make his debut for the club against arch rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

The Uruguayan was banned from playing after biting Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup, but is now available for his first game following his move from Liverpool in the summer.

Luis Suarez has been able to play in friendlies. Credit: PA

"Today I cannot play this game. But he will have some minutes for sure, how many I cannot say," Enrique admitted.

"It is a big thing for him, to join up finally with the team, and get some minutes.”

Pires 'beaten' by opposition coach in India

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has allegedly been punched by an opposing coach in the Indian Super League.

The Frenchman, currently playing for FC Goa, claims he was hit by Atletico de Kolkata coach Antonio Lopez Habas at half-time during a 2-1 loss.

Robert Pires is back in football after coming out of retirement. Credit: PA

"Both teams have written to the ISL and the incident has been referred to the regulatory commissioner," an ISL spokesperson told Reuters.

Cavin Lobo's scored twice for Kolkata to earn the points following Andre Santos' opener for FC Goa.

"The other thing that happened which is more serious is that one of our players said that he was beaten by the coach of the other team," FC Goa coach Zico said after the match.

"Pires said he was punched in the face by the Atletico coach and it is very shameful.

"I am telling you what my players told me and I didn't see that myself but I don't think that Pires will lie and say something that didn't happen."

Serbia awarded win after Albania abandonment

Serbia have been awarded a walkover 3-0 win following the abandonment of their Euro 2016 clash with Albania earlier this month.

UEFA have also deducted three points from Serbia for their involvement in the abandonment, after the match was cut short when a drone flew onto the pitch and fighting broke out.

Albania players clashed with home fans. Credit: PA

Serbia will have to play their next two qualifiers behind closed doors, the Serbian FA have announced.

Albania are set to appeal the decision, their coach Gianni De Biazi told AFP: "The UEFA commission's decision does not give justice. The three points belong to Albania and they've taken away from us what we've deserved."

UEFA are yet to comment.

Valdes offered chance to train with Man Utd

Victor Valdes has been linked with Liverpool recently. Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has offered former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes the chance to train with his side.

Valdes, 32, now a free agent, is recovering from a long-term knee injury and will have his recovery supervised by the United medical staff before training with the first team, as he bids to regain full fitness.

The goalkeeper had been linked with a move to Man Utd's rivals Liverpool in recent weeks.

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