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Fifa vote to ban third party ownership of players

Fifa's executive committee has voted to ban third-party ownership of players meaning outside investors won't be able to profit from transfers, president Sepp Blatter has confirmed.

Blatter said that a working group will draft a list of rules that will be implemented after a 'transitional period'.

Third party ownership is already banned in England but Premier League teams have recently had to buy players involved with owners other than their clubs - such as Manchester City's £32m deal for Eliquim Mangala this summer.


Portuguese giants Porto refuse to walk out holding hands with rival club's young mascots

Porto have refused Sporting's request to walk out with young mascots. Credit: PA

Portuguese giants Porto have refused a request from rivals Sporting to walk out holding the hands of their young mascots before tomorrow's Primeira Liga fixture in Lisbon.

The fair play gesture is customary at football grounds across Europe, but isn't mandatory in Portugal, and Porto have refused to explain the controversial decision.

Porto are currently two points ahead of Sporting in the Portuguese top flight.

Liverpool granted permission to increase Anfield capacity

Anfield's capacity will increase to around 54,000. Credit: Liverpool FC

Liverpool have won planning permission to add an additional 8,500 seats to the Main Stand at Anfield - increasing the capacity to around 54,000.

It emerged last week that the club's proposals to expand their stadium had been recommended for approval by Liverpool council planners.

A vote was taken on the scheme on Tuesday after elected members of the planning committee visited Anfield, with the Reds being given the green light to proceed with phase one of the project - the extension of the Main Stand.

In phase two, the Anfield Road stand would be increased, with the project as a whole taking the capacity from around 45,000 to around 58,800.

The resolution from members of Liverpool City Council's Planning Committee to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and legal agreement, was unanimous.

Construction work on the proposed Main Stand - during which matches will continue to be played at Anfield - is expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016-17 season.

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