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Llambias appointed Rangers chief executive

Glasgow Rangers have appointed Mike Ashley ally Derek Llambias as the club's chief executive.

Llambias previously worked under Ashley at Newcastle United, where he was managing director.

Derek Llambias Credit: PA

Non-executive chairman David Somers said: "I am delighted that Derek has agreed to step up to the Chief Executive role.

"This is a successful outcome to the process, announced on 27 October 2014, which involved interviewing a number of high calibre candidates.

"Derek has impressed us with his grasp of the issues since joining the group and brings a wealth of experience, particularly from his time at Newcastle United, which we feel confident will be invaluable to Rangers."

Fifa President Blatter 'surprised' at Garcia resignation

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The President of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, has said that he is "surprised" at the decision of chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia to resign after his his appeal against the findings which cleared Qatar and Russia to host the 2022 and 2018 World Cups was rejected.

In an official statement, Mr Blatter said:

I am surprised by Mr Garcia’s decision. The work of the Ethics Committee will nonetheless continue and will be a central part of the discussions at the ExCo meeting in the next two days.

– Sepp Blatter

Fifa said it will appoint an acting chairman to serve as a replacement for Mr Garcia on the Ethics Committee, pending an election to replace him.

FA Cup tie to be replayed due to ineligible player

Georg Margreitter is on loan from Wolves. Credit: PA

MK Dons will get another chance to progress to the third round of the FA Cup, after the sport's government said their tie with Chesterfield will be replayed.

The Derbyshire club won the original tie 1-0, but included Georg Margreitter, on loan from Wolves, without consent from his parent club, making the defender ineligible.


Manchester United midfielder Herrera named in match-fixing case

A Spanish judge has named Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera amongst 42 people in an alleged match-fixing case.

The Basque midfielder was part of the Real Zaragoza team that played in a 2-1 win over Levante at the end of the 2010-11 season that is under investigation.

It is unknown if Ander Herrera will face prosecution. Credit: PA

Herrera was listed along with every other player than represented their club, along with the Zaragoza manager and president.

It has previously been reported in court that the Levante team were offered £766,000 to lose the match.

The judge will now decide whether any prosecutions are required.

Zubizarreta: Barcelona and Man City are two great teams

Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta believes his club will have a tough time trying to overcome Manchester City.

The Catalans face the Premier League champions for the second successive season, after Barcelona won the tie 4-1 on aggregate last season.

"It is the same draw we had a year ago, it was a very difficult game and we are going to look forward to it. Manchester City have an outstanding squad with a very good coach, a very good team and are very competitive," the former goalkeeper told Eurosport

"We know all about them. They have been playing at a very high level and it is going to be difficult. Two great teams with incredible players and anything can happen.

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