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Football can be big in India says Tendulkar

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar says football can be as popular as it across the world in his homeland.

Tendulkar, who co-owns Kerala Blasters in the newly-formed Indian Super League, was speaking at his book launch in London.


Indian official insists border area is 'safe' after blast

An Indian border official has said that the Indian side of the border at the main crossing with Pakistan is safe and that security has been increased.

Full beds in a hospital near the Pakistani/Indian border Credit: Dunya TV / Reuters

Ashok Kumar, inspector general of India's Border Security Force, said the blast took place 500 meters (0.3 miles) from the Wagah border on the Pakistani side at about 6:15pm local time (11:45am UK time).

An ambulance leaves the scene of the blast Credit: Dunya TV / Reuters

Local TV pictures showed ambulances leaving the scene of the blast and injured people being carried into hospital on stretchers.

Police: 45 people killed in India-Pakistan border blast

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on the India-Pakistan border, near the Pakistani city of Lahore, has risen to at least 45 people.

The explosion on the Pakistani side of the border targeted a crowd attending a daily ceremony at the Wagah crossing.

A Pakistan provincial police chief confirmed the latest death toll.

Indian security officials confirmed their side of the border had been declared safe.


'At least 35 dead' near India-Pakistan border

At least 35 people have been killed in an explosion near the Pakistani-Indian border on Sunday after a daily ceremony at the Wagah border crossing, according to Reuters.

"We received 35 bodies including those of women and children and 60 to 70 were wounded," Deputy Medical Superintendent of Ghurki Hospital near the Wagah border crossing, identified only as Dr Khurram, told local newspaper Express News.

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."

Mutu fails to get Indian visa following drunken antics

Adrian Mutu is hoping to play in the Indian Super League. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has failed to obtain a Indian visa after being turned away by their embassy in Bucharest for being drunk, according to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport.

Mutu, 35, has signed a three-month deal to play for FC Pune City in the newly-formed Indian Super League, but his arrival in the country has now been delayed.

The ex-Romania international reportedly arrived 'visibly drunk' at the embassy and threatened staff when proceedings dragged on.

Due to his inebriation and behaviour Mutu was asked to return sober at a later date to get his visa.

Mutu is no stranger to controversy having been sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine.

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