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England and Scotland fans clash ahead of match

Thousands of fans are in London for the England v Scotland game. Credit: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire

England and Scotland fans have clashed in Trafalgar Square ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley stadium.

Scuffles took place as thousands of football fans descended on the capital ahead of the Armistice Day game.

One fan was reportedly seen with a bloodied leg while at least one other Scottish supporter was taken away by ambulance from the scene.

About 14,000 Tartan Army supporters were expected to flock to London for the sell-out game which kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday.

There had been no arrests as of 4.30pm, the Metropolitan Police said, but there was a considerably increased police presence in the square.

Malta keeper Hogg reveals FIFA investigation into betting patterns

Malta keeper Andrew Hogg. Credit: PA

Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg has claimed a FIFA official visited their dressing room before a World Cup qualifier earlier this month to inform them of suspicious betting patterns.

The minnows played Lithuania in Vilnius on October 11 in England's group, losing the game 2-0 to two late goals.

Hogg said the Malta team were warned beforehand that an unusually large number of bets had been placed on the game - reported to be on Malta being defeated by two goals or more.

"It was strange and felt very uncomfortable as if we were being accused of cheating," Hogg told the Sun on Sunday.

"I knew I'd done absolutely nothing wrong and had no idea what they were talking about.

"In the event, there was nothing I could do about the goals. I made three or four good saves which show I was doing my best.

"I have absolutely nothing to hide."

Malta fell behind to a 76th-minute Fiodor Cernych goal before Arvydas Novikovas converted a penalty moments after Malta defender Jonathan Caruana was sent off by referee Jesus Gil Manzano in the 82nd minute.

FIFA is reported to have begun an investigation into the matter. No player or official is accused of any wrongdoing.


Russia and Qatar World Cups 'helping to clean the game'

Fifa vice-president Victor Montagliani has suggested football might still be blighted by corruption if Russia and Qatar had not been chosen to host the next two World Cups.

Russia will host the next tournament in 2018 and Qatar the 2022 event, with both nations winning the right in a controversial vote almost six years ago.

Russia will host the 2018 World Cup. Credit: PA

Since the December 2010 awarding, corruption has been exposed in the global game, with then-Fifa president Sepp Blatter among those now banned.

Montagliani, speaking at the Leaders in Sport conference in London, said: "If Russia and Qatar wouldn't have got these World Cups, would we be in this situation now with an opportunity to clean the game?

"I think that was the starting point and the tipping point for certain things to happen.

"If England and the US had got the World Cup, maybe we would've had status quo.

"I'm just wondering if the authorities that have stepped up their involvement in the game would've done that if the choices had been a bit different.

"Maybe the best thing that happened in football was Russia and Qatar."

Putin: We won World Cup bid fairly

Vladimir Putin has insisted that the 2018 football World Cup will go ahead in his country, despite the launch of an investigation into alleged corruption during the bidding process.

Putin doesn't believe the decision to host the World Cup can be changed Credit: Reuters

The Russian president said England's failure to secure the tournament came about because the bid team did not exhibit its country's potential as a host.

Prosecutors in Switzerland are conducting an investigation into allegations of money laundering surrounding Fifa's handling of the 2010 bidding process which led to Russia being named hosts for 2018 and Qatar for 2022.

But Mr Putin said: "If anyone has evidence, let them present it. We won in a fair fight and we are going to host the World Cup. Any other decision we will consider unfair."

"Great Britain did not exhibit all their potential for what it needed to do to win the World Cup.

"We don't think we are guilty of anything. We fought for the bid fairly. We don't think the decision can be changed. Construction of the stadia has begun and the next World Cup is very soon."

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