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Francesco Guidolin to miss Bournemouth clash

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Alan Curtis is set to be in charge of an unchanged Swansea team at Bournemouth as head coach Francesco Guidolin continues his recovery from a chest infection.

Guidolin has selected the side but first-team coach Curtis will take command in the dug-out again as Swansea seek to ease their Barclays Premier League relegation worries further after wins over Arsenal and Norwich.

Francesco Guidolin insists his future remains at Swansea despite the illness which will see him miss a third game at Bournemouth on Saturday.

My future is here because I have a contract for this season.

The most important thing is to save the team and keep the possibility to play in the Premier League next year.

I am happy to be here and there is the possibility to stay here a long time, but right now it is not important.

– Francesco Guidolin, Swansea City Head Coach


Ramsey a doubt for Wales warm-up matches

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are still waiting to discover the full extent of Aaron Ramsey's thigh injury.

The Welsh midfielder has endured his fair share of injury troubles in recent years. Credit: PA

The Wales midfielder was injured in Tuesday's FA Cup replay win at Hull and, depending on the damage, could miss key fixtures in the Premier League title run-in, plus next week's Champions League last-16 second leg in Barcelona.

"There is a small alert, we don't know how bad it is," Wenger told the club website.

Ramsey's injury also means that he is a doubt for Wales' Euro 2016 warm-up matches against Northern Ireland and Ukraine on the 24th and 28th of March.

The midfielder is expected to play a central role in Wales' Euro 2016 campaign in June, alongside the likes of Gareth Bale and Ashley Williams.

Premier League clubs agree £30 cap on away tickets

Away tickets in the Premier League will be capped at £30. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

It's good news for Swansea fans for next season, after the Premier League agreed a £30 cap on away tickets for the next three years.

The Premier League said clubs "unanimously agreed" that more should be done to help away fans watch their team on the road.

It said the the decision to introduce the £30 was made after "considering a range of options."

Read more on this over on ITV's national site.

No football for Wrexham fans as snow cancels match

Football fans in Wrexham were left disappointed this afternoon after the club's match was postponed because of snow.

The team was due to take on Guiseley at Nethermoor but due to heavy snow and rain it was called off.

In a statement the club has thanked their hosts for the 'professional way' they dealt with the weather problems, and say they're looking forward to their first visit to Nethermoor in the 'near future'.


Calls from Wales for FIFA bidding process to made be 'bullet-proof'

The newly installed president of football's world governing body, FIFA gave a major speech in Cardiff this evening that called for the World Cup bidding process to made 'bullet-proof'.

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45-year-old FIFA president Gianni Infantino wants future competitions to be clear of corruption allegations.

His speech came ahead of the International Football Association Board AGM on Saturday.

A report into the 2006 World Cup corruption allegations has concluded a payment of 6.7million euros from the German football federation (DFB) to world governing body FIFA in April 2005 cannot be ruled out.

The award of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar have also been tainted by allegations of corruption and Infantino - who wants to start the 2026 process within three months - insisted FIFA must ensure it does not continue during future bids.

We need to make sure we do everything we possibly can, not only to prevent strange things happening around bidding processes but also to prevent the perception strange things could happen,

So, we need to make sure the bidding process that we put in place is absolutely bullet-proof.

Now, an absolute guarantee on everything as of now? It's certainly the commitment that I want to give and that I will do everything I can to make sure this happens because I think that the credibility of FIFA is, as well, at stake here and we have to get the 2026 process absolutely right.

– Gianni Infantino,

Swansea City ease their relegation concerns

Ashley Williams celebrates scoring his side's second goal Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport

Swansea eased their relegation concerns last night with a 2-1 win made all the more memorable given manager Francesco Guidolin remains in hospital with a chest infection.

The Swans' boss missed the Arsenal trip, leaving assistant Alan Curtis to step in - and pull off a match-winning tactical tweak.

Wayne Routledge and Ashley Williams struck at the Emirates Stadium for the Swansea victory.

The Swans host Norwich at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, with Curtis expecting Guidolin back in the dugout.

I think he'll stay in hospital for a couple of days but apparently it can remedy itself quite quickly. Hopefully he'll be with us on the weekend.

We felt we had to change the shape early on in the match, because in the first 15 minutes they kept coming and coming. But don't tell the boss about that!

– Alan Curtis, Assistant Coach
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