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Southampton to make final call on Shaw's future

Southampton's board will make the call on in-demand England defender Luke Shaw's future, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Saints boss says owner Katharina Liebherr and chairman Ralph Krueger will decide Shaw's long-term future, amid reports the 18-year-old would prefer a summer move to Manchester United ahead of Chelsea.

That's the first time I've heard about that, it's news to me.At the end of the day Luke Shaw is a player that belongs to Southampton, and it will be the club, Southampton, that makes the decision as to what happens with his future.

Of course there will be interest for him, but so far right now he's a player at Southampton and it looks as though it will continue that way.

There are a lot of players who are under interest at Southampton, but they are all very happy at the football club, and most of them are under long-term contracts.

– Southampton and England defender Luke Shaw

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Blatter: Closing stadiums for racism "is unduly excessive"

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed punishing fans' racist behaviour by closing stadiums is "extremely dubious" and "unduly excessive".

Blatter said sporting sanctions such as points deductions that "cause real hurt to" clubs are a better punishment than closing part or all of a stadium for matches.

Games behind closed doors are also included in the (FIFA) code but I regard this penalty as an extremely dubious instrument. They represent a disproportionately collective punishment.

Furthermore it involves excluding innocent fans of the opposing team.

In the final analysis matches played behind closed doors penalise football. The punishment is unduly excessive.

– FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Pardew hopeful of having French duo back

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hopeful of having Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy back as he attempts to end a dreadful run of form against Swansea.

Striker Remy and full-back Debuchy are both back in training after calf and groin injuries respectively, and that could represent a major boost for Pardew, whose side has lost its last four Barclays Premier League games.

It will be a big boost for us in terms of their experience at this level and their quality. It's nice to see them back.

With the World Cup not far around the corner, it's important that they get the time in now.

– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

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Fernandinho rues "complete disaster"

Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City suffered "a complete disaster" after being held at home by bottom club Sunderland.

The 2-2 draw, three days after the 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, leaves City's Premier League title hopes in tatters.

Fernandinho had opened the scoring for City less than two minutes into the game but in the end Manuel Pellegrini's tired-looking side were relieved to rescue a point.

The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us.

We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us.

We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch.

We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did.

– Man City midfielder Fernandinho

Independent commission could rule on Cardiff leak complaint

An independent commission may be asked to rule on Cardiff's complaint that their team line-up was leaked to Crystal Palace.

The Premier League is investigating an official complaint, with the BBC reporting that Cardiff have argued the 3-0 result on April 5 in Palace's favour should not stand.

League chiefs will decide whether the complaint should be taken forward - it is understood there remains uncertainty about whether any regulation would have been breached even if proven.

If the complaint is taken forward it is likely to be dealt with by an independent commission.

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