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Chung Mong-joon accuses AFC of breaking rules to back Michel Platini

UEFA President Michel Platini refused to speak about his candidacy to be the next FIFA President at a press conference in Monte Carlo, Monaco, but said he had "his UEFA hat on."
Without pointing the finger directly, the 79-year-old has claimed that in the past, one continental federation had tried to exert a dominance over the others.

South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-joon has accused the Asian Football Confederation of breaking electoral and ethical rules by lobbying for rival candidate Michel Platini in the upcoming FIFA presidential election.

In a news conference in Seoul on Thursday, Chung -- who announced his intention to run in July -- said the AFC has been sending letters to officials of member federations urging them to vote for Platini at the election on Feb. 26.

"It is an obvious case of election fraud infringing on...

Marseille missed out on Erik Lamela after Tottenham failed to get Berahino

The ESPN FC crew discusses Saido Berahino's tweet saying he 'will never play' for Jeremy Peace, chairman of the striker's current club, West Bromwich Albion.
Is West Brom's Saido Berahino worth £30 million? ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur pulled the plug on a deal for Erik Lamela at the last minute because the English club failed to sign Saido Berahino.

Berahino, 22, made his frustration clear on Twitter when West Bromwich Albion refused to sell their star striker to Spurs before the close of the transfer window.

But Spurs' failure to land Berahino also had implications for Argentina winger Lamela, 23, who had been set for a move to Marseille.

Tottenham could use a few more goals out of Erik Lamela, who has just four on the season in all competitions.
Erik Lamela has scored two Premier League goals for Tottenham.

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Marco Reus misses Germany's Euro 2016 qualifiers with toe injury

Germany forward Thomas Muller believes the world champions have a 'score to settle' ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier with Poland in Frankfurt.

Marco Reus has been ruled out of Germany's upcoming European Championship qualifiers with a toe injury, the German FA (DFB) announced on Thursday morning.

Reus will miss Germany's matches against group D leaders Poland in Frankfurt and the away trip to Scotland next Monday.

"The 26-year-old left the Germany camp in Frankfurt late on Wednesday," a statement on the DFB's official website read. "The DFB's medical department diagnosed a slightly broken distal phalanx of his left big toe."

The Borussia...

Eden Hazard accepts his Chelsea form this season has been below par

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says that Eden Hazard's stellar season last year may have the Chelsea winger feeling a bit complacent.
The ESPN FC crew discusses Jose Mourinho's decision to reassign Eva Carneiro following her decision to come on the pitch for Hazard's injury.
Craig Burley and the ESPN FC team discuss Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho's comments blaming the physio for coming onto the pitch too early for Eden Hazard's injury.

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard says Jose Mourinho is right to suggest that he needs to up his game.

Hazard, 24, was the star player for the Premier League champions last season, picking up both the PFA and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year awards.

Chelsea have had a stuttering start to their title defence, however, claiming just four points from their opening four matches.

Defeat against Crystal Palace last weekend prompted Chelsea boss Mourinho to single out Hazard for criticism,...

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Sam Johnstone's agent criticises Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says David de Gea is fully focused on the Spanish national team, after the goalkeeper's move from Old Trafford to Real Madrid collapsed.
Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young everyone at Old Trafford is "fully focused" and "pulling in the right direction," despite the uncertainty surrounding goalkeeper David De Gea's position at the club.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes David De Gea will deal with his transfer heartache in the 'best way possible' after a move to the Spanish giants from Manchester United collapsed on deadline day.

Louis van Gaal is holding back English talent, according to the agent of Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Johnstone's agent, Jordan Segal, is angry at the lack of playing opportunities afforded to the shot-stopper so far this season.

The 22-year-old, who spent time on loan at Preston last season, is yet to make a first-team appearance for United, although he did feature during preseason.

Van Gaal has picked Sergio Romero as his No. 1 this campaign, overlooking David De Gea amid the uncertainty...

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Safuwan inspired by Amri feat as Singapore prepare for Syria in WCQ

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Alistair Edwards preview AFC World Cup qualifying action involving Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Having collected his 50th international cap last week, Safuwan Baharudin now wants to emulate teammate Khairul Amri by notching up 100 appearances as Singapore prepare for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Syria in Oman.

The inspirational midfielder, who has a bulging trophy cabinet that includes winners' medals from the AFF Suzuki Cup, Malaysia Super League and Malaysia FA Cup, reached the half century mark in the 4-0 loss away to Qatar on Friday night.

Going into Singapore's third game in...