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Greg Clarke has 'negative' view on gay players coming out - Keegan Hirst

Greg Clarke believes there are probably gay players in the Premier League who haven't come out.

Britain's first openly gay rugby league star has said he believes Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has a "negative" approach to the possibility of gay footballers coming out.

Keegan Hirst, who plays for Super League side Wakefield, was responding to Clarke's comments -- made to a Department for Culture, Media and Sport select committee -- that a Premier League player coming out would face "significant abuse'' from supporters.

Clarke said he would be "cautious'' about advising a player to...

FIFA part ways with CEO of football museum

FIFA president Gianni Infantino explains the options available to create an expanded World Cup competition.
The ESPN FC crew discuss some of the potential pitfalls of an expanded FIFA World Cup.

ZURICH -- FIFA says the CEO of its $140 million (€128m) football museum in Zurich is leaving amid reports of poor visitor numbers since opening in February.

FIFA agreed with Stefan Jost "to part company by the end of October 2016 due to contrasting views on future plans for the FIFA World Football Museum."

Jost leaves as FIFA leaders reevaluate how they spend more than $5 billion income from each World Cup.

The museum opening was the first official duty of FIFA president Gianni Infantino two...

 By PA Sport

Jamie Vardy backed by England boss Gareth Southgate to end goal drought

Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley next month is a must-win game.
Eddie Howe's work at Bournemouth has not gone unnoticed, as Mauricio Pochettino predicts he will one day manage England.

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to end his worst goal drought for almost two years.

Vardy, 29, has failed to score in his last 10 appearances for club and country -- his worst run since going 23 matches without scoring between September 2014 and March 2015.

The England international, who has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or, has netted just three times this term, having scored 24 times last season as Leicester won the Premier League title.


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Scottish FA chief backs plan for new cross-border league set-up

Stewart Regan believes the Scottish game would be boosted by a cross-border league.

The chief executive of the Scottish Football Association has said he believes Scottish clubs should play in a cross-border league, saying the situation "has to change."

Stewart Regan, who serves on a UEFA working party exploring the possibilities of a cross-border competition, said he believed the move would have both footballing and financial benefits.

"There is a recognition that we have to change," Regan said. "We are in danger at the moment of keeping perpetuating the Champions League brand...

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Stoke boss Mark Hughes understands Peter Crouch's frustration

After beating Hull 2-0, Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says his team is in 'decent shape' at the moment.
After scoring twice against Hull, Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri said that he's happy to be back in good form with his side.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes accepts Peter Crouch is frustrated at a lack of game time but says he would not be prepared to sell the striker in January.

Crouch, 35, has started just two games for Stoke this season and not at all since August.

The former England international responded to a tweet lamenting his performances on a football computer game with the quip: "At least I'm getting a game somewhere.''

Saul Niguez happy at Atletico Madrid amid reported Man United interest

Diego Simeone gave many thanks and praise to his players upon receiving La Liga's best coach award.
Stewart Robson feels Jose Mourinho must return to the basics and get back to what made him a successful manager.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson explains why Jose Mourinho may have lost some confidence after the first month of the season.

Saul Niguez has quashed speculation about a potential move to Manchester United by pledging his future to Atletico Madrid and coach Diego Simeone.

Reports in England and Spain claim Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho wants to sign the highly rated 21-year-old for next season.

However, the Spain international has made it clear he is happy at Atletico, telling Marca: "As long as Simeone stays here, I'll be here." 

Saul Niguez is an Atletico Madrid youth product.

Simeone handed Saul, a youth product of Atletico, his first-team debut...