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Russian clubs banned from signing Turkish players - Vitaly Mutko

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko is also head of the RFU.

Russia has banned its football clubs from signing Turkish players, according to Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

Tensions between the two countries have increased after Turkey shot down a Russian jet last week, which Russia president Vladimir Putin responded to by announcing a host of sanctions including restrictions on imports of some Turkish goods and a ban on charter flights.

The sanctions have also spilled into the world of sport as Mutko, who is also president of the Russian Football Union...

Vitaly Mutko's reputation not at risk, says 2018 CEO Alexey Sorokin

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has been under fire from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

ZURICH -- The reputation of Russia's 2018 World Cup organising head is not at risk in the country's athletics doping scandal, the tournament CEO insisted on Thursday.

Vitaly Mutko, the Russian sports minister, was criticised last week by a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry which claimed he must have known about a state-supported doping conspiracy.

The FIFA ethics committee said it would check if the WADA report implicated Mutko, who chairs the World Cup local organizing committee. He has also been...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Euro 2016 draw: 24 teams confirmed, seeded for next summer's tournament

The ESPN FC crew don't expect any upsets at Euro 2016, listing the usual suspects as potential winners.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson discusses Ireland's qualification into Euro 2016 following a 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia.
Jon Walters reacts to Ireland's qualification into Euro 2016 following his two goals against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The pots for Euro 2016 finals draw are now known after Sweden and Ukraine booked the final two places.

Hosts France will be joined by holders Spain plus Germany, England, Portugal and Belgium as the six seeded nations. France will automatically be drawn into position A1, playing their games in Paris, Marseille and Lille, with the other seeds placed into position 1 of groups B through to F.

The nations in pots 2 to 4 will be randomly drawn into a position in each group to create the fixture programme...

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France play on after Paris attacks but lose friendly against England

France and England fans unite at Wembley to sing the French national anthem ahead of their international friendly.

Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney scored as England defeated France 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley on Tuesday, four days after the attacks in Paris.

England controlled much of the action after a rousing national anthem that saw England fans sing "La Marseillaise" in support of the French.

Tottenham's Alli scored his first goal for England in the 39th minute with a sharp shot from outside the area that took a slight deflection.

Rooney, whose earlier opportunity to open the scoring skewed just wide, did find...