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UEFA president warns Brexit could jeopardise European football in UK

Shaka Hislop makes the argument that a departure from the Champions League could help Barcelona's La Liga title chances.

United Kingdom's exit from the European Union could cause a "serious problem" with visa issues, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned, while suggesting Barcelona's Neymar and Lionel Messi could already face difficulties.

In November, Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier was unable to face Arsenal in the Champions League after the player was denied entry to the UK because of his ongoing appeal against a "convertible" two-month prison sentence.

Ceferin, who also serves as a FIFA vice president,...

Gareth Bale: Goal just 'extra bonus' in his return from injury for Real Madrid

Shaka Hislop breaks down Gareth Bale's impact for Real Madrid in his return to the lineup against Espanyol.

Gareth Bale said he was just happy to be back playing and a goal on his return was an "extra bonus" after the Real Madrid star netted on his return to action in Saturday's 2-0 La Liga win at home to Espanyol.

Three months after he injured an ankle against Sporting Lisbon in late November -- and after missing 17 Madrid games across four competitions -- Bale entered the fray midway through the second half.

At first it appeared the Wales international did not to want to risk a full sprint, but he then...

 By PA Sport

Gareth Bale back in Real Madrid training after return from surgery

Zinedine Zidane believes Gareth Bale should be fit to face Napoli in Real Madrid's Champions League second leg in March.

Gareth Bale has boosted Real Madrid by returning to training.

Bale has not played since November after having ankle surgery, but Real Madrid tweeted a photograph of the 27-year-old training at their headquarters on Sunday.

He later tweeted a photograph of the training session and wrote that he "can't wait to be back in action now."

 By PA Sport

Football Association of Wales to appeal FIFA sanctions over poppies

Poppies were displayed around the Cardiff City Stadium for their match with Serbia in November.

The Football Association of Wales says it will appeal against the sanctions imposed by FIFA over its commemoration of Remembrance Day during the World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Cardiff on Nov. 12.

The FAW was fined 20,000 Swiss francs (just under £16,000) by the sport's governing body on Dec. 19 for the displays of poppies around the stadium.

FIFA interpreted the poppy as a political symbol, but the FAW disputed this at the time and has now indicated it will appeal against the fine imposed.


Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey best suited in middle - Robbie Savage

Shaka Hislop approves of Arsenal's new deals with Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, and Francis Coquelin.

Aaron Ramsey needs to play centrally if he is to re-discover his best form for Arsenal and Wales, according to Robbie Savage.

Ramsey has made just three Premier League starts for the Gunners this season, having been sidelined for two months with a hamstring injury picked up in the 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day, and is still working his way back to peak physical condition.

But even when not battling persistent injuries in recent years, Ramsey has struggled to hold down a place in the...