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FIFA ethics committee unlikely to stop at Blatter, Platini

ZURICH (Reuters) - Largely anonymous, lacking police powers and with its independence sometimes questioned, FIFA's ethics committee has often struggled to be taken seriously in the fight against corruption in football's world body.

Mertesacker salutes Arsenal's new flexible game plans

(Reuters) - Arsenal's ability to change game plans for different matches has been an important factor in their consistency this season, according to Germany defender Per Mertesacker.

League cash has made smaller clubs more competitive: Wenger

(Reuters) - The Premier League's surging television revenue has allowed even smaller clubs to attract best players from Europe and made England's top flight more competitive, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Soccer-Hernandez equaliser not enough for Leverkusen against Barca

(Reuters) - A Javier Hernandez strike gave Bayer Leverkusen a 1-1 draw against Group E winners Barcelona but it was not enough for them to reach the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday.

Internal FIFA probe of Blatter finds scant evidence - Handelszeitung

ZURICH (Reuters) - An internal investigation of suspended FIFA President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter has found no evidence of corruption over a 2 million Swiss franc (£1.3 million) payment to European football head Michel Platini, the Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung said on Wednesday.

After Paris attacks, English football fans salute France by roaring out the 'Marseillaise'

LONDON (Reuters) - English football fans saluted France on Tuesday by roaring out the 'Marseillaise' national anthem at a friendly match watched by British politicians and royalty in a show of solidarity just days after Islamic State militants struck Paris.

Beckenbauer unhappy with German FA over World Cup affair

BERLIN (Reuters) - Franz Beckenbauer, the former World Cup-winning player and coach at the heart of a scandal surrounding the 2006 tournament, is unhappy with the German FA's response to his offer of a "personal" discussion with the association.

Blatter relaxed, recovering and 'still president', says confidant

ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, his world football federation mired in a corruption crisis, is recovering in hospital after a health scare but should be discharged soon, a confidant said on Wednesday.

Misfiring Real need quick response ahead of Barca visit

(Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez needs to get his misfiring side back on track quickly for the visit of Barcelona's ruthless attack in 'El Clasico' following another lacklustre display in a 3-2 defeat by Sevilla.

Blatter out of hospital, confidant tells Reuters TV

ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter, whose world soccer federation is mired in a corruption crisis, has been discharged from hospital, his confidant and former publicist Klaus Stoehlker said on Thursday.