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FA bosses should consider resigning, says committee chairman Damian Collins

The four Football Association bosses who faced the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee on Wednesday should considering resigning over the Mark Sampson affair, according to panel chairman Damian Collins. FA chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and HR director Rachel Brace were interrogated by the 11 MPs on the panel for more than two very uncomfortable hours. From what checks were made on Sampson before he became England Women’s manager, to why the FA was withholding half of an £80,000 settlement from whistle-blower Eni…

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Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia fined by FA after outburst at referee

Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has been warned about his future conduct Thursday, October 12, 2017 Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has been fined £4,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association after a tweet suggesting a referee was against the club.  The Chinese businessman criticised official Jeremy Simpson after Villa’s 1-0 win over Bolton last month and has admitted an FA misconduct charge.  Simpson sent off Neil Taylor in injury time, but still awarded Villa a penalty which Jonathan Kodjia scored to win the Championship game….

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News: Al Baker elected IATA chairman from 2018

Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, has been elected chairman of the board of governors of global aviation industry body International Air Transport Association. He will take up the role in June next year. The rotating one-year term will commence at the end of IATA’s 2018 annual general meeting in Sydney and will continue until the end of its 2019 event. Al Baker will succeed current IATA chairman Goh Choon Phong, chief executive of Singapore Airlines. Al Baker said: “I am honoured to have been chosen by my fellow…

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Virgil van Dijk: Southampton defender 'not for sale', says chairman

Media playback is not supported on this device Southampton captain Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale”, according to club chairman Ralph Krueger. The Netherlands centre-back, 26, handed in a transfer request last week and it is understood he wanted to move to Premier League rivals Liverpool. “Virgil is not for sale this window – it’s not personal,” Krueger said of Van Dijk, who joined from Celtic in 2015. Southampton are also considering a move for Lazio’s Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt for a reported £15m fee. BBC Sport understands the…

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Transfer spending unsustainable – Spurs chairman Levy

Chairman Daniel Levy has defended Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity this summer and claimed the spending by other Premier League clubs is unsustainable. More than £850m has been spent by top-flight sides in the transfer window, which ends on 31 August. But Tottenham, who sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £45m this month, have not made any signings. “We have a duty to manage the club appropriately,” said Levy. “Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable. “Somebody…

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Grenfell fire: MP calls for inquiry chairman to quit

The judge heading the Grenfell Tower inquiry has been urged to stand down by the MP for Kensington, who says those affected need “somebody we can trust”. It follows a call on Monday for Sir Martin Moore-Bick to quit by lawyers representing some of the victims. Labour MP Emma Dent Coad said Sir Martin was “a technocrat” who lacked “credibility” with the families. Retired Court of Appeal judge Sir Martin has said he understands the “desire of local people for justice”. The call comes as questions are raised over the…

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LeEco chairman 'has bank accounts frozen over debt'

The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese technology giant LeEco has had personal assets frozen by a Shanghai court, state media reports. Assets worth a combined 1.24bn yuan ($ 183m; £141m) belonging to Jia Yueting, his wife, and three affiliates have reportedly been blocked. The ruling follows LeEco’s failure to pay interest due on bank loans taken out to fund its smartphone business. Neither Mr Jia nor the company has commented on the reports. ‘Severe’ LeEco was for a while known as the Netflix of China, a company that streamed content…

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