FIFA says it strongly rebukes comments made by its ambassador Diego Maradona criticising American referee Mark Geiger's handling of England's win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday. It's the third controversy involving the Argentina great at the World Cup, which he has mostly attended as a VIP guest of FIFA.
A plague of small flying insects have caused chaos for fans, locals and the media in the city of Volgograd where England and Tunisia played on Monday.
The big five European leagues generated a record €14.7bn in revenue in 2016-17, a 9% annual increase, according to new figures from Deloitte. It says the European football market is now worth some €25.5bn and the English Premier League was the market leader, with record revenue of £4.5bn, as each of the 20 clubs se their own annual revenue record.
Most voters are in favor of the Union but believe Brexit has made the break-up of the United Kingdom more likely, polling has found. In England, 68% of adults backed the UK status quo followed by 66% in Wales, 59% in Northern Ireland and 52% in Scotland, according to the ICM research. But across the four nations, up to six out of 10 voters said Britain’s exit from the European Union had increased the prospect of the UK splitting up.
Manchester United has again been named most valuable European football club, being worth about €3.25bn (£2.9bn) says business services group KPMG. The English club tops KPMG's study of top sides' enterprise value, ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
English fishermen are taking part in a day of protests against what they say is an abject betrayal over Brexit. Protesters gathered in Plymouth, Whitstable, Hastings, Portsmouth, Milford Haven and Newcastle. Fishermen say promises of immediate control over UK waters on leaving the EU next year have been dropped.
England have been listed as an African nation with capital Banjul in the official program for the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremony, leaving Gold Coast organizers red-faced. The program, being sold at newsagents and merchandise tents around the Queensland resort, has England’s population listed at just over two million and their first Commonwealth Games appearance in 1970.
The Bank of England has indicated that the pace of interest rate increases could accelerate if the economy remains on its current track. Bank policymakers voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold at 0.5% at their latest meeting. However, they said rates would need to rise earlier and by a somewhat greater extent than they thought at their last review in November. Economists think the next rate rise could come as soon as May.
Damian Green, one of British Prime Minister Theresa May's closest allies, has been sacked from the cabinet after an inquiry found he had breached the ministerial code. He was asked to quit after he was found to have made inaccurate and misleading statements over what he knew about claims pornography was found on his office computer in 2008.
Two strong favourites have emerged to host the 2026 and 2030 World Cups. The UK is hopeful that they can follow Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 and bring the cup to the country for the first time since 1966.