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Lionel Messi retires from international football

Lionel Messi has retired from international football after missing a penalty as Argentina lost a shoot-out to Chile in the Copa America final.

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Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain is favourite to win the vote in Zurich to replace Sepp Blatter.  Picture: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

D-day dawns as football votes on its future

Fifa presidential candidate Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa spoke yesterday of the need for change within the organisation – only to then promise the voting member associations their well-remunerated presence on committees would not be reduced.

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Fifa presidential candidate Gianni Infantino has the support of both the SFA and the FA. Picture: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

SFA backs Gianni Infantino in Fifa presidency election

The SFA is backing Gianni Infantino in Friday’s Fifa presidential election.

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Platini and Blatter were handed eight-year bans. Picture: SNS

Fifa to push for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini life bans

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini could face even longer bans after FIFA’s ethics investigatory chamber confirmed it is appealing to increase the eight-year suspensions handed down to the two most powerful people in world football.

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Stewart Regan backed Michel Platini as recently as August. Picture: John Devlin

SFA left red-faced after backing Michel Platini

The Scottish Football Association was left in an embarrassing position yesterday when the man it supported to be the next Fifa president, Michel Platini, was handed an eight-year football ban.

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David Davies: There is still 'loyalty' to Blatter. Picture: Getty

Sepp Blatter ‘will still have support in football’

Former Football Association executive director David Davies believes Sepp Blatter will still have support in world football, despite his eight-year ban.

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Sepp Blatter was in defiant mood when he  faced the media. Picture: AP

Sepp Blatter comes out swinging after Fifa ban

Banished for eight years for unethical conduct, Sepp Blatter won’t leave the presidency of his beloved Fifa without a fight.

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Blatter's fighting talk was delivered while still sporting a strip of surgical tape on his right cheek. Picture: AP

Andrew Warshaw: The king of football is dead

By the time the eight-year bans meted out to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini expire, the Swiss veteran, who has ruled Fifa for the best part of a generation, will be 87 and his would-be successor 69.

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Michel Platini boycotted his own FIFA hearing. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini face Fifa D-day

SEPP Blatter and Michel Platini, the two most powerful officials in world football, are unlikely to sleep easily in their beds tonight as they await arguably the most significant and far-reaching judgment in the entire FIFA corruption scandal.

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Gareth Bale is the only British player on the 23-man shortlist. Picture: AP

Ballon d’Or 23-man shortlist unveiled

WALES winger Gareth Bale is the only British player included in FIFA’s 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist for the third successive year.

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Scotland face Poland at Hampden on October 8. Picture: Michael Gillen

How can Scotland qualify for Euro 2016 play-offs?

Scotland have to avoid defeat against Poland tomorrow night and hope other results go their way to have any hope of making Euro 2016. Here are four possible scenarios

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Scotland's Matt Ritchie scored in the friendly against Qatar but has yet to complete a full 90 minutes of competitive action. Picture: SNS Group

Matt Ritchie: Scotland cap would be cherry on top

It took Matt Ritchie several years of plying his trade in the often dreary surroundings of English football’s lower leagues before he realised his twin ambitions of becoming a Premier League and international player.

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Jerome Boateng expects a noisy welcome at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Picture: Getty Images

Germany wary of partisan atmosphere in Dublin

Germany will have to beat 11 Irish players on the field and thousands off it when they look to win the point they need to qualify for Euro 2016 tomorrow, according to Ilkay Gundogan and Jerome Boateng.

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Pat Bonner, who played in the European Championship finals with Republic of Ireland, was speaking at the launch of his autobiography, The Last Line. Picture: SNS Group

Bonner tips Scots and Ireland to reach Euro finals

PACKIE Bonner has urged Scotland to keep believing, adamant that a good team performance and a bit of self-belief could yet consign Poland to the unlikely role of armchair observers next year and grant both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland passage to the European Championship finals.

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Steven Fletcher battles with Richard Keogh of Ireland. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scotland v Poland: How should the Scots line up?

With Poland coming to Glasgow for the crunch match on October 8, this is how we’d like to see Scotland line up against Adam Nawałka’s men

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Jack Warner. Picture: Getty

Jack Warner banned for life by FIFA

FOUR YEARS after stepping down in disgrace, the former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner was banned from soccer for life yesterday for repeated acts of bribery related to World Cup bidding votes.

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England trio Jamie Vardy, left, Luke Shaw, centre, and Fabian Delph vie for the ball in training. Picture: Getty

Roy Hodgson hopes fringe men can cut it for England

John Stones, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy will start England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against San Marino this evening, manager Roy Hodgson has announced.

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Robert Lewandowski . Picture: Getty

Poland pummel Gibraltar with eight goals in Warsaw

Poland moved a step closer to qualifying for Euro 2016 with a crushing 8-1 victory over Gibraltar in Warsaw.

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Jonathan Walters: Winning goal. Picture: Getty

Euro 2016: Jonathan Walters puts Irish in box seat

JONATHAN Walters ended an eventful few days with a priceless goal to hand the Republic of Ireland a 1-0 home win over Georgia and a firmer grip on the chance to reach the Euro 2016 finals.

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Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty . Picture: AP

Northern Ireland still confident of making Euro 2016

Michael O’Neill is confident Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 dream will not be derailed by suspensions next month.

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