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Newcastle United win first round in battle with HMRC over tax raids

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• High court judge orders HMRC to return documents seized in April raid• Ban will continue until resolution of the club’s application for a judicial reviewA legal challenge has been launched by Newcastle United over documents seized from the club by officials conducting a tax investigation.A high court judge banned HM Revenue & Customs from examining, without the club’s consent, material taken in a raid carried out in April under search warrants issued by Leeds crown court. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Newcastle United win first round in battle with HMRC over tax raids

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United after club decide against deal

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• United decline to take up option for second year on striker’s contract• Cruciate ligament injury has ended Ibrahimovic’s time at Old TraffordManchester United will not offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new deal when his current contract expires at the end of the month.The 35-year-old had an option for a second season at United – following his influential first campaign in English football – but a cruciate ligament has finished his career at Old Trafford. The Swede will be 36 by the time he next plays, with the knee injury expected to keep the striker out until early 2018. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United after club decide against deal

England take plunge with marines to avoid another Iceland moment | Dominic Fifield

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England’s No2 Steve Holland says that a recent exercise with the Royal Marines was designed to help the players handle pressure and take responsibilityAlmost a week on and England’s players are still piecing together the eccentricity of an end-of-season overnight stay on Woodbury Common mucking in with the Royal Marines. Harry Kane thrilled at the novelty of “putting up my own tent and sleeping in a sleeping bag”. Kieran Trippier, who can hardly have anticipated enduring the “sheep dip” or a four-mile early morning hike with 21kg on his back through a Devonian wilderness on his first call-up, admitted an initial sense of shock gave way to enjoyment. All spoke of admiration for their hosts and praised Gareth Southgate for thinking outside the box when it came to team bonding. Related

Diego Costa may cost Chelsea millions by saying Antonio Conte wants him out

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• Costa talked of text in which manager says striker has no future there• Chelsea’s negotiations on fee damaged by suitors knowing they want to sellDiego Costa’s decision to make public a text message exchange with Antonio Conte, in which the Italian apparently confirmed the striker has no future with Chelsea, could end up costing the Premier League champions millions of pounds with potential suitors now aware the Spain forward is unsettled at Stamford Bridge.Costa, who is with his national squad having played a significant part in his club side’s title success, has said he will “have to find a way out” given his relationship with Conte and the club has effectively fractured beyond repair. Yet Chelsea have made clear to the 28-year-old that he will not be permitted to negotiate his

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk blunder is damaging setback for Jürgen Klopp | Andy Hunter

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The Liverpool manager has missed out on a key defensive signing as the club show an inability to learn from past mistakes in the transfer marketTransfers are not part of Peter Moore’s remit as Liverpool’s new chief executive and the club’s alleged tapping up of Virgil van Dijk predated his official start date in the job, but his first Premier League meeting in Harrogate on Thursday will have been awkward regardless. Southampton are not the only member club to regard an emissary of Fenway Sports Group with scepticism and suspicion.Liverpool’s owners, including John W Henry and the chairman, Tom Werner, were heavily involved in the damaging decision to withdraw interest publicly in Van Dijk on Wednesday, 24 hours after Southampton complained to the Premier League of a clandestine appr

Scotland v England nowadays means much more north of the border | Ewan Murray

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While fans of Gareth Southgate’s side play down its significance, and an edge remains, the Scots’ current plight places more importance on the fixture for themNotwithstanding the vagaries of the London transport network, the biggest insult to an already beleaguered Scotland support at Wembley last November was not delivered on the pitch. As English fans vacated the premises in their thousands with plenty of time to play, their team 3-0 ahead, it became tricky to distinguish this occasion from the visit of Lithuania.If this seems a strange scenario to highlight, consider the reverse. Should Scotland, by some miracle, find themselves coasting to victory against England at Hampden Park on Saturday there will be no rush to join the nightlife scene. Precisely the same desire to stay put

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