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Champions earn a point

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 by PA

Manchester United collected a valuable point in the Barclays Premier League title race as they drew 1-1 with Aston Villa despite losing Nani to a red card that will rule him out of the Carling Cup final. Nani was deservedly sent off for a poor first-half challenge on Stiliyan Petrov but it made little difference to the visitors, who dominated for long periods. United might have been fortunate ...Full Story »

Brest inflict further cup woe on Toulouse

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 by AFP

PARIS (AFP) - High-flying French second divison side Brest reached the last 16 of the French Cup on Wednesday as they beat top-tier outfit Toulouse 2-0. Brest lie second in Ligue 2 as they seek a return to the top flight for the first time since 1991. They grabbed two late goals via Romain Poyet, who lobbed a poorly placed Mathieu Valverde, and an 87th-minute penalty by his strike partner Ri...Full Story »

Renan Wants Xerez To Attack Real Madrid

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 by Goal.com

Xerez goalkeeper Renan has admitted he is hoping his side can give Real Madrid a shock when the Blancos travel to Andalusia this Saturday.“We are playing at home and so we must go for it all. We must go into the game with the idea to surprise them and win,” Renan told the club's official website. Xerez are languishing at the bottom of the league table with just two wins all season an...Full Story »

Cardiff pay off part of tax debt

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 by PA

Cardiff have confirmed they paid £1million to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs on Tuesday in part settlement of the club's unpaid tax bill. The South Wales outfit are believed to owe in the region of £2.7m to HMRC and were on Wednesday handed a further 28 days to pay the remaining amount after their winding-up order was adjourned by the High Court in London. Cardiff, who are fourt...Full Story »

Seven days for Portsmouth

Posted Thursday, February 11, 2010 by PA

Portsmouth have been granted an extension by the High Court in their quest to remain in business and hope to use the time to secure a fifth owner during a turbulent season. Registrar Christine Derrett gave Pompey seven days to detail their financial situation in a statement of affairs to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, who have lodged a winding-up petition for the Barclays Premier League's bo...Full Story »

Branson interested in Palace

Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by PA

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has revealed that he was "happy to look" at Crystal Palace after administrators took out an advert in the Financial Times in a bid to sell the club. The Coca-Cola Championship side were forced into administration a fortnight ago with debts upwards of £30million but currently have 20 parties interested in buying the club. Branson, who has previously been l...Full Story »

Cardiff case adjourned

Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by PA

Cardiff had their winding-up order adjourned for 28 days by the High Court in London. The Coca-Cola Championship club were facing their second order over an unpaid tax bill of around £2.7million to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. City had been in discussions with HMRC over the debt but a compromise between the two parties could not be reached. However, the High Court has given the c...Full Story »

Stay of execution for Portsmouth

Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by PA

Portsmouth were given a stay of execution on Wednesday as bosses were granted extra time to fight a winding-up petition. The club faced High Court proceedings over a multimillion-pound unpaid tax bill after talks with Revenue and Customs failed. They now have one week to draw up a statement of their financial affairs. Chief executive Peter Storrie has said Pompey are hopeful of finding a ne...Full Story »

Southend winding-up adjourned

Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by PA

Southend's winding-up order in London's High Court was adjourned for 28 days. HM Revenue and Customs has issued a winding-up petition against the League One outfit over an unpaid debt of £200,000. Southend chairman Ron Martin claimed last month the club did not owe the money because they over-paid when it settled an outstanding £2.15million debt in November. The club's lawyers wro...Full Story »

Barca dismiss Fabregas reports

Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by PA

Barcelona "flatly deny" they have reached an agreement with Cesc Fabregas which would see the Arsenal captain return to the Nou Camp at the end of the season.Reports in Spain suggest Fabregas, who has always said he would love to play for Barca, has come to a verbal agreement with the Catalan giants and will sign a five-year contract in the summer, but Barca have released a statement rubbishing ...Full Story »

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