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From The42 Clubs will stop "playing chicken" under new transfer system -Fifa FIFA

Clubs will stop "playing chicken" under new transfer system -Fifa

New online system will eliminate “grey area” on transfer deadline day.

IT’S BEEN A GOOD NIGHT for the British sides in the Champions League. A lacklustre Manchester United grabbed only their second victory ever away to Spanish opponents, a late strike from sub Javier Hernandez giving them all three points with a 1-0 win against Valencia. Tottenham beat FC Twente 4-1 at home with goals from Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale, and two penalties from Roman Pavlyuchenko. Rangers also bagged a win, beating Bursaspor 1-0 at Ibrox through Steven Naismith.

From The42 Leeds go 4-1 up before half time... and lose 6-4 How? This post contains videos

Leeds go 4-1 up before half time... and lose 6-4

Watch as Leeds somehow blow a four-goal lead.

From The42 Champions League mop-up: London calling Mop-up This post contains videos

Champions League mop-up: London calling

Chelsea outclass Marseille, Arsenal in closer-than-it-seemed win and Real struggle past Auxerre.

From The42 Ireland u23 fight for victory in Estonia Shaun Williams

Ireland u23 fight for victory in Estonia

U23 side get precious 1-0 win in Talinn.

From The42 Champions League preview: Mission to Belgrade for Arsenal Champions League

Champions League preview: Mission to Belgrade for Arsenal

Chelsea and Arsenal are in action tonight, with Chelsea at home to Marseille and Arsenal away at Partizan Belgrade.

From The42 Liverpool fans' group gears up for takeover bid Spirit Of Shankly

Liverpool fans' group gears up for takeover bid

The Spirit of Shankly sets up a credit union to allow supporters save up for a mutual investment in the club.

From The42 FIFA to compensate Togo keeper shot at Cup Kodjovi Obilale

FIFA to compensate Togo keeper shot at Cup

Kodjovi Obilale, who was shot when the Togolese bus was attacked by gunmen, will receive €18,500 from FIFA.

From The42 Rooney won't play away from home against Valencia Champions League

Rooney won't play away from home against Valencia

The ankle injury picked up in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Bolton will rule the out-of-sorts striker… well, out.

From The42 Give Bebé time to grow, pleads Neville Manchester United

Give Bebé time to grow, pleads Neville

The Manchester United captain asks for time to allow the Portuguese signing to flourish. And is Diego Forlan coming back?

From The42 Draw pits Arsenal against Newcastle Carling Cup

Draw pits Arsenal against Newcastle

Toon must travel to London for the second round in a row while Man U face Wolves.

From The42 Rovers and Mons prepare for historic final EA Sports Cup

Rovers and Mons prepare for historic final

Exercising demons is the order of the day for Rovers, but in-form Mons can aim for a first-ever cup win.

Beckham 'to sue' over three-in-a-bed hooker claims

The LA Galaxy midfield takes legal action over a magazine that published a prostitute’s claims he paid for her.

From The42 Carling Cup Mop-Up: Merseyside spot trouble continues Carling Cup

Carling Cup Mop-Up: Merseyside spot trouble continues

Liverpool fans cheered when Everton were dumped out by Brentford – but then along came lowly Northampton Town…

From The42 Carling Cup Mop-Up: No spot trouble for Young Gunners Carling Cup

Carling Cup Mop-Up: No spot trouble for Young Gunners

In a night with many all-Premiership clashes, Tottenham, Sunderland, Fulham, Everton and Bolton also fall short.

From The42 Given will be allowed to leave, but won't return to Newcastle EPL

Given will be allowed to leave, but won't return to Newcastle

Given can go if he wants more game time, says Mancini, while Hughton rules out a loan move after injury to Steve Harper.

From The42 Arch rivals kept apart in cup semi-final draw FAI Cup

Arch rivals kept apart in cup semi-final draw

Bohs play Rovers (the Sligo ones) in the FAI Cup semis, while local rivals Shams and Pats will square off in Tallaght.

From The42 Togo coach suspended after managing fake national team Who Are They?

Togo coach suspended after managing fake national team

Who are these people?

From The42 Squad named for Russia and Slovakia matches Euro 2012

Squad named for Russia and Slovakia matches

Unchanged line-up for two crucial group B matches.

From The42 Ireland win big at Homeless World Cup Homeless World Cup

Ireland win big at Homeless World Cup

Irish homeless team beats Romania 15-0 in first match of the tournament.

From The42 Ireland fans could face ticket trouble in Slovakia Euro 2012

Ireland fans could face ticket trouble in Slovakia Exclusive

Confusion surrounds venue and availability of tickets for Slovakia qualifier.

From The42 Allardyce 'more suited to Inter or Real Madrid' Big Sam

Allardyce 'more suited to Inter or Real Madrid'

Big Sam also backs Mark Hughes, saying Sparky never got a fair crack of the whip at Man City. Hughes in turn says Allardyce should be England manager. Best mates, those two.

From The42 Airtricity League Meltdown Meltdown

Airtricity League Meltdown

On form Bohs and Bray play in the FAI Cup, as well as off-form Shams and Galway. Shels could go third, while Derry need a win to go top of 1st Division again.

MANCHESTER UNITED have said that yesterday’s operation on Antonio Valencia’s ankle was a success, and that the Ecuadorian is in good spirits. “”A plate has been inserted to stabilise the fracture but there is obvious significant ligament damage that follows a dislocation and he will be out for a good portion of the season,” a club spokesman said.

From The42 Champions League mop-up: European romps for Arsenal and Chelsea Champions League This post contains videos

Champions League mop-up: European romps for Arsenal and Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas hits top form as Arsenal put six past Braga, while Nicolas Anelka gets a brace as Chelsea beat Zilina 4-1.

From The42 BBC concedes defeat over Fergie boycott Alex Ferguson

BBC concedes defeat over Fergie boycott

The controller of Radio 5 Live says there’s little the BBC can do to make Alex Ferguson take part in post-match interviews.

From The42 Fergie: I should have put Berbatov on the bench Manchester United

Fergie: I should have put Berbatov on the bench

Alex Ferguson admits he should have included Dimitar Berbatov among his substitutes for United’s draw with Rangers.

From The42 Champions League mop-up: More than ankle pain for United Champions League This post contains videos

Champions League mop-up: More than ankle pain for United

Tottenham and Manchester United both kick off with draws – but United will be without Antonio Valencia for the season.

From The42 Ireland u23 squad named FAI

Ireland u23 squad named

Paul Doolin names 18-man squad to play in final group match of tournament.

From The42 Fake Togo team played in Bahrain friendly Strange But True

Fake Togo team played in Bahrain friendly

Togolese FA says that the team which lost 3-0 to Bahrain ‘weren’t even Togolese’ Can Ireland try this when we lose in Russia?

From The42 Irish girls march on to quarter finals U17 World Cup

Irish girls march on to quarter finals

Noel King’s under 17s beat Ghana 3-0 to set up quarter final showdown with Japan.

From The42 Middlesbrough Ladies to tour North Korea North Korea

Middlesbrough Ladies to tour North Korea

Possibly the most improbable football story since North Korea qualified for the World Cup last year.

From The42 Sven reportedly the new Al Hilal manager Svennis

Sven reportedly the new Al Hilal manager

Saudi club ‘snap up’ otherwise unwanted Sven for £1.2 million a year. Bargain!

BIRMINGHAM CITY have continued their remarkable run of home form by holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw in their Premier League clash this afternoon at St Andrews. The home side are unbeaten at St Andrews for over a year and rarely seemed at risk – with Liverpool needing Pepe Reina to save a point in the face of a Blues onslaught.

TODAY’S PREMIER LEAGUE results: Arsenal 4, Bolton 1; Everton 3, Man Utd 3; Fulham 2, Wolves 1; Man City 1, Blackburn 1; Newcastle 0, Blackpool 2; West Brom 1, Tottenham 1; West Ham 1, Chelsea 3, Wigan 1, Sunderland 1. Chelsea remain top, two points clear of Arsenal in second while United slip a further two back in third. Blackpool are fourth.

PERHAPS MANCHESTER UNITED could have used Wayne Rooney after all. United were 3-1 up at Everton going into three minutes of injury time with goals from Darren Fletcher, Nemanja Vidic and Dimitar Berbatov but slipped to a 3-3 draw after last-gasp goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta. Steven Pienaar opened the scoring.

From The42 United's Rooney won't be playing away from home Wayne Rooney

United's Rooney won't be playing away from home

The striker is not named in United’s team for Everton. Is he being rested for Rangers, or saved from taunts about his private life?

From The42 Serie A players to go on strike Player's Rights

Serie A players to go on strike

Italian players unhappy with transfer rights and plan strike for 25-26 September.

From The42 Irish under 17 girls one match away from World Cup quarter final U17 World Cup

Irish under 17 girls one match away from World Cup quarter final

Irish girls go through with cracking goal. Noel King goes mad, and his promptly ‘sent off’.

From The42 Blatter considers abolishing extra-time Golden Goal

Blatter considers abolishing extra-time

Fifa President not a fan of defensive tactics, tries to stamp them out.