Benjamin Mendy found not guilty of six counts of rape

ReutersManchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. Jurors could not reach verdicts on one count of rape and one of attempted rape, following a six-month trial at Chester C

Manchester United agree Wout Weghorst loan deal

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst on loan for the rest of the season.The 30-year-old Burnley forward spent the first half of the season at Besiktas but is now heading to Manchester for a medical before the

Joao Felix: Chelsea sign forward on loan from Atletico Madrid

Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix on loan for the rest of the season.Arsenal and Manchester United had been linked with the 23-year-old but he favoured a move to the Blues.The Portugal international has also signed a one-year ext

Gareth Bale, arguably Wales’ greatest, departs – the day his country dreaded

Last updated on 7 hours ago7 hours ago.From the section WalesIt was a moment Welsh football had been dreading for what felt like an age, a long-looming inevitability that a nation had put to the back of its mind for fear that it might actually become

Portugal: Roberto Martinez named as head coach

Former Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is named as Portugal head coach following Fernando Santos' departure.

Liverpool 2-2 Wolves: Julen Lopetegui says it is ‘impossible’ potential winner was ruled out

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Julen Lopetegui says it is "impossible" that his side had a potential winning goal ruled out in their FA Cup third-round draw with Liverpool at Anfield.Centre-back Toti flicked home, but the assistant referee had his flag

Manchester United 3-1 Everton: Toffees in ‘bad place’ but show fight for Frank Lampard – Coady

Everton defender Conor Coady says they are in "a bad place" but that they showed they are fighting for manager Frank Lampard despite defeat at Manchester United in the FA Cup.Lampard and Everton went into the game under severe pressure after a 4-1 th

Gianluca Vialli: Former Chelsea, Juventus and Italy striker dies aged 58

Last updated on Less than a minute agoLess than a minute ago.From the section FootballFormer Chelsea striker and manager Gianluca Vialli, who played 59 times for Italy, has died at the age 58.Vialli was re-diagnosed in 2021 and in December 2022 left

Harry Kane ‘keeps churning out goals’ as he saves Tottenham Hotspur again

Stop us if you've heard this one before - Harry Kane made some more history and saved Spurs yet again.At half-time at Crystal Palace, Spurs - without a win since the World Cup - were in trouble.Then Kane happened.His header from Ivan Perisic's cross

Everton 1-4 Brighton: Can Frank Lampard survive latest defeat?

If Saturday's battling draw at Manchester City brought a sense of renewed optimism to Everton supporters, Tuesday's feeble defeat by Brighton left them staring at the prospect of a second successive, nerve-shredding battle against relegation - and ra

Brentford 3-1 Liverpool: Bees punish Reds’ sloppy first-half performance

Liverpool's performance in defeat by Brentford was "not good enough", says Andrew Robertson, after a string of defensive mistakes meant the Reds missed the chance to close in on the Premier League's top four. The Reds shipped three poor goals at the

Tottenham 0-2 Aston Villa: Emiliano Buendia & Douglas Luiz increase pressure on Antonio Conte

Manager Unai Emery praised his Aston Villa team after they increased the pressure on Tottenham boss Antonio Conte with a "fantastic" away win.An error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in his first game back since the World Cup allowed Emiliano Buendia to sc

Mikel Arteta plays down Arsenal’s title hopes despite seven-point lead at New Year

Arsenal have played down their chances of winning the Premier League, despite finishing 2022 seven points ahead at the top of the table.But Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said his side have room for improvement following a wobble when leading 3-0.He sa

Darwin Nunez: Are Liverpool striker’s missed chances a blip or cause for concern?

Darwin Nunez might have cast some envious glances at Wout Faes' finishing during Liverpool's game with Leicester on Friday night.Granted, Faes' two goals were in the wrong net as far as the Foxes defender was concerned, gifting Jurgen Klopp's side a

Pele: My memories of meeting a football legend

Last updated on 29 December 202229 December 2022.From the section FootballThe last time I saw Pele in person he was behind the counter of a Subway branch in Central London, struggling to fit the salad fillings into a sandwich.It was March 2015, and n

Erling Haaland: Striker hungry for goals after missing out on World Cup

Erling Haaland is using the frustration of being forced to watch the World Cup on TV as motivation to score more goals in the Premier League this season.It is the fastest anyone has reached the total, seven games earlier than the next quickest - Sund

‘Marcus Rashford impressing but Manchester United still need a striker’

Marcus Rashford is fit, firing and having fun. Yet his impressive recent form also shows why he is not the answer to Manchester United's need for a new striker, according to two former England forwards.Rashford led United to a dominant 3-0 win over N

Cody Gakpo: Liverpool agree to sign forward, say PSV Eindhoven

Liverpool have agreed to sign Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven, say the Dutch club. Gakpo, 23, had an impressive World Cup in Qatar, scoring three goals as he helped the Netherlands reach the quarter-finals. The fee for the winger is

Premier League: State of play as English top flight returns after World Cup

The last we saw of the Premier League was on Sunday, 13 November, with Manchester United snatching an injury-time winner at Fulham.Six weeks have passed, during which we have been glued to events in Qatar, where Wales fell at the group stage and Engl

Lionel Messi & Paris Saint-Germain reach ‘agreement in principle’ to renew contract – Guillem Balague

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has reached an "agreement in principle" to renew his contract at Paris St-Germain, says BBC Sport's Guillem Balague.Messi, 35, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar, is out of contract at the French club in June

Kalvin Phillips: Pep Guardiola says Man City midfielder was ‘overweight’ after World Cup

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was "overweight" when he returned to training from the World Cup.The 27-year-old was a surprise omission from the City squad for Thursday's Carabao Cup victory over Liverpo

Manchester City 3-2 Liverpool: EFL Cup fourth-round tie was ‘spectacular’, says Jurgen Klopp

Last updated on 22 December 202222 December 2022.From the section League CupFour days after Argentina and France served up what some have claimed to be the greatest game of all time in the most important game, Manchester City and Liverpool provided t

Celtic: Liel Abada stars as Postecoglou faces Groundhog Day

It would be wrong to say Liel Abada is unsung at Celtic Park, but when the hymns of praise start up it's normally his attacking mates Kyogo Furuhashi and Jota who get serenaded.Abada is 21 years old and how his team needed his input on Wednesday agai

Aberdeen 2-3 Rangers: Scott Arfield’s stoppage-time double salvages win for visitors

Scott Arfield's astonishing stoppage-time double snatched Rangers a dramatic Scottish Premiership victory over Aberdeen and prevented their fragile title hopes from splintering further.Stunning goals from Duk and Leighton Clarkson had hauled Aberdeen

World Cup 2022: Argentina return home and bank holiday declared

Last updated on 1 hour ago1 hour ago.From the section World CupWorld Cup winners Argentina were greeted by jubilant crowds at Buenos Aires airport and Tuesday has been declared a bank holiday in the country.The squad, who defeated France in Sunday's