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England Women boss Mark Sampson alleged to have made ‘racial’ remark to player

The Football Association has reiterated an investigation found no wrong-doing following claims made by striker Eni Aluko after it emerged England Women boss Mark Sampson was alleged to have made a remark with “racial and prejudicial connotations” towards one of his players.

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring Real Madrid's second goal against Barcelona (Francisco Seco/AP)

Real Madrid dazzle as they finish off poor Barcelona in Supercopa second leg

Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored brilliant first-half goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night to register a resounding 5-1 aggregate Supercopa win.

Virgil van Dijk will not be leaving Southampton in this window (Martin Rickett/PA)

Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale in this window” – Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger is adamant Virgil van Dijk is “not for sale in this window” as keeping the defender is “the statement we need to make” at this juncture.

Joselu has joined Newcasle from Stoke on a three-year contract (Daniel Hambury/PA)

Joselu completes move to Newcastle from Stoke

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez finally received some good news on the transfer front after signing Stoke striker Joselu.

Everton have signed Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a club-record fee (David Davies/PA)

Gylfi Sigurdsson leaves Swansea for Everton in club-record move

Everton have completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea for a fee believed to be around £45million.

James Forrest scores Celtic's fourth goal against Astana (Jeff Holmes/PA)

Five-star Celtic on brink of Champions League group stages after routing Astana

Celtic confidently planted one foot into the Champions League group stages with a 5-0 thumping of Astana in the first leg of their play-off at Parkhead.

West Brom defender Jonny Evans has been linked with a move to Manchester City (Daniel Hambury/PA)

Manchester City keen on West Brom defender Jonny Evans

Manchester City have made an initial approach to Premier League rivals West Brom for defender Jonny Evans, Press Association Sport understands.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts with shock after being sent off at the Nou Camp (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo labels five-match ban for pushing a referee ‘ridiculous’

Cristiano Ronaldo has called his five-match ban for pushing a referee “exaggerated and ridiculous” and claims he is being persecuted after failing to have the sanction overturned on appeal.

Mark Stoneman will make his England debut against the West Indies (Nick Potts/PA)

Stoneman to make England debut against West Indies

England Test captain Joe Root has announced opening batsman Mark Stoneman will make his debut against West Indies at Edgbaston.

Wales coach Shaun Edwards will work part-time with Cardiff Blues on a consultancy basis (David Davies/PA)

Wales coach Shaun Edwards links up with Cardiff Blues

Wales coach Shaun Edwards will work part-time with Cardiff Blues on a consultancy basis.

Manu Tuilagi  was sent home from an England training camp for breaching  the code of conduct (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Hartley says Tuilagi and Solomona let England down but will fight to earn recall

Captain Dylan Hartley has tipped Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona to force their way back into the England squad despite being sent home early from a pre-season training camp.

Tony Bellew may face UFC fighter Michael Bisping in a boxing bout (Nick Potts/PA)

UFC fighter Michael Bisping opens door to Tony Bellew bout

Michael Bisping, Briton’s first UFC champion, has opened the door to a potential boxing showdown with former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew.

Kei Nishikori has torn a tendon in his right wrist and is out for the rest of the season ( Paul Chiasson/AP)

Kei Nishikori is latest injury victim as wrist problem ends his season

Kei Nishikori has become the latest leading player to announce he will miss the rest of the season because of injury.

Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool's 2-1 Champions League qualifier victory in Hoffenheim (Michael Probst/AP)

Jurgen Klopp plays down Liverpool’s latest defensive lapse after win in Germany

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy to be bringing a lead back to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim despite another late defensive lapse.

Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea shows Cristiano Ronaldo the red card (Manu Fernandez/AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo fails with appeal against five-match ban for pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo has failed in his bid to overturn his five-match ban for pushing a referee during Real Madrid’s Supercopa de Espana first-leg win over Barcelona.

Suzann Pettersen has withdrawn from the Solheim Cup due to injury (Kenny Smith/PA)

Injury rules Suzann Pettersen out of Solheim Cup

Europe’s bid to regain the Solheim Cup has suffered a major blow after Norway’s Suzann Pettersen was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas on August 26 (Scott Heavey/PA)

Robert Byrd to referee bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

American referee Robert Byrd is to oversee the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor on August 26.

Gareth Ellis is retiring at the end of the season (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Hull skipper Gareth Ellis eyes Wembley glory after revealing retirement plan

Hull captain Gareth Ellis has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign PSG right-back Serge Aurier (pictured) as a replacement for Kyle Walker (John Walton/Empics)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say L’Equipe reports Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Paris St Germain right-back Serge Aurier to replace Kyle Walker, but must wait on a court ruling before they can complete the deal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored Liverpool's first goal in Hoffenheim (Michael Probst/AP)

Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 2-1 to edge closer to Champions League group stages

Teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold ensured his European debut was extra special with a brilliant free-kick to set Liverpool on their way to a 2-1 victory in their Champions League play-off first leg against Hoffenheim.

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