Former England defender Sol Campbell has told CNN World Sport he is baffled by England coach Roy Hodgson's decision to omit Rio Ferdinand from the forthcoming Euro 2012 tournament.
The chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association discusses calls for Sepp Blatter to step down from FIFA.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter told CNN Wednesday that on-field racism was not a problem in football, remarks which caused a stir on the social-networking site Twitter.
Roberto Mancini's cool reaction will only have made the defeat smart all the more. "Is this a great day for Manchester City?" he was asked. "It will be a great day when we win the Barclays Premier League," he said, having offered Sir Alex Ferguson his hand looking as fearful as the rest of us as to what the Manchester United manager might do with it after a 1-6 drubbing. "Now, we've only won one game." Which is true enough, but this was the kind of game, the kind of result, the kind of performance that encourages grand conclusions in the heat of the moment: David Silva is the finest player in the country; the title is already City's to lose; Rio Ferdinand is finished.
Besides Wayne Rooney's renascent petulance, the central narrative in England's Euro 2012 qualification campaign has been the rejuvenation of Fabio Capello's squad; piecemeal, certainly, but we are witnessing a changing of the guard of sorts. Particularly in defense, where a number of players -- Chris Smalling, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Micah Richards and Kyle Walker -- look more or less viable alternatives to the incumbents and where Phil Jones has already shown himself comfortably capable of replacing his perpetually injured Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand -- so much so that Ferdinand's future at international level has been called in to question. Yet speaking to the Tottenham defender Ledley King a short while before England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro, international football seems an anomalous topic of conversation, a diversion too far on a tight schedule. Which is odd when you consider that he is two years younger than Ferdinand, and arguably the finest
Manchester United started their defense of the English Premier League title with a 2-1 away win at West Bromwich Albion Sunday.
England footballers including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have appealed for calm in London after the country's international friendly with the Netherlands was postponed due to violence in the capital.
Harry Redknapp's jibe this week -- pouring scorn on Chelsea's £22 million ($35M) offer for Luka Modric, he noted that "there are people being sold for £20 million who are not fit to lace Luka's boots" -- wasn't exactly thinly veiled. In the preceding week 19-year-old Blackburn defender Phil Jones had been signed by Manchester United for £16.5 million ($26.6M) plus add-ons, with 21-year-old Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson heading to Liverpool for the same figure.
WEMBLEY, ENGLAND -- Surely now the doubters have been won over: this Barcelona is one of the greatest teams there has ever been. In Pep Guardiola's three seasons in charge Barca has twice won the Champions League, and it was denied a hat trick that would have placed it statistically alongside the Ajax and Bayern Munich sides of the seventies only by the combined might of Jose Mourinho and an Icelandic volcano.
MANCHESTER, England -- Paddy Crerand grew up near Alex Ferguson in one of Glasgow's poorest working-class districts. The former Celtic and Manchester United midfielder even remembers playing against the United manager in his youth. "He was a dirty so-and-so," Crerand, 72, laughs over a tea with SI.com in Old Trafford's Red Zone. "Looking after yourself," as the 1968 European Cup winner calls it, was a key component of British football in the 20th century. "Where we come from, you never show your opponent that you're hurting."
Fabio Capello's record as a club manager is superb. The England national team, for around four decades, has seemed unmanageable. The derision with which Capello has been treated feels absurd; if there is a problem in the relationship, past record suggests it almost certainly lies on the side of England rather than Capello. And yet, as embarrassing and puerile as much of the criticism he has received has been, for all that he is -- like every manager before him -- being treated as a scapegoat for the squad's problems, it is becoming increasingly difficult not to raise doubts.
They are the iconic images of a thrilling 2009-10 soccer season in England that helped Bradley Ormesher claim his very own Premier League title.
British photographer Bradley Ormesher talks about the pictures that saw him crowned Barclays photographer of the year 2010.
CNN's Terry Baddoo reports on injuries to Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba and England's Rio Ferdinand.
England captain Rio Ferdinand is out of the World Cup finals after being injured in pre-tournament training on Friday.
John Terry has reassured both club and country that the injury he suffered in training on Wednesday is not serious and does not jeopardize his chances of playing in the World Cup finals.
John Terry has made his first public comments since being stripped of his role as England's football captain, thanking the fans of his club Chelsea for their support.
England central defender Rio Ferdinand insists there is "no question" that he will be fit for next year's World Cup finals despite fears over his long-term fitness.
Manchester United will be without central defender Rio Ferdinand for up to a month, the English Premier League champions said on Friday.
Manchester United fans all around the world will be eagerly scouring for transfer news and gossip over the possible arrival of new players during the close season.
SI.com's Gabriele Marcotti breaks down Wednesday's Champions League final matchup between Manchester United and FC Barcelona (ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ET).
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta and Manchester United central defender Rio Ferdinand gave upbeat fitness updates as they battle to be fit for Wednesday's Champions League showdown in Rome.
Manchester United are waiting on the fitness of England international Rio Ferdinand ahead of their vital trip to Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been passed fit for their crucial Champions League semifinal rematch with Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday.
Rio Ferdinand could be fit for Manchester United's second-leg Champions League clash with Arsenal after scans revealed he had not cracked a rib.
Manchester United are sweating on the fitness of Rio Ferdinand after the central defender picked up a rib injury in the dying moments of their Champions League semifinal against Arsenal on Wednesday.
Three English teams clinched the semifinals of the European Champions League this week, representing the Premier League's finest hour since ... well, since last season, when three English teams achieved the same feat. As they did the season before that. Indeed, only a much-fancied Barcelona side can prevent a second all-England final. With Team Limey all cock-a-hoop with jingoistic cockiness, we look back at those quarterfinal second legs, starting with the thriller at Stamford Bridge.
Cristiano Ronaldo's sixth-minute strike saw holders Manchester United become the first English team to win in Porto, reaching the semifinals of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate in the process.
Central defender Rio Ferdinand looks likely to give Sir Alex Ferguson some good news by declaring himself fit for Manchester United's crucial Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.
Manchester United received a major boost in their quest for an unprecedented quintuple as central defender Rio Ferdinand was passed fit to play in their Champions League last 16 return tie against Inter Milan on Wednesday.
Title holders Manchester United are facing a "nightmare" injury crisis in central defense ahead of their Champions League San Siro showdown with Inter Milan on Tuesday.
Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been ruled out for a minimum of three weeks after suffering a foot injury during the 3-0 Premier League win over title rivals Chelsea.
Rio Ferdinand returns to the Manchester United defense for Sunday's Premier League showdown with title rivals Chelsea while Cristiano Ronaldo will also take his place despite his high-speed car crash this week.
Rio Ferdinand will miss Manchester United's Barclays Premier League match against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on Monday with a recurrence of a back problem.
England international defender Rio Ferdinand has dismissed Arsenal's chances of winning the Premier League championship this season.
In case you hadn't noticed, this week was a "FIFA date," which is when players leave their clubs, meet up with their national teams and face other nations. Sometimes, when qualification for World Cups is at stake, these can be thrilling dates. Most times, it's about as fulfilling as receiving one of those Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes winner's notifications in the mail.
Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have pulled out of England's squad for the prestige friendly against Germany in Berlin this week due to injury.
Wayne Rooney led the way with two goals as England ultimately ran riot against Kazakhstan at Wembley with a 5-1 win to stay firmly on course for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
Swiss international central defender Philippe Senderos is joining AC Milan on a loan, subject to passing a medical on Tuesday.
John Terry has been named as England's permanent captain under new coach Fabio Capello and will lead the team in Wednesday's friendly against the Czech Republic at Wembley.
Seven players involved in last week's Champions League final have been excused from England's trip to Trinidad and Tobago for their friendly international on Sunday.
MOSCOW -- "Football is the true winner tonight!"
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hailed his side's "fantastic achievement" after they defeated Chelsea 6-5 on penalties to win the Champions League in Moscow.
England international defender Rio Ferdinand has put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with Manchester United which contractually ties him to Old Trafford until 2013.
The Football Association and both clubs are to examine CCTV footage of a clash between some of Chelsea's ground staff and Manchester United players after Saturday's Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.
Premier League leaders Manchester United have signed up England international trio Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wes Brown to new long-term contracts at Old Trafford.
England defender Rio Ferdinand is on the verge of signing a fresh five-year contract with Manchester United, says his agent.
Manchester United had to come from behind to draw 2-2 at Middlesbrough, extending their Premier League lead to three points in a snow-hit match marred by an injury to defender Rio Ferdinand.
Roma have confirmed that Francesco Totti will not travel with the squad for Wednesday's Champions League return with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Manchester United hope that England defender Rio Ferdinand will recover from a foot injury in time for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Roma at Old Trafford.
Rio Ferdinand is close to agreeing a new contract at Manchester United, according to Old Trafford manager Alex Ferguson.
Gather round the fire and nestle close, dear readers, for here in the great hall of Castle Limey, amidst faded portraits and moth-eaten antlers, wise Team Limey has salutary holiday messages for you to contemplate. And some banter, too.
Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until 2012, the Premier League champions have confirmed.
England defender Gary Neville will make his return for Manchester United on Thursday night, playing in a local cup tie against Stockport. The 32-year-old injured an ankle in March and has also been troubled by muscle strains this season.
Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo sealed Dynamo Kiev's fate and virtually secured Manchester United's place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League after a 4-2 victory in the Ukraine.
England coach Steve McClaren has been forced to call up defender Luke Young for Wednesday's vital Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia after Ashley Cole was ruled out.
Michael Owen became only the fourth player to score 40 goals for England as his double strike helps them defeat Russia 3-0 in their crucial Euro 2008 Group E qualifier at Wembley.
Central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson have pulled out of England's prestige friendly with Brazil and the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in Estonia through groin injuries.
Manchester United moved to within touching distance of clinching the English Premier League title with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has aggravated a groin injury and is doubtful for the Premier League leaders' match at home to relegation battlers Sheffield United on Tuesday, the club said on Sunday.
The English Premier League title race was blown wide open on Saturday when a rare goal from central defender Ricardo Carvalho gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Tottenham before Manchester United slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth.
Three goals in the first six minutes helped Manchester United win 3-2 at Reading in their FA Cup fifth round replay to earn a quarterfinal place.
Teenage defender Micah Richards will make his England debut and striker Andy Johnson will get a rare start in their friendly against the Netherlands, coach Steve McClaren has revealed.
Paul Scholes's first goal since the end of last year set Manchester United on their way to a 3-0 win over FC Copenhagen on Tuesday which puts them on the verge of the Champions League knockout phase.
England defender Ledley King has pulled out of the squad to face Croatia in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier because of a knee injury.
England coach Steve McClaren is optimistic that center-back Rio Ferdinand will return to the side when they face Macedonia in a tough Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
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Manchester United's England defender Rio Ferdinand has accused UEFA of not doing enough to combat racism in the European game.
David Bentley hit a hat-trick for Blackburn in a dramatic 4-3 win over Manchester United on Wednesday while leaders Chelsea were held 1-1 at Aston Villa.
Manchester police have complained to the FA and Manchester United about England defender Gary Neville's celebration of the late goal that beat Liverpool 1-0 on Sunday.
A dramatic last minute winner from England defender Rio Ferdinand saw Manchester United close the gap on leaders Chelsea after a 1-0 win over fellow title challengers Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney scored twice and Rio Ferdinand grabbed his first goal for the club as Manchester United crushed Wigan 4-0 to go second in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Wayne Rooney and Manchester United colleague Rio Ferdinand will be left out of England's squad to tour the United States later this month, reports say.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is increasing the pressure on defender Rio Ferdinand to commit his future to the club.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has urged Rio Ferdinand to commit his future to the Red Devils.
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has launched a scathing attack on Chelsea over the 'chance' meeting in a London restaurant between the club's chief executive Peter Kenyon and United's Rio Ferdinand.
Manchester United qualified for the Champions League knockout phase with a 2-1 Group D victory over French champions Olympique Lyon on Tuesday.
Wayne Rooney was hauled minutes before the end of an ill-tempered first half as England sank to a 1-0 defeat in their prestige friendly against Spain in Madrid.
Bayern Munich coach Felix Magath left England international Owen Hargreaves out of the squad which travelled to Italy for Tuesday's Champions League match against Juventus.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been recalled to the England squad for World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Azerbaijan after serving an eight month ban for missing a drugs test.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be sidelined for two months with a broken left foot and will miss England's next two World Cup qualifiers.
A rare double from French defender Mikael Silvestre handed Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand a victorious Premiership return in a 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes the return from suspension of Rio Ferdinand will trigger an improvement in his side's defence after a disappointing start to the season.
Schalke's Brazilian striker Ailton has been suspended for four matches and fined 15,000 euros for striking an opposition player and nearly missing a random drugs test
Schalke 04's Brazilian striker Ailton almost missed a random drugs test on Saturday when he left the Arena Auf Schalke at half-time after being sent off in the 2-0 defeat by Hansa Rostock.
Manchester United have strengthened their defense by signing Argentine Gabriel Heinze from Paris St Germain on a five-year deal for 6.9 million pounds ($12.57m).
Manchester United have begun talks with Rio Ferdinand about a new deal for the England defender, who is serving an eight-month ban for missing a drugs test.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticized the English F.A. for trying to get his eight-month suspension for missing a drugs test increased.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted he is "absolutely devastated" after losing an appeal against his eight-month suspension for failing to take a drugs test.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has failed in his bid to overturn an eight-month ban for missing a drugs test.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand faces a three-man appeal commission on Thursday in his battle to overturn an eight-month ban for failing to take a drugs test.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter told CNN he was "surprised" by the growing number of players testing for banned substances, but said world football's governing body would soon approve new guidelines on drug use.
Manchester United captain Roy Keane is set to be switched into central defence for the hard-pressed English champions as they visit Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will begin an eight-month suspension for missing a drugs test next week, but said he still planned to appeal against the punishment.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Reuters) - Danish sports minister Brian Mikkelsen has called for Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand's doping ban to be increased to two years.
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