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6th June 2023
# problems
London Irish suspended as takeover deal collapses
The Exiles become the third English Premiership club to hit the wall this season.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Reprieve
London Irish given one-week extension to try and secure their financial future
Coached by former Ireland boss Declan Kidney, the team narrowly missed out on the title-deciding play-offs with the side featuring several rising stars.
# problems
London Irish on the brink as Premiership rugby risks losing third club
The Exiles have reported debts of €35 million.
Last month
May 2023
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Waterford FC owner Andy Pilley to be sentenced next month after fraud conviction
The Irish side have reassured supporters that ‘there will be no risk to the future of the club’.
This year
# form
While others ponder Munster's future, they have to get better right now
Graham Rowntree’s side repeatedly shot themselves in the foot against the Sharks.
# problems
Under-fire Spurs director takes immediate leave of absence
Fabio Paratici was handed a two-and-a-half-year ban from the game in January.
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Kyle Walker allegations ‘a private issue’
The defender is alleged to have indecently exposed himself in a bar last weekend.
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Crisis-hit Sampdoria claim pig's head was 'act of intimidation'
The club are currently struggling in Serie A and at risk of relegation.
# Despair
Jurgen Klopp feels Real Madrid tie is over
The Spanish side will take a 5-2 lead back to the Bernabeu in three weeks’ time.
Last year
# Prolific
Erling Haaland's 27th goal of the season not enough as Man City suffer title setback
Pep Guardiola’s side were left frustrated by Everton.
# problems
Juventus scandal rumbles on as accounts stay deep in the red
The shareholders of Italy’s biggest football club are set to meet to approve the latest disastrous set of accounts
# problems
Crisis-hit Juventus suffer humiliating early Champions League elimination
A difficult start to the campaign has resulted in calls for coach Massimiliano Allegri to depart.
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Rowntree praises effort of his players but laments inaccuracy
Munster lost their third game out of four this season after a nine-point defeat to Connacht in Galway.
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Rugby World Cup winner Thompson says dementia makes him feel 'phoney'
The ex-hooker, 44, is one of scores of former players who have decided to sue a number of governing bodies for negligence.
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Bottom-of-the-table West Ham's woeful start continues as Brighton remain unbeaten
The Hammers have now played the Seagulls 11 times in the Premier League and not beaten them once.
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Aaron Connolly explains why his football career has not 'kicked on'
The Irish striker says off-field issues have impacted him.
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Ireland's prop crisis deepens as Bealham is ruled out of today's test with COVID
Former Leinster player Michael Bent has answered an SOS call to help the team warm-up after replacement prop Ed Byrne’s flight to New Zealand was delayed.
# problems
‘I was literally trying to get through the next hour without having a drink’
Ex-Ireland international Keith Treacy on how various addictions severely impacted his football career and caused him to seek help.
# Under Pressure
Manchester United need ‘open-heart surgery’, claims Ralf Rangnick
The 63-year-old has not held back about the chasm that exists in comparison to the likes of Liverpool and City.
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Swiss prosecutor seeks 28-month prison sentence for PSG president
Fifa’s former number two Jerome Valcke is also in hot water.
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Unvaccinated Chelsea players could miss Champions League tie
France says professional athletes will not be exempt from tougher vaccination rules.
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'Tottenham has dropped, and dropped a lot' - Conte
The Italian saw his side well beaten by Chelsea in last night’s Carabao Cup first leg.
All time
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Defensive injuries mount for Manchester United as derby day looms
Paul Pogba serves the second game of a three-match domestic ban.
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'Smurf' the latest Colombian football star implicated in cocaine crime
Anthony de Avila represented his country at both the 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
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Britain could be set to lose Olympics silver medals after CJ Ujah’s B sample tests positive
He was part of a relay team that also included Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
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Icelandic football star suspended by club over alleged sex assault
Kolbeinn Sigthorsson issued a statement saying he had not committed the offences but he ‘regretted his behaviour at that time of his life.’
# Underperforming
Dundalk remain 9th as they're left frustrated in Waterford
A late header from Anthony Wordsworth salvaged a point for his side.
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Former Liverpool star McDermott reveals dementia diagnosis
The 69-year-old said he was in the early stages of Lewy Body dementia.
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Arteta surprised Arsenal forced to play through Covid outbreak
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Willian and reserve goalkeeper Alex Runarsson missed the Brentford match.
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Showjumper booted from Olympics after positive cocaine test
Jamie Kermond was kicked off the Australian Olympic team on Wednesday
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Meath legend Seán Boylan says U20 row is 'a sad situation' and 'an awful shame'
Bernard Flynn and his management team resigned last month due to the unavailability of senior players.
# problems
'Division, in-fighting, backstabbing - soccer in Ireland is absolutely plagued by that'
St Kevin’s Boys Director of Football Ken Donohoe on the obstacles hindering Irish football.
# Solutions
The government could help solve the housing crisis if it borrowed several billion euro, says ESRI
Ireland faces another decade of rising prices and rents unless the government spends money building homes, the ESRI says.
# problems
Two more France players join Dupont with positive Covid tests
Prop Mohamed Haouas and winger Gabin Villiere are the latest squad members to contract coronavirus.
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Olympic medallist charged with running drug ring in Australia
Scott Miller, 45, and an accomplice were arrested in police raids.
# problems
What is going on with Gareth Bale at Tottenham?
The Wales star looks a shadow of his former self at present.
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Celtic striker could be punished for diving
Albian Ajeti faces a potential two-match ban after being charged with simulation.
# Dilemma
'I thought: if I speak about my heart problems, no manager will want to sign me'
Mark O’Brien on the issues that marred his football career and the power of speaking out.
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Farrell's lifeless Ireland worryingly poor in Autumn Nations Cup win over Georgia
The home side only managed to score three points in a dire second-half showing.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Covid-free after 19 days, but virus hits other Serie A teams
Juventus next play at promoted Spezia on Sunday, with all matches now behind closed doors.