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Blackpool’s demise makes a mockery of football’s fit and proper persons test | David Conn | Football | The Guardian
The Oystons’ stewardship of Blackpool has left so much to be desired and the idea that the Football League is powerless because of an outdated rule must be addressed.

FIFA demands visa, work permit and tax exemptions for 2026 World Cup
The United States and other countries hoping to host the 2026 World Cup should provide government guarantees on visa-free travel plus work permit and tax exemptions for their bids to be accepted, according to documents published by FIFA on Tuesday.

Joseph Montemurro to coach Arsenal Women | News |
Australian manager to take over after the departure of Pedro Martinez Losa.

Robbie Rogers, first out male athlete in US pro sports, retires from football | Football | The Guardian
Robbie Rogers, the LA Galaxy defender who became the first openly gay male athlete in a major North American professional sport, is retiring.

Ugo Ehiogu: Football Black List to name award after ex-England defender - BBC Sport
Former England defender Ugo Ehiogu will have an award named in his honour at the Football Black List celebration evening on Wednesday.

World Cup 2018: Northern Ireland v Switzerland, Denmark v Republic of Ireland, Sweden v Italy, Croatia v Greece - BBC Sport
Can Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland join England in Russia? Will Italy miss out? What you need to know about the World Cup play-offs.

Cologne to appeal UEFA sanctions over crowd trouble against Arsenal - ESPN FC
Cologne have announced that they will appeal UEFA's punishment imposed on them for fan misconduct in the Europa League match at Arsenal in September.

2018 World Cup Qualifying: Guide to playoffs, Africa's finales |
The final nine tickets to Russia will be punched as World Cup qualifying concludes around the globe. Here's what to watch over the next week-plus.