LONDON - Queens Park Rangers centre half Rio Ferdinand appeared to criticise the three-game ban he received from the Football Association for an inappropriate social media comment, describing it on Friday as "ludicrous".
LONDON - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised what he called FIFA's political decision not to include former team mate Luis Suarez on their shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or award as the world's best footballer.
LONDON - Premier League leaders Chelsea are increasingly looking the part as the new 'Invincibles' as they look to their returning goalscoring predator Diego Costa to maintain their serene progress against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG - A suspect in the killing of the captain and goalkeeper of South Africa's national football team has been arrested after witnesses picked him out in an identity parade, police said in a statement on Friday.
MADRID - Furious Granada coach Joaquin Caparros tore the front page of Marca into shreds at a news conference on Friday, accusing the best-selling Spanish sports daily of misquoting him.
MADRID - Zinedine Zidane will be able to continue coaching Real Madrid's B team until his appeal against a three-month ban for not having the correct licence is resolved, a court ruled on Friday.
LONDON - Aston Villa will soon end an embarrassing goal drought that has now lasted for five games, all defeats, their manager Paul Lambert said on Friday.
MADRID - The third-party ownership (TPO) of players should be regulated by FIFA and not banned, according to the president of Spain's professional league (LFP), who fears ending the practice could damage La Liga.