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Ferdinand calls punishment for Twitter comment 'ludicrous'

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".

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Gerrard shocked by Suarez's Ballon d'Or omission 6:10pm GMT

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.

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Odds shorten on Chelsea emulating Arsenal's 'Invincibles' 6:10pm GMT

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.

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Suspect in killing of South Africa national football captain arrested 5:01pm GMT

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.

Granada coach rips up paper that 'misquoted' him 4:22pm GMT

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.

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Zidane given coaching reprieve until ban appeal resolved 4:14pm GMT

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.

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Villa will end goal drought, says manager Lambert 2:56pm GMT

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.

Third-party ownership of players should be regulated not banned - Spanish league chief 11:35am GMT

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.

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