Strict curbs in place if Khan buys Wembley
LONDON • The proposed sale of Wembley Stadium would prohibit the new owner from renaming the stadium until 2057 and force them to agree to a host of other measures to protect the venue as the "home of English football".
Football Association chiefs want to sell the stadium to Fulham's billionaire owner Shahid Khan in a £900 million (S$1.6 billion) deal with the aim of using the money to construct up to 1,500 artificial pitches to tackle England's appalling grassroots facilities.
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Balotelli nets in first Italy match in 4 years
ST GALLEN (Switzerland) • Mario Balotelli scored on his first Italy appearance in nearly four years on Monday, as they beat World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia 2-1 in a friendly to give new coach Roberto Mancini a winning start.
Italy missed out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958 and Mancini was tasked with rebuilding the side following their historic failure. Andrea Belotti had scored Italy's second in the 68th minute before Yahya Al Shehri pulled one back for the Saudis.
Deeper meaning from gun tattoo: Sterling
LONDON • England international Raheem Sterling has defended a new tattoo depicting an assault rifle after anti-gun campaigners labelled it "disgusting" yesterday.
The Manchester City forward took to Instagram to reveal that the tattoo has a "deeper meaning".
"When I was 2 my father died from being gunned down to death I made a promise to myself I would never touch a gun in my life time, I shoot with my right foot so it has a deeper meaning N still unfinished," he wrote.