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Summary

  1. Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup bidding process
  2. All the build-up to Scotland v England (20:00 GMT)
  3. Messi faces Ronaldo at Old Trafford (19:45)
  4. World champions Germany take on Spain (19:45)
  5. GET INVOLVED: What is your ultimate football match-up? #greatestfootyshowdowns

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Toot, toot, toooot! That's the sound of the final whistle being blown on Sportsday. But another shrill whistle has just been heard across the office to signal the start of

our Scotland v England coverage. So join Tom Rostance, who will guide you through every kick in Glasgow.

But tonight's football fun does not end there. We will also be providing updates from Republic of Ireland v USA, Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi (or Portugal v Argentina as it is otherwise known), Spain v Germany and the nine FA Cup replays which are taking place across England.

In short, you will do extremely well to avoid the football tonight...enjoy.

Scotland v England stat attack

Football

  • Scotland have won only two of their last 14 games against England in Glasgow.
  • England have conceded a total of only eight goals in their last 16 games against Scotland.
  • England have won 46 matches against Scotland, who have claimed 41 victories.

Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off

Football

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 senior football reporter

"Expected England team...Forster, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Shaw, Wilshere, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Downing, Rooney, Welbeck."

Keane wades into another row

Football

Jack Grealish
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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane criticises the father of Jack Grealish, as the Aston Villa youngster holds off on making a decision on his international future.

The 19-year-old is eligible to play for Ireland and England. Keane, who is also Grealish's assistant manager at Villa, believes the midfielder's dad is behind the stalling.

"Sometimes it's respect, you don't want to pester people but, unfortunately, a lot would be coming from Jack's dad," Keane said, reports

the Birmingham Mail. "Knowing his dad, we could be waiting a long while."

Samoa World Cup threat

Rugby Union

Cenus Johnston, Samoa
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Samoa called off a boycott of this weekend's test against England only after it was threatened with being expelled from the Rugby World Cup, prop Census Johnston has revealed.

He wouldn't say who was warning the team against the strike action, which the team had planned because of concerns for months over the administration of the Samoa Rugby Union and alleged interference in team selection.

"There's been a lot going on the last couple of weeks," said Johnston. "It's really important we put the country first before ourselves. We've all just decided that we'll front up this week to make sure that we play well."

Nadal - 'It is false and absurd'

Tennis

Rafa and Toni Nadal
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Rafael Nadal criticises Spain's female Davis Cup captain for feeding a "false and absurd" debate that started

when his coach questioned whether a woman could coach in the men's game.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner struck out at both captain Gala Leon and the Spanish tennis federation.

"It seems strange to me, as Davis Cup captain, that instead of seeking union and harmony between players, captains and the federation, she has incited and fed a debate that is totally false and absurd," says Nadal.

'Doha won't do a fine job'

Athletics

While marathon runner Overall is happy with

Doha hosting the 2019 World Championships, Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport is not.

Clive Efford MP has urged the IAAF to reconsider their decision - little over three hours since it was announced.

"The IAAF must be aware of the scandal of

the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar," he says. "This is an appalling decision that risks bringing the sport into disrepute. I urge the IAAF to reconsider their decision."

'Doha will do a fine job'

Athletics

Scott Overall
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Scott Overall, who represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Marathon, has voiced his support for Doha, announced as host city ahead of Barcelona and Eugene for the 2019 World Athletics Championships.

"I've raced in all three cities and Doha will do a fine job," said Overall.

"Eugene doesn't have the infrastructure. Obviously athletes will need to adjust if it's done in October, but that is just an adjustment that is easily done.

"There is no international airport near Eugene, not many hotels, sure it has the fans, but Doha is gaining more experience each year with the diamond leagues.

"I did the world indoors there in 2010 and the facilities, medical, everything was great."

Referee cuts workload over fears

Football

Scottish former Fifa referee Hugh Dallas, now in charge of appointing match officials in Greece, has decided to limit his workload after his assistant was injured in a street attack that triggered the indefinite suspension of the country's football leagues.

The Greek Football Association says Dallas will limit his duties to referee training following Friday's attack on referee Christoforos Zografos, who was severely beaten with wooden clubs.

The 57-year-old Dallas, who refereed at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals, was appointed earlier this year to oversee refereeing in an effort to combat perceived corruption in the sport.

Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off

Football

Fraser Forster
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Southampton's ex-Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster hopes to start for England on his former stomping ground, with Joe Hart allowed to return to Manchester City for a "rest".

West Brom's in-form striker Saido Berahino is likely to make his senior international debut, while Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could also start.

Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off

Football

Under three hours until kick-off at Celtic Park. Scotland and England fans - nervous yet? Here's some early team news, starting with the home side...

Scotland v England
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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says he is juggling a desire to beat Roy Hodgson's men with satisfying his squad's hopes of featuring in the game.

West Brom midfielder James Morrison trained on Monday after missing Friday's win against the Republic or Ireland through illness. But Manchester United counterpart Darren Fletcher did not take part in the final session because he was feeling unwell.

Flanker Thomas set to make long-awaited return

Rugby Union

Welsh international Jonathan Thomas is set for a return to the Worcester Warriors first-team in Friday's Championship clash against Jersey.

The 31-year-old flanker, capped 67 times by Wales, has not played yet this season because of a knee injury, but Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan has told

BBC Hereford and Worcester that Thomas will be among the 22 on Friday.

English international full-back Chris Pennell, recovering from a groin injury, is also expected to be named in the squad.

Federer diffuses Wawrinka row

Tennis

Staying on centre court....

Roger Federer plays down reports that

he had a heated argument with Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Finals - after it was claimed Federer's wife was chirping in the ear of Wawrinka during their semi-final.

World number two Federer admits the pair had words in the locker room, but refuses to comment on the role played by his better half, Mirka, who was sitting courtside.

"We had a conversation after the match. Everything is totally relaxed," he says. "There are no hard feelings whatsoever. We are friends, not enemies. It was a heat of the moment situation."

France are ready to rumble

Tennis

Davis Cup
@Daviscup

Imagine Jo-Wilfried Tsonga trash-talking his opponent like Muhammad Ali. Or Richard Gasquet somersaulting over the net like Prince Naseem Hamed. No?

But it seems the French Davis Cup team have taken some inspiration from the boxing fraternity ahead of this weekend's Davis Cup final against Switzerland.

These silky robes have been spotted hanging in the French changing room. They can't possibly strut out on to court wearing these, can they?

Hull FC release winger Crookes

Rugby League

Hull FC have released winger Jason Crookes by mutual consent,

BBC Radio Humberside reports.

The 24-year-old featured on only three occasions for the Black and Whites last season and went on to finish the campaign on loan at Championship side Featherstone.

Federer a doubt for Davis Cup

Tennis

Roger Federer
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Roger Federer's participation in the Davis Cup final against France is hanging in the balance with the 17-time grand slam champion still unable to train because of the back problem which

forced him to miss Sunday's ATP World Tour Final in London.

"My back is better than it was, but not good enough for practice yet. But I'm hopeful," the world number two told a news conference.

Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row

Football

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

"It's a complex issue and

Fifa lodging criminal proceedings is merely the latest twist in a long, long saga.

"In effect, it is tantamount to Hans-Joachim Eckhart (the report author) saying there are limitations or restrictions to how far Fifa could go.

"This is an internal disciplinary investigation by a sports organisation, they could not seize email or phone records, they could not demand certain witnesses appear in front of them and be interviewed.

"A criminal investigator has more power, and they think some things they have unearthed warrant further probing by the attorney general who has more powers."

Moncur leaves Hammers

Football

BBC Essex: Colchester United complete permanent signing of George Moncur from West Ham.

We can't publish full World Cup report - Fifa

Football

Fifa president Sepp Blatter also rejects the demand from English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke for

the full report into alleged World Cup corruption to be published.

A 42-page summary report was released last week but quickly criticised by Michael Garcia, who spent two years investigating the claims of wrongdoing.

"Once again, we have examined this matter very, very carefully from a legal point of view," says Blatter. "The result was clear: if Fifa were to publish the report, we would be violating our own association law as well as state law.

"The people who are demanding in the media and elsewhere that Fifa publish the report are obviously of the opinion that Fifa should or must ignore the law in this regard. We obviously cannot do that."

Get involved

#greatestfootyshowdowns

Ahead of tonight's mammoth meeting between Scotland and England, we want to know your favourite footballing showdowns.

Gareth Hughes: Biggest Football Showdown is: Buxton FC v Matlock Town. Always riotous scenes and a heavy police presence.

Ahmed Fahad: Has to be AC Milan and Inter. It was great to watch them play. Beside they were European powerhouses then.

Tom Maloney: Has to be Man Utd v Arsenal back in the days of Keane and Viera, Fergie and Wenger. Pizza gate and all that jazz.

Aamir Patel: Blackburn v Burnley for the Play-off final.

Hahn's round of 58

Golf

John Hahn
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American John Hahn produced the round of his life to shoot an incredible 58 in the fourth round of the European Tour's qualifying school in Spain.

However, the 25-year-old will not be able to claim an official record as preferred lies were in place on the par-70 Tour Course at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona.

Hahn recorded 12 birdies, which was perfectly timed as he leapt from six shots outside the cut mark to inside the top 15 with two days remaining.

Byrne injury

Rugby Union

BBC Wales Sport: Dragons captain and Wales and Lions full-back Lee Byrne expected to be out for three to four months after having a shoulder operation

Race walking scandal

Athletics

The head of Russia'srace walking centre has been banned for four years following an investigation into claims of systematic doping.

Russia is the dominant power in race walking and has won six Olympic medals at the last two games.

However, its reputation has been tarnished by at least 17 doping bans for athletes from the national elite race walking center in Saransk and centre director Viktor Kolesnikov was suspended in August during a Russian Anti-Doping Agency investigation.

Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row

Football

Here's a quick recap of all the key details in the ongoing Fifa saga surrounding the bidding process to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups:

  • In the Fifa report, which was published last week, the English Football Association was accused of flouting bidding rules in its attempt to stage the 2018 World Cup - but 2022 hosts Qatar were cleared of corruption allegations.
  • However, the document was criticised by Michael Garcia, the man who investigated claims of wrongdoing.
  • Fifa's report into World Cup corruption has also come under fresh fire - from two whistleblowers who gave evidence.

Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row

Football

Sepp Blatter
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter says

lodging a criminal complaint over "possible misconduct" in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process proves the world governing body is committed to transparency.

"If we had anything to hide, we would hardly be taking this matter to the Office of the Attorney General," says Blatter.

"Fifa's internal bodies have done all they can within the scope of their capabilities, and they are continuing with their work. The matter will now also be looked at by an independent, state body, which shows that Fifa is not opposed to transparency."

Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row

Football

Fifa says it has lodged a criminal complaint with the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland in Berne.

"Unlike Fifa's bodies, the Swiss criminal prosecution authorities have the ability to conduct investigations under application of criminal procedural coercive measures," adds the world governing body's statement.

Fifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row

Football

Fifa statement: "There seem to be grounds for suspicion that, in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place, which merit examination by the criminal prosecution authorities."

BreakingFifa lodges criminal complaint over World Cup row

Football

World governing body Fifa says it has lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" during the

bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Uefa charges Croatia and Italy

Football

Italy v Croatia
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Uefa has opened disciplinary cases against both the Italian and Croatian football federations following disturbances and racist chanting during the

Euro 2016 qualifier in Milan at the weekend.

Croatia has been charged with racist behaviour - a repeat of when the teams met at Euro 2012 in Poland - and crowd disturbances after lit fireworks were thrown onto the pitch in Milan.

The Italian federation has also been charged after fireworks were set off in the ground.

Uefa's disciplinary panel will deal with the cases on 11 December.

Wales v New Zealand

Rugby Union

BBC Wales Sport: Sonny Bill Williams misses All Blacks training to "monitor" his wife giving birth to their first child - a baby girl.

Argentina v Portugal: countdown to kick-off

Football

Football fans
Twitter

BBC Sport reporter Nick Hope outside Old Trafford: "Just bumped into the self-proclaimed 'three Johns' selling Messi/Ronaldo scarves ahead of tonight's friendly international between Argentina and Portugal.

"Sales are going great," says one who's been here since 10am.

"Everyone wants a Messi or Ronaldo souvenir which is good for us because we're cleaning more than we would for a United home game - where most fans already have all the gear."

CEO Rush wants to see through Derby job

Football

Chief executive Sam Rush has insisted he wants to stay at Derby County and

see through the dream of winning promotion to the Premier League.

Rush joined the club, who sit top of the Championship, in January 2013 and played a key part in the

appointment of former England boss Steve McClaren.

He told BBC Radio Derby: "We are just starting out. We had to do quite a lot of difficult and unglamorous stuff and, as a result of that, we are in a good place now."

Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off

Football

Leeds United
@LUFC

Ah, remember the good ol' days when footballers would embarrass themselves in all sorts of PR-boosting photographs? Here's a classic example with a topical Anglo-Scottish twist.

These seven Scottish Leeds United players (anyone care to name them?) donned their tammy hats and tartan scarves before their nation faced the Auld Enemy in the 1970s.

Pardew surprised by Newcastle squad depth

Football

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has

paid tribute to the younger players in his squad for their part in the Magpies' recent revival.

Four successive Premier League victories and a Capital One Cup win at Manchester City, achieved with help from players such as 21-year-old striker Ayoze Perez, significantly eased pressure on the Newcastle boss.

"Did I expect certain personnel to be around it and to have done so well? No," Pardew told BBC Newcastle. "I didn't think he (Perez) would have the impact he's had.

"Sammy Ameobi I've always hoped for. Paul Dummett? No. Jack Colback playing every minute of every game? No. Mehdi Abeid? No. These guys have come through and that's what we really want."

Worth a watch

The boss elsewhere in the office? Good, here's a chance to stop doing some work for a moment.

Have a gander at three of the top videos on the BBC Sport website today:

Penalty capers: South Korean K-League champions Jeonbuk Motors secure a 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers thanks to an unconventional penalty routine. Instead of shooting, penalty taker Leonardo passes the ball to team-mate Kaio who rolls the ball into the net to seal the win.

South Korea penalty
BBC Sport

The Auld Enemy: From Jimmy Greaves's hat-trick in 1961 to Scottish fans destroying the Wembley pitch in 1977, here is a look at some of the most memorable clashes between Scotland and England.

Strauss weighs in: Former captain Andrew Strauss says England have been too "fearful" of getting out during one-day internationals and must resolve this before the World Cup in 2015.

FFP changes under fire

Football

Charlton have

voiced their opposition to the changes to Financial Fair Play regulations which were recently agreed by Championship clubs.

The Addicks were one of six clubs to vote against the alterations, which will allow losses to go beyond a £15m cap but not exceed £39m over three seasons (averaging £13m a season).

"We are looking to a break-even model. We want to reduce losses and certainly don't want to be increasing them," Charlton chief financial officer David Joyes told BBC London 94.9.

"For us as a company, and the owner, we see that as a sensible way of running a business. Clearly a number of clubs disagree with that and want the ability to invest well over and above the current level of losses. It is a significant increase."

Scotland v England: countdown to kick-off

Football

Gordon Strachan
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Gordon Strachan is certainly flavour of the month in Scotland at the moment.

Buoyed by the win over the Republic of Ireland, and ahead of tonight's eagerly-awaited clash with England, former Celtic players Gary Caldwell and Neil Lennon are the latest to have

spoken about their admiration for the Scotland boss.

"Having worked with him at Celtic, I knew how good he was," said Caldwell. "It took him time to get going but now the Scotland players are playing well."

Lennon said: "I've watched Gordon's team evolve over the last couple of years and they're very slick. There's more confidence with the Scotland fans now than there's been for the past 20 years."

Headlines at 3

Football: Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, 66, has been unveiled as the new coach of Shanghai East Asia in the Chinese Super League on a rumoured £3.8m-a-year contract, one of the biggest in world football.

Football: Manchester United announce a 9.9 per cent fall in revenue, which makes aany signings in the January transfer window unlikely.

And finally...

Baseball: Former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco is planning to sell his middle finger on eBay, weeks after he accidentally shot it off while cleaning his handgun.

Headlines at 3

Joined us a little late? Here's what you've missed so far today:

Athletics: Doha is chosen ahead of Barcelona and Eugene as host city for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Football: Scotland's Scott Brown spices things up before tonight's big game at Celtic Park, saying the English players have a sense of superiority and labelling Roy Hodgson's team 'our arch enemy'.

Tennis: 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will return to playing at the start of next year after recovering from surgery to have his appendix removed.

Warriors sign Lyle

Rugby Union

Glasgow Warriors have signed Fraser Lyle until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Scot, who has played for Stirling County, Aberdeen Grammar and for clubs in Canada, has been training with Warriors and impressed in a recent 'A' fixture against Edinburgh.

"I want to learn from all the players and coaches at the club and make the most of this move,"

said Lyle.

Warriors boss Gregor Townsend said: "We've been watching Fraser, he's been in great form for Stirling County."