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  1. Fifa 'took bribes for 2010 World Cup'
  2. Seven Fifa officials arrested in Zurich
  3. Uefa wants Fifa election postponed

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Steve Canavan

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So that's where we leave for you today, many thanks for being with us on a momentous day for football. There is a European final to enjoy this evening - which has got rather lost amidst today's events - the Europa League final between FC Dnipro and Sevilla, and our

live text is in full flow. Sportsday will return at 08:00 BST. Cheerio now.


5 live Sport

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch is about to begin now and will have all the reaction to the dramatic

arrests of seven Fifa officials in Zurich. There is a profile of Fifa president Sepp Blatter, including a recorded interview with his daughter, and there is also the result of our favourite FA Cup goal vote as John Motson, Jimmy Armfield and journalist Andy Dunn review our list.


Murray must be brave - Courier

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Andy Murray will have to throw caution to the wind and attack if he wants to win his first French Open title this year, according to two-time champion Jim Courier.

Murray came through his opening match against Argentinian qualifier Facundo Arguello in straight sets and faces Portugal's Joao Sousa on Thursday - which you can hear live on

5 live sports extra - for a place in round three.

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"We know his defence is as good as anybody's - his defence is amazing - but I'd like to see him trust his offence as much as he does his defence," said Courier.

"Against the top players you cannot win by defence alone. They just don't beat themselves. You have to attack them."


Uefa statement

A statement from the European governing body Uefa's Executive Committee following the dramatic

Fifa developments today: "Uefa is deeply shocked and saddened by them.

"These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in Fifa's culture.

"There is a need for the whole of Fifa to be "rebooted" and for a real reform to be carried out."


Barton thanks fans after leaving QPR

Joey Barton

tweets a message to fans after he was
released by QPR. "You've stuck by me through through thick and thin and I'll always remember the support you've shown me," he says. "I was devastated we went down this season but can hold my head high knowing I gave 100% every single time I pulled on the blue and white hoops."


Lerner could step down as Villa chairman

Aston Villa's American owner Randy Lerner has told

The Times (subscription required) he will stand down as chairman if he cannot sell the club this year.

"The club's performance over the last five or so years has left quite a lot to be desired and that falls squarely on my shoulders," the 53-year-old said.

"Plan A remains to find a buyer if on the cards or, plan B, find a new chairman."


Chigumbura banned for slow over-rate

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura will miss the rest of the one-day series with Pakistan after being suspended for two matches for their slow over-rate. Pakistan lead 1-0 in the first ODI series

played in Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus.


Doubles delight for Hingis at French Open

Former world number one Martina Hingis made a winning return in her first French Open doubles match for 15 years. The 34-year-old and India's Sania Mirza, the top seeds, beat Julia Goerges and Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 6-0.


Fifa election should be postponed - Uefa

European governing body Uefa says the Fifa presidential election,

scheduled for Friday, should be postponed following today's arrest of senior Fifa officials in Zurich.


Poulter pulls out

Ian Poulter has withdrawn from this week's AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in Texas due to injury and will not play again until next month's US Open.


Sharapova slams Fed Cup scheduling

Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova, who beat Vitalia Diatchenko to reach round three, has called for a change in Fed Cup scheduling, saying playing ties after Grand Slams is "pointless".

The 28-year-old said: "I don't think anyone's that's making the Fed Cup schedule is thinking about the players that go far in Grand Slams. It would be much more successful if it actually had a legitimate schedule and maybe not every single year."

Happy birthday

Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne
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Let's say a very happy 48th birthday to former England midfield maestro Paul Gascoigne. A few big sporting birthdays today: boxer John Conteh is 64, swimmer Duncan Goodhew is 58, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash brings up his half-century, former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe is 44 and Spurs striker Roberto Soldado turns 30.


Davis Cup ticket news

Tickets for Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final with France at Queen's Club from 17-19 July have gone on sale - but fewer than half will be available to British tennis fans.

A sizeable proportion will be distributed to the French Tennis Federation, with the rest shared between sponsors, the LTA, the International Tennis Federation and The Queen's Club.


Uefa should threaten World Cup boycott - Bernstein

Some more considered reaction now, from former FA chairman David Bernstein, who says: "It's probably only sponsors and governments or Uefa who I think at the moment can really influence this.

"Governments at long last seem to being doing their bit, sponsors have done their bit but I'm sure there's more that could be done.

"Uefa should threaten not to compete in the World Cup, to boycott the World Cup, unless they are convinced that genuine change is taking place."


Fifa arrests reaction

Legendary former Argentina World Cup winner Diego Armando Maradona is not averse to giving his views and said he would personally "kick the ass" of any Fifa officials found guilty of corruption.

Fifa - a round-up of the day's events

We're aware there is a lot of information flying about and it's hard to make sense of a lot of it, so here is a round-up of what has happened today and where we are at now.

  • Seven Fifa officials have been arrested on charges they received more than $150m (£100m) in bribes.
  • Among those arrested is Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb.
  • A separate criminal investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated has also begun. But Fifa has already ruled out a revote, insisting Russia and Qatar will remain the hosts.
  • Sepp Blatter, seeking a fifth term as Fifa president, insists Friday's presidential election against opponent Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, will go ahead.


Gary Lineker interview

Should the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes be re-examined? "There are now major investigations not just concerning Fifa and corruption but also the two bids, World Cups 2018 and 2022 so a lot will depend on how rotten it was and how corrupt the voting process was.

"If it's substantial enough then I think they'll have no option but to rethink and revote but I don't know. It's a mess, it's a huge mess but it's something that need to happen and the sooner the better."


Burnley's Barnes faces lengthy lay-off

Ashley Barnes

Burnley striker Ashley Barnes is likely to miss the majority of next season because of a serious knee injury.

The 25-year-old will undergo surgery next week after suffering anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in last week's victory over Aston Villa.


Joyce and Murtagh retire from Ireland T20 side

Ireland's Ed Joyce and Tim Murtagh have retired from Twenty20 international cricket with immediate effect to concentrate on longer forms of the game.


Johansson calls for World Cup vote review

Former Uefa president Lennart Johansson says the decision to award the World Cup to Russia and Qatar must now be reviewed following the latest

Fifa corruption allegations.

"I am sure the initiative will now be taken to make a new decision," the 85-year-old said.


Fifa arrests reaction

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: "I think all investigation about this matter is very important. I don't think it will be damaging to Brazil, and Brazilian football can only benefit from it.

"If they have to investigate Brazil's bid for the World Cup, they should investigate all the bids."

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Balotelli will stay at Liverpool - agent

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a move away from Anfield but he will remain at the club next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

"We have talks with Liverpool and he will stay," Raiola told Sky Sports. "I spoke many times with the club and they were happy with his input as a professional."

Rugby Union

'Our focus is his long-term career'

Earlier today there was devastating news for Wales that centre Jonathan Davies has been ruled out of the World Cup with injury.

The 2013 British and Irish Lion ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Clermont Auvergne against Montpellier on Saturday.

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "It's a disappointment for Jonathan and for us, but the advice is for him to have the surgery straightaway.

"Our focus is his long-term career and we will be working closely with him during his recovery looking towards the 2016 Six Nations."

Road Cycling

Giro d'Italia news

Italian Lampre rider Sacha Modolo won his second stage of the Giro d'Italia, the 17th stage from Tirano to Lugano in Switzerland, with Spaniard Alberto Contador comfortably retaining the leader's pink jersey.


Rashid steers Yorkshire to draw

England hopeful Adil Rashid scored 99 as

Yorkshire drew with Somerset in their County Championship Division One match at Taunton.

Yorkshire, the defending champions, began the final day 124 runs ahead with five second-innings wickets in hand.

Rashid added 117 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (66) and a further 89 with Tim Bresnan.

Some useful lower-order runs took the visitors to 419 all out, setting Somerset a notional 373 to win. The hosts reached 6-1 before agreeing a draw.


Six arrested Fifa officials oppose extradition

Six of the seven top Fifa officials arrested in Zurich as part of a twin corruption probe are challenging their extradition to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said.


Your favourite FA Cup final goal

BBC Radio 5 live

Well voting has now closed, but you can find out the results as all the goals are run through again in a 5 live programme tonight from 21:00 BST.

Your favourite FA Cup goal

Aah Cantona7: I'll ended debate right now, 1985 Cup final, It's got to be the step overs and curler from big Norm.

Declan Hackett: Has to be Trevor Brooking's header, for giving me my only chance to rub my Gooner brother's nose in it!

A Question of Sport

Remember that lunchtime teaser we set you?

The question was: Name the three players with surnames beginning with the letter B that featured when Aston Villa played Chelsea in the 2000 FA Cup final.

We reckon we've kept you waiting long enough for the answer, so - drumroll - here it is...

Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea), Gareth Barry and George Boateng (Villa).

Top marks if you got it right.


Pochettino hails youngsters after Spurs win

Spurs win the AIA Cup
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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino brought several fringe players on for the second half of his team's 2-1 win over a Malaysian XI on their summer tour, in which Harry Kane scored both his team's goals before the break.

Grant Ward and Kyle Walker-Peters played in Kuala Lumpur as Spurs won the AIA Cup and Pochettino said: "It's a wonderful opportunity for the young lads to play and train with the first team. They're the future of the club."

Your favourite FA Cup final goal

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool v West Ham 2006

Steven Gerrard scores the winner in 2006
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The most recent goal on this list came in one of the great FA Cup finals.

With the Hammers winning 3-2 entering injury time, a header clear dropped to Gerrard who, despite hobbling with cramp, thumped a first-time shot from 35 yards past Shaka Hislop into the bottom corner.

The Reds won on penalties, with Gerrard successfully converting his spot-kick.

West Ham goalkeeper Hislop recalled: "You don't expect him to hit it from that distance if he is carrying an injury. But he hit it first time and I don't think he could have hit it any better.

"He absolutely smashed this half-volley. I saw him coming onto it but there were a lot of players between him and me and he hit it so well it was in the back of the net almost before I could react.

"I have watched the FA Cup since I was a little boy and I can't think of a goal that was better than that or one that was more meaningful."


Stoke sign Danish goalkeeper

Stoke City have

signed goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard from Danish champions FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has agreed a three-year contract, starting on 1 July, and he will replace compatriot Thomas Sorensen at the Britannia Stadium.

"I follow the Premier League a lot, so I know of Stoke City, and I know that the club has made tremendous progress over the last couple of years," Haugaard told the club website.

Favourite FA Cup goals

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Iain Cox: Can't believe no one has mentioned Ricardo Villa's against Man C. Groan. I am (getting) old.

But we did Iain, at 12:50 BST. But it was so good, it's well worth mentioning twice.

Cherries sign Reading goalkeeper


AFC Bournemouth have

signed Australia goalkeeper Adam Federici from Reading on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old made 245 appearances for the Royals and was part of Australia's 2010 World Cup squad.

"I had a lot of success at Reading and the fans were great for me, but I thought it was time I moved on," he told the Bournemouth website.

County Championship update


Division One (day four) - Somerset 485 v Yorkshire 438 & 408-9

BBC Somerset's Stephen Lamb at Taunton:

"A draw looks inevitable after Yorkshire extended their lead to 361 runs by tea.

"An impressive stand of 117 between Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid was eventually ended by the new ball, with Bairstow was caught behind by Alex Barrow off Alfonso Thomas for 66.

However, Rashid continued into the afternoon session until he was caught by Thomas at short fine leg off Johann Myburgh just one run short of three figures.

"Myburgh had earlier trapped Tim Bresnan lbw for 29. By the time Liam Plunkett was run out for 21, Yorkshire were already over 300 in front."

Your favourite FA Cup final goal

Ray Parlour - Arsenal v Chelsea 2002

Ray Parlour scores in 2002
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After all that drama from New York let's have a picture of Ray Parlour. We still have half an hour to go in our best FA Cup final goal vote and Ray is our penultimate contender.

The England midfielder had not scored in the Premier League all season so Chelsea could have been excused for not worrying too much about his run forward.

Sylvain Wiltord played the ball to Parlour 45 yards out and as he ran towards goal, the Blues defence backed off, only to see the 'Romford Pele' curl home past Carlo Cudicini from 25 yards.

Ljungberg then scored in his second final in a row as the Gunners won 2-0 to secure the Double.


FBI's Fifa news conference

  • It has been confirmed that there will be a fresh inquiry into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
  • Corruption did, it has been stated during the news conference, 'extend to Fifa presidential campaigns'.
  • Total of 47 charges dating back 24 years.
  • Arrests come as Switzerland opens its own inquiry. Swiss federal prosecutors open criminal case.
  • Defendants have surrendered $150m in illegal profits.
  • US banks and wiring used in bribery.


FBI's Fifa news conference

Director James B Comey, FBI, talking to the media and asked why it had taken so long to get to this point: "You don't want to bring a case until you have the goods and that takes time. You can't set an egg-timer on a case like this."


FBI's Fifa news conference

Kelly T Currie, acting US Attorney, taking questions from the media: "Our message to Fifa and soccer is our investigation is going to continue. What Fifa does internally is a matter for them but law enforcements in the USA are not going to tolerate this corrupt conduct going forward."