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Have a great weekend!


The live acton just keeps on coming this weekend - with Premier League football, Rugby World Cup and Formula 1 to look forward to, as well as the final night of Super League tonight from 19:00 BST.

That's about all we've got time for on Sportsday today though - so I could wish you all a great weekend, but i'd rather leave the last word for Mesut Ozil.

What a guy...

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Man Utd v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels sorry for the plight of his "friend" Dick Advocaat at Sunderland.

The Dutch pair will be in opposing dug-outs at Old Trafford on Saturday, kick-off 15:00 BST.

United are second in the Premier League while Sunderland are bottom of the table with two points from six games.

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"Dick Advocaat is a friend," said Van Gaal. "I sympathise with the person. I hope Sunderland win every game except the ones against Manchester United."

He added: "We have seen each other many times. We are calling each other."

Time for Fifa to be 'disbanded'

Fifa scandal

Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe says it's time for Fifa to be "disbanded and regrouped because it is clear everyone has had a finger in the pie".

"In any organisation when criminal charges are brought forward, the person involved stands aside to allow them time to answer the allegations and that should happen in this case.

"Football has to look at itself, sponsors have to look at what is going on and reconstitute the organisation," Sutcliffe said.

Criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter

Fifa scandal

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No doubting the big news today, Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of football's world governing body Fifa.

The attorney general's office said he was being investigated "on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as - alternatively - on suspicion of misappropriation".

Mr Blatter was being questioned, and his office was searched, it added.

Fifa said it was co-operating with the investigation.

Mr Blatter, 79, has run Fifa since 1998 and has always denied any wrongdoing.

Mata talks to MOTD Kickabout



Ahead of all the weekend's football, MOTD Kickabout caught up with Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata, and you can watch a sneak preview of the interview here.

You can watch the full interview at 07:45 BST on Saturday on CBBC or catch up on the iPlayer.

Blatter's mis-judged moments

Fifa scandal

Abolishing draws, tighter shorts for women or applauding John Terry's affair - Sepp Blatter is no stranger to controversy - as this selection of mis-judged quotes from 2011 shows.

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Petition against Paloma's song

Rugby World Cup


A petition has been launched, asking ITV to stop playing Paloma Faith's Rugby World Cup song.

The campaign, which a few thousand people have signed up to so far, has asked ITV to stop playing the track, a cover of World in Union.

"Make it a more enjoyable experience for all spectators," writes Jonathan Wilson, who started the petition.

Paloma previously told Newsbeat that she was "quite pleased with it" and that was all that mattered, while there hasn't been any comment from ITV.

'Change is painful' for Newcastle

Newcastle v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has warned that "change is painful" after getting the backing of managing director Lee Charnley.

The Magpies have not won a Premier League game this term and were beaten by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup in midweek.

"We are changing a lot - philosophy, culture, standards, training and style," said McClaren.

Charnley said there will be no "panic" over the club's poor form.

Neville almost ready for manager's job


Phil Neville says his coaching role at Valencia feels like a "last year at university", ahead of being ready to take a manager's job himself.

He's described the coaching role as "the final bit of learning and experience I need. Now I am reaching the point where I would like to be a No 1."

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The former Manchester United, Everton and England player also reveals in an interview with the Daily Mail how he turned up in a police car on his first day at the Spanish club, and why he was in his pyjamas when manager Nuno Espirito Santo invited him for a beer.

Plus he explains how he will never get over the death of his father in August.

The Beast vs Sumo



Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury's world title fight may be on hold, but Luton boss John Still says Saturday's heavyweight clash of AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and Hatters defender Steve McNulty will be "worth coming to see".

McNulty and Akinfenwa, known for their larger frames, met each other once last term - the Dons winning the match 1-0.

"They're two lads that will probably respect each other's contributions," Still told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"They might have a little dig in the game but will have arms around each other at the end."

'Blatter should step down immediately'

Fifa scandal

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Cobus de Swardt, managing director of anti-corruption agency Transparency International, said today:

“The criminal investigations at Fifa have now reached the very top, showing that the organisation is not fit for purpose. It needs independent oversight immediately. No statement from the current management about reform can be trusted. Sepp Blatter should have nothing to do with Fifa while these investigations are continuing." 

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"As we have said in the past, without a real independent reform commission there can be no confidence that FIFA can end this corruption crisis.

"The billions of football fans around the world have watched as FIFA’s name has become synonymous with corruption. It is now time for a change.

“Sepp Blatter should step down immediately.”

Argentina 14-9 Georgia

Rugby World Cup

There could be another shock on the cards at the Rugby World Cup in Gloucester.

Georgia trail Argentina by just five points at the start of the second half of their Pool C match, which you can follow live right here.

Blatter to stay or go?

Fifa scandal

The Guardian's David Conn also believes it is still difficult to imagine Blatter stepping down, despite how difficult it could be to continue in his role as Fifa president until February.

He added: “It is incredible to many people he stood for re-election not only earlier this year during a massive corruption scandal, but even in 2011 the rival candidate (Mohamed Bin Hammam of Asia) was knocked off the ballot paper over his own corruption scandal, yet Sepp Blatter has always sailed blissfully on saying he has to be the captain of the ship.

“It seems extraordinary he would stay on as president until the designated time in February, but you would rather bet on him staying on rather than stepping down.”

Blatter investigation 'still stunning news'

Fifa scandal

Guardian sports writer David Conn has told BBC Radio 5 live it is "still stunning news" Sepp Blatter is being investigated under criminal proceedings in Switzerland.

He said: “You can get too used to it, but if you take a step back a bit, it’s not long ago Fifa denied any wrongdoing and Sepp Blatter’s position seemed unassailable. Now after a serious of corruption scandals the president is being named.

“What is significant is that it comes from the criminal authorities in his own country where he always seemed so comfortable that’s he’s under serious criminal investigation. So you could say not surprised, but it is still startling news.”

BreakingWilson signs new Man Utd contract


James Wilson has signed a new contract at Manchester United until June 2019, with an option to extend for a further year.

Manager Louis van Gaal described the striker, 19, as "a very talented forward player with a keen eye for goal".

"His development is continuing in the right direction and it is clear to see that he has a fine future ahead of him" Van Gaal added.

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