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Summary

  1. Criminal proceedings opened against Sepp Blatter
  2. 14 Premier League news conferences
  3. Honorary sporting degrees debate #bbcsportsday

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By Andy Cryer and Bill Rice

All times stated are UK

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Have a great weekend!

Football

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...

Wish you all a happy Friday afternoon and a great weekend! 😎😉👍👍 〽1Ö

Wish you all a happy Friday afternoon and a great weekend! 😎😉👍👍 〽1Ö

Football

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.

van Gaal Advocaat
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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

Sepp Blatter
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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

Football

Juan Mata
BBC

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.

Sepp Blatter
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Commitment to the cause

Football

West Ham striker Andy Carroll retweeted this today...how far would you go to pay tribute to your favourite player?

Treated myself to a birthday present, just for my favourite player @AndyTCarroll surly worth a mention?

Treated myself to a birthday present, just for my favourite player @AndyTCarroll surly worth a mention?

Premier League predictor

Football

Don't forget to submit your predictions for this weekend's Premier League action, and see if you can beat BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson.

Have you entered your predictions for this weekend's Premier League action? bbc.in/1DU4AAb

Have you entered your predictions for this weekend's Premier League action? bbc.in/1DU4AAb

Petition against Paloma's song

Rugby World Cup

Paloma Faith
Reuters

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.

Rugby World Cup

England v Wales (Saturday, 20:00 BST)

Ahead of England's meeting with Wales on Saturday at Twickenham, check out this gem from 2003. Program or programme? We say the latter.

The match day programme from England's 2003 @rugbyworldcup quarter-final clash v @welshrugbyunion. #carrythemhome
The match day programme from England's 2003 @rugbyworldcup quarter-final clash v @welshrugbyunion. #carrythemhome
The match day programme from England's 2003 @rugbyworldcup quarter-final clash v @welshrugbyunion. #carrythemhome

The match day programme from England's 2003 @rugbyworldcup quarter-final clash v @welshrugbyunion. #carrythemhome

Rugby World Cup

Scotland v USA (Sunday, 14:30 BST)

Scotland's players have been enjoying fine weather this Friday as they prepare for Sunday's battle with the USA at Elland Road.

Cracking day in Leeds to stretch the legs and get a feel for Elland Road ahead of Sunday's clash vUSA #AsOne #RWC2015
Cracking day in Leeds to stretch the legs and get a feel for Elland Road ahead of Sunday's clash vUSA #AsOne #RWC2015
Cracking day in Leeds to stretch the legs and get a feel for Elland Road ahead of Sunday's clash vUSA #AsOne #RWC2015

Cracking day in Leeds to stretch the legs and get a feel for Elland Road ahead of Sunday's clash vUSA #AsOne #RWC2015

'Change is painful' for Newcastle

Newcastle v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Steve McClaren
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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

Football

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."

Phil Neville
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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

Football

Steve McNulty Akinfenwa
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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.

Davis Cup approves fifth-set tie-break

Tennis

The International Tennis Federation has approved fifth-set tie-breaks in the Davis Cup from next year.

This year's final between Great Britain and Belgium will be the last tie under the current system.

It means there will be no repeat in the future of GB's James Ward's 15-13 deciding-set victory over the USA's John Isner back in March.

James Ward
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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

Football

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.

James Wilson
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FA will wait to see what happens next - Palios

Fifa scandal

Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios has told BBC Radio 5 live it is impossible to see Michel Platini put himself forward as the next president of Fifa - if he did receive a "disloyal payment" from Sepp Blatter.

He believes the FA will be waiting to see what happens next - but described Sepp Blatter as a lame duck, even if he stays in post until February.

Surrey secure Division Two title

County Championship

Surrey have won the County Championship Division Two title despite drawing their final game against Northants at The Oval.

The 13 points gained were enough to ensure they will go up as champions after rivals Lancashire had to settle for a draw in their game against Essex at Chelmsford.

Surrey were set 215 to win the game, but after Jason Roy hit 77 off 35 balls, a halt was called with their score on 125-5.

Watford news conference

Crystal Palace v Watford (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford are likely to field a very similar side to the one that beat Newcastle last weekend for the visit of Crystal Palace on Sunday. 

"One of our targets is to be stable. It is one of the most important things," manger Quique Flores said.

"We have a lot of confidence but I wouldn't want to be over-confident because it's not good for the team," he added. 

Criminal proceedings against Blatter

Fifa scandal

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

Although Blatter announced he was stepping down back in June, he decided to hang on as president until February - in a bid to influence the choice of his successor and reforms. That now seems highly unlikely, with calls for him to resign immediately bound to intensify. 

Today's news that Blatter is being questioned over a disloyal payment of 2m Swiss francs to Uefa supremo Michel Platini also drags the most powerful man in European football into the crisis. 

Blatter & Platini
Reuters

The Frenchman is the favourite to replace Blatter as Fifa president and critics will say that this proves that he is not the man to take Fifa forward. 

A day that ultimately serves to remind us why this is the biggest scandal in sports history.

Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

Fifa scandal

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

Ever since May, when the arrest of senior Fifa officials in dawn raids in Zurich plunged world football's governing body into crisis, the sport has wondered whether the scandal would lead directly to president Sepp Blatter. 

Today - finally - it did. On the one hand perhaps, it should come as no surprise. 

After all, Blatter's been at the helm of Fifa for 17 years - he's become symbolic of the many corruption allegations that have blighted the body and some thought it a matter of time until investigations by the FBI and Swiss criminal authorities would implicate him.

Sepp Blatter
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In fact, such was the perceived threat facing Blatter, his lawyers advised him not to travel abroad. 

However, today is still a stunning development, with criminal proceedings opened against the man who still runs world football. 

BreakingArsenal's Gabriel suspended

Football

Arsenal defender Gabriel will serve a one-match ban after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

The defender's appeal against his red card for a clash with Diego Costa during the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea was successful earlier this week.

He will though serve a ban for his behaviour after his sending off, and was also fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

Gabriel
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Watford news conference

Watford v Crystal Palace (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford boss Quique Flores has been answering questions about Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor today. Newspaper reports suggested Flores had blocked the strikers attempts to train with them whilst he remains frozen out at Spurs. 

"Two weeks ago we closed the squad. It's not the time to add. I'm focusing on the squad I have," Flores said.

When pressed about whether he would consider signing him in January, Flores responded: "You never know." 

However, with the current form of his strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney and with new signing Obbi Oulare waiting in the wings, that seems very unlikely.

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Watford news conference

Crystal Palace v Watford (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Quique Flores
Getty Images

Watford boss Quique Flores is in confident mood as his side aim for their third Premier League win in a row after victories over Newcastle and Swansea. 

The Spaniard has opted to stick to a very settled side so far this campaign and that's likely to continue against Alan Pardew's team. 

The partnership of forwards Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo has grabbed the majority of headlines so far but the understanding between central defensive duo Craig Cathcart and Sebastian Prodl cannot be underestimated.

British success

Tennis

It's been a good day for Britain's Heather Watson and Johanna Konta - who are one win away from the Wuhan Open main draw after both won their opening qualifying matches in China.

Watson beats Gajdosova 6-1 7-6, Konta beats Dabrowski 6-2 7-6 @wuhanopentennis qualifying. One win from main draw.

Watson beats Gajdosova 6-1 7-6, Konta beats Dabrowski 6-2 7-6 @wuhanopentennis qualifying. One win from main draw.

“I’ve completely put the US Open behind me - the season goes on and tournaments come and go." Konta wins in Wuhan QR1

“I’ve completely put the US Open behind me - the season goes on and tournaments come and go." Konta wins in Wuhan QR1

Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

Fifa scandal

Who does Sepp Blatter think he is?

He enjoys long walks in the Swiss countryside. He listens to classical music every morning. He challenges himself to solve a crossword or sudoku puzzle.

To better understand who Blatter is and why he still wants to be president, in May 2015 BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway spoke to six people who know the Fifa leader well.

Sepp Blatter
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Pumas without Galarza for Georgia clash

Argentina v Georgia (Fri, 16:45 BST)

Argentina
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Argentina lock Mariano Galarza will miss the rest of the World Cup after being banned for nine weeks for making contact "with the eye or eye area" of New Zealand's Brodie Retallick.

Today the Pumas take on Georgia in their Pool C match in Gloucester - you can follow live commentary of that game here..

bbc-coveragePetit should have joined Man Utd

World Football podcast

World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit says he regrets leaving Arsenal for Barcelona in 2000 and also reveals he may have made another error by not swapping Camp Nou for Old Trafford.  

Emmanuel Petit
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Speaking to BBC World Football, Petit claims former United bossSir Alex Fergusoncalled him a couple of times when he was in Spain because he knew he was unhappy at Barca.

"Maybe I should have gone to Man Utd and had a chance to play at Old Trafford with Roy Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Beckham and co," said the former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder. "Another mistake from myself."

Hear more from Petit by downloadingthe latest BBC World Football podcast.

Nothing to see here...

Fifa scandal

You'd imagine that the front page of the Fifa website was worth visiting right about now. Or maybe not...

graphic
Fifa.com

Sussex relegated

Cricket

Sussex have been relegated from Division One of the County Championship following a 100-run defeat by champions Yorkshire at Headingley.

Following Hampshire's win against Nottinghamshire earlier in the day, Sussex needed to at least draw their game, but defeat ended their five-year stay in the top flight.  

Who is Sepp Blatter?

Fifa scandal

How much do you know about Sepp Blatter - the man who was re-elected for an unprecedented fifth four-year term asFifapresident in May?

You can find out about his improbably journey from the alpine town of Vispto the top of world football here.

Sepp Blatter
AFP

Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

Fifa scandal

Sepp Blatter
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Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter told BBC Sport's Richard Conway in August he is "clean" and "there is no corruption in football" amid criminal investigations at world football's governing body.  

You can watch that video again here.

Criminal proceedings opened against Blatter

Fifa scandal

As for the man himself he's been a little quiet on Twitter - in fact he hasn't posted anything in the last seven days.

Sepp Blatter Twitter
BBC

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David Faulkner: Can Platini still stand for Fifa President if Blatter is suspected of a disloyal payment to him? 

Cameron: In a word, No. Position is untenable. I think Fifa as it exists is untenable and should be disbanded.

As it happened

Fifa scandal

Here's a quick look back at today's events from Fifa through the eyes of BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Richard Conway.

Fifa executive committee meeting has concluded. Germany's Niersbach says Blatter spoke briefly on Valcke's suspension. Press conf in 90 mins

Breaking: Fifa cancel press conference.

No one at Fifa answering calls. Mystery as to what is happening within the hq right now.

EXCLUSIVE: Fifa president Sepp Blatter being questioned by representatives of Swiss Attorney General in Zurich right now.

Swiss open proceedings against Blatter: "suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation"

Blatter in quotes

Fifa scandal

Sepp Blatter
AP

"I am the president now, the president of everybody," said Sepp Blatter after winning a fifth term as head of Fifa.

Yet that was far from the strangest thing he has said during his 17-year stint as president.

From mountain goats to tighter shorts, the 79-year-old has never been shy to air his views; here are some of his most notable comments.