Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Liverpool to sign midfielder / defender Joel Matip at end of season
  2. Qatar 2022 World Cup 'could be moved', says FA chairman Dyke
  3. Aston Villa's Lescott apologises for 'pocket' car tweet
  4. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Over and out

And that is all from us.

Thanks for joining in with today's debate and here's the good news ... we'll be back tomorrow with more of the same.

Sportsday returns at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday. See you then.

Attempts to rig a game


The Dutch football association has confirmed for the first time that a match-fixer attempted to rig a game in the country's top flight league, the Eredivisie.

In a statement which has just been released to the media, it says its integrity unit established that Willem II Tilburg midfielder Ibrahim Kargbo organized with Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal for Willem II to lose to FC Utrecht on Aug. 9, 2009.

The association's operational director, Gijs de Jong, says that Dutch football, has "officially lost its innocence".

indefinite suspension


Serge Aurier
Getty Images

Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier has been suspended indefinitely after appearing to use homophobic language to insult coach Laurent Blanc.

The Ivorian, 23, was also shown calling team-mate Angel di Maria a "clown" as he answered questions from fans on social media app Periscope.

PSG play Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Aurier later apologised saying: "What I did was really stupid and inexcusable. I really regret what happened."

Cup final ticket price lowered


Getty Images

The Football Association has reacted to the storm over ticket prices by reducing the cost of attending the FA Cup final and semi-finals.

Following five pound cuts across the board, tickets for the 21 May Wembley showpiece will start at £45, excluding concessions, and semi-final tickets will begin at £30.

A statement from the FA read: "So far, this season's competition has seen attendances close to two million and £13m distributed to clubs across the football pyramid.

"The FA is in a good financial position and lowering the cost of these showpiece matches is in recognition of the strong, continued commitment from fans supporting the world's original cup competition."

Death of former Russian anti-doping head



The former head of Russia's anti-doping agency Rusada has died, the organisation says.

Nikita Kamaev's death comes two months after he resigned his post following a doping scandal in Russian athletics.

Rusada said the cause of death was "a massive heart attack".

Russia was suspended from international athletics last November. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accused Russian athletics of state-backed doping, corruption and extortion.

Vote results are in

Was Lionel Messi's penalty a great piece of skill or disrespectful?

You have voted in your thousands and you, the Sportsday public, have come to the clear decision that Lionel Messi's penalty, where he passed to Luis Suarez who then scored, was a piece of great skill and should be applauded.

Thanks to everyone for voting.

Messi vote

Can anyone stop Juve?


Getty Images

Juventus are top of Serie A after winning 15 successive games.

The latest victory came against previous leaders Napoli, Simone Zaza's late strike earning the points in a 1-0 win.

Napoli had looked set to maintain their two-point lead until substitute Zaza's deflected 18-yard shot flew past away keeper Pepe Reina.

Defending champions Juve are bidding for a fifth straight Scudetto.

It's all in the head...


Getty Images

An early contender for quote of the season.

Stoke frontman Mame Diouf, explaining how he was able to play in defence during the weekend win over Bournemouth.

"I take out all the striker things out of my head and put in the right-back things," he tells the Stoke Sentinel.

Ah, we were wondering how he did it...

In the medals


Getty Images

Great Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign have claimed a bronze medal in the 49er class at the World Championships in the USA.

The world number six pair went into the final race of the series in sixth place but victory saw them beat their previous best of fourth place in the 2013 event. 

'Embracing clean athletes'


The world's best swimmers will face up to seven anti-doping tests in the run up to August's Rio Olympics.

The International Swimming Federation (Fina) will oversee the initiative after critics said it had not done enough to fight doping.

The testing will mainly be done by leading national anti-doping agencies.

"Fina deserves a lot of credit for embracing the voice of clean athletes," said United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) boss Travis Tygart.

World champs at the double?


Anthony Joshua
Getty Images

Britain, with a bit of luck, could soon have two world heavyweight champions.

It has been announced that Anthony Joshua will fight reigning champ Charles Martin for the IBF world heavyweight title at London's O2 Arena on 9 April.

American Martin, 29, has won 23 and drawn one of his 24 fights and beat Vyacheslav Glazkov for the vacant IBF belt in January. Joshua, 26, most recently beat Dillian Whyte with a seventh-round knockout to claim the British heavyweight title.

Fellow Brit Tyson Fury holds the WBA and WBO belts and is set to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch in May or June.

On this day...


Geoff Boycott in 1978
Getty Images

1978: England, captained by Geoff Boycott, were dismissed for 64 as they suffered their first defeat by New Zealand.

No charge


Getty Images

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini will not face action from the Football Association over his comments about referee Mark Clattenburg.

Pellegrini expressed his frustration with Clattenburg after City's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

Pellegrini told the BBC after the game: "It was a penalty that Clattenburg wanted to sign for and he gave the sign. It was absolutely the wrong decision." 

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Messi's penalty: Great skill or disrespectful?

Steven: Not disrespectful, just players having fun on the pitch. If you don't like it, stop them winning.

Carl: It's really not much difference between the Henry/Pires attempt for Arsenal except the fact Suarez scored. Cheeky, yet genius.

Jack Hayes: Messi/ Suarez penalty is 1) illegal as Suarez encroaches and 2) not genius at all as its been done and isn't difficult.

Have you voted on the issue? If not, what is keeping you. Vote at the top of this page now.

Pogba deal on?

Football gossip

Getty Images

The Mirror claims Manchester City's chances of signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, have been boosted after financial restrictions forced Barcelona to pull out of an £85m deal to sign the France international.

Platini to 'fight against injustice'

Michel Platini
Getty Images

Michel Platini says that he is fighting not for his future but "against injustice" after arriving at his appeal hearing on Monday.

Platini, 60, was banned for eight years by the world governing body's ethics committee in December, as was president Sepp Blatter. 

Michel Platini

Platini to 'fight against injustice'

Michel Platini says that he is fighting not for his future but "against injustice" after arriving at his appeal hearing on Monday.

Read more

Man City Women sign defender Campbell


Megan Campbell
Getty Images

Manchester City Women have signed Republic of Ireland defender Megan Campbell. 

The 22-year-old has spent the past three years playing for Florida State University on a sports scholarship.

Campbell, who has won 33 international caps, is City's fourth addition for the forthcoming season.

New addition

Rugby League

Getty Images

Championship newcomers Swinton have signed Welsh international Rhodri Lloyd from Wigan.

The 22-year-old centre or second rower, who played for Wales in the 2013 World Cup, made just seven Super League appearances in four seasons with the Warriors. 

Burnley pay their respects


Staff and supporters gathered to pay respects to Frank Teasdale as he passed Turf Moor one final time. #BFC

Staff and supporters gathered to pay respects to Frank Teasdale as he passed Turf Moor one final time. #BFC

Teasdale was chairman at Burnley FC for 13 years before handing over to Barry Kilby in 1998.

Vote now

Messi's penalty: Great skill or disrespectful?

We've been discussing it all day and now you can vote on it.

Lionel Messi's penalty against Celta Vigo, where he passed to Luis Suarez, who scored - great skill or disrespectful? You decide.

You can vote at the top of this page and voting closes at 16:40 GMT.

Terry out of PSG clash


John Terry
Getty Images

John Terry will not feature in Chelsea's Champions League last-16 tie at Paris St-Germain.

The defender did not make the trip with the rest of the squad today due to a hamstring and ligament problem, described by the club as "minor".

Oscar has travelled to France, despite missing Saturday's 5-1 win over Newcastle.

Bale and Allen doubts for Wales

Gareth Bale
Huw Evans picture agency

Forward Gareth Bale and midfielder Joe Allen are doubts for Wales' March friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine.

Bale, 26, has not played since injuring his calf in Real Madrid's 5-1 win against Sporting Gijon on 17 January.

Liverpool expect Allen, 25, to be out "for a while" with a hamstring injury.

Full story here.

Gareth Bale

Bale and Allen doubts for Wales

Forward Gareth Bale and midfielder Joe Allen are doubts for Wales' March friendlies against Northern Ireland and Ukraine.

Read more

Curle signs new deal


Getty Images

Keith Curle has signed a new contract to remain as Carlisle United manager until 2018.

"In my opinion, Keith has transformed this football club," chairman Andrew Jenkins said. "We're very confident that together we can take the club forward,"

Carlisle are 12th in League Two, six points off the play-off places.

Is the title coming to Tottenham?


Tottenham are now within two points of Premier League leaders Leicester after Christian Eriksen struck a late winner at fourth-placed Manchester City on Sunday.

It's a fifth league win in a row now for Spurs, but can they really win their first league title since 1961? Find out what Tim Sherwood and Danny Murphy thought on this week's Match of the Day 3.

Veteran prop Mason in Super League return

Rugby League

Willie Mason
Getty Images

Catalans Dragons have signed former Australia and New South Wales prop Willie Mason on a one-year deal. 

The 35-year-old, who played six Super League games for Hull KR in 2011 before moving to French rugby union side Toulon, was at Manly last season. 

He played 290 NRL games during his 15-year career spent with five clubs, including Canterbury, where he won the 2004 Premiership.

Answer time

Rugby Union

A Question of Sport Teaser

Remember the poser we set you earlier? It was:

Jonathan Joseph became the seventh Englishman to score a Six Nations hat-trick since 2000. Who are the other six?

Well, the answers are in.

(Imaginary drum-roll)

Austin Healey, Will Greenwood, Jason Robinson, Mark Cueto, Jamie Noon, Chris Ashton

Well done if you got them all spot on.

Leigh reject Giants' Brierly bids

Rugby League

Leigh Centurions have turned down two bids for half-back Ryan Brierly from Super League side Huddersfield Giants, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

The 23-year-old was not included in Leigh's squad for the Championship win over Oldham on Sunday.

Jose heading to Manchester?

Football gossip

Van Gaal
Getty Images

Couple of stories in The Sun today that Louis van Gaal will be absolutely ecstatic about.

The paper says Manchester United could appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager before their next league game at home to Arsenal on 28 February.

It also claims Van Gaal has taken a short-term lease on a house over fears he might be sacked.

Rugby Union

Young wants Wasps 'killer instinct'

Dai Young
Getty Images

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young says his side are still searching for a "killer instinct" this season, despite thrashing Premiership leaders Saracens. 

Wasps ran in eight tries as they hammered the defending champions 64-23 to move up to fourth in the table. 

"When we're playing a team we know will make us pay if we don't get things right, we respond to that," Young told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. "Against teams we probably should beat, we don't have that cutting edge - we have some development to do on that."

Today's sporting birthdays

Heurelho Gomes appluads
Getty Images

Heurelho Gomes  - Watford's Brazilian goalkeeper, born 1981. 

Desmond Haynes - Former West Indies opening batsman, born 1956. 

Craig Matthews - Former South Africa all-rounder, born 1965. 

Alexander Wurz - Former Formula One driver, born 1974.

Feeling better


Gary Neville
Getty Images

Gary Neville is no doubt feeling perkier today than he was this time last week.

He finally broke his La Liga duck by guiding Valencia to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Espanyol.

"The fans were incredible, especially when we went 1-0 down," said Neville. "They stayed with every single player, and me, and I am grateful for that.

"It's not a (time) for any celebration whatsoever,. We'll gain some confidence from the result. There's a good feeling from the dressing room and we'll take things forward."

O'Sullivan turns down 147 because of low prize


A great story from today's play in the Welsh Open.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was on his way to a maximum 147 clearance after potting 14 reds and 13 blacks.

However, after finding out a 147 break would only earn him a prize of £10,000, plus a £2,000 prize for the highest break of the competition, the five-time world champion opted to go for the pink instead on his way to a total break of 146.

"I found out it only paid £10,000 but a 147 is worth more than that," said O'Sullivan. "If it was more then I would've gone for the 147."

Watch the Welsh Open now by pressing the live coverage tab.

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Signings increase pressure


Getty Images

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is under more pressure because of his spending at the club, according to ex-Magpies caretaker boss John Carver.

McClaren has spent about £80m since last summer but his side are in the Premier League relegation zone.

"When you spend that amount of money it brings pressure with it," said Carver. "Maybe one or two of the players and staff are feeling that pressure. What you have to do is get over that."

Newcastle were thrashed 5-1 by Chelsea on Saturday and have picked up just seven points, including two wins and 10 defeats, from a possible 39 away from home this season. 

World Open update


Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has edged ahead of Barry Pinches 2-1 in the best-of-seven Welsh Open first round.

O’Sullivan took the opening frame, but Pinches hit back with a break of 70 to level. The third frame was scrappy, but O’Sullivan cleared from the last red to win on the black.

Earlier, the 2013 Welsh Open champion Stephen Maguire lost to world ranked 90 Martin O’Donnell in a last-frame decider.

England’s Barry Hawkins beat local favourite Lee Walker 4-2, while Hong Kong’s Marco Fu was a 4-2 winner against England’s Joel Walker.

Watch all the action by pressing the live coverage tab at the top of this page.

RESULTS: 64 matches on the 1st day of the #BVWelshOpen. Mark Selby among the winners so far

RESULTS: 64 matches on the 1st day of the #BVWelshOpen. Mark Selby among the winners so far

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Was Messi's penalty great skill or disrespectful?

Adam Gale: If that penalty happened to your kid at the weekend they would come off in tears because they were humiliated. Would it be so great then! It's disrespectful.

Colin Farthing: It was a genius moment! Surely trying to cheat to win is more disrespectful!

James Walker: No more disrespectful to score a penalty they won by a dive or scoring after deliberate handball etc.

Tweet us using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

International newspapers

Messi's penalty: Was it great skill or disrespectful?

Well, they certainly liked Messi's penalty in Spain. The front page of Sport was devoted to the incident, with them loving what they called the 'magic of Messi'.

Sport newspaper

Barca penalty: Disrespectful or genius?

Messi & Suarez
Getty Images

All day we have been asking whether Lionel Messi's decision to pass a penalty to Luis Suarez to help him score a hat-trick for Barcelona was great skill or disrespectful?

Well, in this feature, we look at both sides of the argument and the reaction from Spain.

You can read the article here.

Messi & Suarez

Barca penalty: Disrespectful or genius?

Was Lionel Messi's decision to pass a penalty to Luis Suarez to help him score a hat-trick for Barcelona a good or bad call?

Read more

Worcester sign scrum-half Hougaard

Francois Hougaard
Getty Images

Premiership strugglers Worcester Warriors sign South Africa scrum-half Francois Hougaard on a deal until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old, who can also play on the wing, has won 35 caps for the Springboks and scored five tries and has most recently been playing for  the South Africa Sevens side.

Francois Hougaard

Worcester sign scrum-half Hougaard

Worcester Warriors sign South Africa scrum-half Francois Hougaard on a deal until the end of the season.

Read more
Andros Townsend

Newcastle United midfielder Andros Townsend says dressing room fear is not to blame for their poor away form.

Read more

Where is it?


Our Spot The Ball contest is up and running.

BBC Sport
Getty Images

Click here to have a bash.