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  1. FA governance to be discussed in Parliament
  2. Arsenal can still win Premier League title - Wenger
  3. Great Britain beat Latvia 3-0 in second Fed Cup group game
  4. Get involved: How would you reform football? #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite, Michael Emons and Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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And that is the end of today's Sportsday.

The Parliament debate into FA governance can be watched live on BBC Parliament.

It looks like Parliament will be wanting the FA to take some action on how it is governed. There could be big changes for English football in the future.

Sportsday will be back tomorrow at 08:00 GMT on Friday with a whole host of Premier League news conferences, the third day of the Fed Cup and all the breaking news.

Thanks for all your comments and bye for now.

'Root and branch reform'

Parliament debate into FA governance

Graham Jones, Labour MP for Hyndburn, said: "It is time for a root and branch reform of this organisation and some sense that the English game is being managed for benefit of all.

“It can’t just be about the FA. It has got to be about other issues at grassroots level, about the funding of grassroots football."

The MPs have passed a motion of no confidence in the Football Association.

Chelsea have not won title yet - Conte

The Premier League Show (22:00 GMT)


Watch as Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists his side are not guaranteed to win the Premier League title this season, despite their nine-point lead over second-placed Tottenham.

Chelsea have not won title yet - Conte

Watch the full interview on the Premier League Show, Thursday, 9 February 22:00 GMT on BBC Two.

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How would you reform football?

Darren King: Stop defenders ushering the ball out of play on goaline it's plain obstruction, they make no attempt to play ball.

John Ghoti: Only a fool would majorly change the rules of the most popular game on earth. Investment in better refs would be nice though. 

Stu: Nearest player to the ball has to take the throw-in or free kick (indirect). Stops timewasting & lost time waiting for player.

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A huge annoyance - the defender protecting the ball going out of play.

Celtic's Rogic out for 'months' after ankle op


Tom Rogic

Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic faces a "few months" more on the sidelines following an ankle operation.

The Australia international, 24, last played for the Scottish Premiership leaders on 17 December against Dundee.

He came off at half-time of that match, which Celtic won 2-1, and aggravated the injury in training as he sought to get back to full fitness.

"His foot stuck in the ground and he did a full twist on it," said Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. "It was unfortunate, it was right at the end of training, the same spot where he had it before. He had to have an operation. [He] will be out probably for the next few months."

'Acknowledge the lack of diversity'

Parliament debate into FA governance

Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester East, said: “Of course the FA is an organisation that needs to be reformed. I think Greg Clarke is genuine in his desire to reform and he has made it very clear that if these reforms are not followed through that he will relinquish his position.

"What is important is that reform happens sooner rather than later.

"Twenty-five per cent of professional footballers are of Afro Caribbean origin but only 17 of 92 top clubs have got BAME coach. It is really important to look at the way football has developed over the last few decades and acknowledge the lack of diversity."

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Chelsea and Tottenham 'abusing the national stadium'

Parliament debate into FA governance

It's a bit off topic but Bob Blackman, Conservative MP for Harrow East, has criticised the decision for Chelsea and Tottenham to use Wembley.

He said: “Wembley has always been our national stadium. It is a shrine for FA Cup finals, League Cup finals, but it is now being transformed for Tottenham play for there for a year and for Chelsea to play for three years for their home matches. 

"That is wrong. It is abusing the national stadium. It should be kept for the all-important matches. If Wembley is turned into a stadium that clubs will use, that is an abuse of the national stadium.”

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How would you reform football?

Colin Muncie: Abolish parachute payments from the Premier League. Doesn't happen in other walks of life and an unfair reward for failure.

Andy McBride: Go back to some of the traditional rules -  offside is offside, handball is handball and tackling is allowed. Bonus point for scoring four or more goals.

Andy Salamonczyk: Premier League champions to be immune from relegation the following season.

Tweet us using #bbcsportsday or write on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

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Someone's a big fan of Andy S's idea

Pleased to see MPs back our proposals - FSF chairman

Parliament debate into FA governance

Football Supporters Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke is pleased with the Parliament debate into FA governance (see 16:22 GMT entry).

"We're very pleased to see so many MPs back our proposals for a minimum of five fan representatives on the FA Council, representation on the FA Board, and increased diversity," said Clarke.

“Supporters are integral to the health of our national sport yet are still shockingly under-represented in the FA hierarchy - the FA Council has only one supporter representative, yet the Armed Forces and Oxbridge have five.

"It is also important to acknowledge the FA Council has stood up to rampant commercialism within the game and protected fans' interests - such as when the FA Council stopped the "Hull Tigers" name change."

'Talk without action is no longer an option'

Parliament debate into FA governance

Nigel Huddleston, Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire, says: “We have the most watched, admired and financially lucrative league in the world with attendance of over 90% every week.

“The FA does great work and invests £60m in grassroots football each year. We should acknowledge the great work of Greg Clarke in trying to reform the FA. He has given encouraging signals.

“The problem is we have heard again and again over a number of years that they recognise the deficiencies and intend to change but they have been talking about this for 50 years.

“If we (Parliament) have to intervene we will. Talk without action is no longer an option.”

Greg Clarke
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FA chairman Greg Clarke

Criticism of Ranieri unfair - Clement

Swansea City v Leicester City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri
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Swansea boss Paul Clement thinks speculation on the future of Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is 'unfair.'

The Premier League champions are level on points with Swansea heading into Sunday's relegation battle at the Liberty Stadium, with Ranieri receiving a vote of confidence this week.

"What he did last year was remarkable and for that he deserves time to try and put it right," Clement said. ''How he is public enemy number one? I just don't understand that. The talk of unrest and players speaking to the chairman and pundits talking about who might be next Leicester boss is not right.

"He's a very good coach, tactically very good, did amazingly well with that group, got them so tough during that run-in when everyone thought they would fall away and they kept winning 1-0, 1-0, 1-0. He deserves a chance to turn it around."

A fan representative on the FA board?

Parliament debate into FA governance

Jason McCartney, the Conservative MP for Colne Valley, says: "I back the Football Supporters Federation’s recommendation that there should be a minimum of five supporter representatives on the FA Council and a supporter representative on the FA board itself.

"That supporter representative could then help increase diversity of the  decision making in English football."

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How would you reform football?

Matthew Ball: Put salary caps in place like in the US, switch transfer fees for trading of players, and take outrageous fees out of play.

Hamza Darby: Punish play acting with a yellow. Can still give the foul but it'll stop them jumping about and rolling around as if been shot.

CFC: When the injured player goes off after treatment, the player committing the foul should go off as well.

Robert Snodgrass
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Robert Snodgrass, then of Hull, infuriated Crystal Palace when he 'won' a penalty in a match in December. Then Palace boss Alan Pardew said Snodgrass should be embarrassed. The player later apologised.

'Time has come for fans on boards of clubs'

Parliament debate into FA governance

An update from the Parliament debate looking at the governance of the Football Association.

Clive Efford, the Labour MP for Eltham, says: "Construction of FA board clearly needs reform. I think we should have fans representatives on the FA board and time has come for fans on boards of clubs. 

"It is the fans we turn to looking to save clubs and they are from the communities of which clubs sprung. We have to be clear who are we seeking to empower. The FA board clearly is too weak to deal with the EFL and Premier League."

Parliament debate into FA governance


The Parliament debate looking at the governance of the Football Association is under way.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has warned the FA it could lose £30m-£40m of funding if it does not modernise.

Watch live coverage, via BBC Parliament. 

FA debate. Official attendance to be announced later. No half time.

FA debate. Official attendance to be announced later. No half time.

Damian Collins outlining how FA needs greater independence and legislation is only way to achieve it: "The turkeys won't vote for Christmas"

Government 'unconvinced' by safe standing


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The government "remains unconvinced" by the case to reintroduce safe standing to Premier League and Championship grounds in England.  

Scottish champions Celtic opened a standing section at Celtic Park last summer, which a report says will continue to be monitored. Premier League clubs agreed further talks on the possibility of introducing safe standing at grounds in November.

A change to allow standing in England would need a change in legislation.

Top flight and Championship stadiums have to be all-seater after terraces were outlawed in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. Ninety-six Liverpool fans standing on the terraces died during the Reds' FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground.

Cameroon rise 29 places in Fifa list


Vincent Aboubakar (left) scored Cameroon's winner in the Nations Cup final
Vincent Aboubakar (left) scored Cameroon's winner in the Nations Cup final

Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon have climbed 29 places to sit 33rd in the latest Fifa world rankings.

The Indomitable Lions move from 12th to third in Africa behind the continent's top-ranked side Egypt, who they beat 2-1 in Sunday's Nations Cup final.

Egypt moved up 12 places globally to take the top spot on the continent and sit in 25th place on the world list. Nations Cup quarter-finalists Senegal, the top African side last month, are second in Africa and 31st overall.

Wales are 12th, England 13th, Republic of Ireland 25th, Northern Ireland 35th and Scotland 67th.

Nadal to miss Rotterdam


It could be anywhere, but Rafael Nadal has announced he will not be competing in next week's ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. 

The 30-year-old Spaniard, who lost in a five-set Australian Open final to Roger Federer last month, said: "After last year's absence from some tournaments, I started this season well and made a significant effort during the Australian swing. 

"It's because of this that my doctors have strongly advised me to take it easy and give enough rest to my body before competing again to avoid further injuries."

Rafael Nadal

Derbyshire to step down


Royal Yachting Association director of racing John Derbyshire is to retire after 32 years with the national governing body. 

Derbyshire, who joined the RYA as national racing coach in 1985 and became director of racing in 2001, will remain in the full-time post until September, but his impending departure means the RYA has two important posts to fill as Olympic manager Stephen Park is also moving on this spring to become British Cycling's performance director. 

Abbott defends Kolpak decision


South African bowler Kyle Abbott says he stands by his decision to join Hampshire.

The BBC's cricket magazine programme Stumped has an interview with with South African fast bowler Kyle Abbott, who quit international cricket midway through a Test series last month to take up a Kolpak deal with Hampshire.

"I always felt like I was being close to being dropped and I have good reason too," the 29-year-old says. "I was dropped after some pretty decent performances for South Africa. 

"From my debut to the World Cup, to not so long ago against England in a Test series here, recently taking a five-for against India in India and two Test matches later not playing again. I always felt that whatever I did, I was on the verge of being dropped for either something better or a bright idea of a new player."

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How would you reform football?

Andrew Rothery: FA & EFL Cups + 1st & 2nd Prem = Champs League. Only five overseas players on pitch. Cap team transfers to £100M per season!

Richie Turner: I would ban substitutions after 90 mins. Blatant timewasting. Nobody needs to be subbed with 30 seconds to go.

SilverJFox: Three-yard quadrant in each corner - no attacking player allowed in there for more than five seconds - no more time-wasting in corner.

Good work everyone, there is still time to tweet us using #bbcsportsday or write on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

Adebajo Akinfenwa
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No more of this from the big man Adebajo Akinfenwa if SilverJFox gets their way

On this day...

Rugby Union

In 2016, former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O'Connell announced his retirement from rugby with immediate effect because of injury.     

Paul O'Connell
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Defoe focused on Sunderland survival

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Jermain Defoe

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, subject of a £6m bid from former club West Ham last month, insists he is only thinking about his club's survival as the Black Cats seek to move off the bottom of the table with victory over Southampton on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who has scored five league goals in as many matches this year, said: "It's always nice when you're wanted. But I've been a part of this game for a long time and that's part and parcel of it now, so it was easy for me to see it and just think, 'OK, that's nice people want me, but I've got to be focused on Sunderland'.

"I realise how important the goals are, so I totally dedicate myself to preparing in the correct way so I'm ready to go." 

Spurs must be clever to beat Reds - Pochettino

Liverpool v Tottenham (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is expecting a "high-tempo, intensive" game when his side play Liverpool on Saturday and says Spurs need to be "clever" to win at Anfield.

Watch some of his news conference here.

Liverpool v Tottenham: Spurs need to be clever to beat Reds - Pochettino

Ayew to face the Foxes

Swansea v Leicester (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Paul Clement confirms that deadline day swap signing Jordan Ayew will make his debut against the Foxes: "He joined in training this morning, he is ready to go and he will be involved on Sunday," the Swans boss says.

'Extra spice' in basement battle

Swansea v Leicester (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Few would have predicted Swansea's recent win at Liverpool and although the Welsh side's defeat at Manchester City left them in 17th, new boss Paul Clement says of Sunday's home game with fellow strugglers Leicester - who also have 21 points - "I think psychologically, if we get the victory and a good performance, that would be a big boost for us.

"The two teams are level on points and we will not play each other again this season, so that adds an extra spice to the fixture."  

Gylfi Sigurdsson

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How would you reform football?

Colin Todd: • Safe standing areas • No attacking player in six-yard box before corner is taken • Pass (football!) instead of throw in.

Pete Garrett: Bring back and enforce moving free kicks 10 yards to stop dissent / delays, and make it a penalty if the 10 yards go into box.

Not Daniel: Introduce minimum terms for managers. At least half a season, create a level of consistency.

Keep the thoughts coming in to us, using #bbcsportsday or by posting on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

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The end of the throw-in? Drastic.

O'Sullivan and Trump bow out


Bad news for the viewing figures at the World Grand Prix in Preston, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump have both lost in the second-round stage.

Both rapid potters lost 4-1, O'Sullivan to another former world champion, Neil Robertson, and Trump to Barry Hawkins.

How will O'Sullivan sound after that?

Ronnie O'Sullivan gives 'robot' voice protest interview

Puel demands league focus

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Many Southampton fans will already be looking ahead to 26 February and a League Cup final meeting with Manchester United at Wembley.

But boss Claude Puel says: "The best way to prepare for the Cup final is with a good result this weekend against Sunderland."

Having lost at Swansea, Saints then went from a goal up to a 3-1 home defeat against West Ham last week and Puel said: "We have to keep a good ambition. We cannot accept this position and the last results. It's not us."  

Southampton beaten at home by West Ham
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Swinburn's death 'a tragic accident'

Horse racing

An inquest into the death of jockey Walter Swinburn has recorded a verdict of accidental death. 

The Westminster coroner concluded that the 55-year-old rider of Shergar and two other Epsom Derby winners died as a result of injuries incurred in “a tragic accident” when he fell around 12-feet from the window of the bathroom at his London home. 

We are going in a good direction - Koeman

Middlesbrough v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Some more quotes from Everton boss Ronald Koeman on his team, who are seventh and unbeaten in seven Premier League games, and top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku.

"From day one of working with Romelu, he's a perfect professional, he likes to improve, train hard and is really involved in the team," said Koeman.

"The club is more important than the manager or the players and if the team's working hard he will score the goals. The team makes Romelu the top striker, obviously you need the striker to have that quality of finishing, but you can't do it by yourself.

"The team is stronger than at the beginning of the season and it's up to everyone to show we're getting better and fighting to win titles. It's really difficult to come through the top six, but I'm convinced we're going in a good direction."

Everton goal
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'Give a little more as a collective'

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton travel to the north east to face the bottom side, who stunned Crystal Palace with a 4-0 win at Selhurst Park last weekend, without their key defender Virgil van Dijk, who is out for around two months with ankle trouble.

"He is a big miss for the team. The answer is to give a little more as a collective," says Saints boss Claude Puel, who adds that Sofiane Boufal also misses out with an ankle injury.

Saints silent over Caceres rumours

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

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Southampton boss Claude Puel on former Barcelona and Juventus defender Martín Caceres, who is currently a free agent and has been linked with a move to the Saints, subject to a work permit.

"Caceres is not with us. We will see what happens in the next few days," Puel explains. 

Koeman hopes 'world-class finisher' Lukaku stays

Middlesbrough v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

There has been speculation that the Premier League's top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku is set to sign a new deal at Everton. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has been talking about Lukaku, who scored four in their 6-3 win over Bournemouth last week.

"I didn't speak to the board about Romelu but if his agent has mentioned he likes to stay or is close to a new deal then that's perfect for Everton," said Koeman.

"If players see a future at the club, if they see the team improving and getting stronger then that's always a plus for them to stay. Everyone has their own ambition, that's normal, and we like to keep the good players. At the moment he's the top scorer, playing at a high level, so clinical, and it would be difficult to find a replacement so I hope he stays.

"He's a world class finisher but in other details, other qualities, he can and must improve and he knows that. If the team's showing ambition it's always good and we need to show him that the short future is at Everton."

Romelu Lukaku
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Romelu Lukaku is the top goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 16 goals

Saints 'angry' with results

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Since Southampton reached the League Cup final with that fine win at Liverpool, they have lost 5-0 in the FA Cup and successive league defeats have left them 13th in the table. Manager Claude Puel says: "The squad is angry with the last results. We have to correct this and give a good answer."  

Life as a snowboarder

Winter sports

Watch as BBC Sport marks a year to go until the 2018 Winter Olympics by seeing what British snowboarder Katie Ormerod gets up to during a typical day.

READ MORE: GB's 2018 Winter Olympic medal chances 'exciting'

Winter Olympic Shorts: What's it like to be a pro snowboarder?

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How would you reform football?

Jock Jamieson Black: Fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh have a knockout for the last European (Champions League) spot.

Alan Robins: Invest & support in grass roots with a clear strategy for future - cost of FA/Wembley vs investment totally disproportionate.

Joiny Z. Beans (Jnr): Get rid of shin pads, they've been slowing players down for years now.

Keep sending us your suggestions on how to reform football (serious or jokey) and we will put the best of those messages on this page throughout the day. Alternatively, you can write on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

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Personalised shinpads? The game's gone.

Man Utd media


Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Of major interest in today’s investors conference call was executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward’s admission that the huge growth in United’s commercial revenues will be hard to maintain.

Instead, it seems attention is turning to increasing media revenues.

The MUTV app Woodward announced today will not be available in the United Kingdom but it is expected to be available in China, India and Indonesia.

At a cost of between £1.99 and £4.99, it is not going to be a “game changer” but it does represent the first steps in what will become a major advance into the digital word for United, as that is where their next drive for increased revenues will come from.

2018 Olympic torch

Winter Sports

Staying with the Winter Olympics, the torch has been unveiled for 2018 in Pyeongchang in South Korea. How many triple A's would that need?

👀 soon 👇🔥. @pyeongchang2018 @Olympics

👀 soon 👇🔥. @pyeongchang2018 @Olympics