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Wanderers hit with fine, suspended points penalty

Dominic Bossi 1:40 PM   The poor behaviour of Western Sydney Wanderers' supporters has cost their club $50,000 and a suspended three point penalty after the Football Federation of Australia found the league leaders guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.

Wanderers unhappy, but demand rogue fans stay away

Stay away: Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas addresses the media in response to the FFA's sanction on Thursday.

Sebastian Hassett 3:47 PM   While the Western Sydney Wanderers were disappointed to be hit with a suspended three-point deduction and $50,000 fine for fan misbehaviour in Melbourne last weekend, club chief executive John Tsatsimas accepted the club needs to redouble their efforts to weed out the trouble-making fans.

FFA blow the opportunity of a lifetime

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill 3:35 PM   If you stuff a marine flare down the legs of your jeans, or a railway detonator under your coat, and you go to the football, well you're not really going for the football are you?

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Crunch weekend in EPL title race

In the box seat: Leicester lead the Premier League by five points with 13 matches to play.

2:53 PM   Leicester City will be wary of a reality check when the Premier League front-runners visit Arsenal on Sunday before Tottenham Hotspur's burgeoning title ambitions come under scrutiny at Manchester City.

My form must improve: Arnold

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 24: Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque celebrates with fans after winning the round three ...

Sebastian Hassett 2:06 PM   Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold made a rare admission on Thursday - he admits his coaching this season hasn't always been up to standard.

Sky Blues boosted by Brosque return

Back in business: Alex Brosque.

Emma Kemp 12:16 PM   Sydney FC will deploy one of their most potent attack forces of this A-League season against Perth, with both skipper Alex Brosque and David Carney given starting nods.

Solo considers boycotting Rio over Zika fear

Hope Solo

Harriet Alexander 10:52 AM   The goalkeeper of the American women's football team has become the most high-profile athlete yet to consider boycotting the Rio Olympics over fears of catching the Zika virus.

West Brom sneak past third-tier Peterborough

Peterborough United's Lee Angol holds his head in his hands after having a penalty saved by West Bromwich Albion ...

10:07 AM   English Premier League team West Bromwich Albion won a penalty shootout 4-3 to beat third-tier Peterborough United in a dramatic FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Liverpool back down over ticket prices

Empty seats are seen after some Liverpool supporters walked out to protest against the ticket price hike at the 77th ...

9:21 AM   Liverpool's American owners have bowed to pressure from the club's fans by backing down on plans to increase ticket prices significantly for next season following a mass walkout protest at Anfield on Saturday.

England player faces jail over child sex offences

Adam Johnson arrives at the Crown Court in Bradford, England.

Martin Evans 9:05 AM   Adam Johnson, the Sunderland and England footballer, could face more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to two child sex offences involving a 15-year-old girl.

Vardy puts head through old FIFA rating

In the form of his life: Jamie Vardy (right).

7:56 AM   Jamie Vardy has celebrated his updated FIFA player ratings in typically straightforward fashion by slamming his head through his old profile card.

Wanderers face the waiting game as FFA ponders sanction

Wanderers fans during the round 18 A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney in Melbourne on Saturday.

Sebastian Hassett 6:15 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers will now face a nervous wait to find out how Football Federation Australia whether punish them for fan misbehaviour after submitting their show cause response to the governing body on Wednesday night.

Victory determined to break ACL drought

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch   The last time Kevin Muscat had anything to do with Sven Goran Eriksson the latter was England manager and Muscat was part of the Australian squad that humbled Eriksson's side 3-1 at Upton Park in a friendly game in February 2003.

We shouldn't be punished for fans' antics, says Brendon Santalab

Making a mark: Brendon Santalab (left) is quickly becoming one of the A-League's most influential bench players.

Sebastian Hassett   The Western Sydney Wanderers shouldn't be punished with points deductions or fine for their fans' bad behaviour in the 1-1 draw against Melbourne Victory last Saturday, according to striker Brendon Santalab.

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Melbourne City's women to play Manchester City

Melbourne City will take on sister club Manchester City.

Melbourne City's championship-winning W-League team will fly out to the United Arab Emirates capital this weekend to train with and play sister club Manchester City.

City must play like Wanderers: Zullo

Michael Zullo says City will assert themselves in the contest.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne City need to adopt the Western Sydney Wanderers game plan if they are to stifle Melbourne Victory's attacking threat and earn three precious points in Saturday night's Melbourne derby, says the club's Socceroo defender Michael Zullo.

West Ham knocks out Liverpool

Angelo Ogbonna Obinza of West Ham United celebrates.

Angelo Ogbonna headed the winner in stoppage time of extra time as West Ham United secured a 2-1 win over Liverpool to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday.

Mourinho preparing for United appointment

Quietly confident: Jose Mourinho.

Matt Law   Mourinho, the former Chelsea numero uno, is understood to have told friends that he expects to resume work in the summer. At Old Trafford.

Adelaide won't dwell on ACL loss

Marcelo Carrusca of Adelaide United.

Adelaide United linchpin Marcelo Carrusca has urged his deflated teammates not to dwell on their Asian Champions League heartbreak.

Adelaide Utd out of Asian Champions League

There it is: Shandong's Diego Tardelli and Adelaide United midfielder Craig Goodwin battle for possession on Tuesday night.

Steve Larkin   ​Adelaide United have been tossed out of the Asian Champions League by China's Shandong Luneng, who banked a 2-1 victory in Tuesday night's playoff game in Adelaide.

Design plans for $300m Parramatta stadium to be unveiled

Out with the old: Parramatta Stadium has passed its use-by date.

Michael Chammas   Design recommendations for the $300 million stadium in Parramatta will be put forward at a meeting of major stakeholders on Wednesday.

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Brosque can't wait to return against Perth

Marquee signing Alex Brosque.

Sebastian Hassett   Having missed almost half the A-League season through injury, Sydney FC marquee man Alex Brosque is bursting to get back on the field after being cleared to play against Perth Glory on Saturday night.

Wanderers hope to escape sanctions but want unruly fans gone for good

Wanderers fans let off flares during the round 18 match against Melbourne Victory.

Sebastian Hassett   While the Western Sydney Wanderers will plead to Football Federation Australia to avoid handing out points deductions or fines for last Saturday's crowd behaviour, the club is determined to stamp out those fans who continue to tarnish the club's image.

A-League must act now to deter crude hooligans

Greg Baum

Greg Baum   More years ago than I care to count, after a soccer match in England, I found myself literally in a corner.

Roar don't want Wanderers' points stripped

On song: Jamie Maclaren of the Roar.

Star Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren doesn't want to see A-League title rivals Western Sydney stripped of competition points as punishment for fan misbehaviour.

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Wilkinson ready for derby debut

Key to the City: Newly signed Melbourne City defender Alex Wilkinson.

Michael Lynch   If things had gone slightly differently in the January transfer window there is a chance that Alex Wilkinson could have been poised to mark his return to the A-League in the navy blue of Melbourne Victory.

Secrets of Leicester's success

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.

John Percy   Claudio Ranieri has revealed the secrets behind Leicester City's remarkable season, insisting the English Premier League's surprise story "gives hope to everybody".

EPL fans plot walkout in ticket-price protest

Empty seats are seen after some Liverpool supporters walked out at the 77th minute at Anfield at the weekend to protest ...

Ben Rumsby   A walkout from an entire round of Premier League fixtures is to be discussed by supporters groups following Liverpool fans' ticket-price protest at the weekend.

Blatter, Platini to be invited to 2018 WC

Russia has defended its right to invite banned officials Michel Platini and Sepp Blatter to the 2018 World Cup.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says disgraced world soccer president Sepp Blatter and the sport's European head, Michel Platini, will be invited to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Away fans the issue: Wanderers CEO

Fired up: Wanderers fans in the crowd let off flares as police officers look on during Saturday's match at  Etihad Stadium.

Facing possible loss of competition points, A-League leaders Western Sydney Wanderers say they are searching for ways to better prevent fans blackening the club's reputation at away games.