Referee stood down but Petkovic ban remains

Sebastian Hassett 8:11 PM   Australia's only referee at this year's World Cup, Ben Willians, has been stood down by the FFA, but his decision to send off Nikola Petkovic in Tuesday night's FFA Cup match will stand.

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Ronaldo's stunning strike against Liverpool

Ronaldo

2:30 PM   Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.

Balotelli to be punished for shirt swap

Mario Balotelli

9:45 AM   Fuming Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will take action against Mario Balotelli after he swapped shirts with Real Madrid's Pepe at halftime.

Arsenal strike late to break Anderlecht hearts

Arsenal players celebrating.

8:43 AM   Arsenal struck twice in the last two minutes for a smash and grab 2-1 away victory at Anderlecht in Champions League Group D on Wednesday to earn three vital points.

Koren likely to be sidelined until December

Robert Koren.

Michael Lynch 7:49 PM   Melbourne City's foreign star Robert Koren is likely to be missing until December after suffering a setback to the calf injury that has kept him out of action since the start of the A-League season.

It's all about us this season, says Wielaert

On the right track: Rob Wielaert (right) stretches during a Melbourne City training session.

Michael Lynch 7:45 PM   Ask Rob Wielaert what the biggest single difference he notices about Melbourne City compared to Melbourne Heart, and his answer might suprise.

Champions League record broken in frenzy

Bunch of five: Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano equalled Lionel Messi's record for most goals scored in a Champions League match.

Patrick Begley   Eight games. Three demolition jobs. And a new record for Champions League goals.

ACL finalists in dispute over ground hire fees

In dispute: Al-Hilal forward Nasser Al-Shamrani (left) contests the ball in his side's ACL semi-final against Al Ain.

Dominic Bossi 6:47 PM   Saudi Arabian club Al-Hilal are alleged to have failed to pay $1200 in outstanding ground hire fees owed to a suburban Sydney football club after reneging on a training deal at the last minute. 

United were too big for Moyes: Ferguson

From spuds to dud: David Moyes' ban on chips is said to have played an integral part in the demise of team spirit.

John Percy   Sir Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on David Moyes's troubled tenure at Manchester United, saying the former Everton manager underestimated the size of the job.

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Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC: The low-down

Sebastian Hassett 4:50 PM   Graham Arnold needs to get his players fresh and focused against a Brisbane side desperate to get its first win of the season.

Kick in the Balkans makes Georgievski a tough nut

Michael Lynch 4:08 PM   An international, playing for his country and taking on the likes of Chelsea in the European Champions League. You've got it made, right? Wrong. Just ask Melbourne Victory's new signing, Macedonian international Daniel Georgievski.

Villa deal: Caveat emptor, Valeri tells City

Michael Lynch 4:05 PM   Anything Sydney can do, Melbourne can do too. Sydney FC and West Sydney Wanderers set the bar high for attendance with their blockbuster derby at Allianz Stadium last Saturday night, but Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City will see the NSW teams' 41,000 and raise them a few for their clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Suarez prepares for Barca baptism

Luis Suarez was lambasted and ridiculed in equal measure by commentators around the world.

3:35 PM   Much has changed since Luis Suarez sunk his teeth into the shoulder of Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup back in June.

Williams the man to fill the striking void for City

David Williams (left) should now be at the peak of his powers.

Michael Lynch 12:47 PM   Whenever any media make the trip to Melbourne City's Latrobe University campus training area, striker David Williams is always one of the first out of the changing rooms to greet them.

Real too strong for Liverpool

Real Madrid players celebrating.

8:50 AM   Cristiano Ronaldo's 70th Champions League goal and a double from Karim Benzema guided Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Liverpool as the reigning champions notched a third straight victory in Group B.

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Referee red-carded over doubtful sending off

Referee Ben Wilson has been stood down after a questionable performance on Tuesday night in the FFA Cup.

David Polkinghorne 8:02 PM   Canberra referee Ben Williams has been stood down from officiating A-League games this weekend.

EPL champ tipped to play in MCG tournament

Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic

Caroline Wilson and Jesse Hogan 5:53 PM   English Premier League champion Manchester City looms as a headline act in next July's marquee soccer tournament at the MCG.

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe learning from A-League season

Josh Risdon is the first casualty of the Perth Glory's busy start to the season.

Brad Elborough   Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe says the busy start of the A-League season has provided a massive learning curve for him.

Perth Glory looks to Joondalup for new training base

Andy Keogh and the Perth Glory could be headed for a new northern home.

Brad Elborough   The Perth Glory is the latest WA-based national sporting team to look to the suburbs for its new base.

Bayern blasts Roma as Champions League rains goals

Arjen Robben celebrates his goal.

Andy Scott   Bayern Munich produced a stunning display to demolish Roma, but they were not the biggest winners.

Silverware still drives birthday boy Wenger

'Do I feel young? No, my age is my age. You have to believe in that but the desire and motivation is stronger than ever': Wenger.

Jeremy Wilson   Arsene Wenger played the full 90 minutes of a staff football match at Arsenal last week, so it was no surprise to hear him confirm his physical wellbeing on Wednesday, his 65th birthday.

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