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Never a good sign when the crowd walks out

Leaping Larry 7:10 PM   The threat of Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers supporter groups to walk out during this weekend's matches as a protest to the A-League's treatment of fans – and rather more specifically banned ones – evokes a number of major issues.

Former A-League4Canberra bid chief hesistant to deal with FFA again

A-League4Canberra bid leader Ivan Slavich writes out refund cheques for people who supported the bid.

Lee Gaskin 6:19 PM   Former A-League4Canberra bid chief Ivan Slavich says he would be hesitant to deal with Football Federation Australia again unless it drastically changes its views on A-League expansion.

Idiotic fans don't just attend A-League games, other sports should be wary

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Michael Cockerill 5:18 PM   At the end of a troubled week sparked by a tabloid beat-up that had the fingerprints of vested interests all over it, one thing is clear - one of the few things that genuinely unites the tribes in football is the familiar whiff of discrimination.

Cleaning up FIFA and giving football back to the people, Prince Ali's plan

Change in direction: Prince Ali Bin Hussein.

Dominic Bossi 4:55 PM   The man attempting to overthrow FIFA president Sepp Blatter is about to undertake a socialist revolution, bring power back to the masses in the clean-up of the world's biggest organisation.

Fans' walk-out won't distract Wanderers

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is not concerned by a planned walk-out by Western Sydney fans.

Sebastian Hassett 4:52 PM   The Western Sydney Wanderers' fans are planning to walk out in protest thi Sunday - but the captain and coach are confident it won't distract them.

Sydney FC to request referee be removed from their fixtures

Under siege: A-League referee Chris Beath has upset Sydney FC with his officiating.

Sebastian Hassett 3:14 PM   The ongoing tension between Sydney FC and controversial referee Chris Beath has boiled over, with Sydney FC ready to submit a claim to Football Federation Australia asking that the official be taken off their matches for the rest of the season.

What Prince Ali's candidacy for FIFA president means for Australia

The candidate: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

Dominic Bossi 3:06 PM   A firmer foothold in Asia? A leader in women's football and another chance another chance at a World Cup? What would can the FFA hope for if Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein became the next FIFA President

Liverpool reach Europa League knockout stage

Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp, left, celebrates with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as Kolo Toure looks on after their team's 2-1 win against Bordeaux in the Europa League.

Chris Bascombe 2:36 PM   Jurgen Klopp said he wants Liverpool fans to crave every second of his team's performances, but it was he who could not bear to watch the critical moment of the Europa League win over Bordeaux.

What was Liverpool's goalkeeper thinking?

All smiles: Jurgen Klopp (right) jokes with Simon Mignolet after the final whistle.

Richard Shute 2:36 PM   There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the playing future of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet - and a bizarre brain snap on Friday morning is not going to help the case for him remaining the Reds' number one.

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United fans torn between man and style

Making all the right movies ... off the pitch: Louis van Gaal.

Oliver Brown 2:22 PM   The most excruciatingly ponderous Manchester United team in living memory could yet sit top of the Premier League on Sunday morning.

Soccer violence claims more hysterical than historical

Soccer fan behaviour has been the subject of much debate.

Michael Lynch 1:40 PM   I scanned the media this week vainly searching for images of the notorious hooligan Harry The Dog, leader of the fabled F-Troop, London club Millwall's hard core fan group from the 1970s.

Victory fit and firing as Valeri, Berisha return

They're baaack: Carl Valeri and Besart Berisha will return for Melbourne Victory.

12:41 PM   Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has warned Adelaide United the A-League champions are fit, firing and out to prove a point on Saturday night.

Away fans banned from matches in France

Marseille players celebrate a goal in the Europa League. But in the French domestic league, a ban applies to away fans.

9:22 AM   Away fans will be banned from top soccer matches in France until mid-December with the country in a state of emergency following the Paris attacks and because of the forthcoming Climate Summit in the capital.

Aloisi's rant a product of stress: Miller

Newcastle Jets will be looking to do better this week than last, when they drew with Adelaide United.

11:49 PM   Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller suspects his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi would take back his rant against "anti-football" if he had the chance.

Fans make stand but action falls flat

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 26: Alex Brosque of Sydney FC reacts after an attempt at goal during the round eight A-League match between Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium on November 26, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Sebastian Hassett 11:03 PM   The Cove unveiled a pointed message for those aiming to whip up mass hysteria about football fans, but the on-field product didn't have the same impact as Sydney FC and Wellington played out a goalless draw.

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Izzo eager to make the most of Reddy saga at Mariners

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Nick Montgomery of the Mariners saves a goal with Paul Izzo (GK) of the Mariners in frame during the round six A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)

Dominic Bossi   It was never the way Paul Izzo imagined his first regular spot in the A-League would come about but following the abrupt departure of Liam Reddy from Central Coast Mariners, the youngster is out to cement his place.

Franjic back and Melling experiment to continue as City ready forPerth

Defensive role: Jacob Melling is set to again be used as a central defender for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch   Centre halves. Big, tall, strong, imposing players in the middle of the back four, aren't they. Great in the air, often less good on the ground.

Blatter says only FIFA Congress can bar him

Suspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Wednesday he believes that only the Congress of soccer's governing body, and not its Ethics Committee, can bar him from office.

Curry holds court, laughs off Messi comparison

Thirsty for Olympic success: Steph Curry.

Roy Ward   Stephen Curry held court with the world's media on Thursday and spoke openly on a wide range of topics.

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Dynamo Kiev fans banned over racism

Kiev will play in an empty stadium.

Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to play their next two home European games behind closed doors following racist behaviour and crowd disturbances caused by their fans when they hosted Chelsea last month.

Juve, Atletico, PSG into last sixteen

Juventus' Mario Mandzukic celebrates his goal.

Mario Mandzukic shrugged off his poor recent form to score the goal that sent last year's runners-up Juventus into the Champions League round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Manchester City.

Live Champions League scores and stats

Stunning brace: Memphis Depay.

Keep up to date with all the Champions League scores from Thursday morning's action.

Kicking Singapore out of Malaysian football helps nobody

Jason Dasey dinkus

Jason Dasey   Tuesday night's Malaysia Cup quarter-final underlined all that was good about Singapore's involvement, with a big crowd in Kuantan watching regional superstars such as Safuwan Baharudin and Faris Ramli duelling with Pahang's import players, including Dickson Nwakaeme, Matias Conti and Zesh Rehman.

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City in battle to hold on to Mooy

In demand: Aaron Mooy playing against Kyrgyzstan.

Dominic Bossi   Melbourne City are hoping to keep hold of in-demand marquee Aaron Mooy who is becoming subject of a high-profile transfer move to a major European club in the January window.

More heat no problem for Sky Blues: Ryall

Heat is on: Seb Ryall during Sydney FC's scoreless draw with Perth last week.

Sebastian Hassett   Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall is adamant his teammates will be in fine physical condition for Thursday night's clash against Wellington Phoenix, despite the short turnaround from Saturday's 0-0 draw in Perth.

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Fahid urges fans to stay – but understands if they walk out

Fahid Ben Khalfallah says he will understand if fans stage a walkout on Saturday but hopes they will not.

Michael Lynch   Melbourne Victory's star winger Fahid Ben Khallfallah will understand if angry Melbourne Victory fans walk out of the game in protest on Saturday night.

Wanderers offer to challenge FFA bans on behalf of members

Tarnished: Frederico Piovaccari celebrates scoring a goal during the round seven A-League match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium.

Dominic Bossi   Western Sydney Wanderers have become the first club to advocate on behalf of banned members, offering to challenge Football Federation Australia for any of those who believe they have unfairly received stadium bans. 

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Sanchez double helps keep Arsenal's Champions League hopes alive

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (centre) celebrates one of his two goals with teammates during the Champions League match between Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb.

Mike Collett   Arsenal beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 for a 16th straight season.

FFA didn't leak 'shame file', says Gallop

Standing firm: David Gallop, pictured at the launch of the W-League season in October.

Sebastian Hassett   Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop has defended the organisation's stern stance on troublemakers, albeit claiming that the published list of 198 banned spectators was not leaked by the FFA.

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Henrique 'good enough for Socceroos'

Brisbane Roar forward Henrique has raised eyebrows with his form after his return from a long-term knee injury.

Roar forward raises eyebrows with form after return from injury.