LiveSportsday: Suarez appeal verdict - as it happened

Summary

  1. Luis Suarez four-month playing ban upheld
  2. Barcelona striker cleared to train and play in friendlies for club & country
  3. Shane Long and Florin Gardos complete moves to Southampton
  4. Celtic stay in Champions League as Legia Warsaw lose expulsion appeal
  5. Swansea agree a deal for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez
  6. England's Stuart Broad set to be fit for fifth Test

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By James Gheerbrant and Gary Rose

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That is all on what has been a busy Sportsday. We have brought you transfers, news conferences and the outcome and subsequent reaction to Luis Suarez's appeal verdict.

He has been given the green light to train and will join his Barcelona team-mates tomorrow. Want to find out what he looks like in a Barca shirt? Join us tomorrow.

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Gillingham manager Peter Taylor expects goalkeeper Stuart Nelsonto be out for at least two months.

The 32-year-old, who was an ever-present for the Gills last season, injured ligaments in his thumb on the opening day of the new campaign.

Horse Racing

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BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite at Fontwell Park: "No luck for Champion jockey AP McCoy in race two at Fontwell, where the heavy downpours have mercifully relented. McCoy won the first race easily but pulled up on the grey Mr Wiseman in the 17:40 BST, won by seven lengths by Hollow Penny, ridden by Richard Johnson.

The biter bit - or has striker got off lightly?

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Luis Suarez's partially successful appeal will disappoint some but the result seems a sensible solution to most observers, writes Dan Roan.

Read more from the BBC's chief sport correspondent here.

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BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite at Fontwell Park: "The legendary AP McCoy has won the Grand National, Gold Cup, Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle to name but a few but he can now add the Sara Tiara Hat Company Novices' Hurdle at Fontwell Park to his collection. McCoy's mount My Direction, the 5-6 favourite, won by a good five lengths in the opening race at the annual Ladies Evening."

Premier League responds after FSF meeting

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The Premier League releases a statement after meeting with a Football Supporters' Federation today.

The FSF led a march on the Premier League's headquarters to highlight the high price of tickets.

"The PL today met a representative group from the supporters who demonstrated outside our office," reads the statement. "We had a constructive discussion that identified areas where we can continue to meet with the Football Supporters' Federation."

Kelly makes Palace move

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A busy day for transfers as Crystal Palace complete the signing of defender Martin Kelly joins from Liverpool on a three-year deal.

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Former Hull City striker Shane Long, who signed for Southampton today, on Twitter: "Looking forward to an exciting new challenge Southampton. Great club with a great history. Can't wait to get going now."

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Live video and text coverage is under way as Britain seek to add to their medal haul on day three of the European Championships in Zurich.

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Ipswich Town owner Marcus Evans concedes he thought reaching the Premier League would be straightforward when he bought the club.

Town are in their seventh full season under Evans and have not reached the Championship play-offs in that time.

In a rare and exclusive interview with BBC Radio Suffolk, the media-shy businessman admitted that he was preparing for immediate success. He says: "When I first bought the club I did expect it to happen far easier."

Gardos signs for Saints

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Florin Gardos has not just been linked [see previous entry], he has only gone and signed for Southampton.

The former Steaua Bucharest defender signs a four-year deal.

Vlaar would be perfect addition - Koeman

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman admits he would "really like" to take Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar to St Mary's, Metro reports.

"At the last World Cup, Vlaar became one of the best defenders at the tournament," Koeman said. "He's a perfect addition to every group and a real leader. I would really like to have him at Southampton."

Koeman is looking for a new centre-back after Dejan Lovren moved to Liverpool for £25m. Steaua Bucharest's Florin Gardos has also been linked with a move to Southampton.

Clarets ready for Premier League - Dyche

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident the Clarets are ready for the Premier League.

The Lancashire side play Chelsea at home on Monday, and Dyche says: "We go into the Premier League understanding the challenges and some of the powerful clubs and players that are out there, but we want to be relentless in our attitude and thinking towards games.

"We do take one game at a time, and we go into the season in a good frame of mind."

Could Pulis quit Palace?

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Tony Pulis is unhappy at the lack of transfer funds at his disposal at Crystal Palace and could leave the club before the start of the season, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Last season's Premier League Manager of the Year has reportedly held showdown talks with the Palace board, and his future at the helm of the London club is said to be "increasingly uncertain".

So far this summer, Palace have signed four players - Martin Kelly, Fraizer Campbell, Chris Kettings and Brede Hangeland. But the latter two were acquired on free transfers, and Pulis is apparently frustrated at missing out on key targets Gylfi Sigurdsson and Steven Caulker.

Suarez to start training on Friday

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Luis Suarez will start training with Barcelona on Friday and will be presented to the club's fans on Monday, the Spanish giants confirm.

In a statement on their official website, Barcelona say: "Following the announcement of the verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the appeal against the sanction imposed on Luis Suarez by Fifa, Barcelona hereby announces that the player will join the first team's training session scheduled for tomorrow Friday at 9.30 AM CET in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

"Likewise, the public presentation of Suarez as a new FC Barcelona player will be held on Monday at the Camp Nou, on the occasion of the Joan Gamper Trophy match."

Villans strikers near injury return

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Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says injured strike duo Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak could be back in action "in a matter of weeks".

Belgium international Benteke suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in training in April, which ruled him out of the rest of the season, including the World Cup.

Czech striker Kozak broke his leg in training in January.

Koeman coos over Long

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More on Shane Long's move from Hull City to Southampton.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman tells the club's website: "Shane is a very good player. As a striker, he's different to Graziano Pelle, which is something we needed.

"He brings ambition and a great mentality. He's always running and always working, and he's very down-to-earth. He's a great person, and we need that type of player."

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McCoy in action at Fontwell

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BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite at Fontwell Park: "AP McCoy at Fontwell Park's beautiful figure of eight track in the heart of West Sussex, a bevvy of beauties in the best dressed lady competition with £1,000 of vouchers to be won and...entertainment from er...Luke Friend.. well two out of three isn't bad.

"McCoy, champion jump jockey a record 19 times, had a nasty fall here last year but he has five rides tonight, where the going is good, good to firm in places, the weather is decidedly mixed, we have had some hefty showers in amongst the sunshine, and we get underway at 17:10 BST for the first of seven races."

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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More now on today's big story, the upholding of Luis Suarez's four-month ban from competitive football.

Professional footballers' union Fifpro says it's disappointed that the ban was not reduced.

"Fifpro remains of the view that the current sanctions are disproportionate in relation to his violation of the FIFA Disciplinary Code," the union says in a statement.

"Fifpro regrets that Cas has not decided to reduce the length of both bans in exchange for an obligation for Suarez to receive treatment."

Hales storm finally blows over

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Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales is finally dismissed after an absolutely blistering innings against Middlesex in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord's.

The opener made 141 off 96 deliveries before perishing to Dawid Malan.

He's put Notts in a mighty strong positon though - they're currently 217-1 after 31 overs.

Done deal

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Southampton have completed the signing of Hull City striker Shane Long on a four-year deal, the South coast club have announced on their Twitter account.

No official word yet on the fee for that one, but £12m is the figure that's been widely reported.

Conte named Italy boss

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Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been named the new coach of the Italian national team, according to reports in Italy.

Conte is reported to have signed a contract worth 3m euros a year - which would make the second highest paid manager in international football, after Russia coach Fabio Capello.

Former Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli resigned after a disappointing World Cup in Brazil.

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"CAS Secretary General says Luis Suarez can play friendlies for both club and country following today's decision."

This means Luis Suarez could make his Barcelona debut in Monday's Joan Gamper Trophy match against Club Leon, because it is not classed as a competitive game.

Kelly seals Eagles move

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Liverpool defender Martin Kelly on Twitter: "Now to start a new chapter of my football career at Crystal Palace, a great club with unbelievable fans, excited already for the weekend. I would like to thank all the managers at Liverpool for making my wish from the age of seven come true, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world."

Kane commits

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Tottenham confirm forward Harry Kane signs a new contract, committing his future to the club until 2019.

England women rebuild

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England women are making a decent fist of their second innings against India in their one-off Test at Wormsley.

England, who trailed by 22 runs on the first innings, are 73-3 at tea. Lauren Winfield made 35, while captain Charlotte Edwards is unbeaten at the crease on 20.

Sergio cooks up a treat

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is fighting to be fit for the season ahead and could his diet play a key part? He tweets the above picture with the words: "With my friend!! El chef !! The Manchester City chef."

Ronaldo, Robben and Neuer in running for Uefa award

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Manuel Neuer, Arjen Robben and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named as the final three nominees for the Uefa Best Player in Europe award.

Angel Di Maria, Diego Costa, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Philipp Lahm, James Rodriguez and Thomas Muller were on the original shortlist, but did not receive enough votes from a jury of European journalists to progress to the final selection.

The prize was inaugurated in 2011 by Uefa. Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery took home the trophy last season.

Legia Warsaw appeal

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Reeb adds on Sky Sports that Legia Warsaw would be able to launch an expedited appeal to Cas against their expulsion from the Champions League, in order to have their case before Celtic play in the Champions League play-off round in their stead, but that the Polish club's legal need to act "in a matter of hours" to take advantage of that process.

Suarez appeal verdict

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Cas secretary general Matthieu Reeb tells Sky Sports that the Fifa ban on Luis Suarez "went a little too far".

He says the panel took the view that excluding him from all football activity would effectively mean that he missed more than four months, and so they decided to allow him to train so that he is ready to play again as soon as his ban comes to an end on October 25.

"I hope he understands that it was a serious sanction and that he will never try this again," Reeb adds.

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John McEnerney: Suarez will be up before the CAS again, serial offender! A leopard doesn't change its spots, he's FCB problem now!

Jon Evans: I'd have thought Suarez would prefer the ban to take place in friendlies than tournaments? Strange thing to be happy about.

Swans close on Fernandez

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Swansea are close to sealing a deal for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez,BBC Wales are reporting.

The Welsh club, who see Fernandez as a replacement for the recently departed Chico Flores, have had a bid in the region of £7m accepted by the Italian club.

But the 25-year-old, who played for Argentina in this summer's World Cup, is unlikely to be available for Saturday's Premier League game against Manchester United.

Pochettino quiet on Schneiderlin

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking in his news conference ahead of this weekend's Premier League opener against West Ham.

He is asked about a potential move for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who plays for Pochettino's former club Southampton: "I don't want to speak about a player at another club.

"We have an unbelievable squad. The club had a big investment last season. The most important thing is to develop our players."

Martinez suffers injury blow

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Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez will miss much of the season after tearing knee ligaments in the German Super Cup match against Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern said on its website that the Spaniard would be sidelined for "at least the rest of the year".

Martinez said he was "very sad", but promised to return "even stronger".

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It remains one of his most spectacular goals, and 37% of Sportsday readers say David Beckham's incredible lob against Wimbledon in 1996 is the best opening day moment in the Premier League.

Alan Hansen's famous claim on Match of the Day that "You can't win anything with kids" takes second, while Jurgen Klinsmann's diving celebration for Tottenham in 1994 comes third.

Gabriel Agbonlahor's seven-minute hat-trick v Manchester City in 2008 is fourth, ahead of Chelsea's 6-0 demolition of West Brom in 2010.

Van Buyten retires

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Belgian defender Daniel van Buyten has announced his retirement from all football at the age of 36.

The centre-back's contract at Bayern Munich expired at the end of last season, and despite an offer from Belgian club Anderlecht, he has decided to call it a day.

"When I commit to a project, I do so 100 per cent," van Buyten said. "My body tells me it isn't possible and I do not want to fall short of fulfilling the expectations of a club like Anderlecht."

Van Buyten won 84 international caps for Belgium and played in the 2002 and 2014 World Cups.

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Luis Suarez will definitely miss the following La Liga games for Barcelona as a result of his playing ban: Elche (H), Villarreal (A), Bilbao (H), Levante (A), Malaga (A), Granada (H), Rayo Vallecano (A), Eibar (H).

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Barcelona play in the Joan Gamper Trophy on Monday against Mexican side Club Leon and, according to reports in Spain, Luis Suarez could play in the fixture because it is not classed as a competitive game.

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Cas's official statement says that the Fifa ban from "all football-related activity" was "excessive" and "not appropriate", in the judgement of the appeals panel.

According to Suarez's legal team, the new terms of the suspension will also allow the striker to play in friendly matches.

That could free him to play Uruguay's upcoming internationals against Japan and South Korea in September and Saudi Arabia in October.

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Allan McDevitt: Correct decision by CAS. Ban upheld and Luis Suarez should be allowed to train with team.

Paul Lummis: Glad the Suarez ban wasn't overturned, though he should have got a longer ban to begin with...

Legia Warsaw appeal

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Legia Warsaw owner Dariusz Mioduski tweets: "Unfortunately for now football is not winning. We are going to CAS."

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Cas says Fifa's four-month ban is "generally proportionate".

Just a reminder of how that upheld ban will affect Luis Suarez's participation in the new season. The Barcelona striker will not be able to play in any official matches until October 26.

The Uruguayan will miss nine La Liga games and three Champions League group-stage matches. He will return on the weekend of the Clasico fixture against Real Madrid.

It seems as though he will now be able to be unveiled officially as a Barcelona player at the Nou Camp, though.

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

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"We will know for sure in the next few days and weeks, but this could be the end of the line for Luis Suarez in terms of having to serve the four-month ban."

Legia Warsaw appeal

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Legia Warsaw have failed in their appeal against their Champions League expulsion for fielding an ineligible player against Celtic.

The Polish side brought on the suspended Bartosz Bereszynski with two minutes to go in the second leg of their 6-1 aggregate win over the Scottish champions.

Legia say they intend to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

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Here's the reaction of Luis Suarez's legal team:

"Luis Suarez has successfully appealed to Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against Fifa's decision to ban him from all football-related activity for four months for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup.

"The player remains ineligible to play in official matches during that period, and his nine-match international ban remains in place, but Suarez's legal team of Irish barrister David Casserly, Brazilian lawyer Daniel Cravo and Spanish firm Pintó Ruiz y Del Valle, successfully argued that Fifa had misapplied its own rules when considering the case and the sanction it imposed was disproportionate.

"As a result, Suarez is now permitted to train and attend matches with his Barcelona teammates in preparation for the new season.

"The full details of the court's decision are not yet known, but will be published in the coming weeks. The urgent appeal was dealt with by the Cas in an expedited arbitration, with a hearing held last Friday. Although there is a possibility to appeal Cas decisions to the Swiss Supreme Court, the grounds for appeal are very restricted."

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Luis Suarez appeal verdict

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds Luis Suarez's four-month playing ban but clears the Barcelona striker to train.

Luis Suarez appeal verdict

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"Suarez appeal decision over punishment for biting Chiellini due at 14:00 BST. Such is the interest the Cas website appears to have crashed."

Suarez - how the controversy unfolded

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Now, as the world waits for the result of Suarez's final appeal, BBC sports correspondent Dan Roan says he expects the controversial episode to take another twist.

"Don't be too surprised later today if the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduces FIFA's 4 month worldwide ban they hit Luis Suarez with for biting Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup," Dan says.

"Effectively, Suarez, Barcelona and the Uruguay FA have argued to Cas that Fifa's extension of the ban to apply to domestic matches was disproportionate. Fifa CAN apply such bans to club football, but its own rules suggest this is for exceptional off-field offences concerning the integrity of the game, like doping or match-fixing.

"Barcelona may well have their star signing available much sooner than they will have expected. This will cause consternation, especially in Liverpool, where many will wonder if the club should have received more money for their ex-striker, or even hung on to him and gone to Cas themselves!"

Suarez - how the controversy unfolded

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The saga took its next turn on July 11, when it was announced that Suarez had agreed a £75m transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona. He became the third most expensive footballer of all time.

His ban did not prevent him from moving to another club, but the terms of the punishment - whereby Suarez is not allowed to enter a football stadium - did stop Barcelona from unveiling their new striker officially at the Camp Nou, forcing the club to release a doctored picture of Suarez wearing the Barcelona shirt.

Suarez's lawyers then secured a date for a final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His legal team argue that the four-month ban from all football activity breaches the player's "fundamental rights", and that the punishment should be limited to Suarez's participation in internationals.

Suarez - how the controversy unfolded

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After the bite, Fifa moved to act quickly, banning Suarez for nine international games - ending his participation in the World Cup - and also handing down a four-month suspension from "all football-related activity". It was the most severe punishment ever given at a World Cup.

Uruguay immediately appealed the decision, and coach Oscar Tabarez stood down from two Fifa posts in protest at the decision. However, the initial appeal was rejected by Fifa.

Six days after the incident, Suarez admitted the bite and apologised to Chiellini via his website, vowing never to repeat the incident. Chiellini responded, accepting the apology and saying that he felt Suarez's ban should be reduced.

Suarez - how the controversy unfolded

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As we look ahead to the verdict on Luis Suarez's appeal (expected at 14:00 BST), it's worth having a quick recap of how we got to this point.

The trouble started in the 80th minute of Uruguay's World Cup group game with Italy, when Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder.

Suarez received no punishment on the field as the referee did not witness the incident, but the bite generated widespread outrage as it was the third such misdemeanour of Suarez's career. He previously received a seven-match ban for biting PSV's Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in November 2010, and then a ten-game suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic while a Liverpool player in April 2013.

After the match, Suarez protested his innocence, saying he had lost his balance and fallen on Chiellini.

Fans' federation stage ticket-price march

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The Football Supporters Federation is leading a march on the Premier League's headquarters to highlight the high price of match tickets.

An FSF delegation will meet with League chief executive Richard Scudamore in London to express concern at the financial demands placed on fans.

"The Premier League has money coming out of its ears through rights deals," says FSF chairman Malcolm Clarke.

Cameras in dressing rooms?

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Valencia boss Nuno Santo thinks clubs' dressing rooms should be open to TV cameras as they are in American sports.

Some FA Cup games in England have cameras in the changing rooms but it does not happen in the Premier League, La Liga or Champions League.

"I think eventually it will happen," Nuno tells BBC World Football Show. "It's part of the sport. It's part of the show. Why not? It will be a big challenge to all of us. There are no secrets in football."

Sri Lanka struggle

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Pakistan end Day 1 of the the second Test against Sri Lanka marginally on top after an excellent fightback by their bowlers in Colombo. The hosts close on 261-8, with Angelo Mathews out to the final ball of the day.

Sri Lanka were cruising on 144-1, but four wickets from Junaid Khan and three from Wahab Riaz have left the match intriguingly poised. Mahela Jayawardene was out for 4 in his final Test match.

Burnley news conference

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Burnley are holding their first news conference since returning to the Premier League. We will have Sean Dyche's quotes in Sportsday.

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Lopez's letter to Real fans

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Goalkeeper Diego Lopez left Real Madrid for AC Milan earlier this week, and he penned a lovely open letter to Real fans.

He writes: "32 years ago I was born in a small village in the province of Lugo, Paradela. I dreamed about one day becoming a footballer, but I never imagined that I would one day play for my club, that of my heart, Real Madrid...I leave happy, because I have given my all. My only objective was to work day upon day with respect, dedication and to passionately defend the values of the best club in the world.

"For all of this I can say with great pride that every minute I spent with Real Madrid was like a gift sent from the heavens." Read the full letter on the Real Madrid website.

Broad on track for fifth Test

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Stuart Broad wore a splint on his broken nose as he took part in England practice on the eve of the fifth Test against India at The Oval.

Broad, 28, whose nose was broken during England's victory at Old Trafford, was absent from Wednesday's afternoon nets but returned to action on Thursday.

"I don't think it will affect his performance at all," says England captain Alastair Cook. "It is great news Broady has come through that blow, he likes playing in big games and this is a big game."

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Long offer too good - Bruce

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce says Southampton's £12m bid for striker Shane Long was too good to turn down.

According to the Hull Daily Mail, Southampton's initial bid was close to the £7m Hull paid to sign the 27-year-old striker from West Bromwich Albion in January, but when that was rejected the offer rose to £9m and then on to the figure which was accepted by the club on Tuesday night.

"We'd not been looking to sell Shane but it's a fantastic offer and we've decided to accept it," Bruce tells the newspaper. "The challenge is always to become bigger and better and this money will be put towards strengthening again. Whether you are Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, everyone in football has got their price. Myself and the owners didn't want to lose Shane but we accept it's a very good offer, especially when you consider what we paid in January. I've got no issues."