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  1. Farewell

    So that's where we leave for you today, many thanks for being with us on a momentous day for football. There is a European final to enjoy this evening - which has got rather lost amidst today's events - the Europa League final between FC Dnipro and Sevilla, and our live text is in full flow. Sportsday will return at 08:00 BST. Cheerio now.

  2. Football

    5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch is about to begin now and will have all the reaction to the dramatic arrests of seven Fifa officials in Zurich. There is a profile of Fifa president Sepp Blatter, including a recorded interview with his daughter, and there is also the result of our favourite FA Cup goal vote as John Motson, Jimmy Armfield and journalist Andy Dunn review our list.

  3. Tennis

    Murray must be brave - Courier

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Andy Murray will have to throw caution to the wind and attack if he wants to win his first French Open title this year, according to two-time champion Jim Courier.

    Murray came through his opening match against Argentinian qualifier Facundo Arguello in straight sets and faces Portugal's Joao Sousa on Thursday - which you can hear live on 5 live sports extra - for a place in round three.


    "We know his defence is as good as anybody's - his defence is amazing - but I'd like to see him trust his offence as much as he does his defence," said Courier.

    "Against the top players you cannot win by defence alone. They just don't beat themselves. You have to attack them."

  4. Football

    Uefa statement

    A statement from the European governing body Uefa's Executive Committee following the dramatic Fifa developments today: "Uefa is deeply shocked and saddened by them.

    "These events show, once again, that corruption is deeply rooted in Fifa's culture.

    "There is a need for the whole of Fifa to be "rebooted" and for a real reform to be carried out."

  5. Football

    Barton thanks fans after leaving QPR

    Joey Barton tweets a message to fans after he was released by QPR. "You've stuck by me through through thick and thin and I'll always remember the support you've shown me," he says. "I was devastated we went down this season but can hold my head high knowing I gave 100% every single time I pulled on the blue and white hoops."

  6. Football

    Lerner could step down as Villa chairman

    Aston Villa's American owner Randy Lerner has told The Times (subscription required) he will stand down as chairman if he cannot sell the club this year.

    "The club's performance over the last five or so years has left quite a lot to be desired and that falls squarely on my shoulders," the 53-year-old said.

    "Plan A remains to find a buyer if on the cards or, plan B, find a new chairman."

  7. Cricket

    Chigumbura banned for slow over-rate

    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura

    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura will miss the rest of the one-day series with Pakistan after being suspended for two matches for their slow over-rate. Pakistan lead 1-0 in the first ODI series played in Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus.

  8. Tennis

    Doubles delight for Hingis at French Open

    Former world number one Martina Hingis made a winning return in her first French Open doubles match for 15 years. The 34-year-old and India's Sania Mirza, the top seeds, beat Julia Goerges and Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 6-0.

  9. Football

    Fifa election should be postponed - Uefa

    European governing body Uefa says the Fifa presidential election, scheduled for Friday, should be postponed following today's arrest of senior Fifa officials in Zurich.

  10. Golf

    Poulter pulls out

    Ian Poulter has withdrawn from this week's AT&T Byron Nelson tournament in Texas due to injury and will not play again until next month's US Open.

  11. Tennis

    Sharapova slams Fed Cup scheduling

    Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova, who beat Vitalia Diatchenko to reach round three, has called for a change in Fed Cup scheduling, saying playing ties after Grand Slams is "pointless".

    The 28-year-old said: "I don't think anyone's that's making the Fed Cup schedule is thinking about the players that go far in Grand Slams. It would be much more successful if it actually had a legitimate schedule and maybe not every single year."

  12. Happy birthday

    Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne

    Let's say a very happy 48th birthday to former England midfield maestro Paul Gascoigne. A few big sporting birthdays today: boxer John Conteh is 64, swimmer Duncan Goodhew is 58, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash brings up his half-century, former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe is 44 and Spurs striker Roberto Soldado turns 30.

  13. Tennis

    Davis Cup ticket news

    Tickets for Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final with France at Queen's Club from 17-19 July have gone on sale - but fewer than half will be available to British tennis fans.

    A sizeable proportion will be distributed to the French Tennis Federation, with the rest shared between sponsors, the LTA, the International Tennis Federation and The Queen's Club.

  14. Football

    Uefa should threaten World Cup boycott - Bernstein

    Some more considered reaction now, from former FA chairman David Bernstein, who says: "It's probably only sponsors and governments or Uefa who I think at the moment can really influence this.

    "Governments at long last seem to being doing their bit, sponsors have done their bit but I'm sure there's more that could be done.

    "Uefa should threaten not to compete in the World Cup, to boycott the World Cup, unless they are convinced that genuine change is taking place."

  15. Football

    Fifa arrests reaction

    Legendary former Argentina World Cup winner Diego Armando Maradona is not averse to giving his views and said he would personally "kick the ass" of any Fifa officials found guilty of corruption.

  16. Fifa - a round-up of the day's events

    We're aware there is a lot of information flying about and it's hard to make sense of a lot of it, so here is a round-up of what has happened today and where we are at now.

    • Seven Fifa officials have been arrested on charges they received more than $150m (£100m) in bribes.
    • Among those arrested is Fifa vice-president Jeffrey Webb.
    • A separate criminal investigation into how the 2018 and 2022 World Cups were allocated has also begun. But Fifa has already ruled out a revote, insisting Russia and Qatar will remain the hosts.
    • Sepp Blatter, seeking a fifth term as Fifa president, insists Friday's presidential election against opponent Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, will go ahead.
  17. Football

    Gary Lineker interview

    Should the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes be re-examined? "There are now major investigations not just concerning Fifa and corruption but also the two bids, World Cups 2018 and 2022 so a lot will depend on how rotten it was and how corrupt the voting process was.

    "If it's substantial enough then I think they'll have no option but to rethink and revote but I don't know. It's a mess, it's a huge mess but it's something that need to happen and the sooner the better."

  18. Football

    Burnley's Barnes faces lengthy lay-off

    Ashley Barnes

    Burnley striker Ashley Barnes is likely to miss the majority of next season because of a serious knee injury.

    The 25-year-old will undergo surgery next week after suffering anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in last week's victory over Aston Villa.

  19. Cricket

    Joyce and Murtagh retire from Ireland T20 side

    Ireland's Ed Joyce and Tim Murtagh have retired from Twenty20 international cricket with immediate effect to concentrate on longer forms of the game.

  20. Football

    Johansson calls for World Cup vote review

    Former Uefa president Lennart Johansson says the decision to award the World Cup to Russia and Qatar must now be reviewed following the latest Fifa corruption allegations.

    "I am sure the initiative will now be taken to make a new decision," the 85-year-old said.

  21. Football

    Fifa arrests reaction

    Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff: "I think all investigation about this matter is very important. I don't think it will be damaging to Brazil, and Brazilian football can only benefit from it.

    "If they have to investigate Brazil's bid for the World Cup, they should investigate all the bids."

  22. Special Nadal podcast


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Rafa Nadal

    Love your tennis? Were you busy last night? Then make sure you listen back to BBC Radio 5 live's special documentary on Rafael Nadal and his hunt for 'La Decima', an unprecedented 10th French Open title at Roland Garros. We hear from the Spaniard himself, his fellow professionals and even Spanish Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso as they assess the magnitude of Nadal's achievements.

    Listen here now

  23. Football

    Balotelli will stay at Liverpool - agent

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been linked with a move away from Anfield but he will remain at the club next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

    "We have talks with Liverpool and he will stay," Raiola told Sky Sports. "I spoke many times with the club and they were happy with his input as a professional."

  24. Rugby Union

    'Our focus is his long-term career'

    Earlier today there was devastating news for Wales that centre Jonathan Davies has been ruled out of the World Cup with injury.

    The 2013 British and Irish Lion ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Clermont Auvergne against Montpellier on Saturday.


    Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "It's a disappointment for Jonathan and for us, but the advice is for him to have the surgery straightaway.

    "Our focus is his long-term career and we will be working closely with him during his recovery looking towards the 2016 Six Nations."

  25. Road Cycling

    Giro d'Italia news

    Italian Lampre rider Sacha Modolo won his second stage of the Giro d'Italia, the 17th stage from Tirano to Lugano in Switzerland, with Spaniard Alberto Contador comfortably retaining the leader's pink jersey.

  26. Cricket

    Rashid steers Yorkshire to draw

    England hopeful Adil Rashid scored 99 as Yorkshire drew with Somerset in their County Championship Division One match at Taunton.

    Yorkshire, the defending champions, began the final day 124 runs ahead with five second-innings wickets in hand.

    Rashid added 117 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (66) and a further 89 with Tim Bresnan.

    Some useful lower-order runs took the visitors to 419 all out, setting Somerset a notional 373 to win. The hosts reached 6-1 before agreeing a draw.

  27. Football

    Six arrested Fifa officials oppose extradition

    Six of the seven top Fifa officials arrested in Zurich as part of a twin corruption probe are challenging their extradition to the United States, the Swiss justice ministry said.

  28. Football

    Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Well voting has now closed, but you can find out the results as all the goals are run through again in a 5 live programme tonight from 21:00 BST.

  29. Your favourite FA Cup goal

    Aah Cantona7: I'll ended debate right now, 1985 Cup final, It's got to be the step overs and curler from big Norm.

    Declan Hackett: Has to be Trevor Brooking's header, for giving me my only chance to rub my Gooner brother's nose in it!

  30. A Question of Sport

    Remember that lunchtime teaser we set you?

    The question was: Name the three players with surnames beginning with the letter B that featured when Aston Villa played Chelsea in the 2000 FA Cup final.

    We reckon we've kept you waiting long enough for the answer, so - drumroll - here it is...

    Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea), Gareth Barry and George Boateng (Villa).

    Top marks if you got it right.

  31. Football

    Pochettino hails youngsters after Spurs win

    Spurs win the AIA Cup

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino brought several fringe players on for the second half of his team's 2-1 win over a Malaysian XI on their summer tour, in which Harry Kane scored both his team's goals before the break.

    Grant Ward and Kyle Walker-Peters played in Kuala Lumpur as Spurs won the AIA Cup and Pochettino said: "It's a wonderful opportunity for the young lads to play and train with the first team. They're the future of the club."

  32. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Steven Gerrard - Liverpool v West Ham 2006

    Steven Gerrard scores the winner in 2006

    The most recent goal on this list came in one of the great FA Cup finals.

    With the Hammers winning 3-2 entering injury time, a header clear dropped to Gerrard who, despite hobbling with cramp, thumped a first-time shot from 35 yards past Shaka Hislop into the bottom corner.

    The Reds won on penalties, with Gerrard successfully converting his spot-kick.

    West Ham goalkeeper Hislop recalled: "You don't expect him to hit it from that distance if he is carrying an injury. But he hit it first time and I don't think he could have hit it any better.

    "He absolutely smashed this half-volley. I saw him coming onto it but there were a lot of players between him and me and he hit it so well it was in the back of the net almost before I could react.

    "I have watched the FA Cup since I was a little boy and I can't think of a goal that was better than that or one that was more meaningful."

  33. Football

    Stoke sign Danish goalkeeper

    Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard from Danish champions FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee.

    The 23-year-old has agreed a three-year contract, starting on 1 July, and he will replace compatriot Thomas Sorensen at the Britannia Stadium.

    "I follow the Premier League a lot, so I know of Stoke City, and I know that the club has made tremendous progress over the last couple of years," Haugaard told the club website.

  34. Favourite FA Cup goals

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    Iain Cox: Can't believe no one has mentioned Ricardo Villa's against Man C. Groan. I am (getting) old.

    But we did Iain, at 12:50 BST. But it was so good, it's well worth mentioning twice.

  35. Cherries sign Reading goalkeeper


    AFC Bournemouth have signed Australia goalkeeper Adam Federici from Reading on a three-year deal.

    The 30-year-old made 245 appearances for the Royals and was part of Australia's 2010 World Cup squad.

    "I had a lot of success at Reading and the fans were great for me, but I thought it was time I moved on," he told the Bournemouth website.

  36. County Championship update


    Division One (day four) - Somerset 485 v Yorkshire 438 & 408-9

    BBC Somerset's Stephen Lamb at Taunton:

    "A draw looks inevitable after Yorkshire extended their lead to 361 runs by tea.

    "An impressive stand of 117 between Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid was eventually ended by the new ball, with Bairstow was caught behind by Alex Barrow off Alfonso Thomas for 66.

    However, Rashid continued into the afternoon session until he was caught by Thomas at short fine leg off Johann Myburgh just one run short of three figures.

    "Myburgh had earlier trapped Tim Bresnan lbw for 29. By the time Liam Plunkett was run out for 21, Yorkshire were already over 300 in front."

  37. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Ray Parlour - Arsenal v Chelsea 2002

    Ray Parlour scores in 2002

    After all that drama from New York let's have a picture of Ray Parlour. We still have half an hour to go in our best FA Cup final goal vote and Ray is our penultimate contender.

    The England midfielder had not scored in the Premier League all season so Chelsea could have been excused for not worrying too much about his run forward.

    Sylvain Wiltord played the ball to Parlour 45 yards out and as he ran towards goal, the Blues defence backed off, only to see the 'Romford Pele' curl home past Carlo Cudicini from 25 yards.

    Ljungberg then scored in his second final in a row as the Gunners won 2-0 to secure the Double.

  38. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    • It has been confirmed that there will be a fresh inquiry into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
    • Corruption did, it has been stated during the news conference, 'extend to Fifa presidential campaigns'.
    • Total of 47 charges dating back 24 years.
    • Arrests come as Switzerland opens its own inquiry. Swiss federal prosecutors open criminal case.
    • Defendants have surrendered $150m in illegal profits.
    • US banks and wiring used in bribery.
  39. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Director James B Comey, FBI, talking to the media and asked why it had taken so long to get to this point: "You don't want to bring a case until you have the goods and that takes time. You can't set an egg-timer on a case like this."

  40. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Kelly T Currie, acting US Attorney, taking questions from the media: "Our message to Fifa and soccer is our investigation is going to continue. What Fifa does internally is a matter for them but law enforcements in the USA are not going to tolerate this corrupt conduct going forward."

  41. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, is now taking questions from the media: "Fifa has had issues around elections for years in the past but hopefully not for years to come. We were not able to take (Friday's presidential elections) into consideration when it came to the timings of our arrests."

  42. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Richard Webb, Inland Revenue System Criminal Investigation division: "To date more than $151m has been identified. We exposed complex money laundering schemes and discovered tens of millions of dollars hidden away in off-shore accounts.

    "This is the World Cup of fraud and today we are issuing Fifa a red card."

  43. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Richard Webb, Inland Revenue System Criminal Investigation division: "Today is a good day for soccer fans and a great day for the global fight against corruption, money-laundering and international tax evasion.

    "This isn't about football, it's about the law.

    "Spanning over several continents and dozens of countries, this investigation was complex and thorough."

  44. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    FBI's director James B Comey: "Nobody is above or beyond the law. We will not stop until we send messages that this is not the way things be and they should be different.

    "Football is the beautiful game because it is available to everyone no matter where you come from. It has lifted billions around the globe.

    "The game was hijacked. That flat playing field was tilted in favour of those who were looking to gain at the expense of countries and kids."

  45. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Kelly T Currie, acting US Attorney: "Jeffrey Webb is Fifa vice president and on the executive committee, and also president of CONCACAF, and president of the Caymen Islands Football Association. Jeffrey Webb used his position of trust in these various roles to solicit and collect bribes from sport marketing executives who needed his support to get contracts."

  46. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Loretta Lynch, Attorney General: "Today's action is a testament to the tireless efforts of law enforcement officers in America and I want to thank everyone who contributed their time and talents to this extensive investigation."

  47. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Loretta Lynch, Attorney General: "Bidding for the 2010 World Cup - which was eventually awarded to South Africa - began in 2004. Even for this historic event, Fifa executives and others were involved in corrupt (dealings).

    "This also extended to the 2011 Fifa presidential election."

  48. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    And the news conference is under way, led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

    We will bring you what they say right here. And remember you can watch a live stream by clicking the tab at the top of this page now.

  49. Football

    FBI's Fifa news conference

    Now this should be interesting.

    In a couple of minutes, the FBI will give a news conference about events in Zurich earlier today when seven Fifa officials were arrested on charges that they received more than $150m (£100m) in bribes.

    If you want to watch the live briefing, click the tab at the top of this page now.

  50. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Michael Owen - Liverpool v Arsenal 2001

    Michael Owen scores in 2001

    This winning goal was half of a memorable brace from Owen in the first FA Cup final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium as Wembley was being rebuilt.

    The Gunners led 1-0 through Freddie Ljungberg but 21-year-old England striker Owen equalised with seven minutes left with an acrobatic finish.

    And in the 88th minute he entered FA Cup folklore as he chased a Patrik Berger long ball, beat Lee Dixon and Tony Adams and fired a left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

  51. Rugby Union

    Nothing to do with us

    Joe Schmidt has denied Ireland's bosses had any involvement in the sacking of Leinster coach Matt O'Connor.


    O'Connor left Leinster last week after a disappointing campaign - and the departure of the outspoken Australian coach's sparked suggestions Ireland head coach Schmidt had a hand in his exit, owing to rows earlier in the season about player availability.

    However, Schmidt said: "I was as surprised as anyone (about his sacking). It's not the IRFU's decision: it's purely a Leinster game board decision.

    "That's the autonomy they have, and that's the decision they made, so it's totally independent of the IRFU."

  52. Your favourite FA Cup goal

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    Neel Mistry: My all-time favourite FA Cup Final goal was Stevie Gerrard's strike against West Ham in 2006.

    Harry Minogue: Gordon Smith for Brighton in the 1983 fina... oh.

    For younger readers, Smith, Brighton's centre-forward, had a golden chance to win the 1983 FA Cup final. But with Brighton locked at 2-2 against Manchester United and the game in extra time, his close-range shot was somehow saved by United goalkeeper Gary Bailey. Hey, at least you're not still bitter about it though Harry...

  53. Football

    Gerrard struts his stuff

    It probably doesn't look like it from this slightly blurry image...


    ...but you really need to click here and watch this video.

    It features Steven Gerrard and his Liverpool team-mates as you've never seen them before, in a boisterous rendition of the Toure brothers chant during a post-season trip to Dubai.

    It's very funny, trust us.

  54. Football

    Fifa - 'Blatter has to go'

    More from David Mellor, chairman of the government's Football Task Force between 1997 and 99.

    Asked for his thoughts on Sepp Blatter, Mellor told Radio 5 live: "It's like a chess game now, the next move is obvious - Blatter and his shambolic regime now have to go.

    "The worry then is what happens to Fifa. Mr Platini used to refer to Blatter as his Godfather. He's now distanced himself from Blatter because he wants to take over and he's made a mess of running Uefa with the trouble of Financial Fair Play."

  55. Surrey edge to narrow win over Kent


    Jason Roy's unbeaten 60 helped Surrey to a three-wicket victory over Kent at Beckenham, lifting them up to second in Division Two of the County Championship.

    Resuming on 44-1 and chasing 195 for victory, Surrey lost wickets at regular intervals in the morning session, but Roy's 41-ball fifty saw Surrey home.

  56. Your favourite FA Cup goal

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    Matthew Clarke: The real star of the best FA Cup final goal is John Motson. His legend stands above all others!

    Just for you then Matthew, here's our very own Motty, reporting from the 1986 World Cup in Mexico with an exceptionally dodgy pair of glasses (sorry Motty).


    Aah_Cantona7: I'll ended debate right now, 1985 Cup final, It's got to be the stepovers and curler from big Norm.

    And some disagreement about Stuart Pearce's strike in the 1991 FA Cup final.

    Big Brenny: Stuart Pearce's goal shouldn't count. It was a blatant foul when Lee Glover (I think) pushed Mabbutt out of the wall.

  57. Headlines at (almost) 3

    Let's take a look at the non-Fifa headlines from the sporting world today:

    Cricket: New England head coach Trevor Bayliss twice turned down the job, according to former Australia bowler Geoff Lawson.

    Tennis: Defending champion Maria Sharapova and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer enjoyed comfortable second-round wins at the French Open in Paris.


    Snooker: Amateur John Sutton has been given a six-year ban after being found guilty of match-fixing and passing on inside information.

    Football: Manchester City's friendly trip to face Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo is in doubt after flooding in the city.

  58. Football

    Fifa - 'taking absurdity to unrivalled lengths'

    More Fifa now, and David Mellor - chairman of the government's Football Task Force between 1997 and 99 - has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, and it's strong stuff too.

    "I think this is the beginning of a process that has a long way to go," he said. "The Swiss have been shamed into doing their own investigation.

    "You expect to find a skeleton in the closet, but at Fifa's house they are hanging like candelabra all over the place.

    "Everywhere you look scandals will be found because Blatter has presided over a monstrous and scandalous regime that must surely come to an end.

    "How Fifa can have the gall to say that this will be good for them is beyond me. And to say this election can go on Friday takes absurdity to unrivalled lengths."

  59. Tennis

    Nishikori eases through

    Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori reached the French Open third round on Wednesday with a 7-5 6-4 6-4 win over Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci.

    Nishikori will face Germany's Benjamin Becker for a place in the last 16.

  60. Your favourite FA Cup final

    Roberto Di Matteo - Chelsea v Middlesbrough 1997

    Roberto Di Matteo scores in 1997

    The fastest goal in an FA Cup final at the time.

    Middlesbrough kicked off but Italy international Di Matteo picked up the ball in his own half 35 seconds into the game. Seven seconds later it was in the back of the net via a 30-yard strike which flew in off the crossbar.

    Chelsea went on to win 2-0 for their first major trophy in 27 years. Louis Saha scored an even quicker goal for Everton against the Stamford Bridge club in 2009.

  61. Football

    Ferdinand among six released by QPR

    QPR announce that Brian Murphy, Richard Dunne, Rio Ferdinand, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora will all leave the club when their contracts expire next month. Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin have been offered new deals.

  62. Football

    Sports minister welcomes Fifa news

    Sports minister Tracey Crouch said Fifa's leadership should be held accountable and said: "I fully back the FA's position that change and reform is urgently needed at the top of Fifa, including its leadership.

    "I welcome the investigations that are now under way into the allegations of bribery and corruption."

  63. Football

    Kane at the double for Spurs

    Another goal for Harry Kane in Malaysia, an emphatic finish into the corner from just inside the area and it's 2-1 to Spurs now at half-time against the Malaysia XI on their summer tour.

  64. Cricket

    Surrey beat Kent at Beckenham

    Surrey beat Kent

    BBC Radio Kent Sport: Jason Roy hits Coles for 4 and Surrey win by three wickets on 196-7, Roy 60*

  65. Football

    Prince Ali statement

    Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, who will face Sepp Blatter in Friday's presidential election, issues a statement in relation to today's dramatic Fifa events: "We cannot continue with the crisis in Fifa, a crisis that has been ongoing and is not just relevant to the events of today. Fifa needs leadership that governs guides and protects our national associations.

    "Leadership that accepts responsibility for its actions and does not pass blame. Leadership that restores confidence in the hundreds of millions of football fans around the world."

  66. Football

    Malaysia level against Spurs

    The Malaysia XI equalise in their friendly on Tottenham's summer tour, Thiago Juninho heading past Hugo Lloris.

  67. Football

    Ex-Everton midfielder King dies

    BBC Merseyside Sport: Former Everton midfielder Andy King has passed away at the age of 58. He had two spells with the club scoring 67 goals in 248 games.

  68. Football

    Greg Dyke 5 live interview

    BBC Radio 5 live

    FA chairman Greg Dyke says the arrests of several Fifa officials on corruption charges mark a "very serious day for Fifa and its leadership" and you can watch the interview on the 5 live website now.

  69. Favourite FA Cup goal

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    Adam Broadbear: Might not be the best FA Cup goal but it meant a lot. Ramsey's Extra Time winner for the 2014 FA Cup.

    Tristan Fitzpatrick: Steven Gerrard second goal against West Ham in the 2006 final. After Owen i didn't think lightning would strike twice.

    And not a Cup final goal but...


    James Airth: Jermaine Beckford Man Utd v Leeds. Great goal for us Leeds fans.

  70. Rugby Union

    Henry to make comeback

    Chris Henry will make his first appearance for Ireland since suffering a mini-stroke in November when he features in Thursday's clash with the Barbarians.


    The 30-year-old flanker returned to Ulster action in March, and now has the chance to stake his World Cup claim against the Barbarians at Thomond Park.

    Henry joins captain Jamie Heaslip in a strong Ireland side for the non-cap international, with Leinster's uncapped 24-year-old centre Colm O'Shea making his senior bow.

  71. Football

    Kane on the mark in Malaysia

    Harry Kane scores again for Spurs, on hand from close range against a Malaysia XI on their summer tour.

  72. Football

    O'Connor stays with Saddlers

    BBC WM Sport 95.6: Walsall defender James O'Connor signs a new one-year contract.

  73. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Stuart Pearce - Nottingham Forest v Tottenham 1991

    1991 FA Cup final

    The only free-kick in the top 10, and it came after a foul that is perhaps as famous as the goal itself.

    Tottenham's Paul Gascoigne brought down Gary Charles, causing damage to his own knee ligaments that would keep him out of the game for almost a year.

    Left-back Pearce stepped up to thunder a left-foot rocket past Erik Thorstvedt into the top corner, but Spurs went on to win 2-1 with Des Walker scoring an extra-time own goal.

  74. Football

    Fifa latest

    Jim Boyce, Britain's outgoing Fifa vice-president, has commented on today's events in Zurich, calling it "another sad day for Fifa".

    "I hope the investigations that FIFA have themselves initiated will lead to those individuals - if found guilty of dishonesty and corruption - dealt with in the strongest possible manner by the law authorities," said Boyce.

  75. Cricket

    Yorkshire batsmen defy Somerset

    BBC Radio Somerset's Stephen Lamb at Taunton:

    Yorkshire 438 & 275-6, Somerset 485

    "Somerset's hopes of beating the reigning champions faded as they could only manage one further wicket in the first session on the final day.

    "An impressive stand of 117 between Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid - which doubled the Yorkshire total when they came together - was eventually ended by the new ball as Bairstow was caught behind off Alfonso Thomas for 66.

    "However, first-innings centurion Tim Bresnan stayed with Rashid (71 not out) until lunch, with the visitors 228 ahead, and although all three results are still possible, the placid nature of the pitch would seem to make the draw the likeliest outcome."

  76. Football

    Ings future "up in the air"

    Danny Ings

    Burnley striker Danny Ings, linked with a £12m move to Tottenham, tells the Lancashire Telegraph: "My holiday's the first thing on my mind. I'm looking forward to a bit of downtime and after that it's going to be hard work again.

    "After that I'll sit down with my agent and discuss my future then. At the moment it's all up in the air. I don't know what's going to happen."

  77. Cricket

    Davies holds key for Surrey

    BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole at Beckenham:

    Kent 282 & 204, Surrey 292 & 141-5

    "Surrey still need 54 more for victory at lunch after being huge favourites at start of play to win the game comfortably.

    "Kent have bowled with guile and accuracy to keep themselves in the game with Darren Stevens getting rid of Rory Burns and Matt Dunn, Matt Coles trapping Kumar Sangakkara lbw with a toe-crusher and Ivan Thomas having Dominic Sibley caught at slip.

    "The outcome now rests on Steven Davies, who is looking in fine nick on 29 not out. If he stays Surrey will win, if Kent get him quickly, they could clinch an unlikely victory in the sunshine."

  78. Football

    Balotelli on his way?

    Mario Balotelli
    Image caption: Mario was dressed to impress at the club's player of the season awards

    The Liverpool Echo reports the Reds will sell Mario Balotelli as part of a summer clear-out. Strikers Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are also expected to leave Anfield as the Reds shake up their attacking options.

    So, who will the Reds buy? Danny Ings? Christian Benteke? Let us know who you fancy, Reds fans.

  79. Rugby Union

    Morgan into senior Wales squad

    BBC Wales Sport: Tyler Morgan withdrawn from Wales U20s World Championship squad and included in extended senior World Cup squad after Jonathan Davies' injury.

  80. Rugby League

    Nanyn steps down

    Mick Nanyn, the sixth highest scorer in the history of rugby league, has announced his retirement. Wigan-born Nanyn, who turns 33 next week, amassed a total of 3,700 points in a 16-year career that began and finished at Swinton and also took in spells with Rochdale, Whitehaven, Widnes, Oldham and Leigh.

  81. Football

    Rain hits City

    Manchester City's friendly trip to face Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo is in doubt after flooding in the city.

    The Premier League team, who are on a two-game post-season tour of the United States and Canada, are scheduled to play Houston on Friday.

    Several people have died and dozens have been injured following record rainfall over the weekend.

    On Monday, hundreds of basketball fans were trapped inside an arena after an NBA basketball game, promoting this message to flash on the scoreboard during the game.

    Fans stuck in Houston because of flash flooding
  82. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Keith Houchen - Coventry v Tottenham 1987

    Keith Houchen scores in 1987

    The Middlesbrough-born forward scored the only header on our list - and what a header it was.

    With the Sky Blues losing 2-1, Dave Bennett's perfect cross was met by a Houchen diving header to steer the ball past Ray Clemence and send the game to extra time.

    Gary Mabbutt - who had earlier scored in the right net - later put the ball past his own keeper as Coventry won the only major trophy in their history.

  83. Tennis

    Fab Fed

    Roger Federer in action at Roland Garros

    Roger Federer advances to the third round of the French Open by ousting Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.

    The Swiss second seed, champion at Roland Garros in 2009, now goes on to a meeting with either Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus or Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia in the last 32.

  84. Snooker

    Sutton gets six-year ban

    Amateur John Sutton has been given a six-year ban and fined £5,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing and passing on inside information. Suspicious betting patterns were reported after the Irishman's 6-0 loss to Scot Jamie Burnett in 2014.

    Sutton, 34, was found guilty at a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) hearing in April, but it was ruled he had probably been coerced by others.

    Burnett is not implicated in any way. Sutton, who has also been ordered to pay £5,000 costs, maintains his innocence.

  85. Cricket

    Bayliss 'initially turned down England'

    Former Australia fast bowler Geoff Lawson tells the BBC that Trevor Bayliss initially said no to coaching England. Lawson is a good friend of Bayliss and was instrumental in appointing him coach of New South Wales.

    Trevor Bayliss

    "He was actually approached last year before Peter Moores was given the job for the second time round," said Lawson. "He said no then, and in fact last week in Mumbai he also said no again.

    "He was very happy doing his IPL job six or seven weeks a year plus looking after NSW the rest of the time. So he had a pretty full schedule. After about four years with Sri Lanka he was looking to spend a bit more time at home.

    "I think a major factor is that Paul Farbrace is there as well - and those two worked together way back in their Kent days and obviously Sri Lanka.

    "They've got a very good working relationship and Trevor likes to have people around him he knows he can trust and he knows what they can produce. I think that's a major factor… and obviously they've made him a very good offer!"

  86. Football

    Napoli deny Benitez announcement

    Napoli insist a hastily-scheduled press conference has not been organised to confirm the departure of head coach Rafael Benitez for Real Madrid.


    The Serie A club have called an unexpected briefing with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis and head coach Benitez for Thursday, amid growing speculation the Spaniard could replace Carlo Ancelotti at Real.

    A statement published on read: "The club wishes to state that tomorrow's press conference concerns only footballing matters related to Napoli and not the future of Benitez.

    "Therefore, no questions pertaining to the future of the Azzurri coach will be accepted."

  87. Favourite FA Cup goal

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday

    Mathew Penistone: For no other reason other than the commentary which accompanied it, has to be 'it's only Ray Parlour' against Chelsea.

  88. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Norman Whiteside - Manchester United v Everton 1985

    But straight back to the FA Cup...

    Norman Whiteside (right) celebrates victory in 1985

    The Northern Ireland prodigy scored his second FA Cup final goal at the age of only 20 - and it proved to be the winner.

    United were down to 10 men after Kevin Moran's red card against holders and favourites Everton.

    In extra time, Whiteside dribbled in off the right flank before performing a step-over and curling a perfect arcing shot around defender Pat van den Hauwe, past Neville Southall and into the far corner for the only goal of the game.

  89. Football

    Fifa latest

    Well, we managed to be Fifa-free for a while but we must delve back into the issue for Jack Warner has released a statement.

    The former Fifa vice-president said: "My name is being reported by international media as being one of those persons sought in connection with the probe.

    "I have not even been questioned in this matter. I reiterate that I am innocent of any charges. I have walked away from the politics of world football to immerse myself in the improvement of lives in this country (Trinidad and Tobago) where I shall, God willing, die.

    "The actions of Fifa no longer concern me. I cannot help but note however that these cross- border coordinated actions come at a time when Fifa is assembled for elections to select a President who is universally disliked by the international community."

  90. Lancashire extend Division Two lead


    Spinners Arron Lilley and Simon Kerrigan inspired Lancashire to an innings victory over Derbyshire that took the Red Rose county further clear at the top of Division Two.

    Lilley claimed five wickets in a first-class innings for the first time in his career as Derbyshire collapsed from 123-3 to 166 all out on the final morning at Southport.

  91. Favourite FA Cup goal

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday

    Sjg1997: 2002 FA Cup Final - Freddie Ljungberg with his hair dyed red, running from own half, outmuscling John Terry and curling in a beauty.


    L3ROB: Eric Cantona v Liverpool in 1996, adjusting his body to get a volley away. There's an element of martial arts about it!

  92. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Ricky Villa - Tottenham v Manchester City 1981

    Ricky Villa

    After MacKenzie's stunning volley, Kevin Reeves gave City the lead - but Garth Crooks made it 2-2.

    And what followed was one of the FA Cup's iconic moments.

    Ricky Villa, who had scored the opening goal, dribbled brilliantly through the City defence and turned the ball past onrushing keeper Joe Corrigan to make it 3-2 and win the FA Cup.

    "I remember getting the ball and my first instinct was to attack," Villa told BBC Radio 5 live. "As soon as I ran towards the goal I forgot about everyone around me.

    "I lost control of the ball just a little before the goal but I shot. Sometimes you need a little luck and this is what happened.

    "It changed my life in the English league."

  93. Rugby Union

    'He's got a switch that goes'

    Dylan Hartley's indiscipline could cost England at this year's World Cup, fears former scrum-half Matt Dawson.

    Dylan Hartley
    Image caption: Dylan Hartley (left) was cited after clashing with Jamie George (right)

    The Northampton hooker, 29, faces a disciplinary panel on Wednesday after being charged with head-butting Saracens' Jamie George in Saturday's Premiership semi-final.

    Hartley could miss some or all of England's three World Cup warm-up games if found guilty of the offence.

    "He could let them down big style," Dawson told BBC Radio 5 live. ""Off the field Dylan is a great lad - in the community, with the team - but on the field he has got something missing. He has got a switch that goes."

  94. Football

    Steve MacKenzie - Manchester City v Tottenham 1981

    Steve MacKenzie

    The England Under-21 midfielder was only a teenager when he scored one of the defining goals of his career.

    After Spurs failed to clear a free-kick, Tommy Hutchison headed the ball across to MacKenzie, who hit a spectacular first-time volley from outside the box to make it 1-1 in the replay at Wembley.

    But it may not even have been the best goal of the game...

    "One of the tragedies of Ricky Villa's winner was Steve MacKenzie's goal," Micky Hazard, who was at Spurs at the time, told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "It was a great goal but it got lost and hardly got a mention."

  95. Favourite FA Cup goal

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    Bassman: It has to be Steven Gerrard v West Ham United in 2006.


    Robby Nelson: Norman Whiteside's extra time winner against Everton - his step over was wooden like but his finish superb.

  96. Baseball

    Catch of the day

    Ever seen a bloke drinking a beer stop mid-swig to watch a flying baseball bat?

    Us neither. But we have now.


    Check out this video of a league game between St. Paul Saints and Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, during which a Saints fan manages the seemingly impossible feat ... and without even spilling so much as a drop of beer. Sir, we salute you.

  97. Your favourite FA Cup final goal

    Charlie George - Arsenal v Liverpool 1971

    Charlie George celebrates his winner in 1971

    The long-haired midfielder scored an extra-time winner as Arsenal wrapped up a league and cup Double with a 2-1 victory.

    After a goalless 90 minutes, Liverpool led through Steve Heighway but Eddie Kelly levelled things up.

    With nine minutes remaining, a visibly drained George smashed a superb 20-yard shot past Liverpool keeper Ray Clemence before collapsing to the ground with his arms outstretched in celebration.

  98. Time for some light relief

    We're not going to lie, it's been a hard morning.

    In fact if Jamie or I have to type out the word Fifa one more time, we may well explode or, at the very least, feel slightly depressed.

    So we're going to change tack and lighten the mood for a short while - and we want your help to make us feel better.

    We want you to name your favourite ever FA Cup Final goal. You can obviously take part in our official vote - on the right of this very page - but just as importantly we want you to tweet us at #bbcsportsday and give us your own nominations.

    In the meantime, we'll give you a rundown of some of the best we can remember. Enjoy.

  99. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Eduardo Li

    Here is a profile of Eduardo Li, who is one of seven people who has been arrested in Zurich this morning.

    The 56-year-old was a co-owner of a Costa Rican club team before resigning to take over as president of the Costa Rican football federation in 2007.

    The Costa Rican FA is part of the confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf).

    Li is a member of the Fifa players' status committee and a special adviser on world football governing body's organising committee for the Fifa Under-17 Women's World Cup.

  100. Football

    Suarez back in training

    Barcelona forward Luis Suarez, out for two weeks with a hamstring injury, has returned to training ahead of Saturday's King's Cup final against Athletic Bilbao.

    Luis Suarez

    Barca said on their website: "All the available players from the first team trained. Luis Suarez worked with them without yet being given the medical all clear."

  101. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Michael Hershman, a former FIFA Advisor, has made some interesting comments regards the future of the next two World Cups.

    "It's going to call in question whether the World Cups both in Russia and Qatar were won in the spirit of fairness," he said.

    "While the question seems to have been resolved in the past six or seven months, I do believe that this will reopen debate on those issues."

  102. Durham go top of Division One


    Paul Collingwood

    Durham eased to a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire on the fourth morning at New Road to go top of the County Championship Division One table.

    Paul Collingwood's unbeaten century on day three had left Durham needing 48 more runs to win on the final day.

    Collingwood, who completed his ton on his 39th birthday yesterday, was dismissed for 127 this morning but Michael Richardson (66 not out) and Gordon Muchall saw the visitors to victory.

  103. Football

    Uefa statement

    Uefa has also released a statement, saying it is "astonished and saddened by the events" of today.

    "An informal meeting of the Uefa Executive Committee will take place this afternoon in Warsaw prior to the Uefa Europa League final to discuss the matter and further communication will be made in due course," it added.

  104. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    But now straight back to Fifa, because FA chairman Greg Dyke has released a statement about today's arrests.

    "We should stress this morning's developments are very serious for FIFA and its current leadership," said Dyke.


    "As one of the associations who nominated Prince Ali it will not surprise you to learn that if the election for president goes ahead The FA will be voting for him. However, there must be a question mark over whether the election should take place in these circumstances.

    "Clearly things are changing very quickly and our delegation to the FIFA congress in Zurich, which I am leading, will discuss the position and what we should do about it with our colleagues in UEFA when we meet tomorrow morning."

  105. A Question of Sport

    Right, things have been a bit heavy today what with Fifa and all those arrests, so let's lighten the mood a little.

    Here is today's teaser from our Question of Sport team and it is on the subject of the FA Cup final.

    Can you name the three players with surnames beginning with the letter B that featured when Aston Villa played Chelsea in the 2000 final?

    Answers for you in a few hours.

  106. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Reflecting on the potential damage to Fifa's reputation following today's events, Mark Palios added: "This may well be getting close to the Salt Lake City moment that happened for the IOC.

    "In terms of the World Cup, we had a great World Cup and that's where FIFA showed how irrelevant they were to that."

  107. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Mark Palios, the FA's former chief executive added: "Personally I think they should delay the presidential election (scheduled for Friday). The people that are voting need to absorb this and understand exactly what I means."

    He added: "In the past they've said if there is proven corruption of the (World Cup bidding) process they would make changes and this is first time that will actually be tested.

    "It will interesting to see if those allegations will be proved and founded in a court that the process was floored, so there's a lot more legs in it."

  108. Tennis

    Sharapova surges on at French Open

    Maria Sharapova

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova is through to the French Open third round, the 28-year-old second seed beating compatriot Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3 6-1.

    Sharapova, also champion in 2012, will face Australia's Samantha Stosur, the 2010 runner-up, for a place in the last 16.

  109. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Mark Palios, the FA's former chief executive, has been speaking to Radio 5 live about today's events and says that, for the first time, Fifa are not above the law.

    "People say it's a bad day for football, personally I think when they reflect it will be a good for football," he said.


    "he problem in the past has been getting evidence. Any sporting body who conducts any investigation has difficulty in getting evidence.

    "What we have now is the invention of the legislatures, the police, the FBI and the first time they are able to get the evidence. They are now subject to the law rather than above the law."

  110. Athletics

    Bolt cruises home

    What's this, I hear you cry? A story that has nothing whatsoever to do with Fifa? Indeed it is, athletics to be precise and some news from overnight.

    Usain Bolt was an easy winner in his first race of the year in Europe, but failed to break 20 seconds in the 200m at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava.


    In wet conditions, Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold medallist clocked 20.13 seconds - well outside his 19.19 world record - to beat American Isiah Young.

    "You can't be satisfied if I don't break 20 seconds," said Bolt, 28, who is building up to the World Championships in Beijing in August.

  111. Schedule change

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Just a quick heads-up that tonight's BBC Radio 5 live special counting down your favourite FA Cup final goals of the last 50 years has been moved to 21:00 BST because of today's developments at Fifa. Have you voted yet? If not, do so via this very page.

  112. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    "The defendants also include US and South American sports marketing executives who are alleged to have systematically paid and agreed to pay well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to obtain lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments" - US Department of Justice statement.

  113. Sepp Blatter profile at 20:00 BST

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There is a 5 live Sport special this evening from 20:00 BST that should be well worth listening to. Entitled "There's Only One Sepp Blatter", it will be a comprehensive profile of the veteran Fifa president.

    It includes the first ever broadcast interview with his daughter Corrine Blatter, which was recorded before today's dramatic events. Former FA chief executive Mark Palios and journalist Gab Marcotti are in the studio, with BBC reporter Richard Conway joining the programme live from Zurich.

  114. Fifa news "embarrassing" - Wenger

    Arsene Wenger is also asked about the dramatic developments regarding Fifa this morning which he describes as "embarrassing."

    Asked if Friday's election would still be possible, the Arsenal boss adds: "It looks difficult now. We have to move on and don't think the rumours have to be killed."

  115. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    The US Department of Justice has named the seven football officials arrested this morning in a dawn raid on a hotel in Zurich.

    They were Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel and Jose Maria Marin.

  116. Fifa arrests round-up

    Today has been a bit of blur, with news and snippets about the arrests of seven Fifa officials on suspicion of corruption coming in left, right and centre.

    So, to help you make sense of it all (because we're nice like that) here is, in a nutshell, what's happened:

    • US department of Justice says 14 defendants have been charged with "racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies" over a 24-year period.
    • "The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States," says US attorney general Loretta Lynch.
    • Four individual defendants and two corporate defendants have pleaded guilty.
    • Fifa insists Friday's presidential election will go ahead as planned.
    • Fifa spokesman Walter De Gregorio: "The president (Sepp Blatter) is not involved, how can you say he has to step down? He is the president, if he is re-elected then he is the president for the next four years."
    • De Gregorio confirms the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will go ahead as planned in Russia and Qatar.
  117. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    The US department of justice has confirmed a search warrant is being executed at CONCACAF headquarters in Miami, Florida.

  118. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Simon Johnson, chief operating officer for England's 2018 World Cup bid, describes today's events as "bombshell news".

    "You can imagine the scene, the hotel bar where all the Fifa officials stay, the place where most of the action was going on during the bidding process and the idea of a number of officers wandering up to rooms and escorting Fifa officials out would have been a sight to see," he told the BBC.

    On Friday's Fifa presidential election, Johnson added: "I cannot imagine the congress will take place without some sort of statement or discussion about this.

    "Quite how they can run as business as normal with six senior officials including current and future members of the executive committee being arrested is amazing to think, it cannot continue as normal."

  119. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Loretta Lynch

    There have been strong word too from US attorney general Loretta Lynch.

    She said: "The indictment alleges corruption that is rampant, systemic, and deep-rooted both abroad and here in the United States.

    "It spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks."

  120. Football

    Fifa arrests lately

    Away from the press conference, the US department of Justice has released a statement to the media saying 14 defendants have been charged with "racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies" over a 24-year period.

    Four individual defendants and two corporate defendants have pleaded guilty.

    Acting US attorney Kelly T Currie said: "After decades of what the indictment alleges to be brazen corruption, organised international soccer needs a new start.

    "It needs a new chance for its governing institutions to provide honest oversight and support of a sport that is beloved across the world, increasingly so here in the United States.

    "Let me be clear: this indictment is not the final chapter in our investigation."

  121. Fifa news conference

    Fifa director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio confirms those delegates arrested will not be able to vote in Friday's election if they are not present to do so.

    "He (Sepp Blatter) is not dancing in his office," says De Gregorio. "He is just very calm, he sees what happens and is fully cooperative. He is not a kind of happy man today but knows this is the consequence of what we initiated. It's a surprise that it happened today but not a surprise that it happens."

  122. Fifa news conference

    Are these developments occurring because Fifa has not been cleaned up from within?

    Fifa director of communications and public affairsWalter De Gregorio: "We can clean up to a certain point then we need support from the authorities. Why did we hand over the Garcia file? Because we need support. We cannot investigate as police can or general prosecutors can. That's the reason why we fully co-operate."

  123. Football

    Fifa news conference - key points


    Here's a round-up of what we have discovered from Fifa's news conference so far:

    • Fifa insists Friday's presidential election will go ahead as planned.
    • Fifa spokesman Walter De Gregorio: "The president (Sepp Blatter) is not involved, how can you say he has to step down? He is the president, if he is re-elected then he is the president for the next four years."
    • De Gregorio confirms the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will go ahead as planned in Russia and Qatar.
    • De Gregorio: "While the timing may not obviously be the best, Fifa welcomes this process and co-operates fully."
    • "It is certainly a difficult moment for Fifa," acknowledges De Gregorio.
    • "You don't believe me but I say again this for Fifa is good," he adds. "It's not good in terms of image and reputation but in terms of cleaning up this is good."
  124. Fifa news conference

    What took place in the dawn raid, did they break doors down?

    Fifa director of communications and public affairsWalter De Gregorio: "At six o'clock I was sleeping. How it worked and what they did and if there were any problems you will have to ask the general attorney. I received a phone call around seven o'clock and didn't know anything about what happened."

  125. Fifa news conference

    Another crisis for Fifa?

    Fifa director of communications and public affairsWalter De Gregorio: "I have to repeat myself, for us this is good. It's not nice to be here trying to explain something that is not nice but this is good, it confirms we are on the right track. It's not easy but it's the only way to go, we are ready to go the way we started four years ago and nothing will stop us."

  126. Fifa news conference

    Fifa director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio

    Fifa director of communications and public affairsWalter De Gregorio: "I can confirm that none of us had an idea that this morning at 6am this would start. If I had the information I can assure you I would have gone to bed earlier.

    "We are all surprised. I decided after talking to the president and general secretary we would do a press conference right now although all the information you may need, we do not have."

  127. Fifa news conference

    Fifa director of communications and public affairsWalter De Gregorio on Sepp Blatter: "He is focused on the congress. The stress factor is higher today than it was yesterday but he is quite relaxed because he is not involved. All the rest he can accept what will happen. It was Fifa on 18 November that asked the general attorney to open the case."

  128. Fifa news conference

    Why is Mr Blatter still the right person to run Fifa and are football fans the victims?

    Walter De Gregorio: "The damaged part are all of us. Football fans for sure but the president is not involved, how can you say he has to step down? He is the president, if he is re-elected then he is the president for the next four years."

  129. Fifa news conference

    Walter De Gregorio: "I cannot confirm the names and cannot confirm how many people have been arrested. The World Cup 2018 and 2022 will be played in Russia and Qatar."

  130. Fifa news conference

    Walter De Gregorio
    Image caption: Walter De Gregorio taking questions from the assembled media

    Is this the lowest ebb for Fifa?

    Walter De Gregorio: "As I said, you don't believe me but I say again this for Fifa is good. It's not good in terms of image and reputation but in terms of cleaning up this is good. It is not a nice day, we have other things to do, but the process goes on and we are looking forward to the results. As long as we don't have complete results it leads to speculation."

  131. Fifa news conference

    When asked if both investigations are coincidence in terms of timing, Walter De Gregoriosaid: "The general attorney said the fact that all the people are here for the congress so for them it is easier to talk to them here instead of in different countries."

  132. Football

    Fifa arrests latest

    Jose Maria Marin

    Here is a profile of Jose Maria Marin, who is one of six people who has been arrested in Zurich this morning.

    The 83-year-old stepped up to become president of the Brazilian Football Federation in March 2012 when he replaced Ricardo Teixeira.

    Teixeira was one of three senior Fifa officials accused by the BBC's Panorama programme in November 2010 of taking bribes in the 1990s from the now defunct sports rights agency ISL.

    Marin was replaced by Marco Polo Del Nero in April 2015, although he remains a vice-president of the Brazilian FA.

    He is also a special adviser on three Fifa committees, including those behind organising the World Cup and Confederations Cup. Marin is also a member on two other committees within world football's governing body.

  133. Football

    Fifa news conference

    Fifa news conference

    Director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio is now taking questions from the media.

    The first is about suggestions that Sepp Blatter is now actively looking to postpone Friday's presidential election.

    "Then you know more than I do then because there was never such an idea to postpone either the congress or the election," replies De Gregorio

    "One thing has nothing to do with the other so we go on with the agenda and the election will take place as planned."

  134. Football

    Fifa news conference

    More from Walter De Gregorio: "We are very happy with what is happening right now, it is once again Fifa suffering under the circumstances, it is certainly a difficult moment for us.

    "Of course congress will take place, one thing has nothing to do with the other. Congress will be carried out taking into account this current procedure.

    "We are of course in very close contact with the attorney general and it is possible that later in the day or tomorrow we can give you an update on the latest situation.

    "We know nothing more right now, only what we have been informed through this press release."

  135. Fifa news conference

    More from Walter De Gregorio: "I wish to repeat in this case Fifa is the damaged party, this leads to the fact that there were no searches within the offices of Fifa. We co-operate with the information requested because it is of our highest interest that open questions can be answered.

    "The general secretary and the president are not involved, as to the names of the people published I am unable to comment. There is hardly anything we can say to the current procedure, it is once again Fifa suffering under these circumstances."

  136. Football

    Fifa news conference

    Walter De Gregorio

    Fifa's director of communications and public affairs Walter De Gregorio has begun the news conference in Zurich.

    He said: "First and foremost Fifa initiated this process on 18 November last year.

    "Fifa lodged a legal complaint with the federal attorney that had to do with the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

    "The second point important to me is that while the timing may not obviously be the best, Fifa welcomes this process and Fifa cooperates fully with the attorney general of Switzerland and Federal Office of Justice and it corresponds to all requests for information."

  137. Football

    Fifa news conference

    The Fifa news conference is now under way. Remember, you can view it on this page via the 'live coverage' tab.

  138. Football

    Gerrard's long goodbye