Diego Costa headed straight down the tunnel when he was substituted in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Barcelona in Washington. Photograph: Getty

Any manager worth his salt will argue that only a fool would delve too much into how a side performs before the real action starts. Yet as Jose Mourin(...)

Rotherham and former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has been handed a record ban by the English FA for an incident involving Ireland winger James McClean. Photograph: PA

Rotherham and former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot has been banned for 10 games by the English FA for targeting abuse at Ireland international winge(...)

New Celtic striked Nadir Ciftci has been handed a six match ban for biting while playing for Dundee United against Dundee on the final game of last season. Photograph: Getty

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci will miss the first six games of the domestic season after being found guilty of a biting offence. The summer signing from(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hopeful of signing Pedro from Barcelona. Photograph: Afp

Louis van Gaal is hopeful of buying Pedro from Barcelona to increase Manchester United’s attacking options, with the manager poised to trigger the for(...)

 Pedro signed a contract extension through to 2019 in June. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain forward Pedro will meet the Barcelona manager, Luis Enrique, today to discuss his future amid suggestions Chelsea are prepared to trigger the(...)

Raheem Sterling failed to turn up for Liverpool training on Wednesday after he called in sick. Photograph: Getty

Raheem Sterling did not report for training at Liverpool’s Melwood complex on Wednesday morning after calling in ill. The forward is intent on (...)

Raheem Sterling has asked to be left out of Liverpool’s pre-season tour. Photograph: Getty

Raheem Sterling has told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers he no longer wants to play for him and that is why he wants to leave the club. Sterl(...)

 Danny Ings looks on during the England Under-21 Training Session on Monday in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Photograph: 	Michael Regan/Getty Images

Danny Ings is wary of taking a historically significant Liverpool shirt number and insists he must earn the right to wear one of those worn by Anfield(...)

Manchester City have made an improved offer of €55 million for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling. Photograph: Getty

Manchester City have made an improved £40million (€55m) offer for Raheem Sterling, but Liverpool are expected to reject the latest bid. Having had an (...)

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed is greeted by supporters in Malé in February  2012, after he was ousted in a coup. He was in jailed last March to 13 years under an anti-terrorism law following a rushed trial that was condemned internationally as flawed. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

About this time last year, Mohamed Nasheed, the ousted pro-democracy president of the Maldives, stood at the doorway of his Maldivian Democratic Party(...)