Alan Pardew (left), manager of Newcastle United, applauds the fans after victory over Manchester City,  as Manuel Pellegrini  walks towards the dug tunnel. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted he was concerned about his team’s form after being dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Newcastle. (...)

Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa doesn’t hold back against Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

In Spain, they say that Atlético Madrid’s striker Diego Costa has “arms like a Swiss Army knife”. He’s big, surprisingly big at 6ft 2in, mouthy(...)

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

English football has allowed one of its major clubs to be exploited as a “branding vehicle” by an international regime accused of human rights abuses (...)