Uefa insist they have “strengthened” the FFP regulations but such a claim is hard to square with the fact Manchester City’s net spend this transfer window is €165 million (€227 million). Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger is the only Premier League manager who regularly issues big-picture bulletins on the state of the game. Last week, the man who did more (...)

Riyad Mahrez scored an early brace as Leicester City blew away Sunderland. Photograph: PA

Leicester City 4 Sunderland 2 A first-half blitz from Leicester blew away Sunderland to hand new boss Claudio Ranieri a dream start. Riyad Mahrez’s do(...)

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan during a training session at Mar Hall Hotel in  Bishopton, Scotland. Photo:  Carl Recine/ Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Gordon Strachan has told his men to take no risks with their personal safety when they square up to Qatar in Friday night’s international friendly at (...)

Chelsea players paid tribute to departing striker Didier Drogba by carrying him off the pitch after 26 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Getty Images

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland This arena was basking in giddy celebration long before the Premier League trophy was paraded on to the turf, with all t(...)

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland scores the winning  goal during the  Premier League match against Newcastle  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0Reminders of the old adage about form being temporary but class permanent can rarely have been more welcome.A truly terrible g(...)

Lee Casciaro celebrates with his Gibraltar  team-mates after scoring their first goal in competitive international football in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Scotland at Hamden Park. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images via Reuters /Livepic

Scotland 6 Gibraltar 1Mercifully, there are two people who can look back on this fixture with fondness. Lee Casciaro, a policeman who plays part-time (...)

Jon Stead scores Bradford’s second goal in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sunderland at Valley Parade. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jon Stead has been there and worn the T-shirt during a career spanning 13 years and 10 clubs. But once things got so bad that his own supporters actu(...)

Jon Stead scored Bradford City’s second as they rocked Premier League Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade to reach the FA Cup quarter finals. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0Bradford reacted to their television snub by adding another Premier League scalp to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for th(...)

Lee Carter (R) stands next to her husband Hollis Johnson at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa which overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday. Ms  Carter’s mother, Kay Carter, traveled to Switzerland to end her life in 2010. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters.

The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide on Friday, unanimously reversing a decision it made in 1993. The move pu(...)

John O’Shea (right) of Sunderland is challenged by Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Andrew Yates / Reuters

Sunderland 1 Leeds United 0Shortly before kick-off several members of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup-winning team were presented to the crowd. The only sham(...)