This is far from the first time James McClean  has deleted a social media account. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

The world of social media is, it seems, set to be just a little less interesting over the next few weeks after Stoke City announced that James McClean(...)

  Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola greets supporters after beating Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: EPA

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City will be “destroyed” if they do not become Premier League champions on Sunday. City will retain the title if th(...)

Gordon Taylor: formidable in defending the Professional Footballers’ Association. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty

The annual unveiling of the salary paid to Gordon Taylor has become a ritual of public bewilderment, a surfacing of dysfunctional relationships embedd(...)

Jeff Astle: was famed for his prowess at heading the ball and died of a degenerative brain disease traditionally associated with boxers. Photograph: A Jones/Express/Getty Images

A Glasgow-based research team will investigate whether former footballers are more likely to suffer from dementia later in life than the general publi(...)

Irish forward Kevin Doyle in the Euro 2012 championships: the player has been forced to retire from the game at 34 after repeated concussions. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

The English Football Association and Professional Footballers’ Association are understood to be close to announcing the launch of a new study into a p(...)

Joey Barton:  was suspended for 18 months after having been found to have placed some 1,260 bets between 2006 and 2013. Photograph: Martin  Rickett/PA

The FAI has no plans, it would seem, to follow the FA’s lead by giving up sponsorships from bookmaking firms with the association declining to commen(...)

EA’s current licence agreement with Fifa only runs for five more years. Photograph: Getty Images

Jan Tian stood in nervous silence in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport. Beside him, his sister held an envelope containing a(...)

Reginald D Hunter: “I’m duty-bound to say what I think”

Three years ago the Professional Footballers’ Association wanted to book a comedian for their annual awards dinner. They were duly told one of the be(...)

 Hull City’s Jake Livermore: he was the club’s record signing when he left Tottenham in 2013 for £8 million. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore has been suspended by the club and the Football Association after testing positive for cocaine and will not play (...)

John Stones is faced with task of shackling Liverpool’s Sturridge and Sterling. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Whether loaded with consequence or a mere provincial dispute, a pulsating drama or a tedious bore, the Merseyside derby’s ability to create a lasting(...)

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