Kyle Lafferty: had been selected for two crunch Nations League matches for Northern Ireland. Photograph: Ian Rutherford/PA Wire

The Irish FA has invoked Fifa’s five-day rule, which will prevent Kyle Lafferty playing for Rangers against Hamilton on Sunday. Northern Ireland mana(...)

 France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy after their win over Croatia in Moscow. Photograph: Getty Images

France let their opponents do the hard work on their way to winning the World Cup, running less than most teams and enjoying less than 50 per cent pos(...)

Spain’s Rodrigo and England’s John Stones fight for the ball during Saturday’s Nations League match at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: EPA/Neil Hall

One reason why many people had reservations about the Uefa Nations League was that the tournament is practically impossible to explain. It’s not becau(...)

The Republic of Ireland team during a training session at the Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Inpho

The Uefa Nations League match between Ireland and Wales on Thursday night will be the first competitive Irish game not to be shown on free-to-air tele(...)

Graeme Souness and Sinéad Kissane pictured at a recent event to announce the rebrand of TV3 to Virgin Media. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Irish viewers will no longer be able to access Uefa Champions League football free to air on a Wednesday night following Virgin Media’s decision to br(...)

Champions League panellist Graeme Souness and TV3 sports presenter Sinéad Kissane at TV3’s Upfront event in Dublin. TV3 is rebranding to Virgin  Media Television from the autumn. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

TV3 Group’s three television channels will be renamed from the end of August, while the company, to be known as Virgin Media Television, will launch a(...)

Seamus Coleman rises highest in the last-16 clash between Ireland and France at Euro 2016. Photograph: Inpho

The Republic of Ireland will return to the Stade de France stadium to face France in an international friendly game this summer. Martin O’Neill’s te(...)

Uefa  president Michel Platini. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Uefa’s first new ‘Nations League’ — the competition which is being brought in to replace a number of friendly dates — will be played between September(...)