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Rennes  striker  Ismaila Sarr  heads home his side’s  third goal during the  Europa League round of 16 first leg against Arsenal at  Roazhon Park. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Rennes 3 Arsenal 1 This was not just a defeat, it was a disintegration by Arsenal. They got off to an ideal start thanks to Alex Iwobi’s goal inside (...)

Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos vies for the ball with Ivan Alejo of Getafe. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA

The union of Spanish footballers (AFE) is unanimously opposed to La Liga’s plans to play regular season games in the United States and will not rule o(...)

Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti scores an own goal during their Champions League clash with Arsenal. Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Arsenal 2 Paris Saint-Germain 2 Arsène Wenger had hoped his players would deliver a positive statement of intent here but in the end all he took fr(...)

Steve Mandanda is still invovled with the French squad who are in the last eight of Euro 2016. Photograph: Dave Winter/Icon Sport via Getty Images

French international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has joined Crystal Palace - the latest piece of business on a busy day at Selhurst Park. The France ke(...)

  Didier Deschamps with  Karim Benzema who  accused the France coach of bowing to pressure from a “racist” political party by not choosing him for the country’s Euro 2016 squad. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

The leader of France’s far-right Front National has described Karim Benzema’s accusations of racism against national team manager Didier Deschamps as (...)

 A  file photo from  June  2013 shows French  head coach Didier Deschamps speaking  to forward Karim Benzema  during a training session at the Gremio Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Photograph:   Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema said he was denied the chance to play for France in the Euro 2016 this month because of his Algerian origins. The (...)

Former France international Eric Cantona has questioned whether Didier Deschamps excluded some players from his Euro 2016 squad on the grounds of ethnicity. Photo: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images

Eric Cantona has controversially suggested the ethnicity of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa may have been a factor in the France manager Didier Desch(...)

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been named in France’s 23-man squad for the European Championships to be held in the country. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

France coach Didier Deschamps picked seasoned striker Olivier Giroud on Thursday for his 23-man squad for the European soccer championship, which Fran(...)

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew travels to take on his former club Newcastle United. Photograph: Getty.

Alan Pardew can expect a hot reception on Saturday afternoon when he takes charge of his first match at St James’ Park since leaving Newcastle United(...)

Emmanuel Adebayor can provide the goals Crystal Palace are in need of. Photograph: Getty

A warm welcome back to the Premier League for Emmanuel Adebayor, a player who splits opinions even as he joins a new club. “We have just signed a wor(...)

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