Football reforms: Scrapping 45-minute half to be debated at Ifab

A proposal to scrap 45-minute halves is to be looked at by football’s lawmakers to deter time-wasting. Instead, there could be two periods of 30 minutes with the clock stopped whenever the ball goes out of play. Lawmaking body the International Football Association Board (Ifab) says matches only see about 60 minutes of “effective playing…

Manchester City charged by Football Association after draw with Liverpool

Manchester City have been charged by the Football Association with failing to “ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during Sunday’s game against Liverpool. It follows an incident “in or around the 50th minute” of the 1-1 draw, when referee Michael Oliver gave the Reds a penalty, penalising Gael Clichy for a raised…

Drugs testing in football: At least 39% of EFL players not tested in 2015-16

At least 39% of players who played in the English Football League last season were not drugs tested by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), according to official figures. Ukad, which carries out testing on behalf of the Football Association, took 1,204 samples from 1,989 players to appear in the EFL in 2015-16. From 550 players to play…

Football must do more to deter cheats – Minichiello

Football is not doing enough to deter potential drug cheats, says Toni Minichiello, former coach of Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill. Manchester City were charged last week for failing to ensure anti-doping officials knew where players were for testing. The Premier League club face a potential fine, but Minichiello feels punishments should be harsher. “Football…

Neymar most valuable player in Europe – CIES Football Observatory study

Neymar is the most valuable player in Europe – worth about £216m – according to a new study which values 10 players at more than 100m euros. The Barcelona striker is ahead of team-mate Lionel Messi, who is valued by academics at £149m. The only England players in the top 10 are Tottenham duo Harry…

Football set to pay tribute to Taylor at weekend games

Media playback is not supported on this device Football is preparing to pay tribute to former England manager Graham Taylor at fixtures taking place this weekend. Taylor, who enjoyed success with Watford, Wolves, Aston Villa and Lincoln City, died aged 72 on Thursday. A minute’s applause will be held before the weekend’s English Football League…