In brief: FIFA pair face bribery charges
Two of football's most powerful figures have been accused of handing over bundles of US dollar bills in the most serious corruption crisis that FIFA have ever faced.
FIFA announced yesterday that vice-president Jack Warner and presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam have been charged with bribery.
The pair will face FIFA's ethics committee on Sunday where they will face long bans if the allegations -- made by fellow executive committee member Chuck Blazer -- are proved.
The crisis puts a big question mark over whether the FIFA presidential election between Sepp Blatter and Bin Hammam next Wednesday will go ahead.
Barton's Toon future thrown into doubt
Joey Barton's Newcastle future was thrown into turmoil yesterday when his agent revealed he will not be offered a new deal.
The player's representative, Willie McKay, arrived on Tyneside yesterday morning seeking to re-open talks which were put on hold in January. However, he emerged not only having failed to clinch a new contract for his client, but having not even been presented with an offer.
That left the 28-year-old planning to see out the final year of his existing deal before leaving the club on a Bosman free-transfer next year, although the situation will inevitably spark speculation that he will move this summer.
Toure facing ban for positive test
manchester City defender Kolo Toure faces an FA hearing at Wembley today, charged with testing positive for a banned substance believed to be found in a dietary supplement.
He faces a ban of up to two years following his suspension from playing, which came after he tested for a "specified substance" after the Manchester derby in February, though the sanction is likely to be less. It is unclear what mitigation Toure's lawyers will offer in his defence.
- Spurs striker Jermain Defoe has pulled out of the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley on June 4 due to a wrist injury.
- Blackpool have activated a clause in Charlie Adam's contract which in theory gives him another 12 months at Bloomfield Road, but it is unlikely to prevent the Scotland midfielder from moving in the summer.