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Football: Chelsea accused of fixing Dutch league

English Premier League giants Chelsea, which financially backs Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, have been accused of trying to fix the Dutch league. Former Vitesse owner, Merab Jordania, claimed in the daily De Telegraaf that Chelsea do not want the Dutch club to win the league because both cannot compete in the Champions League as UEFA rules prevents two clubs under the same ownership competing in the same competition. "In Arnhem, Chelsea is without doubt in control," former club technical director Ted van Leeuwen was also quoted as saying by the ANP agency.

Football: Spahic faces ban over middle-finger gesture

Bayer Leverkusen's Bosnian international defender Emir Spahic risks a one-match ban for giving the middle finger sign to Eintracht Braunschweig's Iranian goalkeeper Daniel Davari during Saturday's Bundesliga clash. Spahic could be punished by the Germany Football Federation (DFB) "for the flagrant anti-sporting gesture" based on photos taken during during the 1-1 draw.

Football: Ivorians star for Lille and St. Etienne

Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou grabbed an injury time winner for Lille in Ligue 1 action on Sunday while his compatriot Max Gradel was the hero in Saint-Etienne's 2-1 derby win at arch rivals Lyon. Lille had earlier tightened their grip on third place with a dramatic 1-0 over Guingamp when Kalou came off the bench to prod the ball home in the 92nd minute to snatch three desperately needed points for Rene Girard's side.

Football: Kalou rescues Lille with injury time winner

Lille tightened their grip on third place in Ligue 1 with a dramatic 1-0 injury time victory over Guingamp on Sunday. Ivory Coast international Salomon Kalou came off the bench to prod the ball home in the 92nd minute to snatch three desperately needed points for Rene Girard's side. The match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before Kalou popped up inside the six yard box to knee the ball home following a corner from the right that led to a scramble.

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after Sunday's matches: 29: Suarez (Liverpool) 20: Sturridge (Liverpool) 17: Toure (Man City) 15: Aguero (Man City), Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Man Utd) 14: Hazard (Chelsea) 13: Giroud (Arsenal), Remy (Newcastle) 12: Bony (Swansea), Lukaku (Everton) 11: Gerrard (Liverpool), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Benteke (Aston Villa), Dzeko (Man City), Lambert (Southampton) afp

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after Saturday's matches: 28: Suarez (Liverpool) 20: Sturridge (Liverpool) 17: Toure (Man City) 15: Aguero (Man City), Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Man Utd) 14: Hazard (Chelsea) 13: Giroud (Arsenal), Remy (Newcastle) 12: Bony (Swansea), Lukaku (Everton) 11: Gerrard (Liverpool), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Benteke (Aston Villa), Dzeko (Man City), Lambert (Southampton) afp

Football: Van Gaal to Spurs is 'done deal' - Gullit

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has agreed to take over at Tottenham Hotspur next season, former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit claimed on Saturday. Van Gaal, 62, is due to step down as Holland coach after this year's World Cup and recently expressed an interest in working in England for the first time. Tottenham gave Tim Sherwood an 18-month contract as head coach in December, but Spurs' struggle to challenge for a Champions League place has seen his position come under scrutiny.

Football: Schalke grab Champions League boost

Schalke moved into second spot in the Bundesliga for the first time this season thanks to a 2-0 home win over Hertha Berlin on Friday. Three days after a 0-0 draw at Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund, the Gelsenkirchen side moved up two places in the table as the battle for automatic qualification for the Champions League heats up. However, Dortmund can reclaim second place behind champions Bayern Munich on Saturday with victory at relegation-threatened Stuttgart.

Football: Much-travelled Hiddink set for Dutch swansong

Guus Hiddink will return as Netherlands coach for the second time after the World Cup finals in what could be his football swangsong. But you never know with a character like Hiddink whose 32-year career has also seen him coach South Korea, Australia, Russia, Turkey, Real Madrid and Chelsea. He never seems to be able to say goodbye. This time Hiddink, 67, will take over from Louis Van Gaal -- who has guided the Dutch to the Brazil finals -- on a mission to make sure the European mavericks reach the 2016 European Championships.

Football: Hiddink to return as Dutch coach

Guus Hiddink will take over from Louis van Gaal as Netherlands coach after the World Cup finals, the Dutch Footall Federation (KNVB) announced Friday. Hiddink, 67, will bring in former internationals Danny Blind and Ruud van Nistelrooy as his main assistants. He had already indicated this month that he would return. Hiddink was in charge of the Dutch team that came fourth at the 1998 World Cup. He ended that three year stint shortly after the finals.
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